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PeaNut 9,640
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Posted: 4/17/2014 12:17:54 PM
SAHM for the past seven years, but I am a Certified Surgical Technologist and worked in that field for 15 years. I love most aspects of working in surgery, and hope to return to it someday.

Kristen, lucky mom and proud retired Army wife!


PeaNut 33,625
March 2002
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Posted: 4/17/2014 12:33:21 PM
I'm an auditor at a health insurance company. I like audit and I'm good at it.

I started in customer service and worked my way up to an auditor position. I have also been a trainer in my company but prefer auditing to training, even though they are closely related.

~ Dori ~

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PeaNut 190,373
February 2005
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Posted: 4/17/2014 12:35:58 PM
I am a patient transporter on the weekends only. I love it, but it is not the end game for me. I start nursing school in the fall.
I've also taught elementary school for 9 years and stayed at home for awhile. I was also a parent educator for a non profit for a year.

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PeaNut 270,919
July 2006
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Posted: 4/17/2014 1:29:40 PM
I am a speech language pathologist working in a public school. I like working with the kids, but special education paperwork is the pits. I am going to librarian school part-time for a possible career switch in the future. I love having summers off though.

If I had to do it all over again I would have become a genetic counselor.


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PeaNut 274,935
August 2006
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Posted: 4/17/2014 1:56:46 PM
I'm the head of our commercial interior design dept. I do everything from meeting with prospective clients to assess work flow, redesign their offices, pick out finishes, select fabrics and do project management for the installation. I also go ergonomic assessments for clients.

Most days I love my job, but there are a few days I struggle to keep my creativity and sanity.
I work with a great group of people and that's an added bonus.

I hate cubicles! There's a better way people!!

Regina Phalange

PeaNut 369,340
March 2008
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Loc: Steeler Country!

Posted: 4/17/2014 2:01:42 PM
I'm an implementation specialist for a software company. We offer an EDI service for small to mid-market companies that need to transmit documents electronically to their Trading Partners.

For example. Joe has these biodegradable poop bags for dogs and he wants to sell them to PetCo. PetCo does all their product ordering electronically. Joe isn't able to support this on his own, so he buys our program to do it for him. I'm the one who takes him through his initial implementation with Petco so he can receive purchase orders from them and then send them invoices for the product they purchase.

I love my job, I love working with customers and training them on their new program. However, I don't see this being my future. I'm not sure what I want to be when I grow up. LOL


"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." - Maya Angelou


PeaNut 512,802
June 2011
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Posted: 4/17/2014 2:06:04 PM
I perform background checks for big businesses, schools, and healthcare. I love my job but I could do without a lot of the people I work with.
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PeaNut 89,634
June 2003
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Posted: 4/17/2014 2:14:34 PM
I'm a vocational rehabilitation counselor for a government agency. I work with adults with disabilities who want to work. We develop a plan with services to help reduce or eliminate their barriers to employment which also includes counseling and support from me. It's a nice blend of working with people and working by myself. There's lots of paperwork involved but I actually like Paperwork.

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PeaNut 53,328
October 2002
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Posted: 4/17/2014 2:28:48 PM
I am a project portfolio manager for an energy company. In a nutshell - we get so many ideas for projects that we cannot possibly do them all. I evaluate each idea, determine if it aligns with company strategy, see if it makes sense financially, and go before leadership to get final approval. I then figure out how to do the resource planning so that our already strained staff do not get overbooked/overworked.
Doesn't really sound like tons of fun, but I really, really like my job and it pays very well.


PeaNut 89,251
June 2003
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Loc: Ohio

Posted: 4/17/2014 2:34:16 PM
I am an Administrative Assistant for OEA - which is one of the Unions for Teachers and Support Professionals in our state.

Linda - aka MommaHo/Grams
Creativity is intelligence having fun! Albert Einstein


PeaNut 85,669
May 2003
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Posted: 4/17/2014 3:46:28 PM
I'm a Bone Density tech. I love my job. I'm pretty much a people person, so a string of patients throughout the day is right up my alley and some of them are pretty darn interesting and others are downright bizarre. but that's what keeps the job interesting, and besides, it takes all kinds to make the world go 'round.

Teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as it is to the caterpillar~~~~~Bradley Miller


PeaNut 361,706
February 2008
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Posted: 4/17/2014 3:47:32 PM
I am a translator and I love it!

My blog: http://lescreationsdemariemily.blogspot.com


PeaNut 361,706
February 2008
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Posted: 4/17/2014 3:47:34 PM
I am a translator and I love it!

My blog: http://lescreationsdemariemily.blogspot.com

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PeaNut 166,713
September 2004
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Posted: 4/17/2014 4:02:08 PM
I do Quality Assurance for a tertiary institute. I have the fun job of pushing the button that makes the students successful, then issuing their transcripts and parchments. I love my job. I also work with our marketing department to co-ordinate graduation.


PeaNut 262,876
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Posted: 4/17/2014 4:05:43 PM
I work with children that are severely autistic (kdgtn-2nd grade) during the day and I also own my own jewelry company (I am a Metalsmith) that I do in my free time.

I love what I do! My students are amazing!!

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PeaNut 220,508
August 2005
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Loc: IL

Posted: 4/17/2014 4:10:43 PM
I graduated with a degree in clinical laboratory science and worked second shift at a local hospital for eight years. Loved my job. However, there was no chance of moving to days and my oldest was heading to school.

I was fortunate enough to get hired into the IT dept. of a large insurance company whose headquarters is in the town I live in. It was right before Y2K and they trained me. I've been there 15 years now. I don't like it as much, but the pay is great, as is the flexibility. They've been really great the last few years when I've had some major health issues.

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PeaNut 421,476
May 2009
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Loc: Central New York

Posted: 4/17/2014 4:45:12 PM

I am a software configuration management engineer

Wow - so surprised to find someone else working in configuration management! I'm a hardware/software configuration management specialist for a research and development company that does a lot of defense work. I also help support the various CM tools my company uses. I like my job and the people I work with (mostly engineers), and the company treats us very well.


PeaNut 398,557
November 2008
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Loc: Missouri

Posted: 4/17/2014 4:50:32 PM
I'm a stay at home mom to 2 silly little girls. So technically I am the irreplaceable CEO of our household. I love my job, but the pay sucks.
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PeaNut 184,116
January 2005
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Loc: Nevada

Posted: 4/17/2014 5:02:01 PM
I'm a teacher K-7 technology. Next year I'll teach 3 middle school tech classes and then I'll be and instructional coach for the remainder of my day. Love my job!!!

I also own thestachestore.com and spillthebeansetc.com making stuff and selling at shows. Love that job too!

And above all of that I'm a mom to 3 boys 3 and under. That's my favorite job!

<3 Brandy

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Have a {stache}tastic day!
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PeaNut 35,782
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Posted: 4/17/2014 5:43:09 PM
I've been a professional photographer with my own business since 1990. I went to college in 1978 to be a teacher, discovered photographer through an elective, realized it was my true passion, worked for a high end studio for 4 years until I knew the business inside and out, and then finally opened my own business for several years.

When my son reached 6th grade we made the decision to homeschool him, so I put my career on hold and homeschooled him through grades 6-12. It was the best decision (and the scariest!) and he went from hating school with a passion, to returning to an inquisitive child who loved learning. Today he is a College Senior who is in the top 15% of his class (which he thinks is no big deal, but which I am very proud of him).

During the last part of those 6 years I came down a severe case of clinical depression called "Treatment Resistant Depression". It took 10 years out of my life to battle this monster, and I've now been healthy and happy for the last year or so.

I looked around me and the photography world had completely changed since I put my business on the back burner to homeschool my son. Digital photography had exploded the business market , and where there had been 5-6 wedding photographers in my small, historical city there are now 24! Portrait photographer is the same. It seems every Mom and their Sister who ever wanted to be a professional photographer has opened up shop.

I spent some time trying to decide what to do and even considered switching careers to something completely different. I researched other careers and thought about going back to school. Luckily I stumbled upon a free lecture that was coming up at my old photography school and went. It was an epiphany. It was about not only surviving in today's market as a photographer, but thriving. The speaker spoke for 3 hours and I hung on every word. I was thrilled with the news-photography is my passion and I truly didn't want to give it up.

I've decided to specialize instead in commercial photography, and am spending a year taking classes and getting ready to reopen my business. This time instead of specializing in weddings (which I dearly loved), I will instead focus on product photography, food photography, aerial, architectural, concert, and executive portraits.

Last question was if I didn't do this and I could choose anything what would I do? If I could choose anything I would like to be a travel photographer and/or work for National Geographic-as a freelancer of course. I still want to call my own shots. My idea of joy is to travel to international places and photograph people, culture and places. To do that and make a living at it would be the best! Sadly, that's not the case anymore.

Debbie in MD.


PeaNut 197,496
March 2005
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Posted: 4/17/2014 5:46:30 PM
I am basically an administrative assistant - my title is Administrative Services Manager. I work on all the paperwork for our jobs (we move seniors), work some on marketing, take care of our company tool boxes, do anything computer-related, and sometimes go work on packs/moves/unpacks (like I had to go do today). I like my job - it is fairly flexible, the pay is better than the retail job I had before. and I do a wide variety of tasks, but if I could just not work, I think I would do that.

In the past I have worked in customer service/order entry for a decorative accessory wholesaler, taught elementary school, worked as a bank teller, and was a pet trainer/pricing specialist.


<--- Graduated from Texas Tech 12/18/2009!!


PeaNut 404,546
December 2008
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Loc: Australia

Posted: 4/17/2014 6:16:28 PM
I am the storeperson for a large supermarket and spend my day accepting deliveries and keeping my storeroom tidy. I love the non stop activity of the day and the varied things I have to do such as invoicing, making bales of cardboard,keeping control of pallet movement and stacking pallets. Part of my role is also looking after the Egg section so it all keeps me pretty busy. It may not be everyone's cup of tea but I have a job I love.


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Posted: 4/17/2014 6:27:07 PM
I am a healthcare manager. I manager a Breast Center. I am also a Breast Cancer patient navigator. I spent 20 yrs doing mammograms prior to taking a management position. I am blessed by my career choice
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PeaNut 596,302
October 2013
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Posted: 4/17/2014 6:41:08 PM
I worked for 20+ years as an elementary school librarian.
The position requires lots of knowledge about lots of things--and I loved that.

I am now happily retired.


PeaNut 255,021
March 2006
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Loc: Notre Dame , In

Posted: 4/17/2014 7:53:42 PM
After 10 yrs in geriatric nursing I quit my job and went to cosmetology school (in 2009) I currently do hair in my home and I work full time for Goodwill Industries and I LOVE both my jobs!


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PeaNut 380,372
June 2008
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Loc: Central California

Posted: 4/17/2014 8:41:59 PM
I'm an accountant for a rural health clinic. It's not my "passion" but I'm good at it and I make a decent income. I'm new to the health care industry so I am always learning which is fun and a change of pace.


Mom, wife, CASA advocate, baseball fanatic and wine drinker

Blogging my way through life at Meandering Steph

Ideay pues?

PeaNut 143,106
April 2004
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Loc: Miami

Posted: 4/17/2014 8:47:00 PM
I'm boring...I'm an attorney and I love what I do. I have an awesome boss.


PeaNut 415,025
March 2009
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Loc: Southwest USA

Posted: 4/17/2014 8:54:40 PM
SAHM now, but before that I was a recreational therapist.

I worked in a children's mental hospital, state-run. Most of the kids there were from abusive backgrounds and had ODD, except for the teenage set who had some kids with schizophrenia and anxiety disorders. A lot of them were wards of the state. It was sad, but rewarding because unlike working at an adult mental hospital there is a lot more opportunity to improve the lives of the patients. Most of the patients at the adult mental hospitals will never truly get better, but the kids have a fighting chance at improving their futures.


*Mommy to Adam, born October 2010, and Tommy, July 2012*


PeaNut 421,228
April 2009
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Loc: Appalachia

Posted: 4/17/2014 8:58:19 PM
Currently I'm a nursing student. I do some photography and sewing/quilting to make a little extra cash on the side.

I was a Certified Nursing Asst right out of high school, at that time there was a shortage in the field and I decided I wanted out of health care. Over the next 10 years I went through retail, restaurant work, bank teller, Customer Service mgmt/ sales in a health club, and office manager for a small independent insurance adjuster.

4 years ago we moved and DH got a job that allowed me to stay home. I went back to school, took some basic classes, explored my interests, tossed around ideas about opening my own business and decided I'm not good enough at being charming and nice when people are rude or have absurd requests to successfully make money working for myself in this economy.

I have several friends that are nurses, none of which work in Nursing homes like I did 14 years ago. Now healthcare isn't nearly as short staffed as more people are looking for job security when choosing careers. Then, DH got laid off; so I decided to go for it and here I am, full circle.

Ultimately I think I want to get my MSN and be a Nurse Practitioner, possibly specializing in Psych.


My blogs:
SO Handcrafted
Backwoods Babe


PeaNut 407,397
January 2009
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Loc: Sunny Florida

Posted: 4/17/2014 8:59:10 PM

Katie Scott
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PeaNut 146,748
May 2004
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Posted: 4/17/2014 9:04:06 PM
I am a paralegal for a small firm. I monitor new laws related to our core clients so we can advise on changes that will affect them.

I also serve as the firm librarian, department secretary, and any other odd jobs that come around.

I like the job and the others I work with.

Stacy in UT

PeaNut 7,959
November 2000
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Loc: West Jordan, UT

Posted: 4/17/2014 9:04:38 PM
Dental hygienist...love it. I was a dental assistant for 13 years before I went back to school.


PeaNut 218,955
August 2005
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Loc: 262 miles too far from Disneyland

Posted: 4/17/2014 9:17:00 PM
I was an accountant for 14 years, before becoming a SAHM. Hated ever minute of being an accountant, and have loved every second of being a SAHM for the last 16 years. Starting Monday, I will be working 2 days a week at a LSS. I'm excited.

Typical Liberal

PeaNut 221,236
August 2005
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Loc: Houston

Posted: 4/17/2014 9:27:28 PM
The peas have so many interesting jobs! Many that I've never heard of.

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PeaNut 381,935
July 2008
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Loc: The land of Toto

Posted: 4/17/2014 9:41:37 PM
I am a technical writer for a large engineering company. I write owner's manuals, quick-start manuals, on-device help files, and installation manuals for our products. I LOVE my job. I get to work with different teams of people every time I work on a new project, and it is never boring. Even though we have firm deadlines and work hard, it is the least stressful environment I have ever experienced. I no longer have to psyche myself up to go to work.

How did I get into it? I got a couple of degrees after stumbling across this field as I was fleeing from business school.

In a perfect world, I would still do this for a living, but I'd also like to write books...while sitting at the beach drinking a margarita.


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PeaNut 25,575
December 2001
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Posted: 4/17/2014 9:44:21 PM
I work for a non-profit.

Proud Wife and Mom to four big goons!
I cannot be old enough to have three teens and a tween.

God, who foresaw your tribulation, has specially formed you to
go through it, not without pain but without stain.
-- C. S. Lewis

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PeaNut 857
June 1999
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Loc: Central Florida

Posted: 4/17/2014 9:59:27 PM
I'm a Career and Technical Education STEM Instructional Support Teacher for a very large urban school district. We have programs in 19 high schools, 39 middle schools, and 4 technical centers.

I work with engineering, drafting, electronics, aviation, laser/photonics and robotics teachers to develop and improve curriculum and instruction. I also provide professional development, help with program planning, and grant writing for our district.

I have a very cool and fun job, and every day is different.



PeaNut 359,731
January 2008
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Posted: 4/17/2014 10:00:10 PM
I'm a paramedic for a private ambulance company and will be starting as a medic part time at a large theme park for fun soon. Most days I love what I do but it does wear on you at other times. The hours are a double edged sword, I work 3 14 hour shifts each week and every weekend is a 3 day weekend for me. I'd rather be home with my kids every night but this pays the bills.

Dyeing for a living

PeaNut 472,484
June 2010
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Loc: Sunny S.E. Washington

Posted: 4/17/2014 11:12:07 PM
I am a textile artist. I do surface design including custom hand dyeing for fiber artists and quilters. I am also a SAHW and full time caregiver for my 93yo MIL who lives with us.


PeaNut 214,965
July 2005
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Loc: Under The Stars

Posted: 4/17/2014 11:43:45 PM
I am a customer care specialist for a business bill pay website. My specific role is to provide service to our high end clients. I work from home and I get to work in my pjs. I also love my job because it's never boring and it keeps me on my toes.



PeaNut 151,822
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Posted: 4/18/2014 12:09:07 AM
Currently I am a bartender, but in 10 days I start my first job out of nursing school on a busy post-surgical unit.

Nursing is my second career. I originally completed my masters in biomedical science and worked for about 5 years as a lab technician in a university research lab. Due to life circumstances, I left that career and worked as a bartender and waitress for a few years and while in nursing school. I'm so excited to start this new chapter in my life!

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~ Caroline ~

Wife ~ Mother ~ Sister ~ Daughter ~ Wahine ~ Family Photographer ~ Nurse ~ Friend
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Panasonic Lumix ZS1


PeaNut 370,270
April 2008
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Posted: 4/18/2014 12:21:38 AM
I am an optometric assistant. I sort of fell into the job last year and I really like it. It's a great change from doing retail. I love the staff in our office, the environment and the hours are great as well.

I am also a very part time photographer. I used to do a lot more photography but I have successfully slowed that way down in this last year. It was never enough income to support myself on solely and I am getting very tired of essentially working two jobs.

Helen *Mc
Gone Walkabout

PeaNut 4,068
April 2000
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Loc: Aussie in SC. USA

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PeaNut 288,430
December 2006
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Posted: 4/18/2014 7:51:46 AM
I am a wellness nurse. My company services all kinds of clients. We do insurance physicals & screening tests.

This year I signed up to be a substitute school nurse because my 1st job doesn't always have a lot of hours. I have been surprised at how much I like the school setting.

Anyone in nursing school I highly recommend getting your BSN because it opens you up to more jobs.


PeaNut 278,279
September 2006
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Posted: 4/18/2014 8:10:47 AM
I love seeing what everyone does for a living, so interesting! I am the Vice President of a merchandising company that works with supermarkets. My company provides labor to manufacturers, brokers and stores to remodel, renovate and open new locations. I love my job, especially today since I am off for Good Friday

I would love to do something crafty for work, open a studio for kids but realistically I know that would have it's challenges financially!


PeaNut 307,816
April 2007
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Loc: So Cal Gal Living in NJ

Posted: 4/18/2014 8:21:19 AM
I'm a toy designer, specializing in dolls and girl's toys. I've been designing toys for about 30 years.
I spent the first 10 years after college as an advertising artist, doing illustration and graphic design. My degree is in Illustration, so I figured I'd always be a 2D artist and designer. I discovered toy design through doing illustration for several different advertising agencies that handled big toy accounts, like Mattel. I decided I wanted to get out of the advertising business, and Mattel was having a job fair. So I went and showed my portfolio (which had a lot of children's artwork) and I was hired on the spot. Learning to be a product designer was a bit of a learning curve, but I've loved every minute of it. I've worked for most of the biggest companies in the toy business. We've moved all over the country as I worked for different companies. Today I'm designing private label girl's toys for a large toy retailer. I really love my job! I can't imagine doing anything else as a career, although as I near retirement age, I do long to spend more time drawing and painting just for fun.


PeaNut 211,963
June 2005
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Loc: SW Virginia

Posted: 4/18/2014 8:24:23 AM
Wow! It's very interesting to hear what the peas do outside of the pod! I am Vice-President and part owner of a presort mailing company. The funny thing about that is that when I first started this job I told the owner that I was only going to fill in for his retiring accountant until he could find someone else. (The owner was my next door neighbor). Now here I am, 19 years later!

Sister BDSQ
Fatty McWeirdboob

PeaNut 319,914
June 2007
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Loc: Chicago-ish

Posted: 4/18/2014 8:24:34 AM
This is my favorite thread in a long time. Seeing all the things the peas do, how we make the world go 'round...such a great mix of academic, technical, legal, creative, health, food, self-starter/self employed, retired, still pursuing their dream, etc. peas is really amazing.


PeaNut 53,584
October 2002
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Loc: Spring Hill, Florida

Posted: 4/18/2014 11:10:07 AM
I work as a dairy associate very part time. I love the job but hate all the BS that goes with it so thats why I cut my hours way back. If I could just go in and do my job I would love it but unfortunately they are always short handed and you are pulled in every direction almost everyday.

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PeaNut 120,763
December 2003
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Loc: where the deer and the antelope play

Posted: 4/18/2014 11:21:56 AM
I love this thread- what an interesting mix we peas are!

I am a physicians assistant. For the last 9.5 years I have worked in women's health. I have clinic 2.5 days a week and assist in surgery 1 day a week. I see women of all ages for wellness exams and for various problems as well. Surgery is my favorite part of my job- so fascinating to see the inside of the human body and to fix problems. I love my job but I also love my boss who allows me to work part time and have a flexible schedule to also be a mom and attend school programs, leave early if I need to, etc.

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