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    Dear gawd, appears nary a government official between here and Canada has a pea brain to split betwixt

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    Quote Originally Posted by sLiPpY View Post
    Dear gawd, appears nary a government official between here and Canada has a pea brain to split betwixt
    So true....

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    Quote Originally Posted by sLiPpY View Post
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    I am currently a programmer. I've done tech support. I've been a classroom/computer lab assistant. I've tutored. I've been an operating room translator (to and from English and Spanish) for orthopedic surgery.

    I hated tech support after the first year or so. It was part time on campus and at some point you kinda stop learning new stuff. It was all the same crap from the same dumb students with the same stupid problems. "My internet won't work." "My computer has popups and it's slow." "I think I have a virus."

    Translating was fun. It was always something different, watching the surgery was really cool. Drilling into bones, putting plates here and screws there, cutting parts off, putting it all back together, heal for 6 weeks and voila! Back to normal!

    Tutoring was alright as long as the kid was paying attention. I worked with 7th graders for the most part - Math, which they naturally hated. I feel like I'm pretty good at bringing math down to their level and making it seem really simple. Idk why there are so many problems with math classes, I think it's fairly universal too. As soon as a student gets a teeny bit behind it's all downhill and they can't catch up. Then there's not enough time to figure out what they're confused about, at what point did it stop making sense, is there any other way to explain it that will work? One time in a probability class, my prof explained something one way that made sense to almost everyone but me. So I went to his office confused. I can't remember how he talked about it the first time...it was so abstract, but when he said "weighted average" it all made sense. It was totally clear after that, but I could tell he was frustrated with the fact that I didn't understand his initial explanation. Well, that's no way to keep me interested, sorry I'm not as smart as you are. Math classes are good at making people feel stupid, I guess. Lord knows I felt stupid in all of my classes and that's what my degree is in! /rant

    Being a lab assistant would have been way more fun if the lead had been able to actually speak English. Poor guy was fresh from China, some of the worst Engrish I've ever heard... He knew his stuff, but he just couldn't get it to the students.

    Being a programmer is alright. It pays the bills. It's not too hard most of the time. Low stress. It really doesn't have the hands-on part that I want tho. Since I'm buying a house, I think I'll get my hands-on cravings satisfied with projects at home. I feel a lot more accomplished when I can really see my results than when I write lines of code.

    And I'd like to do the rest of the jobs in that list above! Maybe not forever, but I like learning about one thing, coming to a satisfactory proficiency level and moving on to learn something new. Jack of all trades, master of none, really. And that's fine with me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcmartinez84 View Post
    Being a programmer is alright. It pays the bills. It's not too hard most of the time. Low stress. It really doesn't have the hands-on part that I want tho. Since I'm buying a house, I think I'll get my hands-on cravings satisfied with projects at home. I feel a lot more accomplished when I can really see my results than when I write lines of code.
    Totally. I can't stand expending effort and not seeing the tangible benefits of it.

    You'll have alot of fun decorating your house and making it totally "tactical" for your lifestyle. I was an Army brat as a kid, and therefore we never painted the walls, we never planted trees, we never improved a place a whole lot because in two years or less we knew we would be out of it.

    BUT then I became grown up and bought my own house in 1999. Man, oh man have I overcompensated. The whole place is painted every color imaginable. I've finished everything with trim, shelves, etc. My house is equipped to let me enjoy being comfortable with very little effort. Plus, its aesthetically pleaseing to me and my family, and that's the only audience I care about really. It's my house after all.

    Quote Originally Posted by mcmartinez84 View Post
    And I'd like to do the rest of the jobs in that list above! Maybe not forever, but I like learning about one thing, coming to a satisfactory proficiency level and moving on to learn something new. Jack of all trades, master of none, really. And that's fine with me.
    Good on you for coming to that realization as you have. I'm of the same thinking. If I do anything for too long I get bored as hell...and then I end up getting into trouble.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcmartinez84 View Post
    I am currently a programmer. I've done tech support. I've been a classroom/computer lab assistant. I've tutored. I've been an operating room translator (to and from English and Spanish) for orthopedic surgery.

    I hated tech support after the first year or so. It was part time on campus and at some point you kinda stop learning new stuff. It was all the same crap from the same dumb students with the same stupid problems. "My internet won't work." "My computer has popups and it's slow." "I think I have a virus."

    Translating was fun. It was always something different, watching the surgery was really cool. Drilling into bones, putting plates here and screws there, cutting parts off, putting it all back together, heal for 6 weeks and voila! Back to normal!

    Tutoring was alright as long as the kid was paying attention. I worked with 7th graders for the most part - Math, which they naturally hated. I feel like I'm pretty good at bringing math down to their level and making it seem really simple. Idk why there are so many problems with math classes, I think it's fairly universal too. As soon as a student gets a teeny bit behind it's all downhill and they can't catch up. Then there's not enough time to figure out what they're confused about, at what point did it stop making sense, is there any other way to explain it that will work? One time in a probability class, my prof explained something one way that made sense to almost everyone but me. So I went to his office confused. I can't remember how he talked about it the first time...it was so abstract, but when he said "weighted average" it all made sense. It was totally clear after that, but I could tell he was frustrated with the fact that I didn't understand his initial explanation. Well, that's no way to keep me interested, sorry I'm not as smart as you are. Math classes are good at making people feel stupid, I guess. Lord knows I felt stupid in all of my classes and that's what my degree is in! /rant

    Being a lab assistant would have been way more fun if the lead had been able to actually speak English. Poor guy was fresh from China, some of the worst Engrish I've ever heard... He knew his stuff, but he just couldn't get it to the students.

    Being a programmer is alright. It pays the bills. It's not too hard most of the time. Low stress. It really doesn't have the hands-on part that I want tho. Since I'm buying a house, I think I'll get my hands-on cravings satisfied with projects at home. I feel a lot more accomplished when I can really see my results than when I write lines of code.

    And I'd like to do the rest of the jobs in that list above! Maybe not forever, but I like learning about one thing, coming to a satisfactory proficiency level and moving on to learn something new. Jack of all trades, master of none, really. And that's fine with me.
    Great post. Congrats on your new home. I really had a difficult time in math classes. I had to take Algebra II twice. Couldn't see the point. I was much better at word problems where I could see why I was doing some equation or what not. It had a purpose. Plus, they gave the added benefit, by way of logical estimation, to know if you were way off on your answer and I could go back and figure out what I did wrong myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halla74 View Post
    Totally. I can't stand expending effort and not seeing the tangible benefits of it.

    You'll have alot of fun decorating your house and making it totally "tactical" for your lifestyle. I was an Army brat as a kid, and therefore we never painted the walls, we never planted trees, we never improved a place a whole lot because in two years or less we knew we would be out of it.

    BUT then I became grown up and bought my own house in 1999. Man, oh man have I overcompensated. The whole place is painted every color imaginable. I've finished everything with trim, shelves, etc. My house is equipped to let me enjoy being comfortable with very little effort. Plus, its aesthetically pleaseing to me and my family, and that's the only audience I care about really. It's my house after all.

    Good on you for coming to that realization as you have. I'm of the same thinking. If I do anything for too long I get bored as hell...and then I end up getting into trouble.
    I close on Jan. 8th and there are so many little projects I want to do already!! First thing (and just about cheapest) is changing all of the outlets to be 3-prong instead of 2 (silly 1960's). Next will be adding a phone hookup in a convenient location for my DSL connection. The end of the laundry room and the far end of the master bedroom are hardly places I want the modem and router! There are at least 3 nooks in the house that would fit some shelves perfectly and I'm gonna put them there! The closets are small and the job someone did putting in rods was a little messy and ugly and it looks unfinished (I know that no one will see it, but it bothers me!). At some point I'll paint the moulding to all be the same color. For some reason most of it is white, but the frame around 1 door is just the wood (and different moulding design, wtf), and in some rooms it's the color of the walls.

    The list goes on...

    I definitely agree about making a house comfy for me! It's my space, I might as well like it!

    When I get bored at a job I just kinda stop doing it. With the tech support one I cut back my hours and worked less...

    Quote Originally Posted by MDP2525 View Post
    Great post. Congrats on your new home. I really had a difficult time in math classes. I had to take Algebra II twice. Couldn't see the point. I was much better at word problems where I could see why I was doing some equation or what not. It had a purpose. Plus, they gave the added benefit, by way of logical estimation, to know if you were way off on your answer and I could go back and figure out what I did wrong myself.

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    I'm really not a math whiz. Stuff made sense months after it mattered for my grades. I'd complain to my (mainly high school) teachers that I was never going to use integration or derivatives in the real world and they were all "psh, you can apply it to anything!" and I was like...I see that, but really, I won't be taking derivatives of pretty little textbook functions, not out in the industry. I eventually got the hang of that stuff, but I was right. I don't take derivatives of nothin' these days! I had stronger views on that for classes like Biology...who cares what this itty bitty part of the cell does? Cell division and the names of all of the stages? Really? I don't care. I'm never going to use this again.
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    Transportation Operator!! This made me laugh since I wanted to be a bus driver when I was a kid which later turned to Pilot...still want to be a pilot lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by JRT View Post
    Transportation Operator!! This made me laugh since I wanted to be a bus driver when I was a kid which later turned to Pilot...still want to be a pilot lol
    I did get to drive a bus for one summer. Had to get licensed for my Y Camp counselor job, got to say three things I enjoyed most about that type of thing was planning the recreational activities...teaching the kids sports related skills and driving that bus.

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    I've enjoyed everyone else's posts here so I thought I'd share, too:

    •Farmer - Grew up on a farm and those may have been my most peaceful days. I do gardening in my free time, and am considering studying agriculture.
    •Legal Secretary - I have considered being a paralegal. I like conversing with lawyers and picking their brains. I can see how being one might be fun for a while. Not a long term career though, just a fun experience.
    •Cook - I am considering becoming a baker.
    •Mechanical Engineer - I did this for two years. It was too much desk work for me and almost no hands on work. There was the occasional field work, but this took me to dirty, smelly, usually very noisy places. Didn't mind the first two that much, but I don't like noise. The benefits weren't that great and my last boss was an out-of-touch-w/-reality idiot that had a flawed biz plan IMO. If I stay in this field, I will learn SolidWorks and work for a company that makes consumer products, preferably sporting goods like kayaks or something else that is useful to everyday people.
    •Craft Worker - I am currently looking into selling crafts at a farmer's market while I am in between jobs just to see if I can turn a profit running my own mini "business".
    •Computer Programmer - I like programming. I took classes on Java and C in college and had a natural knack for it. I am an extremely fast typer - I could type faster than the kids actually majoring in programming. They sure got a kick out of that. I enjoy the logic in programming.
    •Lawyer - I have considered this, but too much indoors. I enjoy picking a part laws, finding the loopholes, building a bulletproof argument. I enjoy logic. I enjoy argumentative, critical writing. I don't enjoy people, and I'm not good at talking or responding quickly so I probably wouldn't make a good trial lawyer. I'd be good at contract or patent law.
    •Optometrist - Too indoors for me. Pays well and seems like a pretty cruise job. You get to interact w/ people which I enjoy in moderation, operate machinery and use your hands. Would be fun if you could handle working in an office setting.
    •Physical therapist - Always thought this would be fun.
    Detective - Same.

    •Architect - I used to draw little floor plans of houses for fun as a kid. I always liked looking at blueprints. But, I prefer working w/ nature than the built enviro.


    Others people have mentioned to me that I find intriguing:

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    Computer programmer here, too... Although I've been thinking about taking actuarial exams and/or still hope to get my master's in Statistics. I have an ENTP friend at work getting me into currency trading because he says I have the skillset (they often look for programmers and/or stats people) and the attitude (relative control over my emotional responses ). I've heard a lot of ISTPs in Stats and a lot in programming, but never in trading. It'd be an interesting experiment. What do y'all think? ISTPs + trading = genius or disaster?
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