What do you do for a living?

@lexus54 (3576)
Singapore
May 31, 2007 2:27am CST
Hi there, my fellow myLotters. It's great to be communicating on this forum with people from all over the world. I'm interested to know what you do for a living? Let me start. I used to be a project manager for an IT company until two years ago. Now I work from home as an investor, and also earning some money from the internet. Ok, over to you. Please share your vocation with all of us. Thanks.
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@Bizziebod (3526)
30 Apr 08
better late than never in responding I guess?? I'm a freelance graphic designer for most of the week and for the other half of the week i'm a secretary in the national health service here working in forensic mental health, which is fascinating and would love to do it full time!
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
1 May 08
No response is too late for me, bizziebod. So I appreciate you contributing to my discussion. It's interesting how you hold two very different vocations at the same time. Your graphic designer vocation interests me somewhat because I also design things using graphics packages, but usually these are just posters, pamphlets, flyers, etc. for my church and for personal friends. Is your graphics work displayed somewhere (in some websites perhaps) we can admire?
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@Bizziebod (3526)
1 May 08
Sure, my own site is www.officeaccomplice.co.uk - go to graphic design and then to previous designs. There is also the mugs that I have designed and they can be viewed at www.yourmugonamug.co.uk .
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
2 May 08
Thanks for sharing this information. Good work you are doing there!
• Canada
7 Jan 08
Hi Lexus...I just got your friend request, accepted it and checked out your site. I know this is an older discussion but seeing as we are new friends it seems like a good place to introduce myself and give you a feel for who I am and what I do. I do a number of things for my living...but in a nutshell I communicate ideas for healthy, empowered, balanced living. I am a self-employed journalist, free lance writer, author and have a column I write for, a blog and am in the process of considering marketing options for a book I wrote called I've Been There...A Testimony of Hope. My husband and I also have a personal development company called Fresh Beginnings where we offer services that include life coaching, seminars and public speaking on a wide variety of topics...all pertaining to healthy, dynamic living. If you are interested my Blog address is:http://pohl-perspectives.blogspot.com and my homepage can be accessed through Mylot where it says my website. Thanks for asking me to be a friend...it is accepted and I look forward to sharing more ideas as friends here always do. Raia
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
7 Jan 08
Thank you Maia for responding, as well as for your acceptance of my friendship request. I admire writers, and I am delighted to learn that you are one besides Jill (above) who has also written and published some books. I had a glance at your webpage... you are an accomplished writer indeed! I hardly meet writers in real-life, but here in this thread, I am meeting two already (albeit virtually). It is an honor and privilege for me. I wish you all the success in your writing, consulting and public speaking career.
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
7 Jan 08
Sorry, got your name wrong...it should be Raia. :)
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• Canada
26 Feb 08
Wow..sorry I never got back to reply to your lovely response Victor..oh well better late than never. Thanks for checking out my site..and for your generous feedback about my work. I love what I do and even though the process of writing can be isolating at times the reward of seeing one's work in print is very gratifying...as if feedback from the readership. Your friendship is something I enjoy...glad you asked me to be a friend a coupleof months ago. Raia
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@jillhill (37384)
• United States
13 Oct 07
I live in the United States and I am an author of two books and a freelance writer.
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
17 Oct 07
Hello Jill, thank you for responding. Sorry it is a little late, but as they say, 'better late than never'. I respect writers. So how successful have you been as an author? Did your books sell well? Do you write for internet sites like Helium? I am a new writer there, and I recently wrote one article. Hope you will do well and establish yourself as an accomplished author and writer. :)
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
17 Oct 07
Better late them never is right! Happy to hear from you. I do sell my share of books though not enough to live off. Unless you are well established it's tough to break into the market. I write of magazines. I was going to write for Helium and the Associated content but you get paid so little in comparison to regular market places. Hope your writing goes well too!
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
18 Oct 07
I mean a little late of me to thank you for responding :). I am not a professional writer like you; just trying Helium for the fun of it only. I note that there are some good writers in there, so it is a challenge for me to compete with them to see where I stand. I am at a disadvantage though because I come from Asia, as many of the topics from publishers are really geared towards those fr US.
@naseefu (1607)
• India
3 May 08
I am now in training as a network administrator.So i do not doing anything to live.I am a student and have to get everything from my father for living.Thanks Lexus
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
4 May 08
Hi there naseefu (the one with the eye-catching new avatar), thanks for coming by. I worked in the IT line all my worklife, so I know what a network administrator does. Good for you that you are going into this line. With IT so prevalent, network administrators and database administrators are in good demand by companies, and will always be. You may be depending on your dad for your living expenses now, but when you start working, you can stand on your own two feet where finances is concerned.
@naseefu (1607)
• India
4 May 08
Thanks my friend
@jesbellaine (4157)
• Philippines
1 May 08
Hiyah There! I work in a call center industry as a Technical Support for Linksys (Networking). I have been working here for almost 4 years and kinda like it but sometimes very frustrating lolz. It's good pay though. :)
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
2 May 08
Hi there Jesbellaine, thanks for sharing about your work. I know there are quite a number of members here whose work is linked to call centers, usually in helpdesk or technical support. Every company that runs an IT outfit providing services to its customers need such call center support. I used to have a helpdesk support team situated in my own office premises. The center is usually very busy and there are many issues to tackle, sometimes trivial but sometimes technical and time-consuming. It can be frustrating and challenging at times, especially if services are disrupted and you have fuming customers at the other end. You work in this job, you need to have tolerance and patience, a cool head, good knowledge of applications and issues, and maintain good customer relationship.
• Philippines
11 May 08
Oh yes, you are very right on what you just said. Amazing! Cheers!
@laurika (4536)
• United States
5 Oct 07
I have to leave it, becuase I move to my partner and he was in other country.Now I am 13000 miles from my home, so I have no other choise only to make some money online.I am not much of sucess, hope it just want a time and hard work.
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
9 Oct 07
Thanks for sharing. You are indeed very far from home. I hope you find great success with your internet ventures. Many people are looking to hit the right schemes that will make them good money without the need for significant upfront investment.
@laurika (4536)
• United States
9 Oct 07
Thank you for wishing me a ood luck.hope I can hit it too.
• India
3 May 08
hi thants great. so you are a investor ok. do you only make money from mylot or are you signed on to other sites too. i am an hr manager, and love to chat, so what i do is when i need to relax i get on to mylot.
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• United States
1 May 08
I worked with individuals with disabilities, my last job was working with teenagers that have autism. Currently I am unemployed but I have some interviews lined up with MRDD residential facilities and with a school for children with autism. Here's to hoping one of these comes through as I love this type of work.
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
2 May 08
I admire people who have a heart for the underprivileged, be it as a volunteer or a paid worker. I hope your services will be contracted soon, and you will be back helping these people in the capacity you were trained for or are best experienced in. My wife, who is a teacher, renders her voluntary service once a week to the Society for the Visually Handicapped. She helps them convert text books into braille form. It is something she finds fulfillment doing. Thanks for sharing.
@misshoney (973)
• Philippines
23 Apr 08
i work full time as a content writer for websites and i also have part time jobs sometimes :-)
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
23 Apr 08
Thank you for your post. That's an interesting profession. Can you share more about your content writing, or even point us to some sites where you have done content writing for websites? How do you secure your jobs, and do they usually pay well? Those who can write well may be challenged to want to have a go at this kind of work.
@ebsharer (5518)
• United States
22 Apr 08
My profession(s) well first a foremost I am a mom and wife, I don’t get paid in money for those jobs but get paid in love, and joy. For the paid job – I am an assistant to the owners. I do it all bookkeeping, scheduling, ordering, proposals, and the list goes on. It is a great 8 to 4 paid lunch job. My bosses don’t act like bosses they joke around and basically act like kids. I work with a great group of guys, yes 14 men and me. We do maintenance on all the BP & Sunoco gas stations in the Western PA area. It’s a great job and I am glad that I found it, it just kind of fell in my lap.
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
23 Apr 08
Thanks for responding. Like many married women, you are a dual-career person. What struck me in your response though is that you placed your home profession first before your office profession, and that tells me a lot about how devoted you are to your home and family. Being paid in love and joy for such a vocation is certainly more gratifying than any rewards in monetary form. I'm happy for you that you are enjoying your paid job. It will be a challenge to you to strike a balance, and to do well in both professions.
@youless (90272)
• Guangzhou, China
22 Apr 08
It sounds very nice to work as an investor. Currently I am working in a trading company. I hope one day I will have my own business and this is my dream. I love China
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
23 Apr 08
Can't believe I am still getting responses for this discussion I started way back when I initially joined myLot. Thanks for taking the time to visit this thread and responding. It's great you have this passion to own your own business. Successes start from dreams, and if you work at your dream, your rewards may just come a-knocking at your door some day. All the best to you.
@drannhh (15057)
• United States
18 Feb 08
I am blissfully retired, after serving many years as a teacher and college administrator. I have worked in quite a few other trades, too, especially while working my way through the university. Sometimes I would have to stop and work a while and then go back, so it took quite a while for me to get through all those degrees.
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
19 Feb 08
Thank you my dear for responding. My wife is also a long-time teacher, so I can relate to this noble profession. I admire teachers because they have opted for a profession that will touch young people's lives and mould them into responsible adults. Both my wife and I have also gone through university, but we chose to complete our studies before embarking on our careers. You had the passion for continuing education while you worked, and that's admirable. When I started my career, I didn't feel like going back to school again, because studying while working would have been too trying for me. So it was great you made that achievement. Now that you are retired, do have a great retirement. You have worked hard all your life, now it is time you relax and enjoy your golden years, because you deserve it.
@laurika (4536)
• United States
4 Oct 07
I used to work in health insurance company untill two years ago, now I am earning some money thorugh the internet.It is not much , but at least I am trying too.
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
5 Oct 07
Thanks for your response. So you're like me who left a 9-to-5 job over 2 yrs ago to try and earn money from home. To tell you the truth, it is quite trying earning from the internet. I really wouldn't survive that way. Luckily my investments make me the most money and I can rely on that. I hope you do well in yr internet ventures.
@williamjisir (22905)
• China
7 Sep 07
Hello, lexus. I am engaged in teaching. I have been teaching for more twenty-four years without changing for another one. I love teaching and have a great passion for it. When I get retired some day, I think that I will start my own business with my wife to make some extra money for the rest of life.
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
11 Sep 07
Hi William, sorry I missed your post, because I had problems with my Yahoo Mail a few days back. Anyway, we've communicated in your other thread about Teachers' Day. Thanks for sharing about your profession. To teach more than 20 years (like my wife), you need to have the passion and commitment to keep going on, because the school scene has changed drastically compared to 20 - 30 years ago, and teaching has become very trying and 'challenging' these days. I salute your fervour to press on in this noble profession, to impart knowledge to young children and make a positive difference in their lives.
@omupas (1243)
• United States
31 May 07
As for me, I worked for 3 years, up until the end of December, for a merchant services company (providing credit card processing services to businesses in the US). I started out as an account executive with the company and quickly moved myself up the ranks to a corporate sales manager. Eventually I realized that there was no more upward mobility for me, the VP of sales wasn't going to retire any time soon and I was obviously not going to take the owners spot! I learned everything I could about the business while I was an employee, and now, I along with 3 business partners run my own merchant services company.
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@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
31 May 07
Thanks for sharing. You made a good career move, I must say. I do hope your business does well, and bring you lasting fulfilment.
@im_anna (718)
• Philippines
15 Dec 07
just like you I also earn an income from the internet though maybe not as much the same as you do. I'm a currency trader working a few meters from home. I have to be near my home to oversee the kids but not too near as I need privacy while I'm working.
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
17 Dec 07
It's nice of you to share, Anna. Thank you. I am not so successful trying to earn from the internet. I only make a bit of money in several programs, not enough to provide me a living. I make most of my money from the stock market, very much more than from the internet. I would reckon it will also be more lucrative for you to earn as a currency trader than from internet programs. Whatever you do, I wish you all the success.