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#335183 - Fri Dec 15 2006 07:22 AM Re: What Job?
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But if you had a bus and offered to deliver the kids safely to and from school for a small fee...

Would you do it then?
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#335184 - Fri Dec 15 2006 01:08 PM Re: What Job?
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No way. Not in a million years. My son is going to high school when the new school year starts in January so I only have my daughter to take back and forth. The high school is in walking distance. The different grades come out at different times and then there are the kids who take sports. Also my daughter needs me to be available to take her to her music exams and my son for his cricket. I am happy with my life the way it is.
The schooling system is very different here in Cape Town, South Africa. We don't travel very far to get to the schools and shops. That is why we don't have a system for transporting kids to school.

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#335185 - Fri Dec 15 2006 01:50 PM Re: What Job?
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I had, what was, for me, the perfect job, mainly I 'spose because I was reasonably good at it. But by its very nature it was something of a short term trade unless you were happy to sit behind a desk and wait for retirement. In many years I had never been truly bored until retirement at around 50 yrs. After trying a couple of advisory/consultant type jobs I tried my hand at business. There I was stuck behind a desk bored out of my mind, old injuries catching up hand over fist, (you never seem to notice them when you're young) when I had the idea, Mobility products. It may safely be said that, I now have business interests on two continents. 'Interest' being the operative word because all I've done is lose money. I have very little talent for business, none at all actually, but, I did manage to assuage the boredom for a while. These days? I know that I should get on with with it all and go abroad again and check on things but I don't care too much anymore. I think that I have managed to tire myself completely out. Oh well, anyone know a good carpet slipper retailer?
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#335186 - Fri Dec 15 2006 08:18 PM Re: What Job?
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I always wanted to be a translator. But when I found out it took 4 years of college...YIPES. That did it for me.
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#335187 - Fri Dec 15 2006 09:39 PM Re: What Job?
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I always wanted to be a translator. But when I found out it took 4 years of college...YIPES. That did it for me.




I'm studying to be an English translator and it surely is hard! Here it's 5 years of college. I've always liked languages and decided I wanted to be an English translator when I was in 11th grade (or 4th year of high school as we call it here).

I think it's funny or a bit annoying (it depends on the situation) when I tell people I'm studying to be an English translator and they say things like "Oh I see! And what else are you studying?" or "But you already speak English, why do you need to study to be a translator?" I know it's not as 'common' as studying to be a doctor or a lawyer or an accountant or whatever, but it's not so unusual either!
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#335188 - Sat Dec 16 2006 07:35 PM Re: What Job?
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I'd love to own my own restaurant, or pub or something when I'm older. But I can't cook, so restaurant is out. But being quite young, I've got so many things going through my mind, that I'm at the point, where I have no idea what I want to do. One minute I think, this might be something I want to do, then the next minute I'm completely off the idea.

I'm currently doing a travel&tourism course, so maybe something in that field.

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#335189 - Sun Dec 24 2006 02:40 PM Re: What Job?
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At the moment, I work as a pharmaceutical technician, which means that I maintain and repair scientific equipment. I hate it. I've applied to University this year to do German Studies with Dutch at Hull, so that should be good. The four years will be worth it to go into translating, Drac.
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#335190 - Sun Dec 24 2006 06:02 PM Re: What Job?
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Mmm, all those careers . . . what did I want to be when I 'grew up' . . . (am still waiting to grow up I think . . . ), but at one point I wanted to be an Architect, my Maths was okay but not really up to it . . . I'd have worked with animals if I could have, but, I don't think I could be 'cruel to be kind' enough to help them . . . if the 'art' world wasn't so finicky I'd have pursued something in graphic arts (and the way everything is computer 'assisted' these days, it'd be a doddle ) but I didn't think I was good enough at drawing, painting etc . . . wanted to study Law, but, the law is an 'A s s' and has very little to do with 'justice' and 'honesty' etc, so I'd have sucked as a lawyer (too honest for my own good!) . . . for over 20 years I worked as an 'Admin. Officer', aka, a Secretary . . . worked my way up to Office Manager . . . then my health interfered . . . I now have my own business, slowly making a name for our products (anyone interested in ALL NATURAL personal products etc, give me a yell . . . ) but I did enjoy my work, I worked in many varying industries including; hospitality, health, police, transport etc . . . my dream job now would be to own a little cafe or the likes in the hinterland selling coffee and cakes etc, I love to cook and am a very good cook (if I do say so myself) and I'd love to specialise in organic 'bush tucker', making foods particularly for those of us who are 'intolerant' to certain standard ingredients in so many things (wheat, dairy etc) . . . and to promote everything Aussie! (along with my ALL NATURAL lip balms, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, toner, scrubs, masks etc . . .)
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#335191 - Sat Dec 30 2006 05:37 AM Re: What Job?
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I have a couple of loves, so there are a few options.

I've volunteered in libraries since I was 8 (starting at school) and continued that for 10 years. I would absolutely love being a librarian, it's my comfort zone and books are just magic; to be surrounded by them (and get paid to be!) would be wonderful.

My other dream job would have to be being an archaeologist. I study Classical History and I'm maybe on my way there, but I doub't I'll be working on actual digs like I'd love to. I'm fascinated with Mohenjodaro and the lost Mayan/Aztec cities and the still unsolved mysteries about the ancient Hellenic civilizations (thankyou, National Geographic). Even working on research for these projects would be a dream come true.

Barring that, I'd enjoy being a copy editor. Correcting spelling and grammar is second nature to me, have been doing it to/for everyone nearly since as long as I can remember. Working at any publishing company/press would be sweet.


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#335192 - Sat Dec 30 2006 03:30 PM Re: What Job?
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I would LOVE to be the camerawoman at baseball/football games.

OR, a pyrotechnician. I couldn't tell you how much I love fireworks and blowing stuff up.

OR, I'd gladly take the job of the woman who stands on George Clooney's arm for photos.... for the right price of course
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#335193 - Sat Dec 30 2006 04:17 PM Re: What Job?
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Interest, my son plans on going to uni to be a demolitions engineer.
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#335194 - Sun Dec 31 2006 08:22 AM Re: What Job?
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I always kinda wanted to be a soldier. Or to be more precise, a military strategist. I actually joined the Marine Corps while still in high school but was denied employment due to my mental differences. (They were afraid I would kill everyone) I suppose it was for the best considering the strategy I studied as a child has changed dramatically. I believe we will always have the man on the ground but the strategy behind his deployment has evolved into electronic statistics and such.

There is no more beauty in warfare. (“There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all hell.”
General William Tecumseh Sherman, August 1880.)

Now I'm condemned to cut bloody meat. Well either that, or go back to letting the government support me as I rummage through disposal bins searching for my next meal. To tell the truth, I'd probably trade jobs with anyone one of you.

OK, I got off track again. (sorry mods)
I want a job that offers adventure and I tend to like manual labour. Say, anyone need a hired hand on your farm or ranch? That would be great. I worked cattle before. It was real nice.


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#335195 - Sun Dec 31 2006 08:26 AM Re: What Job?
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I think I've got my dream job, though I didn't know it would turn out to be so.
I work in a daycare - I get there at 7:30 in the morning, play with the kids for an hour or so, then once all the staff are in, go off to do my real job which is cooking. I am totally in charge of the kitchen - I plan the menus, do the shopping, all the cooking and baking, and I clean it up. Of course there are limits - I have to stay in budget, follow provincial nutritional guidelines, work with the reality of my small stove and oven, and most of all, cook what the kids will eat! I work mostly alone, but there are enough other people in and out that it doesn't get lonesome, and I can listen to the radio. Once I've cleaned up from lunch, I sometimes have another hour or so with the kids, sometimes they don't need me, so I'm done by 1 pm. Perfect job, if only the pay was not so low.

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#335196 - Sun Dec 31 2006 09:27 AM Re: What Job?
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I always kinda wanted to be a soldier. Or to be more precise, a military strategist. I actually joined the Marine Corps while still in high school but was denied employment due to my mental differences. (They were afraid I would kill everyone)





Your mistake, if you don't mind me pointing it out, was probably making it clear that you wanted to kill everyone. Advertising a job description is a funny old thing. In engineering, computers, selling etc, as an applicant, you must state not only a willingness and a love of doing those things but a positive need/desire to do so. With soldiering, the reverse applies: you must state a willingness to travel and enjoy the great outdoors, and all that, but oddly, if you give anyone even the slightest hint that you will be quite happy killing folk for pay, then, you will be shown the door. Which is really rather strange, I suppose, bearing in mind that that's what you'll be trained to do and end up doing at some stage and various progressive stages from then on.
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#335197 - Sun Dec 31 2006 09:51 AM Re: What Job?
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Actually, I never mentioned that part. Indeed, I never even thought about that aspect of the job. They did a background check on me and talked to my psychiatrist who told them who knows what. I might be crazy, but I ain't no killer. I would do it in defense or for some other respectful purpose but I wouldn't go around doing it indiscriminatly or anything.

And just for reference, my psychosis turned out to be simple ADHD.


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#335198 - Sun Dec 31 2006 01:12 PM Re: What Job?
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My aplogies ablesentinel, my post was clumsy and ill written.
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#335199 - Sun Dec 31 2006 06:45 PM Re: What Job?
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I want to become the next great Science Fiction / Fantasy author. It would be a series. I would of course be obligated to tour nationally at first for readings and signings. Then there is the convention circuit where the hard core fans come out to play. Then there would be my international book signing and reading tour while the movie animation rights to my book where being negotiated. Of course my movie rights contract would allow me to be a part of casting approval for the voices and I would save a bit part for myself. Then there is the musical composition that I would very much like to be involved with because that's somethign that the hard core fans would really go for! I'd have to find an excellect web master/mistress because there would be a LOT of hits of course. Then comes the decision of how far to brand my wonderful series that both Adults and young adults adore. Do I authorize a game? An online experience? oooo Fan sites would be cool to see and fanzines.

Wow.. I better get crackin' on my book eh?
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