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I've done a bunch of stuff down through the decades.  

Education?  I'm the guy that puts down 'some college' on the various forms (but the online tests seem to think I have a PHD - go figure)

Starkess: one project I mucked around with was trying to recreate Turnbull and Tarter's 'Habcat' catalog using photometric distances derived from the ASCC (basically Tycho on steroids).  Didn't do to terrible with the F and G stars, but the red giants absolutely killed the distances to the K stars. Been poking around a bit in Gaia past year or so.

Anyhow - worked in the fish plant as a kid because...that's what there was.  After that...a bit of oil field work and construction - until offered a 'temporary' mail job that lasted eleven freaking years (it beat going on unemployment each winter).  Mixed that up with everything from security guard work to construction to playing counter zombie in service world.  Even spent a few weeks running a power hose on the Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup - until I slipped on a rock and nailed my boss, his boss, and another big wig twenty yards out with a water jet - those hoses put out 200 psi - blew the lightweights right off their feet.  

After that, I did another decade plus delivering pizza  Surprisingly, that brought in enough cash to buy land, build a house on it, and pay it all the way off in five years (then I tacked on a garage.)  Done a fair bit of hands on construction: garages, rebuilding mobile homes, greenhouses, leanto's...and a few houses from the foundation up - mostly an 'in the family' or 'helping out friends' type deal.  Sometimes, I think about building a cabin at the old homestead to test out some of this alternative energy stuff.

From there, I did a number of things...most notably a two year stint with a 'van service' that really should be a 'bus service,' but go figure.  Most of my riders were institutional's - people in rehab/halfway houses, or Alzheimer patients. 

Past decade or so, I've been a USPS Highway Contractor, delivering mail to 500 odd people along a rural road in all manner of weather.  This job has really started to suck the past year or so what with COVID 19, Amazon, and...contract issues.  Doubt I'll renew it.  Been doing some late night writing over the past ten years or so; might eventually get around to putting it on Amazon and relishing twenty or thirty sales.

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4 hours ago, TheLastWolf said:

I'm just a stupid teen in high school (to be precise, it's non-american equivalent), old guys, but am I the youngest on this Forum? Just curious. To find if there are any more stupid teens

I mean, to determine that, you would kind of need to tell us how old you are exactly, no? ;)

But generally, there are/have been teenagers/high-schoolers on the board before, it is just that many don't come to General Chat, but instead stay north of the Wall (in the book forums) or Forum Games.

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2 hours ago, Buckwheat said:

I mean, to determine that, you would kind of need to tell us how old you are exactly, no? ;)

Old enough to be considered a man grown by Westerosi standards, but not old enough to vote against Trump :D

2 hours ago, Buckwheat said:

But generally, there are/have been teenagers/high-schoolers on the board before, it is just that many don't come to General Chat, but instead stay north of the Wall (in the book forums) or Forum Games.

Right observation. I'm just dipping an oar into Literature, Entertainment and General Chat from time to time. North of the Wall is my natural habitat. Wildling. 

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Oof! Timely question as it’s something I’m struggling with at the moment.

I am a life underwriter, underwriting mortality and morbidity. I can read a P+L and balance sheet, so the departmental go to on that. I’ve been moved into a new section where I’m 50% data analysis and prepping presentations for execs. I’m also supposed to be facilitating change for old team, so prepping problem statements, solution papers and liasing with IT, and trying to make the dept grumbling actionable.

my old team has new managers who are  heavily consulting  with me on management and I’m prepping a few of their resourcing pitches.

 

im just struggling to identify how I can leverage what I’m doing into promotions. I’m as senior as you can be without going into mgt with personal reports. I like what i do, and I’m good at it, but not sure I want to do it for he next 30 years. Do I go hard into data, requiring leaning sql/r, with some competing with the actuaries but coming from an ops POV. Do I go down change mgt. I’m torn.

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I've wanted to be a journalist since seventh grade, as I recall, and - surprisingly enough - I am, for almost a quarter of the century, not counting a brief, 4-year period on the other side of the barricade, as a spokesman of the cargo railway company about 10 years ago.

I'm also a graduate of journalism and political science at the Warsaw University, so there's that.

I've been working in a big daily newspaper for the first six years, then a monthly magazine and business news portal, and now, for the last few years, I work for the small, private own business press agency, which - surprisingly again - gives me enormous amount of satisfaction. 

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On 10/21/2020 at 10:48 PM, Theda Baratheon said:

I’m a trainee curator in a small regional museum so this year I’ve curated an exhibition, overseen a few other projects such as updating the guidebook, and updating some interpretation signs - a lot of social media stuff, making little videos, trying to engage people, a lot of blog writing and helped kick start a museum podcast. Traineeship was supposed to be finished by now but I’ve been extended for a few weeks and I’ve been offered a full time role in the museum afterwards that is actually a proper job and not just a paid internship. So am over the moon really. 

Starting Monday I’ll be the new Exhibitions and Engagement Officer at my museum !! So happy. 

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This thread has been a lot of fun to read -- I remember reading about career dreams/challenges from almost every single one of you at some point or another -- some of you from when you just started university, even. It's so cool to see how things have changed (or not changed!) in the intervening years. :love:

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On 10/24/2020 at 3:15 PM, lacuna said:

I'm a freelance translator, and make (or scrape) a living doing subtitles for Netflix here in Norway.

cool, I'm just watching a Translating Europe Forum conference with a guy from Netflix talking about how localisation and translating for Netflix works. Really interesting. (Second speaker in the video):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AgN8AahHkE&list=PLLqIRaiVCGCSHIfKC-selPoY6IS_hfsXj&index=9

I'm also a tranaslator myself, but for more boring stuff :p

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I'm an architect leading a studio of 11 in a company of ~500.  Next may will be 25 years and I don't know how many projects.  I do work in a large number of building types but spend most of my time focusing on educational design and building envelope commissioning.  

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On 10/24/2020 at 12:54 AM, kairparavel said:

It was a very good decision as the LSSGB led to my promotion as Quality Lead for almost four years, and ultimately let me pursue a position in a completely different field after I was furloughed in March. I now work for a public transportation agency in Regulatory Compliance. 

Quality is a good move! It's the same story in my profession. I know I should get myself a quality qualification but it just bores me - even though it's essential. 

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On 11/5/2020 at 1:11 AM, Xray the Enforcer said:

This thread has been a lot of fun to read -- I remember reading about career dreams/challenges from almost every single one of you at some point or another -- some of you from when you just started university, even. It's so cool to see how things have changed (or not changed!) in the intervening years. :love:

I’ve been here since I was 18 I think so would have just started uni :D 

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On 10/23/2020 at 7:54 PM, kairparavel said:

 I now work for a public transportation agency in Regulatory Compliance. 

Woot! Which agency? How's it going? Do you like it? Tell me everything!

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8 hours ago, Girl with Curious Hair said:

I just spend all day trying to quit smoking cigarettes thinking it is the most painstaking thing in the world. Hence, I give up and mess my life up again. Because it is too hard to quit. They are the bees knees. OR: I try to tell myself that I can, I can, I can and once I did. I really freakin' did. In July of 2019! I went to the hospital, and they helped me out. Then it so happened that I couldn't quit. 

I know there is a motivating book by Allen Carr, it is said it really helps. It helped my friend... but only 2 times.  After the second return to the addiction it did not work and he had to find the strenght inside of himself :-P

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