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  1. joce

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    That its dangerous? We have had multiple nurses sent to the ER with back injuries from the same patient. Violence is common. Police don't want to deal with someone, drop them off to us.

    But we have the same people in and out I care about I feel a sense of duty towards- I'd feel like I was leaving them if I just up and left for another job.

    They want the help or not everyone gets the same treatment. But there are people we have tried to jump over small buildings for.
     
  2. JessLough

    JessLough Love My Mutt

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    I think she's asking if you meant to put its dangerous as a pro and the other as a con or if you mixed them up. Maybe.
     
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    Did I? It was after work at like 1 am when I did this lol!!!

    Edit- I think someone could figure out that's reversed. We do not like to be assaulted and I can't edit now!!!
     
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    -bogart- Member of WHODAT Nation.

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    I knew it was reversed , just ribbing ya! lol i could not do your work , I have enough trouble handling the people whom supposedly are all there , let alone a
    patient with problems.
     
  5. Julee

    Julee UNSTOPPABLE

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    Company's Name: Unleashed Potential
    Your position: Head Trainer/Owner
    Your duty/s: Everything, haha. Answering phones and emails, training, boarding, running daycare, exercising, feeding, watering, cleaning, bathing.
    Your co-workers: My boyfriend, Rick, and my critters. Kit also helps out with PR stuff and training.

    Pros: Running my own business! I love it, so much.
    Cons: I'm not a people person. I have to suck it up when dealing with clients, hahaha.

    Favorite thing about your job: The dogs. There's nothing I don't love about working with them.
     
  6. Jules

    Jules Magic, motherf@%$*#!

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    Company's Name: I work for the pd's office dealing with post-conviction issues of our clients

    Your position: legal assistant/paralegal.. I was recently promoted to assistant supervisor.

    Your duty/s: It all depends on the day, letters, pleadings, calendars, some investigative work, on the phone with courts... Now also the management side of it, hiring, meetings, meetings, and more meetings.

    Your co-workers: most of them are pretty funny and there is good atmosphere.... However, the staff that has been there for years and years can be quite difficult to work with at times.

    Pros: For working in the public sector, it's pretty good money. It's a 8-4 job, but I can flex out earlier, come in later without having to take vacation time. Oh, plenty of vacation, sick, personal days, too.

    Cons: I worked in victim advocacy before and I do miss it. I miss actually going to court, working for an obvious good cause, and the reward that comes with it. If there's a "win" in our office, it's because the system (court, lawyer) screwed up and our client gets a sentence reduction because of that, not because he's innocent. We rarely have clients who "walk" out because most of them are pretty bad boys and serve loooong sentences.

    Favorite thing about your job: It's fairly stable, not a lot of overtime. People are pretty laid back if you get your stuff done.
     
  7. CaliTerp07

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    Just Miss Lucy-fur, my wondermutt!
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    Company's Name Local public school district
    Your position 8th grade algebra teacher
    Your duty/s Transform hooligans into productive citizens.

    I take the state standards and the county's extra required topics and turn them into lesson plans and activities that match the learning styles of the students in my classroom. I constantly assess their progress through activities, quizzes, informal feedback, etc, and write formal assessments to monitor their progress. That's the easy part.

    The hard part is training 13 year olds to take responsibility for their learning. They've been babied all throughout elementary school by teachers and/or parents, and this is the magic time where we stop doing that and they freak out.

    The other hard part is teaching them to be respectful people.

    Your co-workers are, for the most part, insanely dedicated individuals who pour 100% of themselves into this job. I work at a low income school, so no one chooses to come here because "it's easy". They come because they believe they can make a difference for these kiddos. Almost everyone has masters degrees, years of experience, and great enthusiasm for what they do. There are a few wet blankets and slackers, but they're greatly outnumbered.

    Pros are that I go home at the end of the day really feeling good about what I do. Every single day, I know that I affected 130 little lives (hopefully for the better). I also love that even though almost every week is at least 60 hours of work, I can do the majority of the extra stuff at home. I can leave the school by 4:30 or 5 almost every day to get home and let Lucy out, and then finish up the rest of my planning on the couch for a couple hours. I also have fantastic stories I come home with almost every day: http://middleschoolsafari.blogspot.com/

    Cons are that it is physically exhausting. There are no such things as "mental health days" in this field, because it is 10x the work to find a decent substitute and make sub plans than it is to just fight the snotty nose or burn out and come in.

    It's frustrating that the public opinion controls so much of what happens inside the classroom (that decisions aren't made my the "professionals", but by popular opinion). For example, parents were upset that kids were getting "tracked" into regular level classes. They raised such a fit that they got the school board to implement "open enrollment" for honors classes. If a parent signs a paper, their child is officially an honors student. That means that I have a lot of kids inappropriately placed, and my honors classes are waaaay lower than they have been in the past.

    There is also VERY little respect. All day long, I am berated by 13 year olds who are learning what is/isn't appropriate and pushing boundaries. They don't stop talking when I am speaking, they get mad at me when they score poorly on a test, and the most common phrase out of their mouth is "But you didn't tell me..." That would be fine, but fellow adults don't have a whole lot of respect for what I do either. When I was in IT, people were impressed when I talked about my job. Now the common responses are, "Oh, that's cute" or "It must be nice to get home at 3:00" or they tell me how to do my job better. ("If teachers would just allow their rating to be based on student test scores, we could get rid of the crappy teachers") It's frustrating to no longer be treated as an equal by former coworkers.

    Finally...the pay stinks. I knew this going in, so I don't complain about it, but there have been no raises in 5 years (not even cost of living adjustments, so really people are making less than before).

    Favorite thing about your job is the "you'll never believe what so and so said in 3rd period!" stories that I bring home every day. Also the kids who really really want to learn, that I can help. It's really rewarding in those situations.

    Anything else you want to discuss about it A lot of people who go into teaching enjoyed being in school and were good at it. The thing is, the majority of kids you teach aren't those types of students. It was really, really eye opening to realize that only a small percent of my students are internally motivated to learn. The rest are still learning the value of learning--those are the ones I really try to reach.
     
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    Is this a requirement for vet offices?
     
  9. JessLough

    JessLough Love My Mutt

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    Well, caring so much for patients could be seen as a bad thing too!
     
  10. Dakotah

    Dakotah Kotah BEAR

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    I had no idea half of yall had the jobs yall do, well most of you anyways.

    I love hearing about others jobs. Very interesting.
     
  11. SizzleDog

    SizzleDog Lord Cynical

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    Company name: A very large P&C insurance company

    Position: Senior Processor (Ag)

    Duties: I am a very well educated, highly trained cog in the insurance machine. To make it easy to understand: Agents sell insurance, underwriters make sure we're selling coverage to the right people and make the decisions regarding the account.... and processors are the ones that actually write the policy. (As well as all other changes to insurance accounts.) I started off processing commercial policies (contractors, restaurants, etc.) but have since moved on to processing farms (field crops, cattle operations, apiaries, etc.) and some commercial ag accounts (wineries, produce distributors, etc.)

    My coworkers: Since I have a lot of experience and I'm good at my job, I am allowed to work from home (yay!) but I communicate remotely with co-workers all over the country. Typical co-workers.... some I love, some I just tolerate. People are people, no matter where you work. ;)

    Pros: good job security, relatively easy work for someone with my skills, pays well. Also, working in farm, the work is SO interesting. Insurance sounds like a boring field, but in reality it's very fun. Farm is especially intriguing, because every account has the potential to be something you've never seen before. (Did you know there's such a thing as semen tanks? Entire tanks of bull semen! AMAZING! I wonder what happens if one of those tanks breaks... eww....) Also, working in insurance helps you know how to get the best insurance for yourself.

    Cons: Our regulations change every week, so it can sometimes be difficult to keep up with it all. Sometimes our systems are bulky, and it takes forever to make a seemingly simply change. Sometimes I just don't want to deal with people, but that's not a job issue - that's a "me" issue. ;)

    Favorite thing: I like my company... lots of opportunities for advancement as long as you're willing to work hard for it. Hard work is rewarded. :)
     
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    skyfall adele
    diamonds rihanna
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    i see you mika
    the last time taylor swift2

    Company's Name: Black's Photography
    Your position: Expert Associate
    Your duty/s: Sell cameras, give camera lessons, work the photo lab, activate cell phones.
    Your co-workers: This is the best part of my job. Everyone at my store is absolutely awesome and we're all great friends.

    Pros: Fun work environment where I get to play with all the cameras all day and give other people lessons on photography.

    Cons: Really really low pay. What happened was we were getting paid decently when minimum wage was lower here, but minimum wage went up by $2.50 but our wage never increased at all. On top of that, we used to get commission but now it's been switched to a points system and we don't get much if anything at all.

    Favorite thing: I love my coworkers and my manager, they are just the best and funnest people and work is so much fun! That's one of the reasons I'm having a really hard time leaving or finding anything new (better paying). Since I'm a student anyways I thought I'd just keep hanging out at this job just for the people lol.
     
  13. BlackPuppy

    BlackPuppy Owned by Belgians

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    Position: Pension Analyst

    Duties: Anything they ask me to, including, annual pension plan valuations, annuity calculations, help find solutions to underfunded plans, analyze data, complete government forms, occasional computer programming, software updating, and error reporting. If they asked me to do the dishes, I would happily.

    Coworkers: Everybody is very professional and polite.

    Pros: Good pay, good work environment, degree of independence.

    (Possible) Cons: Additional education past BS/BA requiring independent study and professional exams.

    Best thing: Being able to solve challenging math and computer problems.
     
  14. CharlieDog

    CharlieDog Rude and Not Ginger

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    :rofl1:

    I think you forgot to remove something :p
     
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    LOL that was weird.. I was making a list of my friend's fav. songs to be made into piano transcriptions....

    LOL :rofl1: oh well...
     
  16. SpringerLover

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    #1, a smallish company that serves adults with developmental disabilities (that job will be a thing of the past as of Jan 4th)
    #2, a pet food and supply store

    Position:
    #1, "Follow Along Employment Specialist"
    #2, "Team Member"

    Duties:
    #1, support individuals working independently, or semi-independently in the community (sometimes I'm an overpaid babysitter, sometimes I'm an underpaid one)
    #2, sell quality pet products to mostly great people

    My coworkers:
    #1, most of them are people I'd be friends with outside of work... if I had time for a life outside of work; some of them avoid actually doing any work like the black plague
    #2, I get along with everyone and people at my store are really good about pulling their own weight--at least when I'm working

    Pros:
    #1, there really aren't many and I'm leaving anyways so... irrelevant
    #2, I get awesome discounts and some free stuff every month

    Cons:
    #1, too many to list--lack of support from upper management is one of the biggest though
    #2, other than the occasional wacky/demanding customer--none really

    Favorite thing:
    #1, health insurance is pretty darn cheap--I'm going to miss that
    #2, being a nerd and getting paid for it
     
  17. ThoseWordsAtBest

    ThoseWordsAtBest Wu-Tang Steph

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    I'm head of staff at a large no kill shelter. Basically, I take care of the dogs. Normal day is feeding, rotating them out of the kennels into play groups in the yard, cleaning up after them, and all the other small things that go along with kennel upkeep. I decide which dogs should be introduced to which dogs and kennel logistics, and which dogs should go into foster and assist the foster coordinator with placement. And then any random day vaccinating, microchipping, fecals, answering potential adopters questions, etc.

    I have no comment about my coworkers. I love every thing about my job except the people, excluding our awesome volunteers. Hopefully I can stay in this sort of work just.. somewhere else.
     
  18. Fran101

    Fran101 Resident fainting goat

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    Company name: Small dog-store (As in, pet store that only sells high quality dogs supplies) and self-wash/grooming service.

    Position: : General store/retail person and dog walker

    Duties: Dog walking days are pretty self-explanatory lol walk dogs. Some days we deliver food, give meds, feed fish/cats, bring in mail.. but mostly, just walk 'em. Dogs get either 20 or 40 minute walks.

    Retail is just working the store. We don't stock (thank goodness) but keeping the store neat and tidy, working the register, helping customers. I really love this part :) our customers are pretty dog savvy and I love everything we sell sooo it's fun!

    Grooming sort of. We offer self-grooming services as well as "staff washes" where you get the regular retail person to do it. Lol it's very basic.. just wash, condition, blow-dry really.

    My coworkers: Love them. Seriously lol just a bunch of crazy fun dog lovers all together. We throw doggy parties, go out to dinner, help each-other out, and work very well together. My boss is the glue that holds it all together honestly, she is funny, kind, clear in what she wants and rewards those who work hard. She makes you love the store and WANT to do better

    Pros:
    - get to work with dogs. Honestly, biggest reason I took the job.
    - Love my co-workers
    - Employee discount on doggy stuff! (food, collars, grooming services, walking, toys, treats, etc..)
    - Flexible hours. Especially when it comes to being a dog walker... the hours run from like 11:00-3:00, and pay more than retail by far.
    - It's an active job. Keeps me moving and in shape.
    - We have a loyal client base full of fun people who truly love their pets. It's nice being a smaller store and kind of knowing everyone
    - Lots to learn
    - Love testing out new stuff

    Cons:
    1. Bad weather on dog walking days. Oy.. some days in the snow and cold rain I want to do anything BUT walk other people's dogs
    2. Picking up poop isn't really fun
    3. Everything feels more personal because the store is so small and there are only a few of us that work there. I feel BAD sometimes asking for a day off (even if it's way in advance) or not offering to work some-ones shift or something. I LOVE the store, and love the team so I do much more than I ever have at other jobs where it was just..a job lol so the con I guess is that I don't feel like I can say no sometimes.

    Favorite thing:
    The dogs. You know that amazing feeling you get when you come home and your dog is SOO happy to see you? I get that feeling like 10 times a day lol with all kinds of dogs. It's nice being the fun person, and getting to take dogs out to have fun. 20 minutes or an hour they are always so happy for it and how could I feel bad with that many happy dogs per day?
     
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    Company's Name: An independent, family owned pharmacy
    Your position: Pharmacy Technician
    Your duty/s: Counting pills, refilling prescriptions, helping people fill out medicare forms, delivering lift chairs, helping people with medical equipment and OTC products and anything else asked of me.

    Pros: The people. I love helping people, especially with the medical equipment. I love listening to the stories they have, the experiences, the joy, the hardships and everything in between. I love getting to know our customers by name.

    Cons: The people. Sometimes people can be real jerks. And to be honest, overall I don't enjoy being a tech. It's a great job, especially since I got in while still in highschool, have been here for going on 7 years and make really good money for a partime job. I just, it's not my thing. I work nights, they draaaag and I don't enjoy it for the most part.

    Favorite thing about your job: Helping people. And the relationship I have with my boss/owner. I'm the daughter he never had and probably never wanted and we just have, overall a very good back and forth banter and I enjoy it a lot.
     
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    meepitsmeagan Meagan & The Cattle Dog Crew

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    Company's Name: A small fire protection company

    Your position: Assistant Secretary is my official name. I'm pretty much a personal assistant.

    Your duty/s: Writing proposals, rewriting service reports, invoicing, putting invoices into envelopes and mailing them, filing, creating dispatch reports, cleaning the office

    Pros: The relaxation. I can sit online and do whatever as long as I get my work done. I only work part time, and can switch days super easy if I have something I want to do. The work is easy and I enjoy it; it fuels my OCD.

    Cons: My boss is a little weird... He tends to get all sorts of crazy over little things. I have to get up early. Pay sucks.

    Favorite thing about your job: If the guy I work directly with buys the company, I get to bring a dog with me to work. I also just enjoy the line of work.
     

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