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Discussion in 'Jobs I Have Had' started by Charlene Marolf, Sep 15, 2019.
Can't say that I've had a favorite. Work is not one of my more pleasant experiences. LOL
I don't have really a favorite, only some I didn't mind more than others. I worked in a grocery store in high school, didn't like that. I had some off beat crappy jobs for a few years like emptying parking meters, pumping gas, driving class 1 vehicles to maintenance sites, etc. I was and still am a car nut, so I became a licensed mechanic....but didn't like working on other peoples vehicles very much.
In a strange twist, I joined a large corporation in the early 80's as a clerk and worked my way up to a career in senior management (you could do that back then, not so much anymore). I don't have a degree, however I had many undergrads, masters and even one PhD working for me. I left after 34 years and now have a great pension and love being retired. BTW, I had great difficulty with math in school, however I ended up doing complex math and finding it quite easy in my career. I still hate math though!!
In my 20's, I worked at an international airport as a contract worker for various airlines, as a concierge/guest relations attendant in their first-class lounge. I wore the airline uniform, I greeted passengers, I prepared and served drinks as well as light snacks. It was such an enjoyable (and glamorous) job back then. I can't say that it is today. :-(
in the late 80's i worked for a short time in the basement of the world's tallest building (of the time)... back when they called it the sears tower. the menial labor job i took was at an end-point delivery service for ups, us mail, fedex, etm. to their final destination at corporate offices. this gave me access the whole tower as well as to pretty many of the downtown buildings, and an open door to a host of offices within. there were some interesting happenings not all that i'm willing to account for or deny.
10 years later it was my turn to sit at a desk of an 85th flr office with lake views and all as an administrator to a high profile legal firm's network.
thinking back, i really loved that job, it gave me a lot of time for my own thoughts.
The best jobs I had were at two different times but both were in life science research labs. After 12 years in labs, I went into sales and marketing, still related to life science. I liked my accounts, my customers and our products but corporate American is not my cup of tea to put it politely. Soooo glad to be retired.
I worked at an airport. Not like LAX, but big enough for the occasional 727. I would often help out with the mechanics when they needed someone to "hold the brakes" while they did a run up on a repaired aircraft. My boss took me up in a 421. Two engine plane. I HATE small planes, sweated the whole time we were up and punctured my palms from my fingernails. I was proud of myself for getting into the plane...but that was the last time. One of my favorite jobs...it was also my first job.
Welcome to the forum, @Leigh Petty !
Your avatar is interesting, is it a quilt that you made yourself ? We have a section in the forum for hobbies and crafts if you would like to show us more pictures of your quilting, and there is also a sub-forum under the Notices and Announcements area where you can write a little introduction about yourself, if you would like to do that.
I am a greeter here, and if there is anything I can do to help you get familiar with how this forum works, I am happy to help out.
Perhaps the best job I ever had was teaching mathematics and related computer programming.to advanced students in the late 1960s. I left that job when the unions came in, politicized the environment and killed the curriculum out of sheer ignorance (e.g "math students don't need to know computer programming).
Hey Leigh Petty! Welcome from Wisconsin!
Fear of small planes? I just lift up on the arms of the seat.
When I had two good legs, I always liked physical labor. My favorite job was milking cows in a barn with a dumping station instead of a pipeline. Usually less than 75 cows.
Thank you for the Welcome! I often "lift up the arms of the seat" as well! I'm sure I left many finger grip marks on the arm rest of many an airplane.
Sorry, I missed your message before. Thank for the welcome. I'm afraid my quilting days are pretty much over due to bad arthritis in my hands, but the heart sometimes just won't rest until I'm working on a quilt. Takes me a lot longer these days. I'll check out the introduction. Thank you.
What is "life science"?
Just a generic umbrella term for any of the sciences dealing with living things, biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, molecular genetics, physiology, biophysics, anatomy, immunology, etc., etc.
Wow, it sounds exciting. Thanks for explaining.