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<p>I am just curious- seems like we are all over the board on this one- sort of a get to know you thread.</p>
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<p>I used to be a SAHM before I got divorced...Then I worked in a chiropractic clinic- then I worked in sales at a beautiful plant nursery...</p>
<p>Now I clean houses part time I work for myself.</p>
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<p>I'm an RN.  I work med-surg/telemetry/cardiac in a smallish hospital.  Twelve hour shifts every Sat/Sun.  Being home Mon-Fri has been helpful with the kids over the last year and all the changes but I am really getting burnt out on med-surg and working every single weekend so I am starting to look for something else.   </p>
 

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I work for a big corporation. My educational background is English Lit plus law school. I don't practice law, but the degree is required for my job. So it bumped me up the corporate ladder a few notches. I could significantly increase my income if I practiced law, but it would involve a whole lot more work. What I have now is a comfortable lifestyle that suits being a single mom of a young child. No fancy cars or trips, but we have everything we need and most of what we want.<br><br>
 

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<p>I'm a research associate at a university. I work on a specific project that is being funded by the university, and have the oppotunity to make that project into an independent non-profit eventually, and I may end up the executive director, OR I could take the skills I'm learning here and do upper level non-profit management at another organization.</p>
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<p>I landed my dream job right out of law school - and I feel pretty damn lucky!!</p>
 

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<p>My job is hard to explain. lol  I'm a data specialist for a procurement/manufacturing system called SAP. Computer type work. My background before this was in purchasing for wholesale companies. I miss buying, but all the offices in this area moved out west.</p>
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<p>I'm currently also pursuing a degree in Communication Studies. I may look into advancing here into HR, or PR type stuff in the future. I still like marketing and PR type things and event planning.</p>
 

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My job is hard to explain. lol  I'm a data specialist for a procurement/manufacturing system called SAP. Computer type work. My background before this was in purchasing for wholesale companies. I miss buying, but all the offices in this area moved out west.<br><br>
I'm currently also pursuing a degree in Communication Studies. I may look into advancing here into HR, or PR type stuff in the future. I still like marketing and PR type things and event planning.</div>
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:). I use SAP every day!
 

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<p>I'm an LPN and I work in a nursing home.  I originally went to school for CNM.  I would never have chosen long term care as a specialty if I was "qualified" for anything else, but it hasn't worked out for me to finish my RN.</p>
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<p>I went back to school for RN once but failed by a fraction of a percentage, and there is no rounding up of grades.  I became discouraged personally and it took a long time to recover financially, and I haven't been back to school since.</p>
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<p>I make good enough money, I just don't like what I do. :(</p>
 

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<p>I work in a natural foods store. It's a small chain but very much like a Whole Foods. I am the Scan Coordinator/Sign Maker. I am responsible for making all of the tags and signs for everyday items and sale items. I have 3 part time assistants that help me to do all the work necessary to keep the store tagged and signed and change the ad every other week. It's a good job and the company takes very good care of me. I make my own schedule for the most part. But I'm bored and want to go back to school.</p>
 

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Hehe my mother is a medical supplies buyer for a government sponsored long-term care facility and I hear about SAP (ok so she swears when talking about it) every day :)<br>
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<p>I'm a freelance fashion designer/seamstress. Pre-kids, I was an assistant designer for a girls clothing manufacturer - I left when preggers with DS1 to take a freelance designing position but was laid off from that when I was 5 mo pregnant. I started my own biz making tiny undies for babies when DS was about 1 but mostly stopped 5 yrs ago when marriage exploded, going back to it a teeny bit in the last few years selling on Etsy. My main income has been from an exclusive client I had for a while who designed handbags from vintage kimonos and for the last year + I've worked with a client who has a fancy shop selling vintage-inspired clothes/ accessories and antiques. I really want to make/ sell more of my own designs, but it's scary and so I haven't really made the time.</p>
 

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<p>Wow rueblin that is cool!</p>
 

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<p>I used to be a sign language interpreter in a high school back in California, but the working conditions (lack of enough qualified interpreters = no breaks) caused severe work-related injuries in my arms and I had to quit in '07. I have a bachelor degree in human development (I joke that it qualifies me to develop humans), and when I got married I was too disabled to work. When we got divorced, he actually agreed to pay spousal support for 1 year, as well as child support, and thankfully he makes enough money that we'll be able to live very frugally on the child support once I no longer get the spousal support. At that point, when DD is a bit older, I might try to start a tiny in home daycare or something. I know of a couple places a friend works with children that the hours start later in the day, which would be something I might be able to do to earn a little income. So for now, I am blissfully happy as a SAHM. I could never work full-time again with my conditions, but might be able to do a few hours a few days a week some day. A lot depends on my medications and whether they're working well enough w/o causing me horrible side effects, whether insurance continues to cover them, and whether or not a doctor is willing to prescribe them (or has ever heard of them). A lot of doctors don't feel comfortable dealing with me. It's complicated. I filed for SSDI 2 years ago, and am waiting for a hearing. No idea which way it will go. Since I'm young, they'll probably deny me again. </p>
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<p>I'm doing a Bachelors in Public Health and Safety.. I graduate next spring and will work as a Public Health Inspector.  This is my second degree, my first is in biology and I did nothing with that degree.  After I graduated I didn't have luck with job hunting and then we moved a lot for ex's job and then I had my son and stayed home with him through all the separation stuff.  I'm so ready to have my own career that I can be proud of!  One more year!</p>
 

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<p>Up until June 2011, I was an elementary teacher.  After too many years of feeling helpless to help my students with their emotional and social issues in a truly beneficial way, I decided it was time to take the leap and go back to school.  Plus, I really wanted to work with adolescents/teens. </p>
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<p>Therefore, I am about to start my final year of my Masters in Counseling Psychology program, which will get me 1/2 way to my MFT (Marriage & Family Therapy) license.  And, I am currently a MFT Trainee working in school-based counseling for the YMCA.   </p>
 

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<p>Im going back to banking.  I spent the last 3-4 years as a sub.  In that time I got my teaching certificate and am able to teach high school business/CTE classes but no one is hiring. I'm tired of subbing and not having a steady paycheck or benefits.  The ship is sinking and its time to get a life raft.  I have a phone interview tomorrow for a call center job <img alt="nut.gif" id="user_yui_3_4_1_2_1328071656124_163" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/nut.gif"> but its stable, more $$ than subbing and has benefits.  Call center jobs tend to lead to other opportunities for me and at this point, I will say whatever the heck you want me to. Just hire me already!</p>
 

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<p>Good luck with your job interview Zebra- I too don't have a stable paycheck- I work for myself and it can really suck when I get a cancel or two my week is shot. Luckily child support is regular and enough for bills.</p>
 

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<p>Good luck on the interview, Zebra!</p>
 
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