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  1. Southpaw

    Southpaw orange iguanas.

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    Just curious! I have my degree in veterinary technology and I'm working as a vet tech, but I am thinking about going back to school for something... I just don't know what that something is. Would be interesting to see what others here do and how you ended up there. :)
     
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    I currently work online, I don't mind it, and I don't need a degree for it.

    Otherwise, I'm looking to end up as an Equine/Canine Repro Specialist and/or Equine/Canine Geneticist. Just need to get past the Vet and Animal Science degrees.
     
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    What I do: I teach middle school algebra and algebra remediation

    Do I like it?: Oh my gosh, yes. Most days, at least. Some days the kids drive me batty, but 9 times out of 10 I come home busting up laughing at something they did or said. Proof: http://middleschoolsafari.blogspot.com/ It is a ton of work--I was at school for almost 12 hours today, came home and put in another 2--but the rewards when a kid *gets it* are incredible.

    Do you need a degree for it? Yes, and most places are leaning towards requiring a masters within a few years of starting.

    How I ended up here: It was a roundabout path. I have undergraduate degrees in information systems and operations management (basically giant integrated computer systems and how to optimize them). I worked for a big 4 consulting firm for 4ish years building enterprise software systems for the military. Realized I was miserable, and that I didn't need the money anymore since I had stability in my husband (which is a huge blessing, I know), so I finally got up the guts to go back to school on the weekends for my masters and make the career switch. It's been awesome.
     
  4. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    -What do you do for a living?

    I'm a geoscience technician. So basically I work with the geologists and geophysicists on various things and maintain their data so they can interpret it.

    -Do you like it?

    Yes, for the most part. Some days it's a little boring and dull. It's not my 'dream job' but my teammates are mostly fun people and I enjoy working with them. The job tasks are varied enough and some challenging enough to keep me interested. A lot of it is routine data management and loading but there's also a lot of presentation making, map making, report making, working on data management systems, etc. Techs are also often (in our group) the ones in charge of the fun stuff like floor birthdays and fundraisers. Most of it is about keeping the geologists happy and being a person that works well on the team. It's really laid back a lot of the time but will get busy during certain parts of the year. And it pays decently, which is nice. Full benefits and 401k are also nice.

    -Did you need a degree for it?

    Yes and no. There is no degree for it although they do prefer people to have a math or science degree. A lot have bachelors in geology (because you need a masters at least to be a professional in the field). A few of the older people have no degrees but went through drafting schools and programs.

    ETA: How I ended up here?

    I came out of school with a math degree and not the foggiest of what to do with it other than teach. Explored teaching for a while and I'm just wrong for teaching. I knew a lady who was a geotech and she loved her job so I decided what the heck, I'll apply. Got an offer and thought it sure beat unemployment, lol. Been there a little over a year now. I'll definitely stay for some time as I'm liking the stability right now compared to life before, lol. Not sure if it will be a final 'career' for me. I keep thinking I may go back and finish my engineering degree.
     
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    was a gunslinger for the Marine Corps. LOVED it. got too old & broke down, now becoming a linguist. it'll be okay if i can make some trips to the area the language is from on my own. pay will be very good. no degrees needed.
     
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    Zoom Twin 2.0

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    Car sales; most days and nope, no degree needed.

    My English degree is very lonely.
     
  7. Beanie

    Beanie Clicker Cult Coordinator

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    -What do you do for a living? Right now I work traffic in radio during the day, do graphic design/illustration on the side, and I train dogs at night.

    -Do you like it? No I hate it, yes, and yes.

    -Did you need a degree for it? Sort of, sort of, and no.
    I don't need any degree to do traffic and I don't need a degree to be on air either, but the current PD is really more concerned with the lack of the communications degree than with my actual talents. Or rather he thinks other people at corporate would have a problem with it so he's too terrified to do anything about it. It didn't used to be that way, and when I first got started in radio (five years ago...) it wasn't a concern, but NOW, since the economic crash, everybody is concerned with the degrees. Some talented people I know who have done radio for years but don't have a communications degree are having problems. I don't really know why it works that way but it does.
    Graphic design is sort of the same way, technically it's your skills that matter. But I have seen a LOT of people insisting on a BA in fine arts or graphic design... one place truly insisted on the BA and would not even look at portfolios of anybody without it. My degree is not a BFA so I get passed over a lot, I think. Years ago people didn't care as much, but they do now... again, it seems like since the economic crash.
    As far as dog training goes, nope, not really. But I would sort of like to upgrade my psych minor to a BA or BS in animal behaviour. Just can't afford it.


    Truthfully I would love to train dogs and have that be my job. I taught two classes tonight and I'm exhausted, but it's a GOOD exhaustion. I feel happy and fulfilled which is completely opposite of how I feel when I leave work in the daytime... really quite different from how I feel after any job. I enjoy graphic design, it's fun, but it's not emotionally fulfilling like training is. I can't explain it. I just kind of fell here by accident. I wish I could stay.
     
  8. AdrianneIsabel

    AdrianneIsabel Glutton for Crazy

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    What I do: I work as a dog trainer.

    Do I like it?: Most days, some days drag on.

    Do you need a degree for it? Nope but I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography.

    How I ended up here: My department closed while I was a professional event and portrait photographer.

    I don't plan to stay her though, I'm going back to school for my masters in education.
     
  9. Shai

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    -What do you do for a living? - Enginerd
    -Do you like it? - Yes
    -Did you need a degree for it? - Yes
     
  10. Finkie_Mom

    Finkie_Mom It's A Red Dog Revolution

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    -What do you do for a living? I am a profession cellist/strings teacher and dog trainer/dog walker/pet sitter

    -Do you like it? Love the cello performing and dog training parts, but they are unfortunately rare still - I'm working both businesses up, but it's slow going. The teaching is fine, except for when I have to teach other instruments (violin, viola, double bass). The dog walking/pet sitting would be better if I were working for myself, and I've honestly grown to hate it a bit because of that.

    -Did you need a degree for it? Nope. Not really. Though I do have my Masters in Cello Performance and my Bachelors in Elementary Education/Music, which is useful in that without even hearing me/meeting me, people feel like I actually CAN perform to a high level and teach well. My goal is to find orchestras/operas/musical theaters to play with permanently (I've only done sub work), find more weddings to play (OMG I LOVE PLAYING WEDDINGS), and do dog training when I'm not playing cello. That would be the life....
     
  11. CharlieDog

    CharlieDog Rude and Not Ginger

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    I'm so glad you posted that again. I've spent the last twenty minutes laughing my butt off.
     
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    Whenever I have a frustrating day, I go back and read it. It never fails to cheer me up!
     
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    -What do you do for a living? Right now I am an EMT, but I'm still in school working towards a degree in Biology.
    -Do you like it? I love it, but I am preparing to burn out at some point within the next 15-20 years. It's not really a viable long-term plan for me.
    -Did you need a degree for it? Sort of. There's an intense certification course before you are allowed to work.
     
  14. Southpaw

    Southpaw orange iguanas.

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    hahahah thanks for posting your blog, good stuff! I'm kind of looking into elementary education right now, we'll see how far I get with that. But your blog and all the witty comments make middle school age sound interesting LOL.
     
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    -What do you do for a living? Assistant lab manager, but only until the end of next week; I'm starting grad school.
    -Do you like it? Yes, I adore it.
    -Did you need a degree for it? Yes.
     
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    You really have to have a love for them...they're seriously like another species. But if you have the heart, it's a blast! (But you'll get tons of cute stories from little guys too, if you go the elementary route!)
     
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    -What do you do for a living? Software Programmer/System Admin
    -Do you like it? Meh. I like programming most of the time but I hate a lot of the associated bullshit that comes with my job. It's better now that I'm doing two jobs - the team I've switched to is a much better fit for me. I really don't like the instability of programming, it's one of the first jobs to be outsourced when things go to hell. I'm hoping to switch fully over to System Admin when a position opens up.
    -Did you need a degree for it? At the place I work you could technically use experience instead of a degree but I don't know anyone that's been hired on without a degree. And you can't be promoted past a certain level without a bachelors and then, at a higher level, a masters.
     
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    -What do you do for a living? Freelance interior designer/architectural assistant
    -Do you like it? Absolutely love it - I wish there was more work though!
    -Did you need a degree for it? For the former it helps but depends on your client base/design firm you are working with and individual methods - a great deal of my mentors at the firm were self taught or went to art school and they are incredible. For the latter usually yes - I only have a architectural minor and can get by - even though I work closely with the architectural teams on projects I usually stick to the design side of things as it's my strong point. Honing my skills for architecturally oriented work though.
     
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    I am currently a Food Sevice/Bar Attendant at a pub, was Functions Manager up until recently but getting paid for 45 hous a week to do 55 hours a week, mostly split shifts and always nights, cancelling every dog interest I had to be at work didn't appeal to me any longer so I'm back to casual now and looking for something with animals.
    NO, I do not like it anymore. I like the fast paced side of hospitality, I like the people I work with and I love our locals but I am sick of the hours, never knowing when I will finish and because I'm one of the most experiences casuals there we get a lot of extra responsibility for no extra money all too often. I kinda want to see what happen after the end of this year, the top 5 casuals they rely on to keep everything running smoothly are finishing uni or getting into another line of work in the next 3 months or so. (Myself included)

    Toying with the idea of vet nursing again.
     
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    -What do you do for a living? Veterinarian
    -Do you like it? Most of the time I love it, sometimes I wonder what I was thinking
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