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Webmaster….Thank God for the Internet

I have a different job, I guess it could, easily, be classified as one of the best jobs anyone could possibly have. I work for myself, maintaining a Web site with technical information on a specific computer programming language. I make my money from selling advertising on the site and make six figures. [...]

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Consumer Collections….The human bull’s eye

I spent too much time as a teenager playing video games when I should have been attempting to figure out what I should do for a career (I still have little more than an idea). I tried to put myself through college, but couldn’t afford to do it while earning $4.25 per hour at [...]

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Industrial Automation

Everybody wants a deal. Nobody wants to pay. Everybody thinks you owe them something. It sucks being on the delivery end of service especially in an area of the country that is economically depressed. Part of my job requires proposing solutions to customers. Those solutions involve spending money. Nobody wants to spend the money. They [...]

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Nursing,you can’t live with IT or without it.

I am a RN, supervisor at a Nursing home. I have been a nurse for 7 years now and within that time I have had 4 jobs. Unfortunately, I haven’t found my so callled “niche” When I first got out of nursing school, I worked on a step down cardiology unit. I [...]

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Audio Engineer…love the sound, hate the sexism

Hi, I’m Amy, and I’m an Audio Engineer… kindof a pitty that I feel the need for a 12 step introduction, but then again, it’s not much different!
I set up sound systems and mix sound for live events of all kinds. This is basically all I’ve ever done unless [...]

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Librarian job….weary of battling the disgusting stereotype

I am a retired librarian. You’re picturing me now: gray, stooped, bespectacled, lonely, probably talking to my cats and writing bad poetry.
Truth is, I am a 35-year-old, full-time Mom of two kids under the age of three. My life is all about Barney, toilet training, naptime, outings to the park, [...]

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Registered Nurse…hated nursing school, but enjoying the flexibility.

I am a Registered Nurse, currently working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Geriatric Nursing. I have been a Nurse for 22 years-that in itself is amazing, because I absolutly hated Nursing School. I fainted dead away at my first clinical rotation site. My instructor told me I’d never be a Nurse. (For [...]

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Lawyer…it is not for the faint of heart

So you want to practice law….
I would begin with a word of advice for anyone who is considering becoming a lawyer. That word of advice is: DON’T. Law is not for the faint of heart an it is not for normal, well balanced, people. It is a profession of confrontation and that is its core. [...]

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Cartoonist…Some politics and censorship but its a swell job

Greetings. I make cartoons. It’s hard to pin down a label on exactly what I do, because I’ve done everything from drawing props (yes, there is a guy who’s job it is to draw the shotgun Elmer Fudd is holding), animating, and storyboards to creating my own show. I [...]

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Substitute Teacher…why do other teachers act like this?

I am a substitute teacher (K-6) in Long Island, NY. I have a Bachelor and Master’s degree from Baruch College, located in Manhattan. In September I am going back to school to get a Master in English as a Second Language.
I often think about quiting this job. I noticed that teachers help and [...]

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Medical Records Clerk….Sick of all the gossip.

My job is in medical records in a certain hospital in Atlanta. The job entails seeing that the patients medical documentation is up to date, ensuring that doctors complete all deficiencies and other items so the hospital can get paid for its services. I am sick of it! It’s not the first job [...]

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Non profit Executive Director….Inspired by ‘Working’ to bring meaning to work

I was looking for a way to reach Studs Terkel to tell him about the role of his book, “Working” in my life. Instead, I stumbled on to your website –and I’m intrigued.
Here’s my story. In the late seventies, I bought a copy of “Working” in a thrift shop for $2.00. I [...]

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Technical Trainer Robots are cool but who needs the rat race

I took this job in San Diego because it’s close to the harbor and seemed interesting. Robots are cool. We build them for the microelectronics industry. I’m a quick study and am the lead trainer since I’ve this nack of learning simply by looking at something. Software drives me nuts because you can’t SEE it. [...]

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Making peanuts and getting digits, but life is too short for a job that sucks

I had a job working for a wellknown expensive department
store, i won’t reveal who.

yeh right! Nordstroms.

Anyway, I pretty much
bullshited my way in through the interview, cause we all know that all
they want to hear is a bunch of bullshit. I made myself look good, told
them i was hard working, dependable, honest,reliable, you know, [...]

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Postal Service Clerk….good pay, but too many Post Office psycho nuts.

HI, I work for the Postal Service as a clerk in Texas.
I don’t know anybody that really likes woking at the P.O. , like myself , it all goes back to the benifits and money.I’ve been working here for 13 years and would love to quit but couldn’t make this kind of money antwhere [...]

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Archeologist research associate…seeing the unknown unfold.

I’m a research associate at a pulic university…. research associate is a label for recent graduates who don’t have jobs…I rearrange their collections …lab space…do some research projects which I’ve brought in….more than full time work. And I also teach introduction to Archaology at another university. I have a few grants doing [...]

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Park ranger and public information officer…continuing to be a girl scout.

I’m a park ranger and I’ve been in the park service for the past 20 years. Currently, I’m public information officer at the park. You have to know a lot about the park and communicate well. And you have to handle rough media sorts….

I grew up as a girl scout and I [...]

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10 years of retail sales…kept me out of trouble, but politicky with no sense of accomplishment

I worked for a store in retail sales management. In the 10 years I was there, I did pretty much everything…book department, rug department, furniture, cashier…..eventually supervising the cashiers. counting money and number crunching. You pretty much do everything. I’ve cleaned the bathroom, unloaded tables. Everything you can do [...]

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From paralegal to banking for the poor….making a difference

I work as a CRA Officer in a local bank on the Central Coast
of California. The “CRA” stands for “Community Reinvestment Act”.
Essentially, this is a law which states that banks must lend out money
to the same communities from which it receives deposits. Many years
ago, banks used to discriminate based upon where you lived. [...]

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Teaching terrible 2nd graders….a huge mistake!

Where should I begin?

Currently I am a student working
towards my graduate degree in education. I always felt that teaching
was my true calling in life. I was a volunteer teacher for a few years,
and I thoroughly enjoyed that. However that was a number of years ago.

Much has changed in the school world since then. However, [...]

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