What Do You Do/Did For A Living?
Post Reply
 
Thread Rating:
  • 0 Votes - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
23-05-2016, 09:13 PM
RE: What Do You Do/Did For A Living?
I'm part of a company that promotes literacy in students through intensive individual instruction in sensory-cognitive functioning. So for the most part I show kids letters and words (or, alternatively, read them stories, depending on what their specific challenges are) and have them image them, ramping up the difficulty over time until they can read fluently at or above grade level. I've been there for about a year and it's really rewarding most of the time (although I have been kicked/hit/headbutted on occasion). It's given me a real insight into the world of learning disabilities and other special needs. So many of the kids I've worked with have so much potential, but have been beaten down by years of inability to find an environment in which their specific needs can be met. When that is provided for them they are able to succeed in amazing ways.

Hoping to move away from hourly work eventually and get my Masters. The dream is a professorship although I know that's certainly a long shot. For now I'm just grateful to be out of food service...it's kind of incredible how rude people can be when they're at a restaurant. Hopefully I won't have to go back to that anytime soon, but at least I'm prepared for it now.
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
[+] 14 users Like debna27's post
23-05-2016, 09:27 PM
RE: What Do You Do/Did For A Living?
(23-05-2016 05:55 PM)Slowminded Wrote:  
(23-05-2016 05:41 PM)Chas Wrote:  Software systems developer, mostly embedded, real-time, and control systems, e.g. urban traffic control, voting systems,
portable inventory devices, various medical devices, pump and motor control, 5-axis CNC controls, TV set-top boxes, smart charging devices.
Also lots of OS software such as drivers (smart cards, PC cards, networks, storage, ...) and many tools for programmers.

I've worked from peon to vice president but always as an actual developer.
Well, except once I had multiple development groups to manage and an insane boss - worst few months of my career.
He eventually fired me, but the president of the company hired me back 2 hours later.

I'm currently the semi-retired vice president of engineering at a start-up with data migration products based on my patent-pending algorithm.
(I don't think the patent will be approved - too much prior art. Weeping )

Chas's first job was a software developer for a Antikythera mechanism

Nah, I came along later and had to deal with customer support. The documentation was all Greek to me. Weeping

Skepticism is not a position; it is an approach to claims.
Science is not a subject, but a method.
[Image: flagstiny%206.gif]
Visit this user's website Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
[+] 5 users Like Chas's post
23-05-2016, 11:34 PM
RE: What Do You Do/Did For A Living?
(23-05-2016 03:56 PM)GirlyMan Wrote:  Government bureaucrat.
So what you're saying is that you're a heartless bastard? Unsure

Laugh out load

[Image: 7oDSbD4.gif]
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
[+] 1 user Likes Vosur's post
24-05-2016, 12:09 AM
RE: What Do You Do/Did For A Living?
Architectural draftsman, construction superintendent, General Contractor, real estate agent, entrepreneur, investor, started two construction companies and one commercial real estate holdings company (I’m still running the last one).

Freelance photographer, SCUBA instructor, dive guide & to give back I volunteer at a non-profit environmental educational foundation teaching marine life identification and helping researchers collect data. Will soon publish my first scientific research paper as a co-author.

“I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics a man’s reasoning powers are not above the monkey’s.”~Mark Twain
“Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man - who has no gills.”~ Ambrose Bierce
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
[+] 6 users Like Full Circle's post
24-05-2016, 12:09 AM
RE: What Do You Do/Did For A Living?
(23-05-2016 05:55 PM)Slowminded Wrote:  
(23-05-2016 05:41 PM)Chas Wrote:  Software systems developer, mostly embedded, real-time, and control systems, e.g. urban traffic control, voting systems,
portable inventory devices, various medical devices, pump and motor control, 5-axis CNC controls, TV set-top boxes, smart charging devices.
Also lots of OS software such as drivers (smart cards, PC cards, networks, storage, ...) and many tools for programmers.

I've worked from peon to vice president but always as an actual developer.
Well, except once I had multiple development groups to manage and an insane boss - worst few months of my career.
He eventually fired me, but the president of the company hired me back 2 hours later.

I'm currently the semi-retired vice president of engineering at a start-up with data migration products based on my patent-pending algorithm.
(I don't think the patent will be approved - too much prior art. Weeping )

Chas's first job was a software developer for a Antikythera mechanism

Pretty sure the Sumerians had him scratching clay tablets for their disk-drives.
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
[+] 5 users Like Thumpalumpacus's post
24-05-2016, 12:13 AM
RE: What Do You Do/Did For A Living?
(23-05-2016 09:13 PM)debna27 Wrote:  I'm part of a company that promotes literacy in students through intensive individual instruction in sensory-cognitive functioning. So for the most part I show kids letters and words (or, alternatively, read them stories, depending on what their specific challenges are) and have them image them, ramping up the difficulty over time until they can read fluently at or above grade level. I've been there for about a year and it's really rewarding most of the time (although I have been kicked/hit/headbutted on occasion). It's given me a real insight into the world of learning disabilities and other special needs. So many of the kids I've worked with have so much potential, but have been beaten down by years of inability to find an environment in which their specific needs can be met. When that is provided for them they are able to succeed in amazing ways.

That's humbling, there.
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
[+] 1 user Likes Thumpalumpacus's post
24-05-2016, 07:37 AM
RE: What Do You Do/Did For A Living?
(23-05-2016 11:34 PM)Vosur Wrote:  
(23-05-2016 03:56 PM)GirlyMan Wrote:  Government bureaucrat.
So what you're saying is that you're a heartless bastard? Unsure

Laugh out load

Nah, I'm pretty sure he's a soulless automaton. Consider

Skepticism is not a position; it is an approach to claims.
Science is not a subject, but a method.
[Image: flagstiny%206.gif]
Visit this user's website Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
[+] 2 users Like Chas's post
24-05-2016, 08:48 AM
RE: What Do You Do/Did For A Living?
(23-05-2016 09:13 PM)debna27 Wrote:  I'm part of a company that promotes literacy in students through intensive individual instruction in sensory-cognitive functioning. So for the most part I show kids letters and words (or, alternatively, read them stories, depending on what their specific challenges are) and have them image them, ramping up the difficulty over time until they can read fluently at or above grade level. I've been there for about a year and it's really rewarding most of the time (although I have been kicked/hit/headbutted on occasion). It's given me a real insight into the world of learning disabilities and other special needs. So many of the kids I've worked with have so much potential, but have been beaten down by years of inability to find an environment in which their specific needs can be met. When that is provided for them they are able to succeed in amazing ways.

Hoping to move away from hourly work eventually and get my Masters. The dream is a professorship although I know that's certainly a long shot. For now I'm just grateful to be out of food service...it's kind of incredible how rude people can be when they're at a restaurant. Hopefully I won't have to go back to that anytime soon, but at least I'm prepared for it now.

Wow. I now feel like a worthless toad.

Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors.... on Donald J. Trump:

He is deformed, crooked, old, and sere,
Ill-fac’d, worse bodied, shapeless every where;
Vicious, ungentle, foolish, blunt, unkind,
Stigmatical in making, worse in mind.
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
[+] 2 users Like dancefortwo's post
24-05-2016, 08:53 AM
RE: What Do You Do/Did For A Living?
(23-05-2016 09:42 AM)Momsurroundedbyboys Wrote:  I've worked as a receptionist for a software company (I actually met Timothy Leary and some pretty famous musicians working there), did custormer service and later worked as a paralegal for a huge law firm (Dewy Cheatum and Howe) in California, where I got to know a few of the Silicon Valley heavy hitters pretty well.

Then after kids and a huge move, I stopped working. Once I was more or less ok with the idea of returning to work, my younger son was Dx'd with autism -- so dealing with his issues kinda screwed me.

Your job and the other forum members who are parents of autistic children have the hardest jobs going. My hats off to you all. You're all amazing.

Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors.... on Donald J. Trump:

He is deformed, crooked, old, and sere,
Ill-fac’d, worse bodied, shapeless every where;
Vicious, ungentle, foolish, blunt, unkind,
Stigmatical in making, worse in mind.
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
[+] 7 users Like dancefortwo's post
24-05-2016, 09:36 AM
RE: What Do You Do/Did For A Living?
I currently am a Locksmith for an Native American Casino.

I had a short lived career in TV and Comic Books. Definitely something I much rather be doing. I'm the happiest when I get to draw and have people enjoy my work. My friends in the industry are constantly pushing me to get back into it.

But I afraid of falling into bankruptcy. I make a fair wage here at the casino and it put's a roof over my head and food on my table. A career in art is a constant job. Constantly promoting yourself, constantly doing art pieces to make money that usually goes back into the art. I've never been as good at anything as I am with my illustrations. But i'm my own worst critic. And put myself down constantly as never thinking I'm good enough to get recognized.

Don't Live each day like it's your last. Live each day like you have 541 days after that one where every choice you make will have lasting implications to you and the world around you. ~ Tim Minchin
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
[+] 7 users Like Commonsensei's post
Post Reply
Forum Jump: