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I'm retired. :D Prior to retirement two years ago, I owned a small real estate appraisal firm. Since my retirement, my son has runs the company.
 

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I’ve dabbled in Auto Mechanics
Hospitality/Waitering
Life Insurance
Personal Fitness Training
For 6 of the past 7 years I was Corporate HR Administrative Support Zzzz.
But the past year, I taught two community college classes and am entering my second year as a corporate training specialist and organizational psychologist.

If money wasn’t a factor I’d do a lot more teaching and I’d love to get into acting.
 

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Jevverrett":g8u056te said:
   I drive a cdl b class garbage truck. Full sized peterbilt. It's fun to drive, but the job is filthy. I smoke cobs at work, helps keep the stink at bay haha
You are my son's hero.
 

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Im a Chem Plant Operator. (I am looking into starting my own shop/lounge). I have to find a smoke zone or a shack to puff at.
 

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Currently, I am a Software Engineer for a retail energy company. A job, not a passion.

My fancy, shmancy degree is in Biomedical Engineering. A passion, but no job.

My first job after said degree was at Starbucks, from which I first obtained my ongoing coffee snobbery and caffeine addiction. 
Next was a contract QA Engineer job at a Big Boy medical device company. The job was actually terrible for me, but it was supposed to 'get my foot in the door'. Unfortunately, the door slammed shut when the company closed a division and had 50 full time engineers to place. Contract ended. Have a nice day.

Oh look, a recession. 

With no Biomed jobs to be had for anyone with less than 10 years of experience or a PhD, I looked for engineering jobs in other industries. There's a funny thing about having a degree in Biomedical Engineering; I'm qualified to do Mechanical, Electrical, Hardware, and Software Engineering in just about any capacity or industry, and the title looks impressive on a resume, but every single interviewer has to ask, "So why would a Biomedical Engineer want this <non-Biomedical> job?" And, "because there aren't any biomed jobs available for an engineer with no experience and I need to work for your company for a few years until the market improves and I get a few more accomplishments on my resume so I can leave your company and take a job I actually want," is not a suitable answer. Alas.

So, since bills have to be paid, professional tutoring, and then...contract work as...a document processor...
Talk about a frustrating and humbling experience.

But finally, the job came. Biomedical Engineer for R&D on a new medical device. Small private company, cool product. I'm the wet-behind-the-ears green engineer with the hotshot degree on a team with two non-degree'd old school do-it-yourselfers with 40 and 30 years of experience in a divided company with strong, ugly politics. I poured myself into the research and ignored the politics. Did all of the research, all of the patent work, much of the design, part of the prototyping, and designed the million dollar clinical trials which we were working up to. As we began the transition to production/manufacturing design (for which I wouldn't be very useful),  I submitted my final report on the research, design, and performance. They said, "Thanks! This is amazing! Great work!" and then laid me off the next week. Two weeks before Christmas. Two months before my wedding. Apparently, politics cannot be ignored, and communication of work/worth/contribution is more important than actual work/worth/contribution. With the culmination/summary of my work in hand, and a couple of guys with many years of experience in manufacturing on the team, it seems my usefulness had expired. That's still a bit of a sore point for me.

Two months later I was a married man in need of a way to provide for my new family. So, I convinced some interviewers that I wanted to try my hand at the more businessy side of things and got a job as an IT Business Analyst for...a retail energy provider...
It turned out that, while I could do the job, it was a horrible, terrible, no good fit for me. Another frustrating and humbling experience, but it provided for my family. Eventually, my technical background allowed me to jump over to Software Developer, where I've been for a year and a half. As I said at the top, it's a job, not a passion, but at least it involves thinking and design! :rendeer:
 

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This is a story, sad but, so often heard nowadays how employers in any
industry will try and take advantage of there employees for the sake of
the almighty buck. My last years of being on the work force told the same
story. I only have three things to say, may you prosper no matter what they
try to do to you. May there lives be ever difficult and there beds infested with lice
because of it. And lastly, I'm so glad I don't have to put up with any employers ever again!;)
 

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Cartaphilus":hga25g8r said:
And lastly, I'm so glad I don't have to put up with any employers ever again!;)
You old guys and your retirement :evil:

Maybe someday us young guys can enjoy it too :D

 

RDPipes

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beardedbassguy":3btsqn7h said:
Cartaphilus":3btsqn7h said:
And lastly, I'm so glad I don't have to put up with any employers ever again!;)
You old guys and your retirement :evil:

Maybe someday us young guys can enjoy it too  :D
Maybe!
 

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Hey now! Some of us retired old geezers really aren't that old ya know. After 18 years of retirement I personally could use some excitement.

Jim
 

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beardedbassguy":ejew2e52 said:
Cartaphilus":ejew2e52 said:
And lastly, I'm so glad I don't have to put up with any employers ever again!;)
You old guys and your retirement :evil:

Maybe someday us young guys can enjoy it too  :D


:affraid: :bom: :affraid: :bom: :affraid:
 

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Always difficult and saddening to read about those who have a job that's difficult to bear for whatever reasons. Including and especially those who are finding it hard to make ends meet or those who have no income. Heartbreaking, really.

Makes me all the more grateful when I joined the crazy world of professional brewing over 26 yrs ago. Still love what I do, look forward to each and every day, and though some of the days can be long and taxing I wouldn't change a thing.

And......I get to enjoy the fruits of my labours at the end of the day....burp.....


:joker:



Cheers,

RR
 

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Brewdude":twn9k3cy said:
And......I get to enjoy the fruits of my labours at the end of the day....burp.....
Good show Rande, that made me laugh! Nice sentiments before too.
 

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Kyle Weiss":nkyfmbfm said:
Aspiring geologist/geotech when the work's there,
I am closest to this -

Environmental Geologist/Project Manager.

I cleanup/oversee the cleanup/coordinate cleanups at contaminated sites, remediate groundwater, spills, monitored landfill groundwater, underground tanks, etc., etc.

My wife is in geotech.  I started there, but after the first seasonal layoff in winter (Ohio at the time), I took the other path and went environmental/cleanup.

Almost 15 years now - safe and secure career wise (grateful for that), but bored out of my skull.

There are certainly worse troubles.
 

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I'm a valuation surveyor, I tell people how much their stuff is worth, real estate wise.
 

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I'm retired now, so I sleep late, do a little web development for friends, smoke my pipe, shoot some photos, fish in the summer, and play in the workshop.

Before that I was a programmer (avionics, cartography, copy protection, and educational software)

Before that I taught English and speech, coached speech and debate, and directed a few plays.

Far prefer the "retired" part.
 

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DoverPipes":pr1i9y9e said:
Mozjo33":pr1i9y9e said:
Law enforcement. Trust me...I work for the government.  :shock: :twisted: :shock: :twisted: 
Same here. Supervisory Gunslinger & Instructor  for the "G"...... You pay my salary and I DEMAND A RAISE!!!! :p
Ditto. Watch out, boys. Cops 'r all over the place!
 

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Chiming in here, I do computer application support for the state government here where I live. Mainly boring but the occasional interesting event occurs to keep me on my toes. Would love to do more consulting work for myself but stability of pay checks and spending time with my family won that argument.

Cheers,

Tim
 
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Front-end web developer, we do a lot of work with WordPress (clients request it for the ease-of-use after we hand over the keys). Lots of fun. The downside of living on a small island is the talent pool is rather ... small. Makes it hard to hire good coders.
 

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Police Detective. I introduce the ethically challenged to the criminal justice system.
 
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