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What DO you DO?

Technology (i.e. engineering, research)
33
37%
Finance
3
3%
Education
6
7%
Entrepreneur
1
1%
Public Service
2
2%
Administration/Support
3
3%
Human Resources
0
No votes
Service Sector
1
1%
Medicine/Healthcare
4
4%
Consulting
7
8%
Legal
0
No votes
Student
29
33%
 
Total votes: 89

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Post by Kostik » Mon Oct 27, 2003 1:17 pm

Lotus Notes programmer, been unemployed for four months.

I love spending 16 hours a day on the Internet, but my wrist are beginning to hurt.
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Post by Td_nw » Mon Oct 27, 2003 8:30 pm

No idea what category to vote in, but I will go with a vote into "Public Service" as that is what I see my job as being in the end. Almost went with Human Resources as that is what I specialize in, but also Student as as I am part time.

I am a Captain in the US Army working as the Human Resource Manager for (most recently) an Military Intelligence group (Yes, I know various oxymoron jokes), but I just changed jobs from being the Postmaster for Army Japan. Also a partitime student working for my Master in Human Resources while trying to get my computer quiet in my little room of a living quarters that I am assigned while here in Japan.
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Post by sbabb » Tue Oct 28, 2003 9:33 am

I'm a helicopter. It's a bit rough on the arms, and it's not the quietest profession, but I get a great view when I fly over the beaches in summertime.

(Scott's meds finally kick in)

Scratch that. I'm a computer systems engineer, home entrepeneur, investor waiting for the market to recover, and general annoyance at my daughters' soccer games.
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Post by MGP » Tue Nov 11, 2003 8:15 am

.:BUMP:.
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Post by MGP » Tue Nov 11, 2003 8:21 am

sbabb wrote:investor waiting for the market to recover
I don't know about that...do you really have much confidence in securities such as stocks anymore ever since the financial reporting scandals that have seemingly flooded the marketplace? I've lost 90% of my trust in stocks today as I now firmly believe that the "real winners" on the market are the corporate insiders...the general public just doesn't REALLY know enough on what's going on inside a company to make excellent decisions...I mean, of course, if you've got some cash to slosh around, then the risk of stocks are another story. :D
sbabb wrote:general annoyance at my daughters' soccer games
No offense or anything, but are you one of those parents who:

a) Screams 24/7 at his children/referees
b) Bugs the coach for more playing time
c) Would rather not be spending a Saturday/Sunday morning on a wet grass field? :D Just wonderin' based on experience.
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Post by MGP » Wed Nov 19, 2003 6:17 pm

bump...c'mon everyone...there's hundreds (or thousands?!) of members at SPCR...let us know what fuels your silent PC fetish... :wink:
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Post by Ralf Hutter » Thu Nov 20, 2003 5:21 am

MGP wrote:bump...c'mon everyone.....let us know what fuels your silent PC fetish... :wink:
Profits from the sale of my Paris Hilton videotapes. :)
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Post by aristide1 » Thu Nov 20, 2003 6:04 pm

Ralf Hutter wrote:
MGP wrote:bump...c'mon everyone.....let us know what fuels your silent PC fetish... :wink:
Profits from the sale of my Paris Hilton videotapes. :)
What do you mean tapes? You said you had only 1. :shock:

I was a programmer for 22 years, unemployed 14 months, now I'm a deckhand on a ferryboat.

Call me crazy, I'm not the happiest person in the world right now.
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Post by MGP » Fri Nov 21, 2003 1:13 am

Trust me, I hear ya. You should have read my post earlier in this thread.
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Post by aristide1 » Fri Nov 21, 2003 2:21 am

I did, not much I could add to it.

I've given up on dice.com and such. I've almost never had a phone call or email back, let alone find a real job.
People who put money and political ideology ahead of truth and ethics are neither patriots nor human beings.

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Post by Wedge » Sun Nov 23, 2003 12:28 am

I'm a student Image
and I also help with my dad's business: Bar-B-Q restaurant (yummmmmmm)
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Post by pdf27 » Sun Nov 23, 2003 3:49 am

Aero engineering student in the UK

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Post by MGP » Sun Nov 30, 2003 8:24 pm

:!: <<BuMp>> :!:
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Post by icchan » Tue Dec 09, 2003 9:30 pm

I think I voted before but haven't commented... anyways, I'm a civil engineering student in my 3rd year. Haven't decided on my specialty yet.

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Post by GamingGod » Wed Dec 10, 2003 8:47 am

Im unemployeed and looking for a job so I can move out. Lost my grant to college because one of my college teachers decided that I deserved a C in english (she knew that I would loose my grant if I got a C). She told me from day one that she didnt like me. Probably taught my brother at one time, my brother pisses everyone off. So now im screwed, cant afford college. Im a white male with no athletic ability so I dont qualify for any other grants (except the full scholarship one I lost for having a 28 composite.) Hoping to find a job doing retail or something for a while, and hopefully find something better soon.
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Post by mas92264 » Wed Dec 10, 2003 10:01 am

GG,

Just a, uhh, fatherly suggestion - finish your education, even if it means going to jc for a yr or so and then some where else, cheap, for the last 2 yrs. You'll never regret it and it'll make a HUGE difference in your life. Do it now.

Get a school loan if needed.

I'm sure that Natalie would agree with me. :)

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Post by Wedge » Wed Dec 10, 2003 10:17 am

I want to "ditto" what mas92264 just said.
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Post by Ralf Hutter » Wed Dec 10, 2003 11:55 am

I'll third that. In today's competitve economy having a HS diploma will barely get you a job flipping burgers. Work part time, go to a cheaper JC, don't take a full schedule, whatever it takes because w/o a degree you won't get far.
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Post by GamingGod » Wed Dec 10, 2003 3:35 pm

Hmm yea ill take it into consideration. I was going to junior college. But even junior college is pretty expensive. Im only one semester away from my assosiate degree in computer science.
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Post by Trip » Mon Dec 22, 2003 2:34 am

I was at Georgia Tech for 2 years working towards a degree in computer engineering. My grades were pretty bad and I decided law school was more interesting so I transferred to a smaller (and cheaper!) university in my home town, Francis Marion University. My grades are pretty good; I'm studying accounting. Depending on my LSAT scores I'll be at USC law school or on the street in 2005. Architecture looks good too.

Keeping with tech tradition it will take me > 4 years to graduate (4.5 years).

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Post by MGP » Tue Dec 23, 2003 7:59 pm

Good luck with the law school thing, Trip. I'm actually a first year declared as an accounting major...I hope it's not TOO drab. :lol:

Oh well,

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Post by Trip » Tue Dec 23, 2003 11:16 pm

Thanks MGP, are you going for you CPA?

It's not too boring; just keep in mind how much money you are dealing with, how important CFOs are, and how easy it apparently is to take a little off the top from these big corporations.

You don't have to pull an Enron, but dreaming makes it a lot more fun.

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Post by echoes » Tue Dec 30, 2003 12:47 pm

I'm an undergraduate studying mechanical engineering. I'm thinking of going into materials science and engineering; stevekim, did you study MSE in school? Any advice for someone looking at graduate programs in the field? :D
stevekim wrote:Wasn't exactly sure where to cast my vote, so I cast it in "Technology".
My young career path has seen the following twists and turns, roughly in chronological order, and I still find myself using all the following:
Materials scientist - electron microscopist - applications specialist - computer programmer - for a entrepeneurial software company.

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Post by MGP » Thu Jan 22, 2004 11:23 am

BuMp
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Post by MGP » Thu Jan 22, 2004 11:26 am

Darn, MikeC. Can't change the poll now, but should've added "Full Time Defrauder" for you-know-who. :D
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Post by sbabb » Thu Jan 22, 2004 3:11 pm

MGP wrote:
sbabb wrote:investor waiting for the market to recover
I don't know about that...do you really have much confidence in securities such as stocks anymore ever since the financial reporting scandals that have seemingly flooded the marketplace? I've lost 90% of my trust in stocks today as I now firmly believe that the "real winners" on the market are the corporate insiders...the general public just doesn't REALLY know enough on what's going on inside a company to make excellent decisions...I mean, of course, if you've got some cash to slosh around, then the risk of stocks are another story. :D
sbabb wrote:general annoyance at my daughters' soccer games
No offense or anything, but are you one of those parents who:

a) Screams 24/7 at his children/referees
b) Bugs the coach for more playing time
c) Would rather not be spending a Saturday/Sunday morning on a wet grass field? :D Just wonderin' based on experience.
Wow, talk about a delayed reply :oops: Sorry, MGP, I never saw your reply.

Since I posted, I'm doing a little (very little) bit better with my investments, but my home business is still looking like a better place to put my time and effort.

At soccer games, I'm "embarrassingly overzealous" with cheering our teams on. I would never scream at my kids or any other kids, and I'm happy with the playing time my kids get. I will admit to loudly pointing out that the other team was waaaay offsides once when a linesman wasn't paying attention, but I don't yell at officials or coaches. Wet grass doesn't even enter into it. At my oldest's state championship game the temperature was in the teens, but we were still out there having fun and freezing.
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Post by MGP » Thu Jan 22, 2004 4:23 pm

swEEt, sbabb, I'm glad to hear it. :D
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Post by MikeK » Thu Jan 22, 2004 5:05 pm

I graduated from the University of Illinois in May 2002 with a degree in CS, but now I work for a mortgage company. I couldn't get an internship while in school, the closest I came was a trip to Dallas, TX for an all day thing with HP. That didn't work due to very many reasons (probably would have gotten laid off anyway after what happened that year to them). After I graduated I couldn't get a computer job for 4 months so I went to a job fair of the company I worked for the summer before. I got hired for a job in a different part of the company. I rationalized taking a non-tech job by saying that I'll do this for money and at the same time continue to look for a new job, do interviews, etc. I've been applying places and sometimes get some responses but I'm still at the same job. I consider myself one of those in the temp workforce as MGP described. My job is really boring, I feel like I'm being wasted on this job that probably someone out of highschool could do with training, yet I work hard and do a good job, people like me, etc. The nature of my part of the company is very dependent on the market, they laid off 30 people when business slowed down a couple months ago. When I started working there, I was actually a temp worker for quite a while. The company has its own "temp agency" and hire lots of people this way. They can lay them off or take new ones quite easily this way with much lower risk but it's really a joke. It's a combination of try-before-you-buy, where they can see if they like the people and see who will drop out and quit, and a way for them to hold a number of workers that they can dump easily if the market changes. Thankfully I'm no longer part of that but I don't feel much better. As I stand now, I have no tech/computer work experience and I've been out of school for more than a year. That and the fact that there are many tech people with experience looking for jobs with me makes it pretty difficult. Check this thread for more info on my quarter-life crisis :)

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Post by MGP » Mon Feb 09, 2004 11:00 pm

<<BuMp>>
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Post by Trip » Tue Feb 10, 2004 11:30 pm

update: I'm a full-time student and almost (5hrs. short of 40hrs) a full time employee at a tax office :shock:

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