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Old 02-21-12, 08:00 PM
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Have you been in a career/job long term, that you like to share?

If you have had a career/job for over 5 years, you are my role model. Please share your experience, and which career you are in?
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Re: Have you been in a career/job long term, that you like to share?

Funny you should ask, a few days ago when I was writing the date in my journal, I noticed that that day was the anniversary of the my first day at my last job. I had that job for just the length of time you mentioned - over 5 years. Just about 5 and a half years, actually.

It was a job, not a career really. After struggling again lately with the process of job hunting and trying to get interviews, I am starting to believe that half the battle of getting that job was the fact that I didn't have to interview for it.

My problem now seems to be the hurdle of just getting a job to begin with. Historically, once I do get a job, I am generally able to manage the routine of getting to work everyday, doing my job and going home again.. In fact, I always get a kick out the fact that when I go to fill out the job history section on an application, almost every place I worked at the past has since gone out of business. Karma has also played a part in my job history, as of the two places I worked which let me go unjustly, one has gone out of business and the other has since been the subject of a national food safety scandal.
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That's great, but didn't you get bored ? How did you fight the boredom ? How did you resist the urge to change?
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I've been at my present position since 01/23/84.
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Re: Have you been in a career/job long term, that you like to share?

Been with mine since 1999. The sure don't party like they used to, according to Prince....or is that the artist formerly known as........whatever.

I was fortunate to have great mentors in the beginning, an absolute love for what I had the opportunity to do, and an a** load of luck and good fortune that got me in the door. I get to work with a constant flow of people ages 15-24ish now (used to be ages 18-70 in the same facility, just a different program) with every type of disability you can imagine, and try to help teach/re-teach various life and independent living skills through social interactions and structured activites.

I also try to convince the youth to make better choices than I did back in the day. I used to feel guilty getting paid sometimes because it can be so rewarding for me. hahaha But, the political BS involved in a state agency can quickly make you feel like you're not compensated nearly enough.
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I used to feel guilty getting paid sometimes because it can be so rewarding for me.

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What is rewarding?
  • Seeing the look in a student's eyes when you know the moment they "get it"!! Regardless of the subject.
  • Helping someone learn how to order pizza delivery on their own for the first time, helping them count money, look for coupons, suggesting a tip and explaining why it's important - then sitting in the background and watch him pay the driver, give them the change plus an extra dollar for a tip, and repeatedly said thank you. (usually a very angry and withdrawn young man that chose non-verbal grunts for the first two days - this was day 3)
  • Having a significantly non-verbal autistic young man arrive very shy, homesick, not digging the environment all that much ends up bonding with a peer who had an amazing line of communication with him and helped open up his whole world to trying and doing new things. Seeing the mom's face when she came to pick him up and saw he's surrounded by friends, taking pictures, and exchanging numbers was priceless. Mom cried on my shoulder in private telling me she'd never seen him look so happy.
  • Having a student greet you oh so eagerly as you arrive for work, anxious to tell you all they learned that day - when just the day before, they was hatin' life up in that place and wanted to get the he!! out.
  • Planning trips up to the most beautiful scenic parkway to watch the sunset on warmer days. City youth always either get really freaked out by the mountains, or they love them. I hear lots of "oooo"'s and "ahhhhh"'s on the drive up. And once we get there, it's like they're hypnotized til the sun goes down.....lol.
  • Having a student come from the Virgin Islands when we had a kick a** snow storm was one of my fave memories. He'd never seen snow and he was out in it picking it up with his bare hands saying, "Mon, dis s*** is COLD!!!!" I took pics of him throwing snowballs, making snow angels, and just goofing around in the snow. I framed all the pics so he could share them with his family. You would have thought I had given him a million dollars that day. He still keeps in touch via email.
I could go on forever.......and I'm glad you asked because I need to be remembering these beautiful memories at this point. I was about to give 2 wks notice and book out of there due to feeling burnt out on the BS. But this helps me remember why I'm there. My babies.
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Re: Have you been in a career/job long term, that you like to share?

16 years as a banker, most of them pretty fun, but I changed positions 11 times which helped a lot to keep it interesting. I also relied a lot on subordinates because although I didn't know I had ADHD I knew I sucked at paperwork and didn't like doing it. It helps if you treat staff and co-workers well since they will then want to help you.
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I was in nursing for two decades and have been in recycling for nine years! I am looking for part time nursing work to do with the recycling so I can go back to college and get my masters.
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Re: Have you been in a career/job long term, that you like to share?

I've been in Information Technology for 20 years, 18 with the same company. I think doing something you are very passionate about (which I am) is a big help when it comes to ADHD.

I have gotten the itch to maybe do something a little different in the near future, or change companies. Some of that's just thinking ahead in my career, and planning for the next 20 years. Technology is field where many people peak early in their career, and find it difficult to stay relevant as they get older - I don't plan to let that happen. I'm way ahead of all the younger people in tech that I know, and I intend to stay that way.
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Hello,

I have been in corporate finance for 12 years at the same company and same department. It's been a long road with many ups and downs - quite memorable to be sure! (and not just because of ADD) And though my role has changed a bit over the years, it has been a stable source of income until recently. Due to the financial crash of 2008, most big banks are outsourcing many job roles overseas and so salary levels are not as competitive and I've never been promoted so I really don't make a ton of money.

Anyway, I am also getting a bit complacent in my job so I might actually be going back to school soon, as I have also had a life long dream of working as a therapist, behavioral modification specialist or recreational therapist. I would also like to incorporate the use of horses to aid the therapy.

So that is my story. Life is never easy for me, but I have always been the queen of endurance . And I can definitely credit that aspect of my personality to my grandmom, mom and my ADD .

Hope that provides a bit of encouragement to anyone struggling out there. There is always hope, even things never remain the same, hard times come and go! But always stay grateful for what is good in your life even if it is just a smile on a stranger's face .
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Municipal Inspector. 5 years now. Im making moves to become a police officer.
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I'm a behavioral therapist for autistic kiddos, I've been working with autistic kids and teens for 7 years now.

Every day is different. Their attention span is about as long as mine! I feel like my ADHD helps me to connect with them, understand them, and communicate better. I have a LOT of energy, and this job requires a ton! I'm never bored!
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I worked at a very small, quickly growing business for 7 years. I didn't get bored because it was crazy busy, fast-paced, there was always office politics, I got to take on new projects, etc. Actually, when I first started there, I worked in a completely different job in a different department, and they wouldn't let me change anything at all, even though I came up with about 50 great suggestions the first month alone. I probably wouldn't have stayed under those conditions, but I got a position with more freedom, took on more responsibility, and then moved up in the company. I think it was a great way to learn and grow within a job, but the unfortunate thing about small companies is that you have to do everything yourself, and usually can't farm-out tasks that you're not suited for to others. (Especially true for small companies that are tight with money and can't hire people who are actually qualified to do the jobs their doing, where everyone is learning their jobs as they go.)

I don't think I know anyone personally who's job description, even if they've had the same "title" for at least 5 years, hasn't changed so much that it's not really the same job as when they began, even if it's called the same job. I've been with my present employer a couple years now, and my job has completely changed at least twice, job title has changed once (renamed within the same position).
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Does being in the same related FIELD count? I've worked security-related jobs since September of 2006. The first four years I worked private security in Aspen, CO. Since August 2010, I've worked for the county I live in now doing inmate security in corrections. I'm not really passionate about the job. Although I do find it interesting and it affords me PLENTY of time to work on my own, which is exactly what I need to flourish. I can't stand being micromanaged. Which honestly is what's kind of killing me about my current job. I work graveshift and I'm still feeling micromanaged to death...and there are no supervisors or managers on graveshift. We don't even HAVE "supervisors." Only managers. How they manage to micromanage, I have no idea. But they are damn good at it.
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