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Buehler445
06-15-2009, 09:25 PM
I'm thinking seriously about a major career change. If I do it, it looks to be a major change from what I'm used to and where I expected myself to be.

I'm 26 and don't have extensive work experience, so evaluating what may be different about the other career path inherently comes with more uncerainty than a change in jobs in the same industry.

As a result, I'm looking for additional considerations that I may be missing. If you could post what you like/dislike about your current job/career, I would appreciate it. Feel free to go into as much detail as you feel comfortable. Include if you're self employed, approx how many people are in your direct department, industry etc.

Any and all insight is appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Kyle DeLexus
06-15-2009, 09:27 PM
I really don't do a lot of work. I sit at my desk and get on CP all day. I have my sports memorabilia on my desk as conversation starters.


Just the advantages of working for a parent.

rockymtnchief
06-15-2009, 09:41 PM
I've been at my current job 4 1/2 years (co-op phone company) and have seen my boss a total of 20 minutes. It's like being self employed with all the health/retirement benefits.

stlchiefs
06-15-2009, 09:42 PM
I really don't do a lot of work. I sit at my desk and get on CP all day. I have my sports memorabilia on my desk as conversation starters.


Just the advantages of working for a parent.

What kind of work are you supposed to be doing? What kind of company if I can ask?

Kyle DeLexus
06-15-2009, 09:47 PM
What kind of work are you supposed to be doing? What kind of company if I can ask?

I work for a chemical company in the Ag. business. My official title is Administrative Assistant and I'm basically an accounting assistant.


EDIT: To be fair, we are in the slow time of the year right now.

Buehler445
06-15-2009, 09:55 PM
I guess I can throw in my two cents. I do Internal Audit for Cabela's. It's OK. I learn a lot about a $2.5B company. I've learned a good bit about accounting and associated controls. Also a lot about process analysis. There's currently 12 people in my rapidly shrinking department (not backfilling attrition).

Pros:
Relatively stable employment (nothing is absolute in this economy)
Good company with good people.
If the economy ever turns around there ought to be some chance for advancement.
Great benefits
nice town
Low stress level
Work more than 50 hours a week maybe 4 weeks out of the year.

Cons.
Very little fulfillment. It feels like I do a lot of work and add very little value to the company.
Very little probability of short term advancement.
Still stuck in a entry level type position and am paid like it

whatsmynameagain
06-15-2009, 10:03 PM
my job just got 100000x better. the dickhead director that ive been under for 5 years is GONE!!!

BigRock
06-15-2009, 10:05 PM
Pros: I get to set my own hours. I have a lot of free time. I make great money.

Cons: Cleaning up afterwards. The shame. Sometimes it hurts to walk the next day.

Dayze
06-15-2009, 10:23 PM
my job blows; boring as hell, constantly trying to please 100 different people who are my 'boss' at different times/at their convenience.

definitely 'ended up' in the wrong career before I knew what hit me.

I'm basicaly 'stuck' for all intents and purposes.

Psyko Tek
06-15-2009, 10:30 PM
I make extenbsion cords

it's in military stuff but for the most part it's just making a cable
a trained monkey could do it

money is so so
but boring as hell
challenges are minimal
and rewards are the same

cahnces of advancement 0

I have been in electronics for 20 years

I rode high during the semiconductor hey day
but that's gone
so...
waiting fo the electric car industry???

stlchiefs
06-15-2009, 10:36 PM
I make extenbsion cords

it's in military stuff but for the most part it's just making a cable
a trained monkey could do it

money is so so
but boring as hell
challenges are minimal
and rewards are the same



Bananas?

RedDread
06-15-2009, 10:45 PM
I work behind the scenes in the casino industry

Pros: Never having to deal with the customers, high turnover means many chances for advancement, no physical labor required.

Cons: working holidays, high turnover means constantly training new hires and losing many people you like working with.

prhom
06-15-2009, 10:47 PM
I work in mining, it's a lot of fun and very fulfilling to know that my work may someday actually contribute something of value to the economy.

Pros: travel to interesting places, good pay, good benefits, get to use explosives without being in a war zone or getting arrested

Cons: sometimes you have to live in less than ideal places like sub-Saharan Africa or Battle Mountain NV, you will likely never have attractive women in your workplace, mining towns are BYOW (bring your own woman)

Sure-Oz
06-15-2009, 10:47 PM
Tech support type job working with online banking systems and other financial systems software, i just got 2 weeks ago, glad to get my foot in the IT job world and look forward to starting a career.

pros-great benefits 401k, great medical/dental/vision, pto accrual and flexible with time off, stock, very cool coworkers so far and solid pay, and opp. to move up quickly. m-f job normal hours and i can still do my night job and keep working about 15 hours or so total a day and save :)

cons that i can tell will be just being on call 1 week every few months or so, so no biggie and part of the territory. about a 25 min drive (not a big deal though cause i did that with my previous job) i feel blessed that i got an opportunity honestly.

my previous job i could say cons were money and well lack of moving up in the company working for a financial institution since no one ever quits and IT part of the job had guys that have been there for years and not near retirement.

Phobia
06-15-2009, 10:48 PM
My boss is kinda demanding and I work from about 7:00 AM to midnight for roughly $3 an hour. I'm sure I could do better at McDonalds.

Buehler445
06-15-2009, 10:54 PM
My boss is kinda demanding and I work from about 7:00 AM to midnight for roughly $3 an hour. I'm sure I could do better at McDonalds.

Funny. I heard your boss was a dick too....:)

How is working for yourself? How many people are you managing now?

thurman merman
06-15-2009, 10:58 PM
i am a teacher.

i currently enjoy having the summer off.

Bacon Cheeseburger
06-15-2009, 11:03 PM
I do painting/drywall/wood finishing.

Pros: I get to work alone most of the time and don't have to deal with other people, a lot of variety and it's rarely boring.

Cons: Can be physically demanding at times, after 20 years of it I'm having issues with my back, shoulder and knees. I may have another 10 years of it in me at best.

stlchiefs
06-15-2009, 11:04 PM
I work in mining, it's a lot of fun and very fulfilling to know that my work may someday actually contribute something of value to the economy.

Pros: travel to interesting places, good pay, good benefits, get to use explosives without being in a war zone or getting arrested

Cons: sometimes you have to live in less than ideal places like sub-Saharan Africa or Battle Mountain NV, you will likely never have attractive women in your workplace, mining towns are BYOW (bring your own woman)

I knew I'd seen a picture of you before:
http://content8.flixster.com/question/29/15/44/2915442_std.jpg

Phobia
06-15-2009, 11:07 PM
Funny. I heard your boss was a dick too....:)

How is working for yourself? How many people are you managing now?
It's rewarding when it's good. It's brutal when it sucks. I put a lot of pressure on myself not only to provide for my own family but also for the families of my workers. I have about 7 people who work for us periodically which includes my wife on the newspaper side. Past couple of weeks it's only been 4. We've been a little slower than usual the past month.

JOhn
06-16-2009, 12:11 AM
Love my current job. I basically get paid to talk to people, and solve thier vacation issues. Plus I'm a member of the senior management staff, with all the included benefits.

Oh and did I mention I get paid just to hang out and talk to people?

I'm the concierge for our resort property

cdcox
06-16-2009, 01:04 AM
Buehler --

I did a career switch that may be similar to what you are considering. When I was 26 or so, I was a applications engineer. I felt that my contributions to the company were marginal. While I had excellent prospects for an immediate promotion, I didn't think the new position would suit my personalities or skill, or be very fulfilling.

I did a drastic career change (academia, still in engineering). It required relocating my family, a reduction in income and lifestyle, and 4 years of additional education. Once I landed the job i wanted, I made roughly 1/3 more than the job I had left 4 year earlier, not adjusted for inflation. After that, I had to work hard for about 16 years to get into a position where (for the last year or two) I am generally proud of my accomplishments, well-recognized by my peers, and am now having important influence on the direction of my department and college.

Concluding message -- a successful, meaningful career requires a lot of time, effort, dedication, and risk-taking. Weigh the cost and benefits and make the best decision for you with confidence and total commitment.


Things I like about my job:

1) helping young people achieve their goals
2) discovering new knowledge
3) shaping the future of the organization
4) respect from my peers
5) sense of responsibility, meaning, and purpose

Things I don't like about my job:

1) longer hours than I like
2) stress
3) less control over "what do I want to do today" than a few years ago
4) occasions of responsibility without authority

epitome1170
06-16-2009, 04:15 AM
Structural Engineer

Pros - Satisfication of seeing a building I designed (structurally) being built.
Pretty Good Pay
Flexible Hours (thus here at 5 AM to work on a damn project)
Co-workers are pretty self motivated so I don't have to pick up any of their work


Cons - Architects
The fact that I have to get up at 5 AM to get work done some days.

Katipan
06-16-2009, 06:11 AM
heh.

Pros - Architects. I love it when I can wheedle them into putting me into their layouts. I love that they all have filthy mouths even if it's harder to tell. I love being completely involved in the process of making something really bad ass. And I'm really dorky proud of our buildings.

Cons - Structural Engineers. Fucking expensive bastards.

epitome1170
06-16-2009, 06:24 AM
heh.

Pros - Architects. I love it when I can wheedle them into putting me into their layouts. I love that they all have filthy mouths even if it's harder to tell. I love being completely involved in the process of making something really bad ass. And I'm really dorky proud of our buildings.

Cons - Structural Engineers. ****ing expensive bastards.

Ha

You want shit to stand up you are going to have to pay for it. God knows architects can't design a safe building.

prhom
06-16-2009, 06:28 AM
I knew I'd seen a picture of you before:
http://content8.flixster.com/question/29/15/44/2915442_std.jpg

Yeah, it's just like that...I was pretty amused when that movie came out. Kind of like thinking doctors still use leaches as a means of treatment.

BigRedChief
06-16-2009, 06:35 AM
I'm in I.T.

Pro: Challenging mentally, great pay and benefits, usually banker hours. Can work where you want to work as you advance in skill sets.

Con: Tough job to get an entry level job in though. Your on call a lot as your pay goes up. Always have to keep learning new "stuff"(could be a pro or con depending on your viewpoint). You make a mistake everyone knows it.

Skip Towne
06-16-2009, 06:48 AM
I work in mining, it's a lot of fun and very fulfilling to know that my work may someday actually contribute something of value to the economy.

Pros: travel to interesting places, good pay, good benefits, get to use explosives without being in a war zone or getting arrested

Cons: sometimes you have to live in less than ideal places like sub-Saharan Africa or Battle Mountain NV, you will likely never have attractive women in your workplace, mining towns are BYOW (bring your own woman)

I'd for damn sure get out of that industry. I couldn't handle not being able to go to bars since most of them won't serve miners.

Saulbadguy
06-16-2009, 07:27 AM
Pros: Work with good people, good chance for advancement, relatively laid back, low pressure, tuition assistance

Cons: I have to get up and go to work every day. 20 minute drive. Can't wear t-shirts, shorts and sandals. Can't drink on the job.

rockymtnchief
06-16-2009, 07:29 AM
Love my current job. I basically get paid to talk to people, and solve thier vacation issues. Plus I'm a member of the senior management staff, with all the included benefits.

Oh and did I mention I get paid just to hang out and talk to people?

I'm the concierge for our resort property

Isn't that the french word for "pimp"?:D

ChiTown
06-16-2009, 07:39 AM
Pro's: I'm self-employed
Con's: I'm self employed

Bearcat
06-16-2009, 07:45 AM
Tech support type job working with online banking systems and other financial systems software, i just got 2 weeks ago, glad to get my foot in the IT job world and look forward to starting a career.



Congrats! I hope it's challenging and stays that way for a while, but at the very least, in a couple of years you'll have that magical 2-3 years of experience that opens up many more opportunities.

Bwana
06-16-2009, 07:45 AM
Isn't that the french word for "pimp"?:D

Heh, I think it means "Gigolo" in Cody. :D Not a bad gig!

keg in kc
06-16-2009, 07:47 AM
pros: lots of time off

cons: can be brutal during busy season
lots of time off = lots of time not making money

outhega
06-16-2009, 07:49 AM
Pros: The money

Cons: No schedule, work every 10 hours and be gone for 36, no holidays or weekends off, don't get to spend much time at home, the rule book we follow is 4 inches thick with fire-able offenses, 10+ hour in hotels with nothing to do, most guys I work with are really stooopid, redundant, mind numbing, dangeous at times, and I don't get to get on the internet and read Chiefs forums except when during the 10-15 hours I'm home at a time.

rockymtnchief
06-16-2009, 07:56 AM
Heh, I think it means "Gigolo" in Cody. :D Not a bad gig!

GRRRRRRRRR...I knew there was a reason I hated that guy!:D

chiefzilla1501
06-16-2009, 08:04 AM
I guess I can throw in my two cents. I do Internal Audit for Cabela's. It's OK. I learn a lot about a $2.5B company. I've learned a good bit about accounting and associated controls. Also a lot about process analysis. There's currently 12 people in my rapidly shrinking department (not backfilling attrition).

Pros:
Relatively stable employment (nothing is absolute in this economy)
Good company with good people.
If the economy ever turns around there ought to be some chance for advancement.
Great benefits
nice town
Low stress level
Work more than 50 hours a week maybe 4 weeks out of the year.

Cons.
Very little fulfillment. It feels like I do a lot of work and add very little value to the company.
Very little probability of short term advancement.
Still stuck in a entry level type position and am paid like it

Dude, sounds like you were in my position 2 years ago before I got my MBA. Most people in my program were in the same position too. It's that position where you know you're doing work, but you're not paid or appreciated up to what you think you should be.

If you can get one, do it. If you can afford to go full-time, do it. You will probably struggle to get serious consideration for the kind of jobs you're qualified for unless you can put that MBA stamp on your resume. If you want to get out of accounting, you could probably move to Operations, which is a job that is always in high demand. From what most people in the field tell me, while the work can get monotonous at times, it's a position that has a high floor and usually reasonable work conditions.

Buehler445
06-16-2009, 08:07 AM
Dude, sounds like you were in my position 2 years ago before I got my MBA. Most people in my program were in the same position too. It's that position where you know you're doing work, but you're not paid or appreciated up to what you think you should be.

If you can get one, do it. If you can afford to go full-time, do it. You will probably struggle to get serious consideration for the kind of jobs you're qualified for unless you can put that MBA stamp on your resume. If you want to get out of accounting, you could probably move to Operations, which is a job that is always in high demand. From what most people in the field tell me, while the work can get monotonous at times, it's a position that has a high floor and usually reasonable work conditions.

I have an MBA.
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ChiTown
06-16-2009, 08:09 AM
I have an MBA.
Posted via Mobile Device

Sorry if I missed it, but what do you do?

Buehler445
06-16-2009, 08:12 AM
Sorry if I missed it, but what do you do?

Currently I do Internal Audit for Cabela's.
Posted via Mobile Device

rockymtnchief
06-16-2009, 08:20 AM
Keep in mind, your current job could just be a stepping stone for bigger and better things. Keep your eyes peeled and mind open.

At age 26, if you were to ask me what I'd be doing 4 years later, I wouldn't have come close to what career I'm in now.

chiefzilla1501
06-16-2009, 08:21 AM
I have an MBA.
Posted via Mobile Device

In that case, I do marketing at a services firm. I'm more of a creative, so it suits me. The benefit is that unlike a lot of marketing positions, services has a lot more flexibility for advancement. I'm also fascinated by people, and that's a big part of what marketing is. I also think marketing is one of the more exciting, rapidly evolving industries out there. If you're really lucky, you get a lot of exciting perks, like becoming really involved in a lot of sponsorship events, some at pro stadiums.

The downside is that there's a pretty low ceiling for most people in this world and, in my experience, I could swear that 75% of my time is spent in meetings. It might also frustrate someone who is a rapid mover and shaker--most marketing jobs I've seen have pretty limited hours and are really laid back, which might frustrate someone who's willing to work 80 hours a week for more pay.

KC native
06-16-2009, 08:45 AM
Work in financial services on a team that manages a wrap product (fee based investment management account) and does due diligence on our retail funds (advisor sells them and is responsible for contacting the client for rebalancing and suitability).

Pros:
My company is really inefficient (so I look like a rockstar a lot of times)
I'm underutilized (can study for my CFA and dick around on CP all day)
I get to do what I love (read finance shit, invest, and have exposure to the best fund managers in the country during our due diligence process)


Cons:
Not much possibility for advancement here (more in the industry but financial services sucks right now)
Have to earn my stripes either by being in the industry for awhile or getting a top tier MBA if I want to move on to what I really want to do (I want to be a portfolio manager)

tooge
06-16-2009, 08:59 AM
Pros: I get to set my own hours. I have a lot of free time. I make great money.

Cons: Cleaning up afterwards. The shame. Sometimes it hurts to walk the next day.

what are you, a gigolo?

Iowanian
06-16-2009, 09:03 AM
Pro's: I'm self-employed
Con's: I'm self employed

x2

JD10367
06-16-2009, 09:13 AM
Pros:
I have a specialized job which appears difficult and impressive.
I don't have to deal with customers or co-workers.
I get to surf the Web and drink coffee and watch cable TV.
I get to wear jeans and polo shirts and not a business suit.
I sort of set my own hours.
I know the job like the back of my hand.
I'm paid okay. Not enough to buy a Ferrari, but enough to subsist and go on cruises.
My job is fairly secure compared to most peoples'.

Cons:
I work in a dark, windowless, noisy room.
I'm basically a blue-collar monkey operating a machine.
I have to work goofy hours and days.
I have to come in at a moment's notice for problems.
I get no holidays (didn't even know that was legal until I got this job, but it is).
I'm unappreciated.
It's a dead-end job with no upward mobility.
It's physically taxing and isn't something I can do forever.

tooge
06-16-2009, 09:22 AM
pros: good pay, good hours, set my own schedule, get to really help people, get to choose where I live.
cons: highly stressful, one mistake can cost me my license.

seclark
06-16-2009, 09:32 AM
pro:
good pay
excellent benefits
job security(so far, been here 28 years)
variety

con:
late night call outs
constant training
stress

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XXXshogunXXX
06-16-2009, 09:58 AM
Pros:
money is ok, I guess.
Huge 4X4 war room like plasma screens to watch tv and current events
Literally do not do any work for weeks at a time but browse web
Actual work is generally easy
Good Learning experience

Cons:
Plasma screens are stuck on Fox news and weather channel only, recently all turned off.
Building and job is very secure. 4 different codes and 3 different badges before I get to my desk, also no windows.
Have to remember 5 different passwords all containing at least 15 characters, 2 upper, lower, numbers, special, etc.
Cant bring my phone in since it has a camera
Almost every good site is blocked, youtube, etc.
Literally have no work to do weeks at a time but browse web.
Cant wear Jeans, shirt, only on weekends.
Working with servers on the biggest network in the world, little mistakes can be costly.
Boring.


My old position was awesome with all the traveling. I hate being stuck at a desk the entire time. I dont know If I could do this forever.

I'm literally thinking of getting into MMA or boxing professionally.......

Jilly
06-16-2009, 10:06 AM
pros:
constant blessing
unexpected joy
it's my passion - i love church, God, faith, religions - and I get to eat, live, breathe it.
watching people grow and help change the world
seeing lives changed constantly
seeing old people learn something new and become impassioned and empowered
something happens every day that I didn't know I could do or would do, but I've been given the power to do it
the optimism of it - people are good and there's always the hope that people will become even better
hope - no matter what I see in the world that's discouraging, I'm always surrounded by the good that counters it
mission - I get to be a part of a church who's soul yearns to help people
flexible hours

cons:
flexible hours - middle of the night/early morning/Saturdays/Sundays/ doesn't matter day or night - I'm available, on call, and never able to really get away, unless i leave the state and even then it is questionable
fish bowl living - although I'm human, people expect more out of me and I never will and simply cannot always live up to the expectation
being "on" constantly
Lack of friends or avenues for friends - because of the stereotypes of who ministers or even "Christians" are supposed to be, many people are hesitant or feel as if they cannot be themselves around me....it makes for making friends a little difficult; being friends with parishioners is way too complicated and I have a staff of 2 and I'm also their supervisor
The people - sometimes working with 250 people is a real pain in the ass

Nzoner
06-16-2009, 10:11 AM
Pro's: I'm self-employed
Con's: I'm self employed

this,absolutely this

ChiTown
06-16-2009, 12:01 PM
this,absolutely this

It's great when the money is rolling in, and sucks when you are looking around for some help in a down economy/bad month, etc..

Overall, I like what I do. I'm just tightening the belt an extra notch for the next 12-18 months....or so.

Sure-Oz
06-16-2009, 12:25 PM
Congrats! I hope it's challenging and stays that way for a while, but at the very least, in a couple of years you'll have that magical 2-3 years of experience that opens up many more opportunities.

Thanks man, and yeah i think it will be a challenge. They told me it will take about a year to get everything here. It is fun so far, and im training alot right now nad the atmosphere is great. I am excited and love it already, and opp. will come thanks to this inside the company, and wherever. I am so glad i am IN, it's been a good year plus since ive seriously looked for an IT job that could jump start everything for me!

CoMoChief
06-16-2009, 12:29 PM
I like the people i work with, including my boss.

However I work Louisiana claims, you want to talk about the scum idiots of the country, most of them live there.

Jilly
06-16-2009, 12:57 PM
the other con for me - salary...I don't do it for money, but I feel like after 35 people have joined since January (keep in mind we are a small suburban church in an old neighborhood and used to worship less than 100), I should at least get a raise.

Iowanian
06-16-2009, 12:58 PM
I need 2 or 3 of me and my job would be kicking ass.

Jilly
06-16-2009, 01:01 PM
I need 2 or 3 of me and my job would be kicking ass.

this

Katipan
06-16-2009, 01:02 PM
the other con for me - salary...I don't do it for money, but I feel like after 35 people have joined since January (keep in mind we are a small suburban church in an old neighborhood and used to worship less than 100), I should at least get a raise.

Is this something that gets voted on? Or do you have a higher power?

Jilly
06-16-2009, 01:10 PM
Is this something that gets voted on? Or do you have a higher power?

It gets voted on.....the majority of the problem is budget. Like every business/church/organization, the economic crisis is not helping our giving....and forcing people with fixed incomes to pay me more, just seems highly unethical

LTL
06-16-2009, 01:43 PM
I did a career change when I was 35 and became a respiratory therapist.

Pros
rewarding
The people, you get to meet and see alot of different people, both good and bad
challeging and no 2 days are really ever the same
job security
pretty decent pay
benefits are really good
flexible schedule

Cons
Stress, this could be a pro too, some people absolutely being in trauma situations and love the adrenaline rush that comes from those situations as well

You will see things that no matter how hard you try, you won't forget and wish you never had

Long hours. 12 hour days that can turn into 14 and sometimes their is no sitting down and you are running your ass off from the moment you step foot in the door

Katipan
06-16-2009, 01:47 PM
I did a career change when I was 35 and became a respiratory therapist.

HEY! I think I need you.

I can't stop coughing when it's cold. Could that be a product of my lungs being completely coated in smoke when I was a kid? Or is it the weed?

Slainte
06-16-2009, 01:52 PM
I did a career change when I was 35 and became a respiratory therapist.

Are you or any of your co-workers heavy smokers? Cuz that's what I've heard for years that RT's are the worst smokers (so to speak) in the medical-related fields...

BigRedChief
06-16-2009, 02:08 PM
I did a career change when I was 35 and became a respiratory therapist.

Pros
rewarding
The people, you get to meet and see alot of different people, both good and bad
challeging and no 2 days are really ever the same
job security
pretty decent pay
benefits are really good
flexible schedule

Cons
Stress, this could be a pro too, some people absolutely being in trauma situations and love the adrenaline rush that comes from those situations as well

You will see things that no matter how hard you try, you won't forget and wish you never had

Long hours. 12 hour days that can turn into 14 and sometimes their is no sitting down and you are running your ass off from the moment you step foot in the door
I got out of Respiratory Therapy and into I.T.

I sure wish I could unsee some of the "stuff" that I've seen. But on the other hand I lost track of how many lifes I've saved. So I guess thats a fair trade off.

BigRedChief
06-16-2009, 02:11 PM
Are you or any of your co-workers heavy smokers? Cuz that's what I've heard for years that RT's are the worst smokers (so to speak) in the medical-related fields...
Yes, at most of the places I worked over 50% of the RT's smoked. It's the stress of dealing with life and death on a daily basis. Or at least thats how they explan it.

LTL
06-16-2009, 02:14 PM
HEY! I think I need you.

I can't stop coughing when it's cold. Could that be a product of my lungs being completely coated in smoke when I was a kid? Or is it the weed?

Not a whole helluva lot I can do for a cough, and yea probably a product of your lungs being compelety coated in smoke. The weed probably helps you not give a damn though as much when you do cough, so you could actually say the weed is for medicinal purposes....:D

LTL
06-16-2009, 02:17 PM
Are you or any of your co-workers heavy smokers? Cuz that's what I've heard for years that RT's are the worst smokers (so to speak) in the medical-related fields...

I don't if it's anymore than say RNs or any other health related field, I know quite a few RNs that do. The RTs that do seem to be the older ones, the younger ones not many do, so that may change, and I could say the same for RNs as well.

Slainte
06-16-2009, 02:19 PM
Yes, at most of the places I worked over 50% of the RT's smoked. It's the stress of dealing with life and death on a daily basis. Or at least thats how they explan it.

Thanks, BRC.

I don't work in the medfield but I used to smoke pretty good myself--like 2 packs/day more or less for 24 years; I quit for good 3 1/2 yrs ago--and somehow I collected in my brain that bit of info about RT's and have never forgotten it.

BigRedChief
06-16-2009, 02:22 PM
I don't if it's anymore than say RNs or any other health related field, I know quite a few RNs that do. The RTs that do seem to be the older ones, the younger ones not many do, so that may change, and I could say the same for RNs as well.
yeah, I've been out of the field for 10 years now so it probably has changed.

LTL
06-16-2009, 02:22 PM
I got out of Respiratory Therapy and into I.T.

I sure wish I could unsee some of the "stuff" that I've seen. But on the other hand I lost track of how many lifes I've saved. So I guess thats a fair trade off.

For whatever reason, the RTs that have left that seems to be the chosen field that they go into, not sure why.


Yea it's a trade off at times, which is like what you said, it's the reason some of the RTs smoke, their way of dealing with the stress. Have no idea if it's accurate or not, but when I was going thru school we got told that RTs are the heaviest drinkers next to DRs. That one I do believe their is some truth to it, I know quite a few that do alot of drinking.

Why did you get out of it?

JD10367
06-16-2009, 02:52 PM
Is this something that gets voted on? Or do you have a higher power?

I gather from the earlier post that Jilly is a Minister?

And you just asked if they had a higher power?

:spock: :D

Yeah, but I don't think He gets involved in salary disputes. :)

gblowfish
06-16-2009, 02:53 PM
If I blog about where I work, they could find it and fire me.
So I won't do it.

Katipan
06-16-2009, 03:27 PM
Not a whole helluva lot I can do for a cough, and yea probably a product of your lungs being compelety coated in smoke. The weed probably helps you not give a damn though as much when you do cough, so you could actually say the weed is for medicinal purposes....:D

That's the best news I've heard all day.

I gather from the earlier post that Jilly is a Minister?

And you just asked if they had a higher power?

:spock: :D

Yeah, but I don't think He gets involved in salary disputes. :)

You would ruin a knock knock joke.

epitome1170
06-16-2009, 03:28 PM
That's the best news I've heard all day.



You would ruin a knock knock joke.

What do you do Kat that you hate us SE's so much anyway? Everyone but contractors and architects love us.

Katipan
06-16-2009, 03:32 PM
What do you do Kat that you hate us SE's so much anyway? Everyone but contractors and architects love us.

You're just expensive.

Who else would complain about that but a contractor with a set of in house architects?

epitome1170
06-16-2009, 04:13 PM
You're just expensive.

Who else would complain about that but a contractor with a set of in house architects?

Ha

Well you can go the cheap route but you will just spend more in the end in materials and answering RFIs
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prhom
06-16-2009, 08:57 PM
I'd for damn sure get out of that industry. I couldn't handle not being able to go to bars since most of them won't serve miners.

Yuk yuk, you got me good.

Iowanian
06-16-2009, 08:59 PM
Its 10pm, still working.....deadline screaming in for friday afternoon.

JOhn
06-16-2009, 10:42 PM
Isn't that the french word for "pimp"?:D

Heh, I think it means "Gigolo" in Cody. :D Not a bad gig!

ROFL

:evil:

And got to meet a fellow Chiefs fan tonight. Up here for an Insurance agent conference, first 2 drinks were on the house! :D

JOhn
06-16-2009, 10:43 PM
GRRRRRRRRR...I knew there was a reason I hated that guy!:D

Hater :p

BigRedChief
06-17-2009, 06:19 AM
For whatever reason, the RTs that have left that seems to be the chosen field that they go into, not sure why.


Yea it's a trade off at times, which is like what you said, it's the reason some of the RTs smoke, their way of dealing with the stress. Have no idea if it's accurate or not, but when I was going thru school we got told that RTs are the heaviest drinkers next to DRs. That one I do believe their is some truth to it, I know quite a few that do alot of drinking.

Why did you get out of it?
Part of it was that I started bringing home the life and death with me. I worked ICU and ER the last 5 years I was in the field at a level 1 trauma center. That trade off started to get to me. Losing patients became a burden. I never screwed up but it was the thoughts of what could I have done different etc. Another part was money. I was as highly paid as any RRT in the city but you start thinking of college for the kid, retirement funds and where that money is going to come from etc.

I think being good as an RT or a nurse does give you those "intangible" skill sets that help in I.T. A server/network crashes you see a lot of panic by some techs but in my case I'm like please....I know the best way to get brains out of a lab coat. I've seen and lived in life and death on a daily basis for years and this isn't life and death, take a breath and lets go fix it.

JOhn
06-17-2009, 10:55 AM
. I've seen and lived in life and death on a daily basis for years and this isn't life and death, take a breath and lets go fix it.

THIS

I understand what you mean, worked a a Paramedic in KC and surrounding areas for 13+ years. Been in management ever since for the most part, and job is not stress anymore. Fact is what most people stress over I tend to find amusing :D

The Chief
06-17-2009, 11:14 AM
Pros: The money

Cons: No schedule, work every 10 hours and be gone for 36, no holidays or weekends off, don't get to spend much time at home, the rule book we follow is 4 inches thick with fire-able offenses, 10+ hour in hotels with nothing to do, most guys I work with are really stooopid, redundant, mind numbing, dangeous at times, and I don't get to get on the internet and read Chiefs forums except when during the 10-15 hours I'm home at a time.

You must work for a railroad. Only job I know of that has a rule book that thick! No weekends or holidays and are away from home more than you are at home. If not then my job sucks as bad as yours. Ha Ha

Psyko Tek
12-26-2009, 09:58 PM
Bananas?

no but sometimes I get to throw shit at someone

Hog Farmer
12-26-2009, 10:24 PM
I have a hands on job which is really satisfying......for my livestock

Pros.... I get to watch the n00bs chase the boar snake for the first time.


Cons..... Sometimes I have to wipe boar jizz out of my eyes.

Psyko Tek
06-11-2010, 10:59 PM
Bananas?

but it's where they wanna out the bananas that sucks

Guru
06-11-2010, 11:11 PM
Mine is a double edged sword. I love the job as I generally work alone and get a lot of peace and quiet. At the same time, I am tired of the hours being on third shift. Because of the hours I am now on sleeping pills and prilosec. I honestly think that if I was working normal hours I wouldn't need either drug. But, at the same time, I would not have the peace and quiet either.

Chiefspants
06-11-2010, 11:40 PM
I'm currently a server at Village Inn, (I'm only seventeen.)

Pros-
-I usually work the night shift, (5-11, or 3-9, depending on the day.) This works quite well with my summer sleeping pattern, seeing that I'm usually up quite late.
-It's a great place for a first job, I am developing person-person skills which will be vital to me when I grow older.
-I have a lot of regular customers, many of whom treat me quite well and leave respectable tips.
-I also get along with a large amount of my co-workers and have three understanding managers.
-I love having money in my pocket at the end of every night.
-And I love crossing the paths of a large amount of unique people each and every day, all of which have a very interesting story of their own. I am amazed at all the different stories/backgrounds every customer/employee has at a restaurant at a given time, and how each of our paths are crossed for a small portion of time.

Cons-
-I get my fair share of assholes, and people who usually do not realize that I'm currently serving four other tables as well as their own.
-It's about a 26 mile drive there and back, and with my truck only getting about 13 mpg, gas has been a killer.
-I have to do about an hour-hour and a half of side-work after I'm cut from the floor, what sucks about this is that I'm paid $2.13 an hour during this time with no chance to receive tips to make up the difference. This means that overall I'm paid less per hour. (For example, if I make 48 dollars in tips over six hours, that's eight dollars an hour, but if I add that hour of side work, I'm making under minimum wage. I know they have to make up the difference, but the hour of side work eliminates almost any chance I have to make above minimum wage.)
-The work can be tough, and I feel many customers do not appreciate just how much a server has to do. After being here for a few months, let me tell you, it makes my whole night when a customer is understanding after a small mistake, leaves a generous tip after a good meal, or has a polite attitude throughout their meal.


-This last part is both a pro and a con, and that is that the money I make in one day really fluctuates, some days I might be driving home with fifty dollars in my pocket, and other days I may not even have twenty.

MoreLemonPledge
06-11-2010, 11:55 PM
I'm a Pit Boss in a casino.

Pros:

I like the people I work with, and there are a lot of departments that I've worked in and can work in.

I play games for a living (well, watch others play).

People watching at a casino is its own form of entertainment

Cons:

I don't get any holidays or weekends off, and at times I work grave shift.

Our clientele may be the whiniest, unhappiest people on the planet. Not all, but too many.

Many rules and regulations to follow with little to no gray area. Not a lot of room for mistakes.

Bacon Cheeseburger
06-12-2010, 12:20 AM
I'm starting a new job on Monday, so I'll update on my likes/dislikes about it then.

Guru
06-12-2010, 12:37 AM
I'm starting a new job on Monday, so I'll update on my likes/dislikes about it then.How many days?

Bacon Cheeseburger
06-12-2010, 12:40 AM
How many days?
What do you mean? How many days until I decide it sucks? Probably one.

Guru
06-12-2010, 12:48 AM
What do you mean? How many days until I decide it sucks? Probably one.HOw many days is the job. don't you contract?

Bacon Cheeseburger
06-12-2010, 01:08 AM
HOw many days is the job. don't you contract?
I have been, but this is a permanent gig, I'm tired of all the bullshit on the administrative end of things. Have been for years actually, but I had to find the right situation if I was to work for someone else. This is an opportunity to kinda expand my horizons a bit.

Guru
06-12-2010, 01:37 AM
I have been, but this is a permanent gig, I'm tired of all the bullshit on the administrative end of things. Have been for years actually, but I had to find the right situation if I was to work for someone else. This is an opportunity to kinda expand my horizons a bit.Wow, that is a big step for you. I wish you the best of luck.

Fairplay
06-12-2010, 03:52 AM
In

Kerberos
06-12-2010, 06:30 AM
I've only been here 4 weeks and the 6PM to 6AM 12 hour shifts 4 days a week are getting pretty F***ing old. My biological clock is completely screwed right now.

2bikemike
06-12-2010, 10:06 AM
I love my job. I provide electricity to the masses. I also work 12 hour shifts. We work what is known as a "Dupont Schedule" Since we are rotating shifts I do have to work some nights, weekends and holidays which sucks sometimes. But every 4 weeks I get 7 days off in a row.

I can't imagine what it would be like to get off only on Saturday and Sunday. One of the great things about our shift schedule is being off in the middle of the week. A lot the things I like to do I can do on a weekday when everyone else is at work. Things like Golf, Skiing, and Christmas shopping are so much easier on a Tues or Wed.

Pros: Great pay and benefits, Schedule allows me to do much more with my off time. I really love my job.

Cons: Some of the dumbasses I work with. (Pretty common I bet), Working nights, weekends and Holidays sucks sometimes. Schedule does prevent doing things like joining a Trap League or Softball team.

RJ
06-12-2010, 10:35 AM
I work in mining, it's a lot of fun and very fulfilling to know that my work may someday actually contribute something of value to the economy.

Pros: travel to interesting places, good pay, good benefits, get to use explosives without being in a war zone or getting arrested

Cons: sometimes you have to live in less than ideal places like sub-Saharan Africa or Battle Mountain NV, you will likely never have attractive women in your workplace, mining towns are BYOW (bring your own woman)


Are you a Dwarf? Do you know Sleepy and Doc and Grumpy and those guys?

RJ
06-12-2010, 10:41 AM
I have been, but this is a permanent gig, I'm tired of all the bullshit on the administrative end of things. Have been for years actually, but I had to find the right situation if I was to work for someone else. This is an opportunity to kinda expand my horizons a bit.


Still painting and such? Related field?

Good luck tou you, Bug.

JOhn
06-12-2010, 11:04 AM
I love the job I have right now. It's the second best job I have ever had and for this period in my life it's nearly perfect.

My official job Title is: Guest Experience Champion ( GEC ), in layman's terms I'm the Concierge. The company I work for owns 5 different hotels/guest ranches in Wyoming. The property I work at has 349 rooms on site. 189 in the actual Hotel I'm at, 92 cabins next door and 68 rooms in an adjoining hotel. We are the largest property in Cody, and the second largest in the state.

It's a really cool gig, as I'm one of the Sr Department managers, directly under the GM/Owner. But unlike the other managers ( Food & Beverage, maintenance ect..) my staff is only 2-6 other employees. So I don't have to deal wit of the petty employee issues that they do. Yet have all the benefits that go with the position.

Basically my job is to take care of the guests and VIP's in particular. I handle all guest complaints, problems and requests. I get to meet a lot of really cool & Interesting people and the occasional famous one also. The pay is really good and above average for the area. The people I work for are the best employers I have ever had. I get to dress nice, suit & tie, everyday and have to do very little if any actual physical work. I spend 90% of my work day just walking around hanging out and talking to people. the other 10% of the time I spend either at my desk doing paperwork, research ect and a very small amount of time actually having to deal with problems. We have such a great staff that the majority of problems I do deal with are simply people that are going to me unhappy no matter what...lol

The only really suck part of the job is the hours I work. During the busy tourist season, May through Sept, I work split shifts everyday. This means I go in at 5:30 am till 10am, then come back and work 4pm to 9-11pm. I average about 50hrs a week with some weeks hitting 60hours if we are really busy. But other than that I can't complain at all about it. And really the only reason the hours are a pain is because I'm a single dad and babysitting is sometimes hard to find with those hours.

The only other job I have ever had that was better was when I worked as a Paramedic, and the hours there were even worse.

EWOK
06-12-2010, 11:37 AM
I switched careers 6 years ago. I spent 20 years working on cars and now I teach automotives.

Pros;
Not dealing with customers
Not working in the heat/cold
No long hours
Not having to deal with flat rate pay
Benefits
Time off
Less demanding on my body
Get paid to talk about cars
Cons;
Dealing with students that know more than I
Dealing with administrators that have no idea how shops work
Advancement is limited
4 days working 11 to 15 hours each
Pay is so so

Buehler445
06-13-2010, 08:50 AM
FWIW, I did end up making the change. I work about 10,000 times harder, but I don't hate life at the end of the day.
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KurtCobain
06-13-2010, 08:54 AM
I work as a janitor type guy at a community center at night, and a playing card sorter during the day.

Both jobs suck, I get few days off, overtime is a bitch, but the money is coming in and that's what matters.

Reerun_KC
06-13-2010, 08:55 AM
FWIW, I did end up making the change. I work about 10,000 times harder, but I don't hate life at the end of the day.
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You might not hate life, but life hates you at the end of the day...

RJ
06-13-2010, 09:06 AM
FWIW, I did end up making the change. I work about 10,000 times harder, but I don't hate life at the end of the day.
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I was confused at first, but then I realiZed it was a year old thread.

Buehler445
06-13-2010, 10:13 AM
You might not hate life, but life hates you at the end of the day...

That's cool with me.

prhom
06-13-2010, 11:22 AM
Are you a Dwarf? Do you know Sleepy and Doc and Grumpy and those guys?

Ha, no. I get that a lot though. I'm an engineer so I don't really do any of the actual mining. I also work at an open pit operation so it's a far cry from what most people envision when they think of mining. We've got 200-ton capacity haul trucks and hydraulic excavators with 42-yard buckets, not exactly like the county gravel pit down the road. It's a lot of fun, but the hours are long.

Jenson71
06-14-2010, 08:04 AM
Detasseler:
Pro:
A very nice bonus at the end of the season
Only lasts about 3 weeks
Good workout
Meet new kids who you can yell at for missing tassels
Some days you get out at about 11:00AM and you have the whole day to yourself
Con:
Wet mornings are absolutely horrible
Some days last til 4PM
Waking up at 4AM can be rough

Student:
Pro:
Setting my own hours
Very enjoyable to learn so many things
Sitting in class and listening is pretty easy
Meeting cool people
Con:
Some nights are pretty intense, if there is a big test the next day or a paper due
Some professors and people are annoying
Can get a little repetitive in ways

luv
06-14-2010, 08:53 AM
Software support:

Pros:
Learn something new almost every day
Pays pretty well
Will hopefully be working from home in about 6-8 weeks
Been with company for almost 12 years, so I have four weeks of vacation per year
Talking to people

Cons:
Insufficient training
Company no longer selling software I support
Not sure how much longer I will have my job
Talking to people

SenselessChiefsFan
06-14-2010, 12:46 PM
pros: good pay, good hours, set my own schedule, get to really help people, get to choose where I live.
cons: highly stressful, one mistake can cost me my license.

What do you do?

Pestilence
06-14-2010, 12:56 PM
Elections Coordinator:

Pros:

Pays well.
Inbetween elections I have a lot of down time. This is good if I want to take trips or just take a day or two off.
The actual work isn't that hard and most of it is pretty interesting.
During normal times I work M-F/8-5.

Cons:

The Voters. Voters are the whiniest, bitchiest fucking people I've ever worked for.
There are a couple of employees that I can't stand. One of those people....is who I'm in charge of.
Election day hours suck. 6 am until roughly 2 am the next day.

RaiderH8r
06-14-2010, 02:29 PM
This is easy. My pros and cons are one and the same: other people.

'Hamas' Jenkins
06-14-2010, 02:32 PM
Grading papers and inconsiderate fucks who use cell phones during class.

Sully
06-14-2010, 02:47 PM
Pro:
Absolutely what i was meant to do
I'm good at it


Con:
No jobs, so I'm not actually doing it, yet

raybec 4
06-14-2010, 03:03 PM
Operations Excellence is my title but it just means efficiency and quality.
Pros- As long as there are manufacturing or transactional processes I will have opportunity for employment
I have professional certifications that are sought after
I can actually say i make the company money
Save peoples jobs at times by making the company more efficient
Mentally challenging
Cons- Physically sedentary most days
Lots and lots of statistics
Kind of boring at times
Can cost peoples jobs by eliminating parts of a process.

CoMoChief
06-14-2010, 03:13 PM
Position: Auto Claim Rep

PRO'S
- I like the people I work with, supervisors and co-workers are nice, fun to be around
- Advancement will be available soon once the boomers start to retire
- VERY close to home, a lot of times if its nice I'll walk to work.
- good pay/benefits/job security

CON's
- I deal w/ people in Louisiana, which means at least 75% of them can't read, are crooks, and have no Idea what it means to be self-reliant. You saw all of the turds that came out of the wood work during Katrina? Those are the types of people I deal w/ on a daily basis. You tell them shit, and it goes into one ear and out the other. Everyone gets a fuckin attorney and it just delays the process further and people don't understand that. VERY annoying.
- As much as I like mgmt at my job, they sure do micro-manage a lot. At times its gets annoying. It's a call-center type job, so results/job critique are based on the #'s you generate...to a point. They also almost "demand" working overtime, even though it's considered "voluntary" it "looks bad if you don't", kinda thing. This is probably what I hate the most.

Ugly Duck
06-14-2010, 03:29 PM
Position: Radiologic Technologist

Pros: Great pay, satisfaction of helping people in dire need.

Cons:
1) Watching people die.
2) So many people have lost or are losing their health insurance that they cannot afford to see a doctor when they need one. They often wait until it's too late, end up in the emergency room, and perish.

cardken
06-16-2010, 05:55 AM
Work in the Nursing Home industry. As Maintenance Supervisor.
Pros: Coma and Go as I please.
No staff to be hassled about.
Little to do on a day to day basis
Cons: Little to do on a day to day basis
Boring and makes days long
Depressing around very old and debilitated people
Pay stinks, but cheap to live here on one of the states biggest lakes, so good fishing, boating ect.

phisherman
06-16-2010, 08:02 AM
I'm a Software Developer for a large law firm in KC.

Pros:
Great co-workers.
Great benefits.
Chances to work with all kinds of new technology.
We pretty much get to take whatever training we want if it will help in our jobs.
Vendors man, vendors. Gotta love free Royals tickets and free rounds of golf.

Cons:
The downtown commute from the suburbs.
Needy and demanding users.
So many separate projects, sometimes it's easy to get bogged down.