Whats your profession? And Why?

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  1. Renenet

    Renenet Very Well-Known Member

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    That's exactly the impression retail left me with.

    Sorry, Saximus, I have to disagree here. If you have a supportive family and your school life runs smoothly, that's probably true. If you don't, childhood can be hell - and you are powerless to change things. For me, adulthood was my chance to take control. Yes, it comes with increased responsibility, but also greater choice.

    Good on you, Trouble, for taking the initiative and keep the motivation up!

    Agreed. I just left a job like that. Ha, I moved 3000 kilometres away to Cairns to escape it!

    I need to hear things like this!
     
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    I teach high school science. I used to work in medical research, but I got bored with it. Life is never boring when you deal with teenagers every day. I'm the cool teacher with a big python in my lab!
     
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    Oh wow. I wouldn't be able to cope with a job like that. Somebody has to do it I guess, so thanks for being one of them.
     
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    if you had of been my science teacher I may have listened!!1
     
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    Yes, it's amazing how many lessons I can use the snake for. I've used him for everything from the letter S for kindy kids through to year 12 Biology and sensory specialisations in animals. The students always pay more attention when you have a real animal around.
     
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    Another stay at home mum here...I have 4 kidlets aged 10-15. I am also the home tutor/teacher as they all do distance education, not something I ever planned & man... my patience is now shot. Not exactly a job but my hubby & I also take care of wildlife & have done since before my baby was born. It makes me feel like I am contributing by help the animals & helping people understand them also.
     
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    My best mates family is like that, the whole family is brunette, but every 2nd generation, a red head pops out somewhere. My best mate, her grandmother, and her great great grandmother.
     
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    Wow.... some great stories here, wish mine was half as exciting or inspirational...... well, i suppose i'm still 'young'.

    Whilst studying i was always in retail, going from supermarket to fashion retail. that was from the age of 14 to 19.

    I then made the big move to the UK on my own, i got a job at Maccas for the first 5 weeks i was there and then was lucky enough to fall into my next job which took up the following 5 years - Flight Attendant! This was the most amazing job in that you experienced so much, travel, culture, fun and partying. It was an amazing experience and i made the most of it. To this day i still think about going back to it, but living out of a suitcase and being away from home is hard. I wouldn't be able to have all my pets if i went back to it :(

    Since being back in Melbourne i spent a year working on the front desk in a CBD hotel. The last 2 years i have worked in customer service/sales at a bank. This has been a great experience as it has really helped me sort out my finances (as previously i had no concept lol). It has enabled me to buy a nice little collection of reptiles and start on my next goal of saving for a house!

    Next year i have decided to study Div2 in nursing. I am a caring nurturing person and wish to do a job where i feel like i can make a difference in peoples lives. An interesting and challenging job that is different everyday.
     
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    I'll have to wait until tomorrow to read all of this as i'm tuckered out after a glass of wine.

    In the meantime; I'm a private veterinary nurse for two little dogs who have a whole truckload of medical conditions that means they require round the clock care. I work start work well before their owner goes to work until she's home again in the late afternoon so that she can still manage to hold down her job, get her day-to-day jobs done and still have a life other than these dogs. We love them so much that all the work, medications and strange routines are worth it. More often than not i come home from work covered in a mix of poop, pee, vomit and mucous, smelling like dog food (i spend several hours a day pedantically cutting up their food due to their medical conditions) and worn out from the constant minute to minute care.

    Don't get me wrong, i love my job and i do find it satisfying but sometimes wonder what the next step will be due to caring for animals with a terminal illness.

    End goal? I'd like to be a police officer one day but i don't see that happening any time soon if at all. All this talk of 'youth support' and pre-empting the issues sound like a good idea and great way to get job satisfaction. Mmmm, potential.
     
  10. Renenet

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    I've had a bit of a rocky start to my working life. I left school with no idea what I wanted to do so, not wanting to bludge off Dad, I tried to get a job in anything. I ended up working in a bookshop because of my ability to remember book titles and authors, even if I'd never read them. No matter how much I love books, retail was totally the wrong job for me. The constant demands of customers were like baby birds screaming, "I want, I want, I want, I want," and a hell of a lot less cute. The consumerism made me want to throw up. Plus my health was deteriorating. I felt exhausted all the time and spent every weekend recovering but never catching up. I was on a downward spiral.

    After two years of that full time, I finally got to uni with idealistic visions of doing a media degree so I could make films. I didn't get into the course I wanted and had to take my second preference instead, which was much less practical and bored me to tears. I didn't care about cultural studies or postmodernism and really should have transferred into something more appropriate, but I felt like that would be giving up. (Not true - if you discover you're in the wrong course, change now. Please.) So I stupidly stuck it out. (And I continued to work at the bookshop on weekends.)

    So I ended up with a BMedia and still no clue. Again I searched for anything I could find. This time I ended up typing legal transcripts. It was supposed to be a stop-gap job and became anything but. (Let's just say when I finally resigned I got a long service leave payout.) It took only a few months for the novelty to wear off and then a few short weeks for it to become excruciatingly dull. At the same time we were transferring to digital sound, which was awful compared with the old-fashioned audiotapes, so I'd often end up near tears because I couldn't understand what people were saying. Quite a failing in an audio typist. Then, on top of that, I got RSI from the typing.

    Determined to keep working, I took no time off work and pounced upon the company's offer of a new position - proofreading transcripts, something I'd wanted to try anyway. I'm naturally good at spotting mistakes in the English language and I thought it might lead into an editing career. At the same time I went through occupational therapy for about nine months to get my hands and arms back to some kind of normality. I went from having no idea what I wanted to do to having no idea what kind of jobs I could cope with. For some years I felt too scared to leave a position I knew I could handle, even if I hated it.

    In the meantime I tried more studies, first a Graduate Diploma in Education, which I didn't finish, and then a Graduate Certificate in Editing and Publishing, which I did. Then I had a couple more health problems - some related to how much I hated my job, some not. I did start looking for work, on and off, without success. Then something happened that changed my entire life. Without revealing what it was, because I don't feel comfortable laying it out for the whole world, I discovered my self-worth and a fragile yet strengthening sense of confidence.

    Two weeks ago I took a risk and quit my job, moving to Cairns to do a Bachelor of Science at JCU. I intend to major in zoology once I've passed my bridging courses. I live right by the rainforest - where I've always wanted to live - and I'm happy here. I have no job yet, but the possibilities seem endless. I have my proofreading skills and I want to hone my photography skills. I love animals and can see myself educating people about them - once I get over my fear of public speaking. I write fiction in my head all the time and want to try to publish some of that. Once I've got a bit of scientific knowledge under my belt, I could try my hand at science journalism. I now feel like I'm on the right track.

    Speaking of writing, this post looks like I've just attempted to write my autobiography (although I've left quite a few juicy bits out). If you got to the end, thanks for reading. :) Here's to following your dreams.
     
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    I left school at 16 went to tafe but couldn't afford to pay rent and the bills so I went to work at maccas and then fell pregnant with my 1st son so I stopped working just before my due date then before he turned one I went back to work but this time at Big W cause I had a wedding to pay for then after the wedding I became pregnant again. Now I'm a full time stay at home mummy. Ive just moved from Qld tO SA and now I am looking into UNI courses. My beautiful sons aged almost 4 and 1.5 keep me very busy. [​IMG]
     
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    I work at BHP as a maintenance team leader in Port Hedland.....Why? because I get a stupid amount of money for doing very little sometimes :D, other times it's hell on earth!
     
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    Hugs for you Renenet..... just felt like you needed one.
     
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    Chef, why? Because it seamed like a good idea at the time! What I'm aiming for ATM, Helicopter pilot!
     
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    Cheers everyone some good interesting posts.
    I really didnt like school or my parents @ the time so ran away from both@16 & became a beach bum That didn't allow a life so got a job as butcher Worked there for 18mths till the boss skipped over to Aust leaving heaps of debt So ended up in the concrete game for a few years . Got sick of that so got a job Flying in & out of the Urawera's (NZ state forest) via helicopter as a professional possum culler did that until $$ dropped out of fur prices So back to concrete again In '88 I had a major bike accident Head first into the bull bars of a Nissan patrol. Smashed just about every bone in my body So was laid up on Accident comp for 10 odd years Became a Tattooist for 2 yrs then that started taking a toll on my broken bod so sold my house & went to Whangarei for the warmer climate. I was always pretty good @ cooking so bought a cafe which we had for 3yrs At 37yrs old we decided to have our last child so sold the cafe & became a stay @ home dad so my wife could persue her real estate career. Five years later We jumped the ditch for a even warmer climate of Darwin 3 mths later we Bought a house bus in Brizzy & traveled north to Cairns Ended up sub contracting to local council as a caretaker/ security on one of their properties Been here 3.5 yrs now Best part of living in the Kuranda rainforest is I get to see a few wild reps on my nightly patrols so all in all its ok. But when i do the fortnightly start the bus up The travel itch comes to the fore again .......... Like Waterrat I started out as a butcher now a Kuranda hippie so theres hope for me yet.... waiting on the next road of life to take
     
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    Thanks. Honestly, I do feel like things are looking up. I think I shared that story to help others who might be going through a similar situation.
     
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    Jay84 you forgot to mention private zoo keeper as your profession. The amount you have would almost be a full time job to look after lol.
     
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    Hi all. I`m a full time Mummydaddy of 2 kids 5 and 6 yrso. Why ? Cos mum put on her reboks and did a runner 3 and a half yrs ago. Merry EXmas.
     
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    I'm a liar, I mean lawyer.
     
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    Bluetonguesblack, there seems to be a disturbing amount of this happening of late (I know of a couple of cases near me). Thumbs up to you for stepping into what has probably been a challenging and rewarding situation in many ways. :D:D

    Brahahahahahahahahaha
     
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