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Not talking reincarnation here...but if you have ever changed professions/occupations, tell us what you do now and what you did then.
I'd also be interested in learning what prompted the change.
Jul 13th 2013 new
Good morning Marge

I like this subject. I'll start after High School. One thing to consider is that changes were made due to many factors which includes interest, education, geography, dignity,rewards and of course the big one Money.

Some of the choices were made after the children were launched.

Started as a Draftsman.. Enjoyed engineered situations

Entered the Military Drafted and spent 6 years as an Officer. Liked the life but no place to raise a family.

After Militarry owned Manufacturers Rep Company selling Large equipment to Steel mills, Mining, Power, Food and Industrial installations. This morphed into Environmental Research and loved all of the above.

Retired to start a Construction Company and built 95 homes in 5 years. Wonderful way to enjoy life. Lots of fun and many stories

Joined my Wife in the Retail business traveling with the Renaissance Festival circut around the Country for 21 years. This I recommend to anyone who wants to see the Country and human relationships and difficulties. Made tons of money. Great time.

Became sedentary once again by having a factory and Importing French and English Antique furniture for 9 Interior Stores across the South. Had more than 100 emoloyees The most fun was with the wonderful people that worked for and with us.

Note: Before Valerties death We had secured the entire State of Florida for a new venture of Frozen Yogurt stores. We had anticipated more than 20 stores to start.

BTW, I am not through yet as I have to do something other than play golf. I am looking for the next venture. Any ideas???

God love

Philip













Jul 13th 2013 new
Marge

I forgot one, that of owning a Bronze Foundry doing the castings for the Sculptor Artists. Very labor intense but the rewards wore most satisfying. This was during my Renaissance period and had to disband after 6 years due to the fumes that caused me breathing problems.

Now you asked why?? My answer is, that it was there to do at the time. Also they presented me with a platform to expand my interests and make the funds available to survive.

Thats all. No big deal. Just do it.

Love to all

Philip


Jul 13th 2013 new
(quote) Philip-600116 said: Good morning Marge

I like this subject. I'll start after High School. One thing to consider is that changes were made due to many factors which includes interest, education, geography, dignity,rewards and of course the big one Money.

Some of the choices were made after the children were launched.

Started as a Draftsman.. Enjoyed engineered situations

Entered the Military Drafted and spent 6 years as an Officer. Liked the life but no place to raise a family.

After Militarry owned Manufacturers Rep Company selling Large equipment to Steel mills, Mining, Power, Food and Industrial installations. This morphed into Environmental Research and loved all of the above.

Retired to start a Construction Company and built 95 homes in 5 years. Wonderful way to enjoy life. Lots of fun and many stories

Joined my Wife in the Retail business traveling with the Renaissance Festival circut around the Country for 21 years. This I recommend to anyone who wants to see the Country and human relationships and difficulties. Made tons of money. Great time.

Became sedentary once again by having a factory and Importing French and English Antique furniture for 9 Interior Stores across the South. Had more than 100 emoloyees The most fun was with the wonderful people that worked for and with us.

Note: Before Valerties death We had secured the entire State of Florida for a new venture of Frozen Yogurt stores. We had anticipated more than 20 stores to start.

BTW, I am not through yet as I have to do something other than play golf. I am looking for the next venture. Any ideas???

God love

Philip













That's quite a record, Philip.


Your generation experienced life in this country in its hey-day.


Jul 13th 2013 new
Wow! Phillip you sound like my very special friend Angelo who is 99 and now retired. He tends to a "small garden" which feeds 5 families, plays the organ at our church as a substitute and his daughter plays the cello on those occasions and does play the organ at Saturday mass in a neighboring town. He was an engineer and travelled the world with that company and still has input in our churches eventual expansion. He is a philosopher and my mentor as he has so much to share. I do love when he puts his hands together and raises them saying "praise The Lord" in response to my conversation. He never fails to make me feel worthwhile and valuable...what a precious gift for me.

Keep hunting your next venture, Phillip.

Curiosity is my middle name (really Theresa),

Eileen
Jul 13th 2013 new
wave Hi Marge!

I was a high school English and religion teacher for five years before I left that to be a youth minister. I sincerely felt God calling me to that ministry. After two years I learned what I needed to learn and returned to teaching. Initially I intended to teach junior high religion and science for just one school year, but God gave me work there for ten years. After ten years of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders religion, science and reading, I was a budget cut. Since then I have been working full time as a leasing agent for a property management company. It's a good change of pace, but I need o find a better work situation. I wonder where God will send me next.
Jul 14th 2013 new
During college I worked for a large Engineering firm as an Accounting assistant. I was an Architecture major, then switched to Industrial Design. After graduation, I went to work for a smaller Engineering firm as a Draftsperson foe a few years. I moved to the Dallas area in 2000 and have been working as a Modular Building designer since.
Jul 14th 2013 new
I'll buck the flow a touch by starting with the now, then jumping backwards...

I just changed careers within the company I've been with for almost 28 years. I was in computing systems doing just about everything. In May I joined the Supply Chain organization, where we forecast spare parts demand and recommend inventory actions. With this change, I'm finally working in my degree field! Ah! What prompted the change? I have been dodging layoff for nearly 3 years! At one point, a 'Loan' opportunity emerged within minutes of my being escorted to the Company gate. One of the special projects I served during that period put me in contact with many of the people I now work with. God Is Amazing! These 3 years past were essentially initiated by the divorce, and punctuated by the associated stages involved. Praying all the while, and doing my best to show I had plenty yet to contribute to the company - God rewarded my Trust and Faith.

Now, retrograde:

I started working like so many as I entered High School as a newspaper carrier; and I'm sure I would be taller if it weren't for carrying that heavy bag of papers :-p . Then I got the opportunity to work at a burger joint, stayed for just over 2 years, became a night manager, even had to quit because they were "forcing" me into management training (what teen wants to work 14-hr shifts for six days in a row during the Summer?) So I moved to a middle-to-upscale restaurant... continuing there until I finally left Seattle for University.

Two Summers I returned to work construction with my best friend's company doing restorations and remodeling older homes and building two new ones. During the second Summer with him, he pleaded with me to quit or suspend college so I could be his company's general manager... (I have some tiny regret not doing that, but by that time, my Dad had died, and I wanted to finish my degree.)

Graduating college, I Married, and spent a year searching for a job, while working for the same restaurant chain, but now in Beaverton, OR. I finally landed my "real" job. Kind of a dream come true! I was Production Manager for a Wood Products mill. My degree is in Production & Operation Management and Inventory Control.

Then we decided to move back to Seattle; she had a solid, well-established career, making much more than I, so it made sense to follow her opportunity in Seattle. I made some contacts, and landed a job with that little airplane company in Seattle, wink , supporting software development ... which returns us to the beginning of my story.

All the while on the side and since 1974, I have been writing poetry, lyrics, and complete songs. When God is ready for me to cut loose, that will be my new career. I suspect it won't be until I have completed 2-3 projects He has me working on. I gotta say: I've had some beautiful inspirational moments - written complete songs in less than an hour; but when the Holy Spirit moves in and 'says', "Write This..." "overwhelming" becomes a terribly inadequate word.
Jul 14th 2013 new
I used to upload shareware to computer bulletin boards on behalf of software developers. You can still find many references to my service scattered around Internet. The service died out along with computer bulletin boards back in the middle 1990's.
Jul 15th 2013 new
I get bored easily.... and jumped from job to job for a long time!
1985-87
1. answering service operator
2. key shop cashier/engraver
3. thrift store cashier
1987
4. college for one semester
1988
5. nanny for six months in New York
6. gas station cashier
1989-1992
7. cna - certified nursing assistant
8. telemarketer
9. cna
10. teacher's assistant
11. group home worker
1993
12. teacher's assistant
13. respite care worker
14. college
1994-2005
15. 1994 adopted my daughter kept up working as a teacher's assistant, going to school and doing respite work
16. 1995 adopted my son and became a full-time, stay-at-home mom with the occasional stint as a teacher's aid, telemarketer, and customer service rep. until my son's death in 2005.
2006-2008
18. clerical worker
2009-present
19. convenience store cashier... now manager of same!
Wondering where to go from here....
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