Lets talk about work....

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Registered: 10-05-2007
Lets talk about work....
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Tue, 08-05-2008 - 1:37pm

What type of work do you currently do?

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Ducky

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-27-1998
Tue, 08-05-2008 - 3:15pm

What type of work do you currently do?

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-22-2008
Tue, 08-05-2008 - 3:35pm
Cool!
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
Tue, 08-05-2008 - 3:38pm

IMO, people who know what they're going to do at age 18, then pursue it until they retire, are really rare.


I wonder why?

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Registered: 03-31-2003
Tue, 08-05-2008 - 3:39pm
Something to do with obtaining and managing funds for research and educational? Right?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-22-2008
Tue, 08-05-2008 - 3:43pm

See? My title leaves people scratching their heads.


Sponsored Programs is another name for Grants and Contracts.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-20-2003
Tue, 08-05-2008 - 3:44pm

What type of work do you currently do?

I am a systems engineer/Information architect - I design large-scale information systems. My specific role right now is as the director of a national center focused on specific Government needs.

How many hours a week do you spend *working*?

I range from 35 hours to 50 hours --- there is a huge amount of flexibility in my role, which I worked my way up to. I nominally work a 40 hour week, but can flex my time over multiple pay periods. I can work from home on days that do not require direct interaction with my sponsor (customer) and will make up work on the weekends or in the evenings when I otherwise have to leave early or take time off.

If you sah, what type of work did you do prior to sahing?

NA -other than 16 and 14 week maternity leaves, I have not been at home full time with my kids

Do you have a degree in your field, or other?

I have a bachelors degree and a masters degree, and have taught at the university level

How many years have you been in this profession?

18 years

Do you consider the work you do a career?

Yes

Is your job very social, or somewhat isolated?

It is a combination - I work in a collaborative environment, and am responsible for the business relationships I have with my sponsors and with a larger military and intelligence community. At the same time, I do work in a highly technical field that is often typified by introverts and individual research and efforts. I can spend one day at my desk where I talk to no one all day long save email, and another where I am briefing the Joint Staff at the Pentagon. It is a dynamic environment.

If you're a sahm, what types of things do you do for socialization (outside of the kids)?

NA

Anything you want to add concerning your work, profession, or career?

I recognize that part of the reason I love WOH and see it as a successful choice for my family *is* the massive amount of flexibility I have. The demands of my job would be less compatible with family life if I could not change my hours at will, work from home when desired, manage my own time, etc. At the same time, I am not 'lucky' - I earned that degree of independence through years of work and achievement and am 'cashing in' on that investment now when I need the flexibility.



iVillage Member
Registered: 03-31-2003
Tue, 08-05-2008 - 3:47pm

I can only speak for myself....but....


The lack of any direction from anyone in my life severely impacted the career path I chose.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-27-1998
Tue, 08-05-2008 - 3:49pm

I'm guessing it's because most people are still pretty immature at 18 or if they're not, they haven't had enough opportunities to explore

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-31-2003
Tue, 08-05-2008 - 3:50pm

See...I was on the right track!!!!


Your department is always under a ton of scrutiny here...

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-22-2008
Tue, 08-05-2008 - 3:57pm
*ding ding ding* You win the prize!

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