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« on: May 05, 2012, 07:17:46 AM »

Kind of curious what you all do for a living and what kind of dreams/ambitions you all have.
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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2012, 07:30:48 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2012, 08:05:50 AM »

In the process of changing jobs right now. My new job will be working for the cable company as an installation tech. I'm probably going to start checking out where I can go within the company from there.

Dreams? I don't know, being a rock star sounds like fun.
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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2012, 08:39:01 AM »

My hope is to finish school and lead a normal life...
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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2012, 08:44:36 AM »

I've spent 30 years in Nuclear Power Plants after training to be an Aircraft Mechanic.  I am currently in charge of the Preventive Maintenance Program of a plant in pretty bad condition.  My experiences in these places have nearly turned me against Nuclear Power.

My dream?  Live long enough to retire from this place and then become a Deacon.
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2012, 09:42:55 AM »

Well, currently I am deployed to Kuwait, but that cash flow stops when I reach the States since I'm in the National Guard.

My dream is to get into the IT world someday soon.
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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2012, 09:49:41 AM »

I'm a shipping clerk.

My dream is to finish my MAMC and become an author of textbooks, a tutor or a librarian.  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2012, 09:57:16 AM »

Last year I retired from 19yrs of homeschooling my kids.  My last fully homeschool son is in college this year studying engineering and my youngest two (former homeschooled kids) are in private school.  I've been volunteering with hospice for about 3-4yrs and was offered a job there this past week.  Someday I'd really like to up my education and work in hospice, but with a 10yr old at home I don't really want to do 30 hours a week just yet.  Besides, I really like being and working with patients.  Unless I get a nursing degree I'd mostly be doing coordinating and working on the phone if I got a job in hospice.  
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« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2012, 12:45:20 PM »

My hope is to finish school and lead a normal life...

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For now I hope to finish my Master's thesis, graduate and get a decent job after that. As for the dreams, it would would be nice to have an endless flow of cash in order to continue studying and researching forever without having to worry about economical situation.
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« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2012, 01:00:34 PM »

Currently en route to the big Ph.D. in linguistics so that I can, uh...do what I do now but make people call me doctor, I guess. My dream is to eventually stop doing this and settle down in the linguistics, classics, or theology departments of some nice university (wherever I need to be to get paid to work with Coptic, Syriac, etc. all day), taking occasional sabbaticals to work in the field with the growing minority-language diasporas in the West so as to hopefully do something more than just lament how completely assimilated they are becoming. And, if the situation on the ground in the relevant parts of the M.E. and surrounding areas ever stops being awful (doubtful, but with God, all things are possible), maybe working there, too.
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« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2012, 01:16:22 PM »

I am a high-school student. My dream/ambition is to learn about business, audio engineering and music in college and then dedicate my life to starting a world renowned record company from the bottom up. Although, being more realistic, I'll probably just get some sort of career in the audio engineering field.
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« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2012, 01:18:17 PM »

Unclogging pipes, toilets, fixing faucets, doors, locks , handling dumpsters, mopping floors, cutting carpet etc. I dream and hope to see the end of capitalism, come what it may.
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« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2012, 01:19:53 PM »

My hope is to finish school and lead a normal life...
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I'm doing undergrad in International Relations. Hopefully after this, I'll pursue a Master's degree at SOAS at the University of London.Then I'll get a job working in Lebanon, Jordan or the UAE in the field of diplomacy. My mum wants me to become a lawyer, though...
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« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2012, 01:55:40 PM »

Unclogging pipes, toilets, fixing faucets, doors, locks , handling dumpsters, mopping floors, cutting carpet etc. I dream and hope to see the end of capitalism, come what it may.
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« Reply #14 on: May 05, 2012, 02:03:39 PM »

Sometimes I question the entire college system and see it as just a big money-making scam. Adults constantly tell you to go to college because it will make life easier and help you get money, yet, most people I talk to who get out of college are indebt with student loans and are financially no better than the rest of us, in fact, it seems like the fees associated with college make it even harder for them than for everyone else. Yet, none of them are public with this. They still willingly tell little kids to work hard so that they could go to college and make money, yet, deep down they personally know that it is not that simple and is going to make things harder in a way. I guess that people just do not like to admit when they are wrong about something or when they are unhappy. This is unfortunate because the children of tomorrow will never learn of these truths and only ignorantly repeat the same mistakes because we lied to them the entire time. KRS-1 once gave me some wise advice; think of college and every other institution and system in the world as a banking system. The moment you understand how it works, play it, understand it and do not fall for their scams. College is not a bad thing and it probably is best to attend anyway, but I think that attending with the notions that college will solve all of your problems and give you a one way ticket to the American dream is a bit foolish, and people who attend with those notions will get scammed.
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Sometimes I question the entire college system and see it as just a big money-making scam. Adults constantly tell you to go to college because it will make life easier and help you get money, yet, most people I talk to who get out of college are indebt with student loans and are financially no better than the rest of us, in fact, it seems like the fees associated with college make it even harder for them than for everyone else. Yet, none of them are public with this. They still willingly tell little kids to work hard so that they could go to college and make money, yet, deep down they personally know that it is not that simple and is going to make things harder in a way. I guess that people just do not like to admit when they are wrong about something or when they are unhappy. This is unfortunate because the children of tomorrow will never learn of these truths and only ignorantly repeat the same mistakes because we lied to them the entire time. KRS-1 once gave me some wise advice; think of college and every other institution and system in the world as a banking system. The moment you understand how it works, play it, understand it and do not fall for their scams. College is not a bad thing and it probably is best to attend anyway, but I think that attending with the notions that college will solve all of your problems and give you a one way ticket to the American dream is a bit foolish, and people who attend with those notions will get scammed.

College and education often get confused.  Sometimes they coincide.  A number of my most successful friends didn't go to college, but are bright and work hard.  You are correct though, college is not bad, but it is far from a panacea.  It is a neutral opportunity in my opinion.  A resource that may or may not be worth the money.  The conspiracy theory stuff is sometimes interesting, but rarely helpful.
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« Reply #16 on: May 05, 2012, 02:34:15 PM »

Unclogging pipes, toilets, fixing faucets, doors, locks , handling dumpsters, mopping floors, cutting carpet etc. I dream and hope to see the end of capitalism, come what it may.
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« Reply #17 on: May 05, 2012, 02:35:06 PM »

To answer the original question, I am a soft-tissue therapist.  I share an office with and work closely with a chiropractor to relieve pain and to increase strength, range-of-motion, and functional movement of the body.  It is rewarding work, but can be challenging because I have to replace my clientele regularly.  A work related goal would be to work with more professional athletes.  Not that I find pro sports all that important, but working with people who are pushing their bodies to the limits of potential is always fascinating.  I would love to get my hands on the Minnesota Twins pitching staff.  Near infinite room for improvement there.   Grin
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« Reply #18 on: May 05, 2012, 03:09:03 PM »

I dream and hope to see the triumph of capitalism over the forces of socialism, communism, and anarchy.

To answer the OP, I am a teacher.
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« Reply #19 on: May 05, 2012, 03:16:35 PM »

Unclogging pipes, toilets, fixing faucets, doors, locks , handling dumpsters, mopping floors, cutting carpet etc. I dream and hope to see the end of capitalism, come what it may.
so you can go Unclogging pipes, toilets, fixing faucets, doors, locks , handling dumpsters, mopping floors, cutting carpet etc. drunk?
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That's the only difference I've noticed about unclogging pipes, toilets, fixing faucets, doors, locks , handling dumpsters, mopping floors, cutting carpet etc. under communism as opposed to capitalism.
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« Reply #20 on: May 05, 2012, 03:43:04 PM »

I am a  therapist.  I work with children and young adults (up to age 20) who are victims of severe physical and/or sexual abuse.  I also do some work with children zero to three who have sensory integration dysfunction, although this is not my speciality. And I don't really have any dreams or ambitions that I can think of off the top of my head.
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« Reply #21 on: May 05, 2012, 03:51:40 PM »

I dream and hope to see the triumph of capitalism over the forces of socialism, communism, and anarchy.

But capitalism is anarchy. It only leads to mob rule and modern feudalism because rivaling corporations rule the people and offer us our only source of benefits if we enslave ourselves to them.
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« Reply #22 on: May 05, 2012, 04:35:36 PM »

Groovy, maaaan.

I didn't know this thread was about political dreams/ambitions. In that case, I dream of the conversion of Al Azhar into a monastery, and Al Aqsa into a church. The Muslims may keep their desert rock shrine, as in my dreams there is no adverse effect of giving the shrinking number of Muslims the right to keep their place of worship... Grin
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« Reply #23 on: May 05, 2012, 09:39:04 PM »

Unclogging pipes, toilets, fixing faucets, doors, locks , handling dumpsters, mopping floors, cutting carpet etc. I dream and hope to see the end of capitalism, come what it may.
so you can go Unclogging pipes, toilets, fixing faucets, doors, locks , handling dumpsters, mopping floors, cutting carpet etc. drunk?
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That's the only difference I've noticed about unclogging pipes, toilets, fixing faucets, doors, locks , handling dumpsters, mopping floors, cutting carpet etc. under communism as opposed to capitalism.

Plenty of capitalists like to drink at work...   Wink

I sell boilers and hydronic heating equipment.  I drive a Ford Taurus.  I majored in History.  I have no ambition.

I find this fits well with the fact that I have no dreams.  I used to have dreams, but unfulfilled dreams often become nightmares.
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« Reply #24 on: May 05, 2012, 09:42:05 PM »

Currently a 6th grade social studies teacher. Getting kids to overthrow capitalism is a little ambitious- right now I'm just trying to make them understand that slaves in ancient Greece were not "African-Americans".

My ambition is to be a full-time writer of children's fantasy fiction and poetry.
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right now I'm just trying to make them understand that slaves in ancient Greece were not "African-Americans".

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« Reply #27 on: May 06, 2012, 01:41:18 AM »

Sometimes I question the entire college system and see it as just a big money-making scam. Adults constantly tell you to go to college because it will make life easier and help you get money, yet, most people I talk to who get out of college are indebt with student loans and are financially no better than the rest of us, in fact, it seems like the fees associated with college make it even harder for them than for everyone else. Yet, none of them are public with this. They still willingly tell little kids to work hard so that they could go to college and make money, yet, deep down they personally know that it is not that simple and is going to make things harder in a way. I guess that people just do not like to admit when they are wrong about something or when they are unhappy. This is unfortunate because the children of tomorrow will never learn of these truths and only ignorantly repeat the same mistakes because we lied to them the entire time. KRS-1 once gave me some wise advice; think of college and every other institution and system in the world as a banking system. The moment you understand how it works, play it, understand it and do not fall for their scams. College is not a bad thing and it probably is best to attend anyway, but I think that attending with the notions that college will solve all of your problems and give you a one way ticket to the American dream is a bit foolish, and people who attend with those notions will get scammed.

That is why you get scholarships (get good grades, even if you don't in HS getting good grades at a community college can earn you scholarships when you transfer to a university). If you can't get any scholarships at all, save money for a few years then go. If you can't do either you probably shouldn't go (debt is bad). I saved money to buy a house... and spent it on college, and now scholarships pay for all of my tuition (so far) and I'm working on my BS and have absolutely no debt.
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« Reply #28 on: May 06, 2012, 02:40:51 AM »

Currently a 6th grade social studies teacher. Getting kids to overthrow capitalism is a little ambitious- right now I'm just trying to make them understand that slaves in ancient Greece were not "African-Americans".

My ambition is to be a full-time writer of children's fantasy fiction and poetry.

You mean they weren't?  Total mind-blow.

6th grade social studies is still my favorite class ever, had my favorite teacher ever, and was the last class I really enjoyed.  Of course, a substantial amount (over half) of the class, if memory serves, was discussion/debate between the teacher, myself, and one or two other students.  I remember one day when we had some free time, and I spent about 15 minutes trying to convince another student that Genghis Khan did not build the Great Wall of China in the 1500's; a task I failed at, even when our teacher joined in, because my fellow student was quite certain he had read it on the internet.
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« Reply #29 on: May 06, 2012, 07:15:23 AM »

Sometimes I question the entire college system and see it as just a big money-making scam. Adults constantly tell you to go to college because it will make life easier and help you get money, yet, most people I talk to who get out of college are indebt with student loans and are financially no better than the rest of us, in fact, it seems like the fees associated with college make it even harder for them than for everyone else. Yet, none of them are public with this. They still willingly tell little kids to work hard so that they could go to college and make money, yet, deep down they personally know that it is not that simple and is going to make things harder in a way. I guess that people just do not like to admit when they are wrong about something or when they are unhappy. This is unfortunate because the children of tomorrow will never learn of these truths and only ignorantly repeat the same mistakes because we lied to them the entire time. KRS-1 once gave me some wise advice; think of college and every other institution and system in the world as a banking system. The moment you understand how it works, play it, understand it and do not fall for their scams. College is not a bad thing and it probably is best to attend anyway, but I think that attending with the notions that college will solve all of your problems and give you a one way ticket to the American dream is a bit foolish, and people who attend with those notions will get scammed.

That is why you get scholarships (get good grades, even if you don't in HS getting good grades at a community college can earn you scholarships when you transfer to a university). If you can't get any scholarships at all, save money for a few years then go. If you can't do either you probably shouldn't go (debt is bad). I saved money to buy a house... and spent it on college, and now scholarships pay for all of my tuition (so far) and I'm working on my BS and have absolutely no debt.
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« Reply #30 on: May 06, 2012, 07:25:41 AM »

I don't know if I would advise someone not to go to college because they can't get the money to afford it. Higher education in this country constantly rises in price and not everyone is so fortunate to get scholarships or grants to pay for the tuition. Even working may not provide enough income to live off of and go to school.

Here's another thing. I value education. I believe when one has to lower their standards on what college to choose for with the lack of money, one also is held back educationally.

One of the greatest things that my college experience taught me is how I fit in the world. Education does help you later down the road and will make you a better person.

I get the concern over youth debt and not digging yourself a hole, but a college education is much too important to worry about how much debt is accumulated  because you have to remain competitive to succeed.

I'm very lucky to be where I am at with no college degree, and it was an extremely slim chance that I had. But if I had a college degree, my chances and opportunities would be that much wider.

You just cannot afford not to go to college.

EDIT: One last thing about the "big money-making scam" of colleges. The issue is our recent college grads are having a difficult time finding work in their respective fields or being adequately compensated to cover the cost of tuition. This isn't necessarily the fault of the colleges (sans perhaps useless degrees that have no market value and should come with warnings to students letting them know it ain't "lucrative"), but something that needs immediate attention in this country.

PS. KRS-One is a lunatic. His ideas are dangerous. He believes in that whole Alex Jones conspiracy crap about the government. Eventhough I think "Love's Gonna Get'cha (Material Love)" is one of the best singles from the 90s....
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« Reply #32 on: May 06, 2012, 07:53:29 AM »

Well, until recently, my dream was to become an anthropologist and eventually get to study some of the worlds indigenous people, however I have pretty much lost all hope in that sice my grades most likely won't be high enough for me to be accepted.
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« Reply #33 on: May 06, 2012, 08:31:35 AM »

But how mant people are right for college? Do you know how many people drop out of school to include college?

Besides, it's a lie to say that you need a degree to make a good living. Skilled jobs are still needed, and someone needs to fill them. We will either have people with lots of debt fill them, immigrants, or someone who learned the job early and now can make 6 digits because of his skill level.
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« Reply #34 on: May 06, 2012, 08:38:44 AM »


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« Reply #35 on: May 06, 2012, 08:41:56 AM »

PS. KRS-One is a lunatic. His ideas are dangerous. He believes in that whole Alex Jones conspiracy crap about the government. Eventhough I think "Love's Gonna Get'cha (Material Love)" is one of the best singles from the 90s....

KRS-One's religious views are dangerous, not his politics.
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« Reply #36 on: May 06, 2012, 09:48:12 AM »

I'm currently an elementary substitute teacher. My education and general background is in fine arts and music, so I am also a photographer and musician, and I get most of my subbing work at a great little school for the arts for Grades 4-8. I'd like to get a small part-time contract as an elementary art (or generalist) teacher, but I never want to work full-time again. No thanks! Content with what I have and what I've accomplished so far, but would like to get my music out there a bit more. I may go for a Masters degree to become a Librarian one day.
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« Reply #37 on: May 07, 2012, 08:42:12 AM »

i'm a nurse. been one for 30+yrs. have worked in Oncology, Pediatric ICU, Neonatal ICU and adult ICU (including Neuro ICU). Have been night supervisor for 10+yrs.
Not bad for an Associates.
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« Reply #38 on: May 07, 2012, 09:25:13 AM »

Nursing tech.........mostly geriatrics and psych.  Dreams to be a photo storm chasers!  We had a interesting one going on here in kc last night!
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« Reply #39 on: May 07, 2012, 12:16:56 PM »

I've had three totally unrelated careers for which I had no formal training. First I worked as a medical assistant for many years, then as an HR manager for a large commercial bakery, and now I work for a church organization as a secretary and magazine editor.

My dream is to sit on my back porch with a cup of coffee.

As far as the college vs. no college debate, if you don't have a passion for something or a desire to be a lawyer or doctor or engineer or a career for which you need specific education and training) then learn to fix something or install something and be willing to work nights and weekends.
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« Reply #40 on: May 07, 2012, 01:28:24 PM »

I'm a software engineer who changed careers (corporate downsizing, sick of being in a cube, wanted to do meaningful work) to nursing (worked in med-surg and cardiac step down, hurt my back lifting 300lb patients, etc.) and am back working as a software engineer.   During the career change I also looked at becoming a math teacher or a librarian but nursing was my childhood ambition - my mother was a neonatal intensive-care nurse and I always admired her.  But, it's not a good career change if you don't do serious weightlifting first given how obese Americans are becoming.

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     5) Doing pet-therapy work with my dog
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« Reply #41 on: May 07, 2012, 02:55:14 PM »

to be a mere slave to my compassion(s) or something close to that.
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« Reply #42 on: May 07, 2012, 03:48:05 PM »

As pretty much everyone on here knows, I work in Tax Compliance for a large US Consulting/Outsourcing firm and have an accounting and tax preparation business on the side.

My dream is to make my side business work and then hire a bunch of people to do all the work, sit back, and watch the $$ come in.

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« Reply #43 on: May 07, 2012, 04:10:39 PM »

Right now I teach High School math, and I am working on a masters degree in philosophy. I would like to continue studying after I complete my masters degree, working towards a PhD. Then, perhaps, I will become a professor. The odds are against me, so here's hoping.
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« Reply #44 on: May 07, 2012, 05:20:54 PM »

As pretty much everyone on here knows, I work in Tax Compliance for a large US Consulting/Outsourcing firm and have an accounting and tax preparation business on the side.

My dream is to make my side business work and then hire a bunch of people to do all the work, sit back, and watch the $$ come in.

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