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meb999
December 12th, 2005, 01:09 PM
Just curious as to everyone's profession...(actually, I'm kinda hoping there'll be a fiscal lawyer on here that can give me some explanations for my exams :p)

I'm a student, I'm graduating this year and next year I face the Barr! What do you do?

Bushfire2000
December 12th, 2005, 01:22 PM
No lawyer I'm afraid. Just a poor poor farmer here.

jessi76
December 12th, 2005, 01:27 PM
sorry, I'm not a lawyer either... I'm a graphic designer.

CyberKitten
December 12th, 2005, 01:49 PM
I am having a bad day - a, home sick so your question is sort of timely, a fun one I do not have to put too much thought in or worry that I will do something that requires forms in triplicate and 4 committee meetings.

I so want to change the world and was quite convinced when I graduated from medical school that I would indeed do just that - it was all there for the taking and I had soooo much hope!! (Plus, being so young, I knew so much - I am amazed at how little I now realize I know tho that does not deter me from learning something new every day (my motto). I thought my dad was way too practical but now I realize he was sooo much smarter than me, no matter that I had more univ degrees than him. (He is still smarter by far!)

I am a pediatric oncologist. Since there is actually no such certification as oncology, I am Board certified in pediatrics and hematology but 99% of my young patients have cancer, aplastic anemia type illnesses or HIV kind of things that may be hard to pin down. I am also a researcher since being one who loves to read (I even like tests - I know it's weird but I come from a very competitive family, lol), I did a combined PhD-MD degree before doing my Residencies.

I still do try to save the world one disaster at a time so I am on the executive of Les Medcins sans Frontieres (Drs without Borders) and have most recently been to Louisiana post Katrina (tho that was mostly die to the Cdn govt and a Harvard based Alumni group) and to Sumatra after the Tsunami. I have also worked for the group in war torn countries which makes me both angry that we have so much and take too much for granted here in North America yet also guilty because I can come home to it and actually enjoy and feel immensely privileged to be Canadian. I also strongly believe in participating in politics - and have to admit to a real anger at those who do not vote. There is no such entity as a lost vote. I am also chagrined by people who vote for the party they think will win or the only one with a chance since there is no such gentility as a wasted vote (Ask Nellie McClung!!!!). I do not always like what I see in some of the orgs - and the political party I support - but if I do nothing, I have absolutely no right at all to complain about it. Well, legally I have a right but morally ands ethically; it shows poor judgement or worse, cynicism and disregard for the hard work and concerns of others.

Anyway - off my soapbox. I also love cats - and other animals - and have been an environmental activist - was once sued by a chemical company and I told them I was delighted to meet them in court since the publicity alone would mean their horrid practices would be made public. I lost but won on appeal. I would do it again in a heartbeat! I also am involved in disability rights issues and have served in elected office (NOT saying which one or when, lol) - I was the youngest person and first woman to do two things in politics.

Now I just treat one child at a time and try to save a few and attract enough research money to make some meaningful changes in the lives of children who suffer. I myself think my life changed when I faced death on a few occasions - once as a teenager when I was told I had a 1 in 3 chance of surviving surgery (the other choices were life and learning to walk again or being paralysed.) I did learn to walk again and it makes me appreciate that as well. I still hate going downstairs though and it was a long time ago that I attacked those steps in that physiotherapy room in Boston. From time to time, I have bouts of posttraumatic stress from my work overseas and I also have chronic pain that my orthepedic doc tells me other patients with fewer problems are all home in bed and on oxygen. But my work motivates me to keep going. I am too supersensitive for my own good (I am still upset by something someone wrote to me on this forum the other day, insinuating I did not care for national untidy when I spent a small fortune to charter a bus to Quebec but that is the stress I think.)

Anyway - this is likely more than you bargained for and I am sorry to have gone at great length. To respond simply to your question, I work with children who have cancer and try to concurrently help them and run a research lab to ensure others do not have to. (Now if certain chemical companies would desist in making products that cause cancer.... but I digress again!)

Dog Mom
December 12th, 2005, 01:49 PM
sorry no lawyer here either. I'm an administrative assistant.

Roxy's_MA
December 12th, 2005, 01:56 PM
Right now I am an adminstrative assistant, but I quite my job (cause I hate it. The only good thing is spending time on pets.ca). My last day is Thursday and I start my new career. I will be apprenticing as a parts technician. I am so happy about the change. Sitting in a desk all day is not me, so I am glad it will be over.

Mrs Bungle
December 12th, 2005, 02:09 PM
Im a compositor, ie special effects for feature....

jjgeonerd
December 12th, 2005, 02:33 PM
Geotechnical Engineer...think dirt. I do tunnels now.

Mrs Bungle
December 12th, 2005, 02:37 PM
"think dirt"

i dont know why, but that made me laugh *lol*

gomez
December 12th, 2005, 02:54 PM
I'm a chef

:)

melanie
December 12th, 2005, 03:17 PM
CK to me your a hero, and a wonderful woman doing her best everyday, good on ya mate the world is a better place to have you in it for sure:D


um im an environmental scientist, currently working as an environmental consultant....

but i wish i was either in the circus as a clown/entertainer or a hairdresser, it would be great to have such a skills. i find trades very attractive, and if i was not in this industry i would certaily be a trady, its just cool to have such practicle skills (not that mine arent practicle, but i wanna cut hair:D ).

Mrs bungel, is your husband Mr bungle:D bahahahahahashahah (i hope you get the joke) i saw mr bungle in 1996 they were just fantastic..... great user name..... (although every time i read it i think of wynona and her big brown beva song, lol).

Mrs Bungle
December 12th, 2005, 03:27 PM
HAHAHA YOU DID?

No my husband isnt mr bungle, although i used to wish mike patton was (HAHAH) Thats awsome you were able to see them!!!! I saw them i think in 98 or something here in toronto (met patton and trey before the show WOWOW) It was awsome!

Im surprised you picked up on that, most people dont ;)

papillonmama
December 12th, 2005, 04:04 PM
Sorry, I'm not a lawyer either, just a Youth Art Facilitator. Fancy title for someone who runs an art program for inner city youth.

melanie
December 12th, 2005, 05:11 PM
gosh were a talented bunch, and pretty professional, dont we have any trades ppl here, perhaps some plumbers and mechanics???

can a farmer be a trades person, nah i suppose you supply things, so that may not fit the bill, i would love to be a farmer too, one day i will be a happy chicken farmer, for eggs only of course (couldnt eat them you know). thats the plan, what do you farm bushfire?????

mrs bungle, i could never miss such a reference, i have been looking at your name for days wondering, mike patton would be a yummy husband, could that be a trade??:D

apologies to everyone for being dumb, um reference to wynonas big bever, im a bit preggers so the brain aint up to speed:o wynonas bever song was a primus song:rolleyes: if i can get my brain to function (its hot, im preggers, im gettin old, took to many drugs as a kid, the brain cant take it anymore and gets a bit adled and confused at times).... but i saw primus to, oh i miss good gigs......

hay do we have any teachers, doesnt someone here work for a school library (my brains just probably making that up).:D

StaceyB
December 12th, 2005, 05:19 PM
Sorry can't help ya, just own a dog training business.

mafiaprincess
December 12th, 2005, 06:25 PM
Assistant ski instructor.. looking to get my level one this winter so I'll be a full ski instructor.

Thinking about going back to school for paramedicine though.

t.pettet
December 12th, 2005, 06:30 PM
Have been grooming dogs for 19 yrs. and am involved with rescue orgs.

wdawson
December 12th, 2005, 06:47 PM
i an an owner \ operator of a carpet and upholstery cleaning company.

Joey.E.CockersMommy
December 12th, 2005, 06:52 PM
I am a call centre specialist, My recent training was to be an administrative assistant but all those jobs where we are are really low paying with no hours.

Before I was a caregiver for mentally and physically handicapped adults and children for 10 years. I stopped doing it not because of the clients but because of my co-workers and politics in the workplace, lots of back stabbing and I got totally stressed out. I would go back to it as it is rewarding except its been a few years now and I would have to re-do all my certification and its just too overwheming to think about.I was also a teachers aid in Vancouver about 12 years ago.

meb999
December 12th, 2005, 08:25 PM
YAY!! I love hearing about everyone's jobs..it gives insight on the different people we encounter here. I love it!
Too bad there aren't any fiscal lawyers though....I could REALLY use the help :p

CK -- You're my hero.

joeysmama
December 12th, 2005, 08:55 PM
I'm a teacher by profession, but left when I had my own children. My husband owns a pension consulting firm. I am not very involved in that as it's beyond my area of expertise. But I'm pretty busy right now as he is expanding his business and so some stuff falls on me.

I'm a moderator/lifestyles coach on another website (not pet related, it's about healthy lifestyle choices re: diet, exercies etc.) It's a part time position, I won't get rich, but I can work in my jammies, and frequently do.

I also do some public speaking. Motivational type seminars for churches and women's groups.

So mostly I'm a stay at home mom whose children are grown. Pretty sweet huh? (But not so sweet when it's time to pay the bills.:rolleyes: )

Bushfire2000
December 12th, 2005, 08:59 PM
A farmer a Trades person :eek: ,really Jack/Jill of all trades thats a farmer .
Mechanic, Carpenter, chef (haha), plumber, electrician, etc.

Oh ,and I was a Librarian in my premarried state, work part time at an auction service presently as well as being a former Assistant Administrator for the Village Office and manager of a bowling alley.
Did I forget the hardest job of all MOTHER. That ones the killer.:D
Nah just kidding love the little:evil: 's

twodogsandacat
December 12th, 2005, 09:08 PM
I’m a client server specialist for a large Canadian company.

However I wish I were a farmer. I worked on a horse farm while on strike in a previous life and I loved it. I’d much rather work with my hands than my head.

Prin
December 12th, 2005, 09:14 PM
You know me, I'm the biology student... Before this, I was a customer service rep for Star Choice, and before that, I was a photo lab technician, and before that, I was a used car salesperson, and before that I made crappy pastries, and before that I was a Barista, and before that I worked at a record store, and before that I was a financial administrator for an international engineering firm.:D And for summers while being a student, I worked at a vet and a kennel and then Air Canada...:D

So Mel, does Jane of all trades count?:D

Hey jjgeonerd, one day, when I'm PM, (heh heh- I'm joking about that one), I'll build a tunnel connecting the 2 15's in Montreal and call it "the Boo tunnel"... Right now you take the 15 south, then you have to zig zag using the 40 west that is ALWAYS congested to get to the Decarie Expressway, which is 15 south again. So in my mandate, I'm going to make a tunnel that takes you straight from one 15 to the other.

"Which is the fastest way to get there?"
"Take the Boo. There's never traffic on the Boo. It's designed so well.":thumbs up
But I digress.:o

meb999
December 12th, 2005, 11:53 PM
Hey jjgeonerd, one day, when I'm PM, (heh heh- I'm joking about that one), I'll build a tunnel connecting the 2 15's in Montreal and call it "the Boo tunnel"... Right now you take the 15 south, then you have to zig zag using the 40 west that is ALWAYS congested to get to the Decarie Expressway, which is 15 south again. So in my mandate, I'm going to make a tunnel that takes you straight from one 15 to the other.

"Which is the fastest way to get there?"
"Take the Boo. There's never traffic on the Boo. It's designed so well.":thumbs up
But I digress.:o

I'd vote for you!!
But won't Jemma be jealous of the Boo tunnel? Maybe you could build another bridge to the south shore and call it the Jemma!
Then you could tell people : Take the Boo all the way to Decarie and follow Decarie to the Jemma -- you can't miss it!

Back to the topic at hand : Before I was a law student I was a Waitress/Bartender/Cocktail waitress at the Biftèque, then at the Keg. I was a photographer (I have a DEC in Creative Arts and one in Photography -- although you wouldn't guess it by the pics I post -- my digital camera suck butt...then again what do you expect for 80$!?!)
And then I quit my GLAMOROUS job as a photographer (I used to take pictures for the Publi-sac) to go back to school.

Now I'm hesitating between doing the Barr (becoming a lawyer) or doing my Notary diploma -- I must admit I've been leaning towards the latter. I'm not a huge fan of litigation.

everyone here has such interesting jobs...I agree with Melanie -- trades are awesome! My bf is a mecanic, a VERY good mecanic and it blows me away at how great he is at his job!

Prin
December 13th, 2005, 01:44 AM
oooo Notary! I know a notary who has a caddy, fur boots, a fur hat and full length fur coat... Not that that's a good thing or anything but he's LOADED. :D (Hey, money can't buy good taste!)

And Jemma.. Well, her name just doesn't ring like Boo's for a tunnel or bridge... It's not her fault, she didn't pick her name like Boo did. If she did pick her name, I still don't think they'd even let me name the bridge "the Viscious"...:D

shannonRN
December 13th, 2005, 01:45 AM
I'm a nurse, perpetual undergrad student, and Procrastinator Extraordinaire. Perhaps I should change my name to 'shannonPE'.

As for what I 'do,' I do my job and worry constantly that someone will suffer because of something I did or didn't do. I don't know if hospital nursing is really where it's at for me, but I keep changing my mind about what I want to study and do, so I'm perpetually working on different courses of study. If I combined my studies of different topics into one course of study, I would have a PhD by now.

Prin
December 13th, 2005, 01:56 AM
Really? I thought ShannonRN was an MD? I'm so confused! :D
If you need incentive to go back to school, just think: you can get your own good luck threads when you're in exams... That's enough motivation, isn't it? All these people rooting for ya, it's great!:love:

shannonRN
December 13th, 2005, 02:09 AM
I don't need incentive to go back to school--I am back to school, I just took the fall semester off because of burnout. I thought I wanted to be a PA so I enrolled in a BS/MS program, but now I don't know if that's what I want and it will take so much longer than I thought it would initially, so I took a break and need to decide whether I'm going back to that in the spring, or if I will start in a master's nurse practitioner program or if I want to do something else all together. Heck I just don't know what I'm doing.

Prin
December 13th, 2005, 02:11 AM
Yeah, I know what that's like...:( Have you tried taking an aptitude test? I've never taken one, but apparently they help...

Bushfire2000
December 13th, 2005, 09:38 AM
An aptitude test thats scarry!!!
What if it comes back that I should be a Janitor :eek:
They're very nice people I'm sure, but I've always wanted to be a ballerina.:D

Rottielover
December 13th, 2005, 09:42 AM
I am a data analyst for a company that works in the pharmaceutical field

jawert1
December 13th, 2005, 10:11 AM
I'm a network analyst for the largest isp in the world :)

Bushfire2000
December 13th, 2005, 10:15 AM
what's isp?

jawert1
December 13th, 2005, 10:22 AM
Internet Service Provider :) and funny enough Prin, aptitude tests are funny things - I have a BA in English and work with numbers all day LOL:D

meb999
December 13th, 2005, 11:21 AM
If I combined my studies of different topics into one course of study, I would have a PhD by now.

Same here! I had the hardest time figuring out what I wanted to do. I have a Dec in Creative Arts, then I went to University in Teaching English as a second language, then I went back to Cegep in Pure and applied science, then I studied Photography ...and now law!!
Don't get discouraged, it'll come to you! I think anything you learn isn't wasted...it just makes you more cultured to have studied many different subjects :-)

Have you tried taking an aptitude test? I've never taken one, but apparently they help...
I took one. It told me I should be a postal worker.

CyberKitten
December 13th, 2005, 11:39 AM
Oh wow, such an interesting and diverse group we have - I love reading this thread. I have a few observations and pls just take them for what they are worth, lol

I am no hero. As my brother, a certified accountant who made the highest grades in his accounting class - and he is considered the underachiever in my family, mostly I am afraid by himself tho he does have much self esteem since he is an excellent athlete and could be a double for Tom Cruise - I cannot believe I have such a good looking brother, lol - anyway - as he would say re firefighters being heroes, we just do our job. That's what I do, my work and I love it, even tho it can be quite stressful. It also cam inspire me in so many ways - mostly in the people, especially the little ones and how brave they are (and I can relate to them, having spent many months of my own young life in hospitals which were less friendly to kids than they are now - and still today, my patients find the transition from "the Children's Hospital" to the "adult" hospital a huge trauma!!!! I sooo understand that and try to be there for them as they work thru it.

I am envious of your photographic skills meb99. I have done work for newspapers and as someone who still on occasion writes a column and serves on an editorial board, I endure all the laughter at my "ineptitude" with a camera tho I seem to be doing better with my digital camera these days - esp with my pix of YY who is such a great subject, of course!!! And hey, there is nothing wrong with being a lawyer. My sister is an Associate Dean of a Law School and she loves the law and tho I would never admit it to her, I never quite completely understand her very esoteric field. She does also do some litigation for a major law firm ( Gosh, I sound like a contestant on one of those quiz shows, lol) and I am very proud of her work. She is often named as a potential Judge and while she might be good at that, I rather suspect she is a much better academic. My grandfather was a Supreme Court Justice and an academic and a small town lawyer and a politician so it does run in the family I am afraid. I considered law but love science so it would not have worked tho I did consider environmental law - I actually have two friends who have degrees in both law and medicine so you never know. I doubt I will ever get bored with what I do now tho - no day is the same and I thrive on that. I'd go stark raving nuts in a job that was rote. I do know some ppl enjoy that so thank goodness there are those who do.

As for farmers, that too is a most rewarding profession!!! Not an easy one and thank God we have farmers. My grandpa - the lawyer - also had a small farm and the work was very hard, he and my gram and my dad and his brother and other relatives managed it and it taught is the value of hard work. To this day, my dad, an engineer, still considers hard work a day in which some physical labour is involved. Sitting at a desk - he is not impressed by that, lol I think farmers require so many skills, esp in this changing world - they need to know how to care for their animals, all that technical knowledge, when and how to grow crops, even what crops like each other - I could go on and on but it is not an easy life and I admire those who do it well.

Shannon, I always knew you were a nurse since I live in that hierarchy of the hospital world, sigh. Still, I know some LPN's who are more heroic than any world famous doctor and RN's who could tell some arrogant male doctors a thing or too. There are I am sorry to say some arrogant female docs too, sigh. I had one gram a nurse and one a doctor and I heard about the discrimination my dr gram went thru - and am much happier that the world is a little more friendly to women in medicine today. There are still some sexist prigs out there but such is life.

I know what you mean about about trying to decide what to do. Sometimes, I still think I am pondering what I want to do when I grow up, lol I work in one field but love to write, do research, love teaching, and did degrees in computer science for fun (the benefits of working for a university!!!). I 'd love to be a vet and think I would be good at it but I can at least care for my own babies.

I assumed you had a BS since here, just to practice and be a registered nurse, you require a degree. Many older RN's were "grandmothered" in the legislation tho it is tough for them at age 55 plus to be slogging thru subjects like analytical chemistry or calculus. (I know one RN who is a truly excellent nurse and she never took calculus in nursing school or high school and hates math. I try to tutor her when I can - and in return, she knits these fabulous caftans or sweaters for my young patients who sometimes get cold when they run a fever.) A close friend who is an pubic health specialist honestly believes that in the health care field, one should be required to be start out in nursing first and then aim for acceptance in medical school, depending on grades as well as assessment of their work as a nurse. I think it's a superb idea!!!! I like the character Abby on ER tho I wish she had fewer problems - but of course it is a drama so... c'est la vie, lol

"My" nurse manager in my office who I could never do without and who I dearly love is a nurse practitioner - what we call a PA here. She had a BS and then did her Masters degree so she could work in our clinic. She also has credentials in oncological nursing and writes for a variety of nursing journals. And you know, I often find some real gems of wisdom in nursing journals!!! (more practical advice sometimes than the studies I read about and even participate in in the work I have published in Cdn Journals, the New Eng Journal of Med and Lancet - I was soooooo excited the 1st time my name appeared as a student when I assisted a doc in a study published there but I have long got over that, lol). One of the best pieces of advice that even many pharmacists do not know is that if patients take medication that causes dry mouth (like the tricyclics for ex), taking vitamin B6 will help to make one's mouth feel less like cotton. It really works. I think it was in the AJN, can't recall - I meant to cut that tiny article out but never did. I just remember it and always tell ppl and it works!!!

Anyway - I do not know how to advice you. Have you considered- if you are interested in becoming a PA - going to med school? Or doing grad nursing school so you could teach? Or do you prefer clinical work? There are so many exciting opportunities in nursing now - just as there are in medicine - public health, midwifery - which my grandmother was but her Irish (as in Dublin, Ireland) was not recognised in Canada so she returned to get her degree at a time most nurses had diplomas. She did have a diploma and an added year of studying midwifery in Dublin. (As you prob know, that is much more accepted in Europe and it once was well established in Nova Scotia too with its British /Scottish/Irish/ roots. But that one year program at "our" university (there was also at the time a one year dip in public health and a one yr dip in northern nursing) was eliminated to concentrate on the BSc in Nursing program. I am also interested in the nurse anesthetist programs in the US (Here, even GP's are not permitted to do that, one must be Board certified in the field which frankly delays unnecessarily routine surgery like setting a fracture in small hospitals and clinics. So I wish we had that program here and I have brought it up at our med school. I made more progress tho when I suggested it to the Dean of Nursing as you can imagine, lol

Have you thought of school nursing or home visiting nursing (public health with a twist). In NB, we have a unique program - based in part on a progressive NZ program (with so many ppl not near urban medical care and specialists, etc) - called Extra Mural Hospital. It means one can be consided a hospital patient and still be served at home. Nurses, RT's, OT's, LPN's, home care workers, social workers, doctors - whatever service is required - visit the patient at home and treat the person there, It usually follows post hospitalization of course but not always. In fact, 55% of admissions to EM are direct referrals from physicians whose patients are not currently hospitalized. We can monitor patients now with our tech gadgets - telehealth, measure BP's, OSats, and so forth right from where we are even if there are 400 miles away. I love the program - which is now almost 20 yrs ols - You can read its history here:

www.gnb.ca/0051/0384/pdf/1985e.pdf (Note this is an Adobe Acrobat application)

There is also a good overview of it by one its key founders in the J Ambul Care Manage. 1993 Jul;16(3):40-50. - who did not foresee the technological support we now provide. I am thrilled that I can talk to my young patient online with our webcams and take her vitals right here and then while she is in another province! It does of course require patient education but patients should be well educated about their own situation and how to help themselves - I believe it really helps the prognosis. And nurses often do this better than some of the "old fashioned" docs I know who have yet to accept the wonderful concept of us all working as a team - with no one more important than the other. As a law student meb, you might be interested in a court case where a federal govt agency tried to deny a woman her benefits because they claimed she was not in a hospital but the Board of Referees did have to point out that in NB, the Extra Mural Hospital is a hospital with all that word entails!! The result is here:

http://www.ei-ae.gc.ca/policy/appeals/Federal-Court/A022894e.html

Anyway ----------- I am soooo bad at going offtrack. I wish you well in trying to ascertain what kind of nursing you want to do. There is soooo much out there and we need you, whatever you choose!!!

Gazoo
December 13th, 2005, 11:50 AM
I'm a grad student doing a master's in the areas of Adult Education/Organizational Behaviour :thumbs up

Although today I'm being utterly lazy...it takes a lot of work to crack open the books somedays :p

StaceyB
December 13th, 2005, 11:53 AM
I have business admin which I finally get to use.

gdamadg
December 13th, 2005, 12:49 PM
Well I am a soldier in the Canadian Army but I work for the Canadian Air Force. What I do is pretty diverse. I am a Signal Operator by trade; I have specialized in all forms of communication, from simple message/package delivery to satelite communications. As for my current job, I am a Network and Help Desk Manager. And ladies and gentlemen, all this from the dizzying heights of a High School Diploma.

StaceyB
December 13th, 2005, 01:04 PM
I have a nephew that is considering it but personally I don't think he is cut out for it. He just turned 17 and is not going to school, stupid decision. Do you have any comment on that, that I can pass on to him.

StaceyB
December 13th, 2005, 01:06 PM
Right now he is working at the Trenton base, doing what I don't know. It is his first job.

gdamadg
December 13th, 2005, 01:43 PM
"Do you have any comment on that, that I can pass on to him."

http://www.recruiting.forces.ca/engraph/home/index_e.aspx

You are right, it's not for every one. But even if he gave it a shot, he always has the choice to leave.

Because he isn't in school now, it's a bit difficult. Gone are the days where we would take any one off the street. It would depend on what grade he was in and his aptitude level. We are a growing force and they are actively recruiting.

If he looks around on the site listed above, there is a lot of info on there.

StaceyB
December 13th, 2005, 01:46 PM
Thanks, I will have him check it out.

Shamrock
December 13th, 2005, 03:23 PM
What a great thread this is! Very interesting to get this further glimpse into the members. What a great diversity is reflected.

Well, I guess my title today would be 'Personal Pet Attendant"..:D

My last position on the workforce was as office manager, with a varied number of related office type jobs logged in over many years. Accounts, data entry, customer call centre, alarm monitoring supervisor.etc.
I took a leave from work in 2000 to care for my elderly mother in my home. My intention was to return at some point, but things didnt evolve that way.
After reflecting on my 25 years of commuting to the city and the stresses that any job brings with it, I decided to declare myself retired.:)

chico2
December 13th, 2005, 03:55 PM
Me too Shamrock:D and it's a great place to be..
I always had great expectaions of what I was going to be,but marriage and pregnancy at a very young age and moving to Canada changed my plans.
No regrets however:thumbs up
Having 2 sick kids,limited my choices for work and I ended up in a restaurant,with flexible hours,important since I spent a lot of time in hospitals.
I had hoped to work somewhere where my language-skills could be of use,but now I just enjoy life,nature and it's creatures,hubbie and my 3 babies(cats)oops,I forgot to mention my 3 sons,now flown the coop:thumbs up
However,life is a great learning-experience and I never lose interest in learning and keeping up with what goes on in the world.
Also,I consider us very lucky to be able to live a great retired life,travelling,reading or pretty well doing what we want.

maddoxies
December 13th, 2005, 04:32 PM
I am an internal auditor and accountant. I have thought of changing to life councillor, but not sure how that would work under the Canadian law structure.

My "spare time" and real love: rescue work

shannonRN
December 13th, 2005, 04:58 PM
Jeez, I didn't mean to turn the thread into a career advice hijack! Apologies all around.

I haven't taken an aptitude test since high school. Pretty much what I remember it telling me then was "Congratulations--you're a jack of all trades! Do whatever you want." :( Maybe it wouldn't be a bad idea to look into taking another.

Past majors, in sequential order:
Pre med
Neuroscience
Vet tech
Nursing
Physician Assistant

I do have my BSN, but I thought I wanted to go back to school to be a PA, which requires me to do further BS level studies--perpetual undergrad status. But I began to think PA isn't for me either, took a semester off, and I still don't know whether I should go back to that this spring or work on my masters in nursing, or what. Obviously, I lean toward the health care field and there I should probably stay. By the way--my earlier comments about "procrastinator extraordinaire" relate to my personal life, not school etc--part of my problem is that I'm so damn perfectionist when it comes to work/school that I just burn out on whatever I'm doing. And being a hospital staff nurse is like being a hamster on one of those wheels--I feel like it's a recipe for insanity for a chick like me :)

babyrocky1
December 15th, 2005, 06:54 PM
Im an nuerotic artist, and lately living fully up to the nuerotic part!!! I have also taught art for the last fourteen years. The past two years I have opened up my own studio where I teach and take on commissioned work. I find running a business completely counter intuitive and make lots of dumb mistakes! Yes, a lawyer on the this board could be kept very busy, we are actually looking for one on the BSL thread....oh for free ofcourse LOL

cpietra16
December 15th, 2005, 07:33 PM
I worked as a child care consultant at a Crisis and Councelling Centre. Loved the kids. Moved to Quebec, and now I am CEO of my company, made up of a 7 year old, 5 year old, 3 year old, a 8 year old LAb, 8 year old cat, 10 year old cat and 2 year old cat. The pay sucks!!! Sorry can't help with your BARR, but I have excellent management skills:thumbs up

Amiga Girl
December 15th, 2005, 07:44 PM
I am an Educational Assistant at an elementary school with high needs students, although I hate my title. I am presently also completing my B.A via distant studies so that I can hopefully get my teaching degree. Prior to working at a school, I worked in several residential treatment centres for adolescents.

What an eclectic bunch you all are! It's nice to see such a variety of careers with one common thread... the love for our pets!

Jazz&Cricket
December 15th, 2005, 08:21 PM
My official title is Human Resources/Finance Coordinator, which means I do all HR functions and keep the clerical accounting staff on the straight & narrow. I started my working life as a waitress, took bookkeeping at night school, worked in a lawyers office (sorry not a lawyer), then moved into the job I've had now for 15 years! I'd really like to become a hobby farmer since we just bought a farm property last year. I guess I'll have to wait until I retire.

BoxerRescueMTL
December 15th, 2005, 09:04 PM
I was a make up artist for 6 yrs, and it was really fun while the time lasted fashion shows, performers (some big ones!), movies etc. But I wanted to do something less superficial. So I quit last year so that I could work from home with Chris and the dogs and concentrate on rescue. We have a multi media company together.

Rick C
December 16th, 2005, 09:27 AM
Stockbroker - although the more accurate moniker is Investment Advisor - for a bank owned firm for 18 years. A journalist before that.

Rick C
www.goldentales.ca

Frenchy
December 16th, 2005, 09:55 AM
Yep,I'm a "claiman" at the service dept.at a car dealer.Been doing this for 17 years now.It's basicly working on the computer all day,"billing" the company for car repairs under warranty.Sounds pretty boring,but I like it and I'm able to live alone and own a house.

meb999
December 17th, 2005, 11:08 AM
What a DIVERSE group!!!

mastifflover
December 17th, 2005, 02:14 PM
I am an Asst Production Coordinator for film and T.V. I have a great job, i think

Dogastrophe
December 17th, 2005, 03:10 PM
I am a forest engineer presently working as colour quality control manager for a wood siding manufacturer (prior to this, I was working as a commercial lending analyst for a government business development agency)