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  • Werk Werk Werk Werk Werk: Professional Stuff

    Posted by witchery on May 2, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Hey friends!

    I couldn’t find any threads related to our day jobs, so I thought I’d get one started.

    This is a place to:

    • Discuss what we do for a living (no personal details required)
    • Help each other solve problems related to our work
    • Talk about our rad projects
    • Get feedback on our skills
    • Search for professional skills
    • Link to cool stuff we’ve made
    • Skillshare
    • Hype each other up!

    I’ll get the ball rolling with a topic!

    FOCUS

    I can’t be the only computer-based worker in this community. I’m sitting at a coffee shop today, trying to focus on editing a client’s book and struggling. Hard. Any remote workers out there feel me?

    The book is cool, too— my client is a professional medium and it’s her memoir of ghost stories!

    I’m caffeinating, I’ve got my headphones in, listening to the Focus Flow playlist on Spotify, and just… Not having any luck. Focus is something I struggle with daily. Any suggestions are welcome! AKA: pls send help.

    Cynical replied 4 months, 3 weeks ago 79 Members · 258 Replies
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  • witchery

    Member
    May 2, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    P.S. I’m forever a socially anxious bb and just wanna make sure this follows the rules. @Catherine and/or @CJB (/other more seasoned Mountaineers), is this topic okay? Anything I need to add/take out?

  • Rimor

    Member
    May 2, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    I’m professionally unemployment due to my business and health failing so I’m currently trying to get it set up again while I’m on the sick. So I guess for now I am technically computer based :laughing:

    EDIT: (This topic seems fine to me as long as there isn’t any doxing or no one gives out information that’s too personal)

    • witchery

      Member
      May 2, 2019 at 9:51 pm

      Thanks for the reassurance! And I’m sorry to hear about your circumstances, especially the health stuff. I hope all begins an upswing sooner rather than later.

  • Tinker

    Member
    May 2, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    I’m currently a PhD student in mechanical engineering. It’s currently finals week, but I submitted the last part of my semester projects Tuesday night. Currently staring into the wide expanse of the summer semester, trying to figure out how to structure my days now that I’m free from classes for a few months.

    Edit: take a drink of water every time I said “currently” and you’re well on your way to a healthy, hydrated day.

    • witchery

      Member
      May 2, 2019 at 9:47 pm

      I surround myself, accidentally, with engineers and I have to say: y’all the best. You can say whatever you want over and over and we’ll have one good healthy water drinking game and I’ll happily cheer you on as you build your cool inventions.

  • Viviane

    Member
    May 2, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    My job can be done remotely…until people don’t answer my urgent questions and I have to go bother them in their office. (I hate doing that.) But I can and do work from home once a week or so, and I definitely struggle with focus issues regardless of where I am. In cases that aren’t urgent deadlines but where I really need to focus, I turn off my notifications and set a timer on my phone for 20-25 minutes (all hail @Deyavi who introduced me to timers), and then take a 3-5 minute break regardless of how much I got done. Repeat at will. Often the feeling of “racing a clock” for a short sprint instead of staring out into the untold hours of my workday is enough to grab and hold my attention.

    Oh, and I work for an education research group. My job is also 95% computer stuff. :grin:

    • witchery

      Member
      May 2, 2019 at 9:56 pm

      You’re the second person to recommend using timers! I need to do that. It’s the only way I get housework done too. I think my goldfish brain requires set amounts of time in order to do anything.

      • Viviane

        Member
        May 2, 2019 at 9:56 pm

        I can’t really speak generally, but it’s helped me a lot. :blush:

    • Rimor

      Member
      May 2, 2019 at 10:17 pm

      Man I miss hearing your work stories Viv :laughing:

  • Nimueh

    Member
    May 2, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    Well, I’m a student, so at this time of year it’s all essays and revision. Sucks, and I get frequent mental blocks (really annoying atm cause I have an essay due on Tuesday and have written prbably a grand total of 10% of it). Lot of working out of my one room student accomidation atm means I frequently need to nip to the shops just to get out of the house for 15mins, which is really bad for me, but urg… Anyone want to write my essay for me? (joking, of course)

    Also got a ton of creative work I need to do. I have a portfolio of 20mins of music I need to hand in on Wednesday (I’m a music student, so yay for job prospects!), and I’m all our of creative energy. Any of you guys got solutions for that?

    • witchery

      Member
      May 2, 2019 at 10:09 pm

      When I’m out of creative juice, switching mediums helps me. I’ve been on a watercolor pencil kick lately, but yesterday I sewed a little bag and did some embroidery, made some earrings, and read a bunch. The more stuff I do, the more inspired I feel.

      Editing, though, (in my case) is like the opposite. I love it as a job but I also struggle to stay in it.

  • Smokey

    Member
    May 2, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Well, right now I’m actually in my off season as an auto tech to pay the bills. However, at the end of the month I’m lucky enough to return to my career of choice, being a Wilderness Guide. Most of next month will be spent fixing fence (you would not believe how much damage elk will do to a fence in only a few months) then getting horses shod before spending multiple days in the saddle using various tools to clear dead and fallen trees from trails. After that it’s almost everyday in the saddle taking people on horseback tours or camping trips til mid-August or so.

    • Rimor

      Member
      May 2, 2019 at 10:21 pm

      Omg that sounds like so much fun!

      • Smokey

        Member
        May 2, 2019 at 10:24 pm

        For the most part it is, and I wouldn’t want to do anything else. That being said, it’s not without its drawbacks. Weather for one.

        Here’s the office though.

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    • Kennilworth

      Member
      May 3, 2019 at 2:35 am

      You’re living the life bud.:grin:

  • Ignatius

    Member
    May 2, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    Hmm I don’t technically do this as a “job” yet but hopefully I will soon! As of now i’m the team medic for an ROTC program’s Raider Team. My role is to help teach other students/cadets the basics of first aid and treat anyone who gets injured, etc. Soon enough I hope to be either a Paramedic where I live or in the Army as a Combat Medic.

    Sorry I didn’t use a “job” and used more of a role in something and hopes and aspirations but hopefully it’s close enough!

    • Sellalellen

      Member
      May 2, 2019 at 11:04 pm

      Dude that’s so cool. I have lots of relatives on the local fire department and emergency personnel are unbelievable. Working long, unpredictable hours, and everyone still comes out smiling somehow. I sort of want to join them but I’m not strong enough to stand straight while wearing all the equipment.

      • Ignatius

        Member
        May 2, 2019 at 11:07 pm

        Yeah I feel that, my father was a firefighter/paramedic. I remember always feeling the hype whenever I knew he was out saving people. I don’t know, I just want to do that. I also remember getting a scrapped knee or however kids get hurt you name it and he always fixed it so I just want to do that. Sorry I got a little reminiscent there lol.

        • Sellalellen

          Member
          May 2, 2019 at 11:17 pm

          No I get it. My dad is a firefighter and my sister was a fire cadet for a bit. She decided it wasn’t for her, but she’s so calm in crazy situations and just casually carries all the heaviest things, and Dad spends 24+ hours on grassfires in the summer. I am doing some weight training to maybe eventually join him but idk if that’s ever going to happen. I don’t build muscle easily.

          • Ignatius

            Member
            May 2, 2019 at 11:23 pm

            Well if you set your mind to it then I believe you got this! I have to build up a little muscle myself but thankfully my schedule at the moment allows for me to dedicate time for working out, and the team im on don’t let me slouch none either lol

  • metatomato

    Member
    May 2, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    I’m also a computer worker, but I’m constantly working out of the office. I think I mentioned it in a different thread, but I work as the lead designer for a print shop around town. There’s constantly deadlines (usually I’ll finish five to ten projects in a single day), so my biggest motivator is sheer willpower and constant panic. But also I love what I do and I’m excited to finally have a position within the creative field.

  • Remus

    Member
    May 3, 2019 at 12:08 am

    I’m an undergraduate student pursuing a BA in Anthropology and Modern Languages and Literatures (I italicized the two to delineate my two majors). I’m currently wrapping up my semester abroad in Senegal, which has been an experience (I think that’s really the best way to sum it up at this point – there’ve been plenty of ups and downs, so I think experience is really the best way I could describe the situation). Next week, I’ll be presenting my original research which I conducted over the past few weeks, and then I’ll be on vacation of about two weeks (one in the UK and one back home in the US) before I head out to field school for the summer. Once that’s over, I’ll be working on preparing to apply for graduate school and to do my honors thesis over the next school year.

    I’ve definitely got a busy summer (and year, in general) ahead, so I’m super excited to see what others suggest for focus types! Self-discipline has historically been my go-to character trait, but recently I’ve found it harder and harder to concentrate, especially when I’m working on projects and readings that I don’t think are helpful. Thoughts, suggestions, similar feelings?

    • Tinker

      Member
      May 3, 2019 at 1:00 am

      Definitely similar feelings on the concentration! Since I moved last year and now live with a “real adult” (aka someone my age but who works a 9-5) it’s so much harder to stay working in the evenings and on the weekends (despite the fact that like…homework is a thing I still have to do from time to time). For me, I have to make detailed to-do lists…break a task down into the small bits. And switching up where I work helps. Sometimes I just can’t be productive in my office, so I pick a random library. I’ve also tried the timer thing and that works too. And sometimes I browse my article suggestions on Firefox “Pocket” and pick sometime that still feels like…vaguely educational, give it a read, and then try to get back to my actual work.

  • Kennilworth

    Member
    May 3, 2019 at 2:47 am

    I am mostly a laborer i’d say. I work in a warehouse moving airplane supplies, and Housekeeping supervisor at a hotel. I’m currently waiting to hear back from the NYPD on the next part of the application process; as i’m a Criminal Justice major who has taken some time off from school. That’s the goal for now, but i would also like to make a return to drawing; i’m also a former art major that gave up but want some semblance of creativity back in my life.

    • metatomato

      Member
      May 3, 2019 at 2:53 am

      One of us. One of us.

  • oraclesage

    Member
    May 3, 2019 at 3:36 am

    I am still a student, however I also have been walking dogs for years to help pay my way through school. I love animals and working with them is such a total dream, especially when all my clients are so stinkin cute!

    Other than that I also write for several publications, and have started up my own “cunning service” where I provide tarot readings and that sort of thing.

  • cjheighton1998

    Member
    May 3, 2019 at 3:39 am

    Im a busker and (not exactly) professional musician! I write and perform at local markets and festivals, on the streets, wherever the money is! I practically live out there, half the time. You’d expect me to get a lot more folks that call me a panhandler or something, but i see it as performing a service for tips; thank god, my city is incredibly welcoming to musicians, and its been seeing TONS of stuff in the rap, R&B, and hiphop scene. I myself do tons of folk and classic rock, and i take great enjoyment in it.

    Busking isnt just music, either. Its great for me in terms of learning social crowd awareness and stuff. My jobs composed of finding ideal crowds at a certain time of day, finding the spot traffic passes the most in that location without being illegal (i needed to read up on bylaw, too!), and then what people at what ages are on the streets, which dictates my song set for the day. Its tough, and the streets are the harshest proving ground ive ever been in (including a 7pm-4am bakery job i had), but im happy in a way this kind of thing usually doesnt offer.

    • metatomato

      Member
      May 3, 2019 at 3:50 am

      Hey, that is totally professional! If you make money for it, it’s a profession. Also, nice that there’s a fellow musician on the site, I play sax with a local cover band, and we’re just starting to break out of the divey bars we’ve been playing for the past few months.

      • cjheighton1998

        Member
        May 3, 2019 at 3:50 am

        Oo. What covers have you folks been doing? Any plans on making original work?

        Just a guess: some dire straits or doobie brothers?

        • metatomato

          Member
          May 3, 2019 at 3:55 am

          Yes and maybe. We do a lot of classic rock as well, and a little bit leaning towards country because of the demographic. So yeah, pretty much smack dab in the middle of doobie brothers. Original work depends on who you ask in the group. We have a really strange mix of old people and slightly less old people, and the ones who aren’t retired are slightly more ambitious than the latter when it comes to producing their own stuff. I’ve been discussing the possibility of forming a splinter group for our non-cover songs, but we’ll find out where that goes later.

          • cjheighton1998

            Member
            May 3, 2019 at 3:57 am

            Well, hopefully we get updates on that as you go, hm? It’d be cool to see how you end up progressing!

            YESSS DOOBIE BROTHERS ARE GREAT

            • metatomato

              Member
              May 3, 2019 at 3:59 am

              I can do that! We should both get someone to record a few songs and post them here, I know our band has a really original take on the Beatles Come Together that lands right between some sort of funk/metal sound, and absolutely no one expected it.

            • cjheighton1998

              Member
              May 3, 2019 at 4:00 am

              Ive already got a channel. Suppose i can find some stuff. Ill make a topic for sharing music creations, maybe.

              Edit: done

  • Statera

    Member
    May 3, 2019 at 3:59 am

    In school, hoping one day to become a pathologist for a hospital (study diseases and viruses in human tissue)

  • cedricborero

    Member
    May 3, 2019 at 5:10 am

    As of now I’m unemployed but possibly looking into getting into school for creative writing or Lit major to teach English. My only downfall is the run of luck I’ve been having for quite some time now and dealing with my mental health (self doubt and unhealthy coping mechanism for my depression and anxiety), juggling my social life along with my family life as well (no kids of my own just my older siblings and their kids). But I’m holding strong each day and making it all work!

  • chasedavis

    Member
    May 3, 2019 at 5:44 am

    Hi! I’m a hairstylist working in a salon that focuses on natural haircare and the use of holistic lifestyle changes to better everyday health!

    My dream is to eventually open my own business that offers an apothecary type environment while offering services for skin and hair. I’m thinking a focus on well-being by making people feel beautiful in the skin and hair they have while offering alternatives to less natural products.

    I hate to beat a dead horse because I totally feel like I talk about them constantly but I’ve been using tarot cards as a conversation topic to help people work through issues they may have as well. I’ve found that in a close client interaction people are very open to having a reading while already in the “self care” state of mind.

  • MissEvans

    Member
    May 3, 2019 at 7:27 am

    I’m a Special Needs teacher. Currently having a bit of a tough time with my student who is very very depressed.

    You may find me eating chocolate at odd times of the day right now.

  • Drus

    Member
    May 3, 2019 at 8:09 am

    Ironically enough, I had my share of work experience related to my education (masters in Latin and diploma in PR/marketing), respectively as a second grade teacher and working as a community manager in the gaming industry but I ended up working as a specialist in PlayStation Support (thankfully, I’m not customer-faced anymore). I do like this job but mostly for the company – the amount of weird stuff you can find on people’s accounts, including lack of security or untended children sends shivers down my spine faaaar too often :slight_smile: That’s probably why I unwind with creative stuff like writing and doing music with my pals.

  • Ashburn

    Member
    May 3, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    THEATRE :insert dramatic gesture here:

    More specifically the road house variety where we bring in a bunch of shows every season (works same as school year, more or less) and do a bunch of rentals (Jackson Browne was one of them once :deirdreexcited: ). Every once in a while the sports stadium folks who deal with the occasional show ask for additional hands from our group (which is why I recently got to help set up and take down Garth Brooks’ bajillion trucks’ worth of stuff).

    Mostly I do tech/backstage things, but also fill in at the reception desks at all three of our venues (two of them more frequently than the third). I basically do a bit of everything except run (most) audio or selling tickets (though that was one of my hats at my previous theater).

  • jinyinhua

    Member
    May 3, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    I’m currently a senior in highschool, and my plans for college got kind of wonky because I want to pursue two degrees from different principles :sweat: I’m hoping to go for a BA in Music Production and Multilinguistics, but my dad’s been telling me to choose one instead. Anyone here who went through a similar dilemma?

    • mayalmwhite

      Member
      May 3, 2019 at 3:24 pm

      Do you mean as far as having two majors? Most colleges allow for that, even if they’re from two very different disciplines (like a BS and a BA). I have two majors myself, as do many of my friends (senior in college here, headed to law school soon!). Mine are similar (I’m studying history and American government) but I know people with significantly different majors, like Classics and studio art, and I myself was originally a social work major (which is a BSW, not a BA or a BS!).

      Feel free to PM me if you’d like to talk college! I know it can be really overwhelming, especially with all the senior year stuff.

    • Nimueh

      Member
      May 3, 2019 at 4:12 pm

      I have a friend in my year in Uni that did something similar. She’s doing a BA in Music and French. It can be done, but takes a lot of work. Have you spoken to teachers about it, or maybe other joint honours students? They’re the best ones to give you advice. Those are two really awesome degrees (I’m very jealous, tbh, if you do choose to do both). I contemplated it, nearly did a BA in Music and Aniceint History, but choose to just stick to Music cause I suck at acedemic stuff. Joint honours can lead to some really cool oppertunties. Make sure you make your own choice though; it’s your life, your future.

    • Tinker

      Member
      May 4, 2019 at 2:40 am

      Jumping back a while and being a little off topic…but @jinyinhua do you by any chance speak Chinese :eyes:

      • jinyinhua

        Member
        May 4, 2019 at 3:03 am

        I actually don’t, but I do plan on getting into Mandarin in the future! My username was due to me wanting to incorporate my birth flower into my online persona, hence it being the Mandarin translation of “honeysuckle flower”

        • Tinker

          Member
          May 4, 2019 at 3:58 am

          ahhh gotcha gotcha. If you ever need a language buddy, let me know! I speak Mandarin!

          • jinyinhua

            Member
            May 4, 2019 at 4:09 am

            Much appreciated!! For me, the more languages I know, the better :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

          • WizardAstraz

            Member
            May 4, 2019 at 4:17 am

            You do?! I lived in Taiwan for a year as an exchange student in high school. My mandarin has diminished but I’ve been thinking about picking it back up again.

            I’ve recently thought about going back to continue studying it. In fact, I had a dream last night with my first host family and I was speaking Chinese to them…albeit very poorly :sweat_smile:

            • Tinker

              Member
              May 4, 2019 at 4:20 am

              I lived in Shanghai for 9ish months!! But I read/write in traditional characters because my first teacher was from Taiwan! I’m hoping to take the HSK in the next year, so the more study buddies the better!

            • WizardAstraz

              Member
              May 4, 2019 at 4:22 am

              Yay traditional Chinese! More difficult to learn, but the culture makes SO much more sense.

              I wouldn’t even know where to start with studying again and my textbook is in storage right now. :confused:

            • Tinker

              Member
              May 4, 2019 at 4:24 am

              Honestly, most of the time I count listening to music and watching dramas as studying :joy: but I do conversation practice once a week during school semesters. And there’s an app specifically for HSK studying that reads you little stories (it’s called Du Chinese…highly recommend). But I’m also probably going to try an exam-specific prep book.

            • WizardAstraz

              Member
              May 4, 2019 at 4:30 am

              I’ll check out the app! Thank you. Writing Chinese was my absolute favorite part of the learning, conversationally I could get by day to day but never excelled at it.

              It’s funny to think about it, a 16 year old going to a Taiwanese vocational high school, staying with native families and getting into all sorts of shenanigans (part of the reason my conversation never progressed is that I hung out with exchange students from all over the world) :sweat_smile:

          • Runa

            Member
            May 16, 2019 at 3:55 pm

            Ooo @Tinker , I will be taking Mandarin! I would love to speak with you once I get going on it.

            I have a 4 year Masters in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. I am currently halfway through my boards towards licensure. I basically know medical terms and herbs in pin yin only ( you have to for the herbs, you learn them all in pin yin.) and I also got excited when I saw Jin Yin Hua’s user name, lol. But yes, taking modern Mandarin and also some ancient Chinese would definitely help reading for any academic studies in the future.

            • Tinker

              Member
              May 16, 2019 at 7:51 pm

              That’s awesome! Definitely let me know if you need a language buddy!

            • KingDAP

              Member
              May 16, 2019 at 8:54 pm

              TCM and Acupuncture! Another route I considered following but never did for some reason or another. Well, if I had I would’ve never met my wife and we wouldn’t have our beautiful son. I do still have a book or two in this area of expertise.

  • WizardAstraz

    Member
    May 3, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    I’m recently unemployed. Was a barista off and on for about 13 years and had a business doing bodywork, energy work and spiritual life counseling kind of stuff for five. Hitting a bit of a wall now though, was supposed to go on an international adventure and plans fell through last minute.

    Now I spend time with my Mum (cocktailing), lounging in the pool, writing, obsessing over this forum and contemplating how to make a living as a Wizard in this world.

    Any thoughts? :sweat_smile:

    • MissEvans

      Member
      May 3, 2019 at 4:51 pm

      When I get my secret herbalism business up and running, we can plot :wink:

      • WizardAstraz

        Member
        May 3, 2019 at 5:00 pm

        I know a bit about secrets…and herbalism…and I do Love a good scheming sesh :heart_eyes:

        • chasedavis

          Member
          May 3, 2019 at 5:38 pm

          Let’s just call it a network because I’m in​:pray::pray::pray::pray:

  • Sellalellen

    Member
    May 3, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Now that @Cj_Heighton has posted his bit about being a street musician, I’m much less nervous about doing the same. :sweat_smile: I can’t do most conventional work right now, and a while ago @Cj_Heighton encouraged me to take my guitar outdoors and see what I could make of it.

    I was so nervous at first, but now I go busking at least twice a week, and it’s the highlight of my day every time. I live and preform in a very small town (population 2000) but we’re right on the highway from Canada to the U.S. so I get both townsfolk who greet me by name and truckers who are pleasantly surprised to see a busker away from a city.

    I love learning new music and I keep a running list of new songs I plan to learn. I also like to target demographics, because people tend to stick around longer if they know the song I’m playing.

    Once I can hold a regular job again, I’m going to save up to go to a beauty school and become a nail tech. I did some cosmetology classes in high school, just to get out of shop class.(I have nothing against woodworking but the teacher was sexist and a creep) I initially couldn’t care less about the beauty industry but as I bacame more aware of the artistry involved, I fell in love with it. I taught myself how to do nail extensions after high school and do them on myself and my family, but I’m hesitant to do them on people I don’t know as well because 1. I can’t legally accept money for it without my license, and 2. I know the technical aspects of building nail extensions, but it’s hard to learn requirements and methods of cleaning and sterilizing equipment outside of beauty school. If I unknowingly do something wrong and someone develops a nail fungus because of me, I could be ruined before I even start my career as a nail tech.

    • chasedavis

      Member
      May 3, 2019 at 5:35 pm

      I highly recommend beauty school as a way to turn creativity into a career! Once you have the license to “touch/interact” with the public the sky is truly the limit on what kind of other services you can offer.

  • Ravenwing

    Member
    May 3, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Heyo. I’m an undergrad student (Junior) with a double major in History and English and a double minor in Museum Studies and Classics (lookin at you @jinyinhua). My quote unquote professional work is pretty sparse but I work for the college music department and the library when I can. I also do creative work commissions for fellow mounties (I don’t really have a market outside of this community yet). I petsit for some locals in the community as well.

    In terms of professional goals, I got an internship at a maritime museum this summer with a pretty decent stipend and free housing! I want to go into maritime history and/or museum work. I’m hoping to go to grad school but I have no solid plans for that yet. I am also planning to try to start submitting my writing to some journals to get some stuff published. I move around a bunch so it’s hard to have a career that is rooted in any one place. Writing and art (provided I get much better at both) are the way I want to go if I can make it work (even on the side).

    Does anyone have any experience with marketing themselves creatively online? I’ve been really focused on school lately so I don’t really have much going for me right now.

  • cjheighton1998

    Member
    May 3, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    SECRET BOTANY: HOW TWO RANDOM STRANGERS FROM OTHER ENDS OF THE GLOBE STARTED A GLOBAL PLANT EMPIRE

    • WizardAstraz

      Member
      May 3, 2019 at 5:42 pm

      This just in! Root network communications. Secret underground empire reaches for the sky! :joy:

      • MissEvans

        Member
        May 3, 2019 at 5:47 pm

        @Nymid @WizardAstraz . This could be the start of something beautiful.

        You’re right about the licensing. The course I’m on will get me my herbalism practitioner insurance, then I can set up and go.

        The world needs a bit of a holistic re-framing.

        • chasedavis

          Member
          May 3, 2019 at 5:49 pm

          There’s an eastern school of Chinese medicine that is fully accredited here in Denver and I’m honestly considering looking into it. I already lead people in the direction of certain herbs and tinctures for certain issues (with a large disclaimer) haha

      • cjheighton1998

        Member
        May 3, 2019 at 5:47 pm

        The sky too? Better bring in @Skylad, he’ll be our eyes in the air!

  • MissEvans

    Member
    May 3, 2019 at 5:54 pm

    UK law is a twisty thing and really doesn’t know what to make of herbalism. There are no licenses or registers, as that would imply government acknowledges the effectiveness of what is done. But you can be questioned by the police (ineffectually) for all sorts of things they don’t understand…

    • chasedavis

      Member
      May 3, 2019 at 6:05 pm

      Yeah the US is like that similarly, but as long as you aren’t prescribing something with the intention of curing something else you’re usually in the clear. For instance I have a client with skin related autoimmune disorders and she struggles with the side effects of steroid use. So I recommended incorporating more dandelion and turmeric in her diet. For its detox and anti-inflammatory benefits. I just so happened to make her dandelion tincture and turmeric salve that she bought from me for my “time”. That is all perfectly legal.

      If i sold her either product and told her that it would cure her autoimmune issues it would then be illegal.

      It’s honestly silly lol

      • MissEvans

        Member
        May 3, 2019 at 6:48 pm

        Try Cleavers in the mix next time.

        And we’re allowed to suggest, as long as there’s been private consultation first.

        Crazy though.

        • chasedavis

          Member
          May 3, 2019 at 7:02 pm

          I’ll have to order some online! My local doesn’t have goose grass :confused:

          “MissEvans, post:58, topic:2919” wrote:

          Cleavers

  • revenaisreve

    Member
    May 4, 2019 at 12:08 am

    Yooo, I’ll add a lil bit about me to this. (By the way @witchery you’re on fire with these neat topics!)

    I’m currently a theatre student, specifically costume design. I’m wrapping up my final undergrad semester and was accepted into an MFA program, so I’ll be packing up my life and moving West in the fall. Pretty stoked about it! I also do tutoring on the side, something that came out of my workstudy position. It’s really fulfilling work and I enjoy helping people understand concepts they’ve struggled with. I’m a bit floaty for the summer, but hoping to pick up a teaching artist gig and maybe get a small part time job.

    Like Raven, I’m pretty big into illustration and it’s a major passion of mine. I picked up a watercolor habit from doing my costume renderings, but have branched out a lot. Funny story, I did the custom emojis for the forum/discord and doing art for the MAGIQverse actually encouraged me to follow my dreams and pursue theatre instead of being a sad person unwillingly funneled through the STEM pipeline. I still do art for fun around here and have some big plans for this summer. It’s not really a career, but I’m sort of in love with the idea of making physical products like tarot decks, sketchbooks, and washi tape. Maybe one day I’ll make my dreams come true. :deirdrexd:

    • Tinker

      Member
      May 4, 2019 at 12:25 am

      okay now I NEED a Rev Tarot Deck :eyes:

      • revenaisreve

        Member
        May 4, 2019 at 12:29 am

        Welllll… :cjtea:

        • Tinker

          Member
          May 4, 2019 at 12:32 am

          :eyes::eyes::eyes::eyes::eyes:

    • chasedavis

      Member
      May 4, 2019 at 12:32 am

      Omg I’m totally intrigued by a tarot deck!

  • Sellalellen

    Member
    May 4, 2019 at 1:03 am

    Must collect all the washi tape!! :deirdreexcited:

  • cjheighton1998

    Member
    May 4, 2019 at 4:16 am

    i tried to learn japanese and a bit of german, myself but it didnt go too well. I know basic conversational japanese tho. Outside of here my usernames Chiyoko (Generational Child!)

  • Mori

    Member
    May 4, 2019 at 5:31 am

    I’m a graphic design student with one more quarter before I finish my bachelors. Nervous, also very excited.

    • metatomato

      Member
      May 4, 2019 at 5:34 am

      You got this! Senior exhibition coming up? Let me know if you need any help organizing your portfolio, presentation is everything.

      • Mori

        Member
        May 4, 2019 at 5:38 am

        Aw that would be sweet! Thank you c:

  • Theta

    Member
    May 5, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    waves

    So I’ve been kinda keeping up and reading from the sidelines all the awesome jobs or things that everybody’s doing and it’s so cool to read about! I noticed a few have health issues which I totally get, it’s frustrating when your body doesn’t do what you need it to do to survive. I send blessings on that! And to those finishing up or going for school!

    I’m mainly retail. I’ve got two jobs. One is typical crummy boutique retail. I like the customers most times. Its the politics of large companies I dislike major. The other place I work is this down to earth winery that is super awesome. More like a brewery in feel just with wine instead. It’s my favorite. Middle management is where I tend to fall. Sales lead/key holder type. I’ve had a salaried assistant manager job before and I left because we didn’t have a store manager so I was running the place with no help from the owners and refusal to move me up. Not worth the money they we’re giving at that point.

    I noticed tarot decks we’re mentioned? I’ve got about 5 in the house currently. (two are borrowed) and a family member of mine is currently working with a publishing company to write a companion book to a specific deck that doesn’t have one. I’ve been helping out with it a bit. I used to be more involved with magiks like that but with life getting in the way, it’s sometimes difficult to keep up practices. And there aren’t many people that I have to discuss it really with that are just as off handed involved with it all as I am. It’s nice to see some people half involved too. ^^

  • flybat3

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    May 6, 2019 at 10:56 pm

    Well I’ve been a crew member at wendys for about a year and a half now. I like my coworkers and managers so its pretty great. Thank god the register does all the math for me, I’m so bad at math. I mainly make salads in the morning, and then reccomend them to people ackwardly when I do register up front for the rest of my shift. My gm Shandi says she wants to train me on fries, but I got a third degree burn from just going over to get fries one time while cordinating front orders…so I’m kind of scared of it.

    Eventually I was thinking I might move on to work at barns n noble…I really like my coworkers now though, so I’ll keep at this wendys thing for awhile.

  • loreliana

    Member
    May 9, 2019 at 4:45 am

    Currently, I am a courtesy clerk at a grocery store in my hometown. I have a degree in Communication Studies: Relational/Organizational Communication, but I don’t know what kinds of jobs to look for (it can basically be applied to just about anything). While in college, I prided myself on my research, and I actually turned a paper into a presentation that won first place in my section at the local level. I went to the state level, but didn’t place. I hope I didn’t detract from the subject at hand too severely, since college was the last time I felt I did anything professional.

  • Song_Cye

    Member
    May 16, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    @witchery Are you like a freelance editor? That is so cool! Right now I am doing freelance writing for my boyfriend’s coworker and being a research assistant for my professor. These jobs are just for some extra bucks and savings, but I am gaining experience in this field. I hope I can ask them about jobs that relate to writing and reading so I can at least find a stable one to make a living :joy:.

    One tip to get you motivated is to read an article. Anything, actually, to look at the way the writer composed their article so you can get some creative juice flowing. In order to enhance your working environment, turn on some white noise so it can block out some other distracting noises.

  • Glace

    Member
    May 16, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    So many amazing professions, careers, lines of work, and majors in this post! First, let me say that you are all such interesting individuals and it’s so welcoming to see everyone share a peek into what their day to day is like!

    @loreliana I’m also a Communication Studies Major! My focuses were Interpersonal, Intercultural, and Persuasive Communication ( Maybe thats why I also feel a pull towards the @Gossmere guild.)

    @MissEvans It’s nice to meet someone who works in the same field! I introduced myself to the Balimorans the other day about what I do.

    I’m a case manager at a behavioral management program for adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. Essentially, what I do is assist them to deal with these “behaviors” that prevent them from living life as fully and independently as they could possibly achieve.

  • MissEvans

    Member
    May 16, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    Oh goddess. I just survived a completely out of the blue Ofsted inspection.

    Sheesh.

  • Ginger

    Member
    May 16, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    I realized that I never posted in here? Silly me.

    I’m currently a university student, but my ongoing employment is being a caregiver at a private group home for seniors with varying mental and physical disabilities. So I get super familiar with the needs and assistance that’s required for the handful of clients that call this place home. The house I work at has a pretty split reputation in this city because our philosophy has always been that this is a home first, and some love and support that, while others think it’s unprofessional and that we shouldn’t get so familiar with the individuals we support. This house is definitely an anomaly though, because the couple that started it also lived here and it is actively also that family’s gathering place, which is how I was introduced to it and subsequently roped into all this. It’s difficult when some of the clients who live here have been living here about as long as I’ve been alive, and watched the children and grandchildren of this family grow. For the majority of the clients here, this house was built around them, and they’re as much members of the family as anyone else which is why it’s very hard to call them ‘clients’ in this, but I don’t know how else to refer to them that makes sense. It’s also difficult because we have all the clients we do because they were in a situation where abuse was happening and needed an emergency placement. That’s how this house started. So most of the guys who live here don’t have any remaining family, or don’t associate with them by choice, so the line is long since blurred.

    They are all wonderful individuals though, and I love being able to spend time with them, and I love working with them. I’ve done all sorts of things I never expected … some quite disgusting, some pretty interesting, some we pretend never happened, and some we never let people live down. Despite the routine we’ve set for all them, you never know what to expect any given shift, but you definitely learn that silence is bad.

    I’m grateful for all that I’ve learned working in this field: how life changing it can be to have positive and supportive relationships and environments, how everybody can be independent and successful but it might just look different than other’s, how you will never understand the impact you have on the lives around you, and most importantly that it costs you nothing to brighten someone’s day (just maybe requires you watching, listening, and dancing to a LOT of The Wiggles)

    • Mathair

      Member
      October 8, 2019 at 2:38 am

      @Ginger you’re speaking to my heart. I was a teacher at a sheltered workshop with special needs adults for 5 years. For many, we were the only “family” they had left. My students taught me much more than I ever taught them. Where else can you walk in the door to work and have people tell you you are beautiful and you’re their best friend? Every Day! I had to leave that position when they discontinued the program but went to work at a Community Action Agency and started a gardening and nutrition program geared toward the elderly and people with special needs. I built raised bed gardens on legs so that the were accessible for everyone and one of the first places I took one was to my friends at the sheltered work shop. So we’ve been together in some form or fashion for 15 years now. :smiley:

  • KingDAP

    Member
    May 16, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    I work for a local beer distributor. I’ve been with the company for about 4 yrs. I started as a draft beer line & tap cleaner, now I’m in the point of sale dept and I fix and install neon signs, keep inventory of point of sale items and help with event set up.

    I took this job to get out of another job which I didn’t care too much for but it served its purpose (I met my wife).

    I don’t really have a passion for this job either but it supports my family.

    Believe it or not, my very first official “job” was being serving active duty in the United States Marine Corps, which I should’ve made a career because I’ve struggled to find another “career” ever since. And I’d be retired right now! But all things happen for a reason.

    Currently, after work when I have time (and my wife approves) I work hard on honing my skills in my relatively new hobby of blacksmithing & bladesmithing which I look forward to earning a living from one day.

  • KingDAP

    Member
    May 16, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    @witchery Have you tried not listening to music? Genuine question (no sarcasm). It may actually help.

  • Emerald_daydreamxo

    Member
    May 17, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    At the moment I am just about to finish my Psychology degree. I just have one exam left but it’s for a topic I really hate so I can’t wait for it to be over! I have tried to skim over what everyone has put on here as I am new and still getting used to posting. I was really nervous to post but I thought in the end why not! When I finish my final exam on Monday I can’t wait to read everything properly. It’s what’s getting me through!

    I’m really bad with keeping up with everything when I have a lot on because I have dyspraxia so my processing speed is rubbish!

    When I finish uni I hope to work in Forensic Psychology or at a secure unit. I’m really interested in working with prisoners with mental health problems. I have already signed up to volunteer working with sex offenders. I know this is quite controversial but it is something I am really interested in and I can’t wait to get started!

  • Ignatius

    Member
    May 19, 2019 at 6:32 am

    I got some amazing news friday!

    Next year in my Rotc program/battalion i’m being added on as the Chief Medical Officer of my battalion! I’m super pumped to be able to help further the program and help everyone stay safe, or when they hurt to fix them up. (assuming it’s within my capabilities)

    I figured i’d put this in as a little update to my last post here.

  • Augustus_Octavian

    Member
    May 19, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Cool, congratulations @Ignatius!

    • Ignatius

      Member
      May 19, 2019 at 1:27 pm

      Thank you! I’m super excited! It’s also boosting me up a couple ranks as well so that makes it even better!

  • Connielass

    Member
    May 20, 2019 at 7:15 pm

    Congrats, @Ignatius!!

    Me, I’ve got more than a decade of retail work under my belt, and I’m beyond itching to get my foot in the door of a normal 9-5 career. Still struggling to find my “calling”, to find the job that would make me happy while allowing me to pay the bills and live independently.

    • KingDAP

      Member
      May 20, 2019 at 7:41 pm

      Yes that is definitely a struggle?!

    • Ignatius

      Member
      May 20, 2019 at 8:57 pm

      Thank you @Connielass, I’m super excited!

  • Anicetus

    Member
    May 24, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Hello, Aniectus here.

    I am an Athletic Trainer who currently works as cast tech/ortho tech/clinical assistant for an orthopedic sugery practice.

  • KaitlynGee

    Member
    May 24, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    I’ve been at work for two hours and I’m done with all my work for the day. Fridays are a little killer.

    I work with infectious diseases, but I’m educated as an archaeologist (Vikings were my specialty), and have been working toward shifting into that full time!

  • Sellalellen

    Member
    May 26, 2019 at 3:19 am

    @Aurora did you say space? :eyes: am intrigued.

    • Aurora

      Member
      May 26, 2019 at 3:23 am

      I did!! I’m a satellite operations engineer :sparkles: for a small satellite company. Basically I make sure our satellite is able to do what it needs to, both by talking with other engineers and testing it myself. It’s a good combination of hands-on work and communication, in my opinion.

      Do you work in the space industry too or are you just a space fan? (which there’s nothing wrong with, ofc)

      • Sellalellen

        Member
        May 26, 2019 at 4:13 am

        That’s so cool! :deirdreexcited:

        Nah I’m just a space nerd :grin: I blame my dad. He could tell you every detail of the Apollo missions, and so I was surrounded by space trivia and model spaceships my whole life. A large portion of the family bookshelf is space stuff to this day, mostly books he acquired as a kid and still can’t get rid of because space.

        I always wanted to do something in the industry, but there aren’t exactly many opportunities where I live. I was also dead set on being an astronaut at one point (though most kids are I suppose), but apparently you need both eyes for that so I’m out. I guess depth perception is important in zero g though.

        • Aurora

          Member
          May 26, 2019 at 4:24 am

          Oh that’s so cool!! I don’t really have anyone in my family as into space as I am (though most of them are engineers which does help). Being surrounded by space memorabilia must have really excited the imagination growing up.

          And I feel you about the lack of opportunities. I was born in a rural part New England (USA) and had to travel all the way across the country to go to study and work in what I love. I know it’s even worse for people in other countries (I know someone from New Zealand who told me she couldn’t study Aerospace because they didn’t have that major anywhere in the country!).

          And man, I’d love to go into space one day. My eyesight’s decent but I’m not nearly physically fit enough to go. Hopefully space tourism will be a thing before too long and we can buy tickets to go rather than get in the NASA way :star_struck:

          • Aurora

            Member
            May 26, 2019 at 4:26 am

            I got my degree in Astronautical Engineering (think Aerospace but take out the “air” and add more “space”), but really any type of Engineering can do it. Mechanical, electrical, and software engineering can all lead to satellites if you want it to!

      • Tinker

        Member
        May 26, 2019 at 5:02 pm

        That’s so awesome!! My dream is to work in a space industry! You’re job sounds so cool!

  • Sellalellen

    Member
    May 26, 2019 at 4:22 am

    What sort of schooling do you need to be a satellite engineer anyway?

  • Sellalellen

    Member
    May 26, 2019 at 4:38 am

    I was initially worried I would spill out all the space nerd weirdness and scare you off :joy: I should have known better.

    Space tourism has the potential to be the coolest thing, but at the prices most people estimate for a hypothetical ticket… I’d have to win the lottery first. All the science fiction I read where “going earthside” or to and fro from planets is mundane as taking the bus has me expecting all sorts of things out tech can’t do yet :sweat_smile:

    • Aurora

      Member
      May 26, 2019 at 4:49 am

      Oh trust me, it’ll take way more than space talk to scare me away. If anything, I was worried that my enthusiasm would scare you off! :joy:

      And that’s a good point with space tourism – I honestly thing that establishing equal access to space is going to be one of the biggest challenges in space exploration (that and international collaboration). If corporations and super wealthy people are the only ones with access, I can see space quickly becoming heavily commercialized and industrialized.

      It would be so cool to have space buses and daily space travel though! I think in the next 100 years or so we’ll start to see routine space travel like routine air travel. Especially if/when we start to build massive space stations and moon bases…the possibilities for space habitats are so cool!!

      • Ignatius

        Member
        May 26, 2019 at 3:50 pm

        I just remembered studying Aerospace engineering for a week or so to make a theoretical working space engine for a writing I was working on at the time.

        I ended up dumping the writing as my writing skills greatly developed in the middle and I’m way too ocd to have a shift like that in the middle.

  • Rimor

    Member
    May 27, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Are there any self employed Mounties around that’d be able to give some advice on starting and running your own business?

  • Serintais

    Member
    May 27, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Back to work tomorrow after a lovely long weekend :slight_smile: I’m an assistant psychologist on an older adults inpatient ward but will soon be moving as my contract is up- got my new job on Friday! :relaxed: anyone else feel really jittery before going back to work after a break? I’m not readddddyyyyy!

    • cjheighton1998

      Member
      May 27, 2019 at 8:38 pm

      I absolutely feel nervous. Havent exercised my singing voice in a week! Its awful!

      • Serintais

        Member
        May 27, 2019 at 9:21 pm

        I must have missed one of your posts above but you sing?! In what context! What a great skill to have! :relaxed:

        • Sellalellen

          Member
          May 27, 2019 at 10:42 pm

          Both @Cj_Heighton and I are buskers. Although he’s been at it much longer than I have.

          • cjheighton1998

            Member
            May 27, 2019 at 11:41 pm

            Yep! Im a street busker. 3 years now, right around. Play acoustic and sing.

          • Serintais

            Member
            May 28, 2019 at 11:05 am

            What an awesome job! :smiley:

            • Sellalellen

              Member
              May 28, 2019 at 11:52 pm

              It’s a lot of fun for someone who likes preforming, but it’s heavily in dependant on the weather. I’m itching to go out and play but this rain won’t stop!

            • metatomato

              Member
              May 29, 2019 at 12:21 am

              Maybe if you get your name in with some local farmers markets you’ll have an indoor gig opportunity? Those are really popular for buskers around my area.

      • Sellalellen

        Member
        May 27, 2019 at 10:42 pm

        It’s been too humid and rainy for me to pull the guitar out. I hate it.

  • cjheighton1998

    Member
    May 29, 2019 at 12:50 am

    Mhh. The issue with markets where im from is that they’re on closed down streets. Zero indoor market opportunities till october-december, and those are tight and crowded.

  • Sellalellen

    Member
    May 29, 2019 at 4:08 am

    The local farmers market is indoors, but it doesn’t open until July.

  • cjheighton1998

    Member
    May 29, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Speaking of opportunities, i have a canada day gig! Just got the email, 25 dollar memoriandum payment, plus tips, in the middle of the busiest part of the city during the festivities! It’ll be awesome!

  • oraclesage

    Member
    June 1, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Start two new jobs this week, soon to be three!

    I will be working at a gym as a nanny for lil ones, and helping an elderly man with Parkinson’s. In a few weeks as well I will be opening my first stall at a local market for folk remedies, salves, and charms.

  • Rowan

    Member
    June 4, 2019 at 8:15 am

    @Cj_Heighton @metatomato @Sellalellen

    I’m a little jealous of all 3 of you for your bravery to perform music! I’ve played Trombone for a little over 13 years now and I’ve never found it to be a good solo instrument, though I’ve always loved it. I’m currently playing in my local community band so I’m at the very least getting some playtime in that way!

  • Rowan

    Member
    June 4, 2019 at 8:16 am

    As far as my day job, I’ve worked in a grocery store for 5 years and have recently secured a spot in management. Never where I thought I’d find myself, but the company has been surprisingly beneficial for me

    • metatomato

      Member
      June 4, 2019 at 11:34 am

      I feel you. I would never be able to start a solo performance on sax, although I have been considering placing an investment on a looper and some distortion pedals to change my sound a bit and give more creative freedom.

  • Miliham

    Member
    June 8, 2019 at 8:09 am

    What I do for a paycheck : Currently Active Duty USN. I work with computers, mostly. And RADAR, a little.

    What I do for me : Game design student, with goals of designing my own games, and/or working on the AAA titles I already enjoy.

    • Rimor

      Member
      June 8, 2019 at 8:11 am

      Oh man that sounds so cool!!!

  • Miliham

    Member
    June 8, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Active Duty always sounds cooler than it is, mostly its cleaning and trainings.

  • alexanderskye

    Member
    June 8, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    I just graduated from college on May 4th! So I am currently in the post grad state of limbo. I have been going on job interviews but so far nothing has stuck. I did turn down a job in Atlanta and another one in Nashville because I didn’t feel that spark that I need. I majored in Fashion Merchandising with a focus on PR and Events, but I have recently started my own candle company. It is still in the beginning stages. I have just purchased the soy wax that is biodegradable and botanical along with the scents that I want to work with. My containers have just arrived this week from my vendor. I am just waiting to go pick up my candle wicks on Monday! I am excited to get the ball rolling and hopefully post a pic of my finished product!

    • metatomato

      Member
      June 12, 2019 at 6:38 pm

      Let me know if you need any branding or labels for your company. I might be able to help. Congratulations on the graduation by the way.

    • Augustus_Octavian

      Member
      June 12, 2019 at 7:31 pm

      Congrats!

  • tegancrocker

    Member
    June 12, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    First off, congrats @alexanderskye on your graduation! Good luck with the company – it sounds brilliant!

    To introduce myself to the thread, I recently started a job in the police as a civilian member of staff. I’m struggling a bit at the moment to find my place there, as I’ve always been a bit quieter and tend to find it hard to bond straight away with people! I used to struggle with social anxiety during uni and this new job has brought it all back a bit. Anyone have any tips on settling in to a new job?

  • Rimor

    Member
    June 14, 2019 at 11:00 pm

    Does anyone here have any tips or experience with setting up their own business as I’m looking into starting up my own dog walking business and would really appreciate some help!

  • Johquil

    Member
    June 20, 2019 at 2:02 am

    Hello everyone, such a diverse lot we are as far as day jobs go.

    I’m currently a laboratory technician, my primary focus is water. Mainly testing for nutrients and the like, mostly low-level stuff and mostly clean (other than the sediment stuff). Which is a gross departure from my other life as a Vet Nurse which was far from clean :joy:

    I must admit as much as I miss the animals I do not miss the mess :wink:

  • fungibility

    Member
    June 22, 2019 at 4:57 am

    I’m a bit of an odd jobs person as I’m recovering from an illness at the moment! I’m technically a copyeditor but at the moment I’m just focusing on convalescing and writing a book of my own and trying to work on other skills to give me more options when I have the energy/free time.

  • Connielass

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    June 22, 2019 at 11:01 pm

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