Lets talk about work....

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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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Registered: 07-12-2005
Tue, 08-05-2008 - 8:32pm

What type of work do you currently do? gubmint loyer
How many hours a week do you spend *working*? alternate 36 and 44 for average of 40 hours

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

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

How many years have you been in this profession? brand spankin' new

Do you consider the work you do a career? yep

Is your job very social, or somewhat isolated? the working part is isolated. I'm in an office with a computer. very social for the A.M. and P.M. coffee breaks and lunch. it's freakishly delightful how everyone is so friendly for the breaks, then faithfully goes right back to the office to work diligently.

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

Anything you want to add concerning your work, profession, or career? I returned to work fairly recently, after spending my first two years of parenthood in school a few days a week, and home the rest of the time (including summers--does that make me a temporary sahm?), and then for about five more months after graduating. Despite having been raised by a working mom and knowing logically that all would be fine, I still worried over the balance. and the first few weeks, had a tough time adjusting (I was just doing temp work at first). Once I started this job, that changed. I did not know there were jobs out there that were so family friendly. Flexible work schedules, comp time, telecommuting. All options. All things we hear about, like we hear about 401k's, but actually taking advantage of them---I can't believe how quickly all those fears, and the guilt, and the assumptions just fell away. I know that's not exactly what you were asking, but figured I'd throw it in anyway. For those people who are debating about returning to work because they want to but are afraid of the impact on the family, it may help to consider the possibility of jobs with a lot of flexibility.

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Registered: 11-08-2006
Tue, 08-05-2008 - 9:26pm

count me in too. I knew well before age 18 what I wanted to do. Unfortunately, I let my dad talk me out of it until, through other circumstances, I came back to it as a junior in college.


eileen

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Registered: 01-05-2000
Tue, 08-05-2008 - 9:37pm

What type of work do you currently do? Dressmaker specializing in bridal alterations and historical clothing.
How many hours a week do you spend *working*? About 21 hours a week doing the bridal alterations and 20-40+ hours a week on the historical clothing. Both are subject to change depending on the season and how much of each I have to do in any given week.

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

Do you have a degree in your field, or other? Nope. My educations has been all along the lines of apprenticing and learning from mentors.

How many years have you been in this profession? Over 30 years in general alterations and dressmaking; 10 years in bridal alterations; 7 years in historical clothing.

Do you consider the work you do a career? Yes. And the historical clothing dressmaking is my ah business.

Is your job very social, or somewhat isolated? Both. But mostly isolating. I do interact with clients for fittings and such, but the act of sewing is solo.

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

Anything you want to add concerning your work, profession, or career? I love my career. I went into it because of my love of sewing. It is both my career/job and my hobby/stress reliever.

Chris

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Registered: 03-27-2000
Tue, 08-05-2008 - 10:07pm

What type of work do you currently do? I have two part-time jobs. I help manage a small lobbyist firm and I do database mgmt/marketing for a real estate magazine.

How many hours a week do you spend *working*? I work about 4 hrs per week for the lobbyist firm. The real estate thing runs on a monthly deadline where I'm busy for two weeks until the mag gets published, then off for three weeks, then busy again. When the market was hot, I was working about 15 hrs/month for that job, but right now it's more like 8-10.

If you sah, what type of work did you do prior to sahing? I did SAH after my second child was born. Before that, I worked for a bar association for a judicial review committee, then doing research for a think tank and managing adult ed classes run by the think tank. After having my first child, I changed gears to work closer to home managing special events at a local college.

Do you have a degree in your field, or other? My degree is in Political Science and except for my stint as a special events manager, my jobs have all been somewhat related to that field.

How many years have you been in this profession? I don't have a "profession" but I worked FT for 11 years until I had my second child, SAHFT for four years and have been working PT
for two years.

Do you consider the work you do a career? Not what I do now, but eventually, the plan is to start doing research for the lobbying firm I work for and turn that into a more FT position.

Is your job very social, or somewhat isolated? No, it's a very small office - three guys and one young woman. It could be very social if I worked there FT and got involved in the political side.

If you're a sahm, what types of things do you do for socialization (outside of the kids)? Considering I work very part-time, I'd have to say that most of my socialization comes from working out regularly with the same group of women every day, as well as seeing friends at my kids' activities/sports practices, etc. I also am in a book club, have a monthly ladies' night with my neighbors and go out regularly in the evening with dh and other couples.

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

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Registered: 07-26-2007
Wed, 08-06-2008 - 2:48am

What type of work do you currently do? --Job Composition Systems Operator. (Sounds all fancy and doesn't it? ;) Basically it's pre-press operator or most commonly referred to as typesetter. They're all the same basic function).

How many hours a week do you spend *working*?--You mean actively doing my job while at work? I'd better not say! LOL In my defense, I do all the work we are sent, every night. And before I take any breaks. I am limited by what is sent. We aren't really a busy section until after the elections every two years, after which we are QUITE busy from about mid November until March or so. Overtime is common then. Other times? Only if I want to do overtime in another section to help them out.

However, my hours are from 11:30p to 8 a, with 30 minutes for lunch, so for the week, I'm at work 40 contractual hours minimum. We're hourly wage under a union-negotiated contract.

Do you have a degree in your field, or other?--No. I have about 60 hours of college credit, counting credit given for my time at DLI when I was in the military, but no degree.

How many years have you been in this profession?--11 years. Prior to that, I was an executive secretary, but it was with defense contractors and I got tired of the clearance issue, plus could see the writing on the wall (continued downsizing and elimination of support staff). This abiity to 'see' was further enhanced by 2 layoffs (one in 1994 and the second in 1997). And prior to my secretarial days, I was a linguist in the Army.

Do you consider the work you do a career?--Sure, why not? Pays the bills and I intend to retire from it at some point in the foreseeable future.

Is your job very social, or somewhat isolated?--It was more social when I was in another section, but it's not isolated here and I much prefer the work I do in this section. I have to say, I've had 3 of the best bosses since I came over to the Dark Side (aka federal government). My current boss totally rocks.

Anything you want to add concerning your work, profession, or career?--It's a good living. In the private printing industry, working for the government in printing is pretty much as close to heaven as you can get without actually dying.

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Kitty


"BTW, I hate Lifetime. Their movies will suck you in and all of a sudden you've watched 3 in a row, used every tissue in the house and started on the toilet paper, there's no ice cream or popcorn left, and your IQ has dropped 29 points.", by the awesomeness that is zippinpipin

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Kitty

"BTW, I hate Lifetime. Their movies will suck you in and all of a sudden you've watched 3 in a row, used every tissue in t

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Registered: 07-26-2007
Wed, 08-06-2008 - 2:53am
You do realize that virtually every state in the union has an agricultural college or university, right?

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Kitty


"BTW, I hate Lifetime. Their movies will suck you in and all of a sudden you've watched 3 in a row, used every tissue in the house and started on the toilet paper, there's no ice cream or popcorn left, and your IQ has dropped 29 points.", by the awesomeness that is zippinpipin

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Kitty

"BTW, I hate Lifetime. Their movies will suck you in and all of a sudden you've watched 3 in a row, used every tissue in t

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Registered: 07-26-2007
Wed, 08-06-2008 - 2:58am

Here, you need this--feel free to steal it :)

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Kitty


"BTW, I hate Lifetime. Their movies will suck you in and all of a sudden you've watched 3 in a row, used every tissue in the house and started on the toilet paper, there's no ice cream or popcorn left, and your IQ has dropped 29 points.", by the awesomeness that is zippinpipin

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Kitty

"BTW, I hate Lifetime. Their movies will suck you in and all of a sudden you've watched 3 in a row, used every tissue in t

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 08-06-2008 - 5:42am

Do you have a degree in your field, or other? No

How many years have you been in this profession? 15

Do you consider the work you do a career? Yes and no. The way I am doing it, it is not a career. It could be though, I guess.

Is your job very social, or somewhat isolated? It is a mixture of both.

Anything you want to add concerning your work, profession, or career? I like working, period. if push came to shove, I would rather clean other people's houses than do nothing.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 08-06-2008 - 6:06am
I was aware of fairly few professions. I knew about architects (all the males in the family), engineering (but that was not considered acceptable), the building trades (which were cool, but it was made clear that my father expected us to go to university, although something like weaving or pottery, the artistic kind might also have been acceptable). Then there was law (NOT acceptable), business (ditto), advertising (ditto). Nobody, either at home or at school, ever explained how one applied to or paid for university nor explained what one might do with any of the available university degrees. I remember my last year of HS sitting with this catalog of available degrees, flipping through it with no idea of what to do. Most of the things I was qualified to apply to led to being a HS teacher, and I knew for sure that I did not want to teach HS.
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Registered: 01-15-2006
Wed, 08-06-2008 - 7:21am

Is your job very social, or somewhat isolated? Very social. We get some great discussions going in class.


omgosh,i would imagine you do.

 

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