What stimulates you in your career?

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Registered: 07-24-2007
What stimulates you in your career?
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Thu, 07-26-2007 - 12:58pm

If you have chosen to SAH, what stimulates you to do what you do?

I am a data systems engineer. I started out in customer service nearly 20 years ago. Worked my way up the ladder with 4 years of college thrown in along the way. I didn't go to college straight out of HS (don't ask, LOL). What stimulates me is the quest to move up the ladder, so to speak. Not necessarily the monetary gains that are afforded me as I move up with each new position, but with the acquisition of a little more power and control. Yes, I admit to liking that ;)

What stimulates you to get out of bed in the morning and put one foot in front of the other?

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Thu, 07-26-2007 - 1:18pm

Usually it's the urge to pee that gets me going in the morning. Then it would be someone asking me to pour milk on their cereal. Then there's the laundry that refuses to do itself.

No really I love being a SAHM with 6 kids. In the summer we are totally lazy we do what we want when we want and I can't imagine it any other way. I've done it for almost 11 years now and probably only have 4 years left staying home, although I wouldn't mind winning the lottery and never going back to work.

Amy

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Registered: 01-10-2007
Thu, 07-26-2007 - 1:18pm

A new car, fancy vacations, a wonderful wardrobe, and weekly manicures and pedicures.

Oh, wait, wait. That's the stereotypical WOHM, not me.

Let's see ... keeping a roof over my head, food on my table and clothes on my back definitely rank right up there. But, more philosopically/intellecturally, in my current field a lot of my pleasure/stimulation is derived from incorporating the constant changes that are being made to the field; learning the new skills need to accomodate those changes, applying those new skills, training others on those new skills and becoming a leader in embracing those changes. I get pleasure from the daily interactions and conversations with my co-workers; I work with a great group of people and we have fun, stiumlating and important conversations everyday. I also enjoy knowing that what I do make an impact on the future of and the success of the institution I work for, and more, specifically in the lives of the faculty I support.

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Thu, 07-26-2007 - 1:26pm
This question might not be good for me as I don't consider what I do a "career". I work because I need to pay the bills. It is close to home, dc and school. I have been here so long that I have plenty of time to take off and my boss is flexible with me leaving early for a sick child, etc.
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Thu, 07-26-2007 - 1:30pm

I love working in the arts/culture/nonprofit field. Love that I get to go to work each day through the backstage door of the theater, love that i can hear the bands soundchecking or hang out with the crew during their dinner break or sneak my daughter backstage to watch the Wigs for "Hairspray" being set up for each performer. I love that I work in a place that's vibrant and full of people who don't blink when you start singing "At the end of the day" from les Miz when you're having a tough day, where sarcastic humor is practically a competitive sport, and where I never not once have had to subject myself to wearing a suit. Ilove that the work I do makes a difference and the money I raise helps over 30,000 kids a year experience top quality touring theater and where i can create exciting community partnerships around our shows (I just sealed the deal on a $10,000 partnership to underwrite 2 performances of a show called "Wrecked" about intergenerational substance abuse). I lvoe that my work brings me in contact with the states business, political, philanthropic and nonprofit leaders. I love thatmy work is FUN. I may make next to nothing but boy we have a blast!

I couldn't stay home full time (well I couldn't b/c I'm a single mom) but I'd miss this too much..I love my work and my daughter thinks I work in the coolest place ever. She even has her own staff badge and has spent mornings "working" on the light crew sorting gels and tieing curtains...she thinks she owns the place!

 

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Thu, 07-26-2007 - 2:11pm
I sort of stumbled into my current job and after a really rough, er, initiation I find I like it a lot. It's different, it contributes to helping people who are very ill, and I'm egotistical enough to like being the only person in the whole medical complex that does what I do. I may move on in a few years but for now I'm good with it.
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Registered: 07-18-2007
Thu, 07-26-2007 - 2:16pm

Some days I wonder myself.

Yeah well, that's just, ya know, like, your opinion, man-The Big Lebowski 

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Registered: 12-29-2004
Thu, 07-26-2007 - 2:31pm
Sorry, but I must not be sufficiently stimulated today; did you mean "if you've chosen to WOH"?
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Registered: 07-24-2007
Thu, 07-26-2007 - 2:51pm
No, the first part of the question is the title of the thread, pertains to WOHM. The second question pertains to SAHM's.
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Thu, 07-26-2007 - 2:55pm

All that, and the fabulous annual leave policies.....


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Thu, 07-26-2007 - 3:36pm

Well I'm 6 months pregnant so the need to pee:)

In my career, my clients. The thrill of finding the right executive to make the business highly succesful. The interesting people I meet, the things I learn on an almost daily business about new technology (clean and renewable and content driven consumer tech at the moment), and the challenges my clients face. All these things stimulate me.
The leadership position I have within the firm, my team, etc.

But I think what stimulates me most these days is time spent with my family and friends. I live for it. Its just wonderfully fullfilling and fun. And I think I enjoy it all the more for working and seeing the time with them as a treat. A daily treat, but a treat none the less.

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