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    What do you do for work? Are you in the field you went to school for? Of did you just fall into your career? Would you do it again or change things?

    I'm currently a Vocational Consultant/Job Club Facilitator. I work for a private workers compensation company (that has bonuses and raises!) but I have dedicated files for state agencies. My clients have all have physical injuries that preclude them going back to work for the employer of injury. My job is to help them find work within their education and physical restrictions. I also host a Job Club teaching the clients job seeking skills. I don't have an actual office I go to any longer. I am in my car and travel A LOT. I also feel like I work smarter and much more efficiently this way.

    I did go to school for this but my intention was never to go into the vocational rehab field. I earned my masters degree in rehabilitation counseling. This degree provides two things: the voc rehab option and classes towards licensure as a professional counselor. I fell into voc while in graduate school and found I have a knack for it. Time slipped away from me and I still don't have my LPC. I will hopefully get the green light to begin supervision this year.

    I love what I do. I don't think of it as a career so much as a calling.












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    I'm currently studying to be an Occupational Therapist (OT) and no I don't deal with people's jobs or occupation although i can if need be (I know lots of people think that's the case).

    As a profession we believe that everyone needs to do meaningful things (occupation) to achieve wellbeing. Those things include looking after yourself, the things you have to do like work or looking after others and the things that you like to do- leisure activities.

    If you suffer an illness or disability then there is the potential for disruption to all these activities and roles. That's where OTs come in. We can advise on home adaptations or prescribe equipment, put in rehabilitation programmes for people that have had a stroke or other disability or we can support people that have mental health conditions. I can support people to deal with the physical and psychological aspects of illness/disability, goals being mutually agreed with the client. It's very challenging at times but amazingly rewarding and I wish that i'd found it before. I qualify April 2015.















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    I both am and am not in the field I went to school for. I say that because my official title is Computer Specialist. However, the work I am currently doing, which I hate, but there isn't much else available, is not really computer related.





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    For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a teacher but my parents couldn't afford for me to go to college so I never realised my dreams.

    Eventually, I became a secretary and worked my way up to Personal Assistant at a firm of solicitors. I loved my job and once I had found the area I wanted to specialise in, I was going to study to become a Solicitor. Sadly I had a breakdown and haven't worked since :(

    So basically I'm a huge disappointment.









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    Teaching Assistant. I work specifically with children who display a dyslexic profile.

    Never intended that to happen. Was working my way through the postal service ranks when 1 day I decided to throw that all up and go to university. Studied American History for 4 years and went to for for a telecoms company. Left work when I had Steven. A few months after he started school I start going in to read with the children and next thing I know I was being offered a job there. I absolutely love it.

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    I'm a teacher. I've wanted to be a teacher ever since I can remember and I absolutely love my job :-D



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    I have been a teacher since graduating when Dinos ruled the Earth. This is my 35th year of teaching science...holy cow ... did I actually say that out loud? I have been the district planetarium director since 2002. I have had increasing responsibilities with a new title as science specialist. I run professional development opportunities for teachers in the district as well.

    It is the only real job I have known my whole career. As a matter of fact, I have been with the same school district for all but 5 month of all my years. I left in 2001 for a more upscale posh district for the money, and I missed my urban kids with all their problems and decided to come back and take over the planetarium when offered the job.










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    I am the Web Manager for three independent schools in Connecticut. I began as a lower school computer teacher, and then sort of "fell into" this position. I love my job. I love being around students while at the same time working in a field that is constantly changing and evolving.




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    I am retired I left school at 15 started a job as apprentice radio and tv engineer after that 2 years national service in theR A F in the dental branch and back to tv engineers job and worked till 1987 latterly as service manager with the House Of Fraser.Made redundant and became self employed till I retired 4 years ago at 72





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    I wanted to do something to do with music and settled with becoming a drama teacher. However, once I had done some voluntary work, I hated it so became a primary teacher. Although it is hard and takes most of your time, effort, energy and money (buying resources! ) it is a fabulous job. Seeing the world through a kids eyes is amazing!

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