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Old 11-04-2008, 07:15 PM   #1
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Okay, for a career class that I am taking this year I am asking a few questions about


I was supposed to interview a professional in a certain field, but I thought it would be interesting to get a large range of answers, so here I am.

1: What is your career?
2:What is your title?
3: What exactly do you do?
3:What is it that motivated you to pursue this career?
4:What is it that you like the most about this career?
5:What is it that you like least about your career?
6id your parents influence your decision in choosing your career?
7:What was more important to you in making the decision of choosing your career, money are lifestyle, why?
8:How long did you have to study or be trained before you started working, why?
9:Has the studying and/or training been worth it to you, why?
10:What kind of environment did you study in? (offer specifics if you want)
11:Was the study of this career difficult for you, (how was or wasn't it?)
12id you base your choice of college on the career you wanted, why or why not?
13:What was it that you looked for in a career?
14: If you could go back in time would you change anything concerning your career, education, career choice etc and why?
15: Do others around you respect you for what you do, why or why not (in your opinion)?
16id you plan on being what you are ever since you were young, or at what point did you decide you were going to do what you are doing, why?
17id you choose your career path before or after starting college or training, and was this decision hard for you are were you sure of what you wanted to do?

Thanks for your response
 
Old 11-04-2008, 07:43 PM   #2
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1: What is your career?Research and Development
2:What is your title?Development Engineer
3: What exactly do you do?Design and build widgets, control systems work, systems integration
3:What is it that motivated you to pursue this career?I like solving problems
4:What is it that you like the most about this career?Solving problems
5:What is it that you like least about your career?Bureaucracy
6id your parents influence your decision in choosing your career?Nope. They said I could be whatever I wanted when I grew up.
7:What was more important to you in making the decision of choosing your career, money are lifestyle, why?Neither. I just liked the classes and the problem solving stuff.
8:How long did you have to study or be trained before you started working, why?4 years of undergrad work in Mechanical Engineering
9:Has the studying and/or training been worth it to you, why?Yup.
10:What kind of environment did you study in? State University, lived in dorms all 4 years.
11:Was the study of this career difficult for you, Nope, it fit my personality. Most of it came pretty naturally.
12id you base your choice of college on the career you wanted, why or why not?Somewhat. The university had to have an accredited program and get a few good reviews. But after that, it was which offered me the most non-repayment financial aid (i.e. grants, scholarships, etc).
13:What was it that you looked for in a career?Something I liked doing every day. Something challenging where I wouldn't be doing the same repetitive task every day. Something that would stretch my knowledge.
14: If you could go back in time would you change anything concerning your career, education, career choice etc and why?With the progress of computing technologies since I graduated, I find myself having an affinity for working with them. I'm not a programmer by trade, but I could see myself as a computer scientist, programmer, or network admin type in another life. I've really enjoyed the times when I have worked on control systems that combine mechanical design with computer/PLC programming.
15: Do others around you respect you for what you do, why or why not (in your opinion)?I think so. I always try to do the best job possible and get to the bottom of what they really want. When you're engineering solutions, you have to learn the right questions to ask. Otherwise, you'll just bring them a rock, and they'll want one that's a different color. Sometimes you have to work a bit to get the client to let go of their "vision" when it would be easier to solve their problem with another method.
16id you plan on being what you are ever since you were young, or at what point did you decide you were going to do what you are doing, why?Probably decided in high school. I liked math and science. Then I took physics and it was the applied math and science I was looking for. So I just ran with that. Before that, I had considered being a math teacher.
17id you choose your career path before or after starting college or training, and was this decision hard for you are were you sure of what you wanted to do?Before college. It just reinforced that I was in the right place. As I said above, if I had been born a little later and was introduced to computers a bit earlier, I may have chosen something more in that field. But I still love what I do and am happy getting to work each day.
 
Old 11-04-2008, 08:16 PM   #3
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Thanks for your response, I found it interesting how you came to do what you do, not to mention that what you do sounds very interesting also.

Thanks,
MJ
 
Old 11-04-2008, 09:07 PM   #4
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1: What is your career? Information Technology

2: What is your title? Senior *nix Systems Administrator

3: What exactly do you do? I administer Linux/Unix systems with some Database Administration.

4: What is it that motivated you to pursue this career? I did it without a degree.

5: What is it that you like the most about this career? Tinkering with large enterprise computer systems.

6: What is it that you like least about your career? Long hours.

7: Did your parents influence your decision in choosing your career? I'm surprised my dad even know what a computer is.

8: What was more important to you in making the decision of choosing your career, money are lifestyle, why? Lifestyle as it suits my personality. But the money is also good and supports me and my family.

9: How long did you have to study or be trained before you started working, why? Several years and proving my knowledge. I worked my way up from smaller technical roles.

10: Has the studying and/or training been worth it to you, why? Sure, but I didn't necessarily study or train through a school or established education system.

11: What kind of environment did you study in? (offer specifics if you want) Work and home. I did attend college for two years but my major at the time was Mechanical Engineering.

12: Was the study of this career difficult for you, (how was or wasn't it?) No

13: Did you base your choice of college on the career you wanted, why or why not? Nope, didn't apply really.

14: What was it that you looked for in a career? Challenges and constant learning.

15: If you could go back in time would you change anything concerning your career, education, career choice etc and why? Yes, I would keep computers a hobby and choose a career in science or biology.

16: Do others around you respect you for what you do, why or why not (in your opinion)? I think so, I feel appreciated at my current employer being the only Linux Administrator surrounded by Oracle Database Admins.

17: Did you plan on being what you are ever since you were young, or at what point did you decide you were going to do what you are doing, why? It's changed many times. Started out as architect, then mechanical engineer, then computer science.

18: Did you choose your career path before or after starting college or training, and was this decision hard for you are were you sure of what you wanted to do? Decided to change majors last semester in college before having to quit.
 
Old 11-05-2008, 11:55 AM   #5
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I'm retired ( I did that at 47 ), so this refers to what I was before that.

1: What is your career?
Librarian
2: What is your title?
College librarian
3: What exactly do you do?
Manage the staff and do a bit of librarianship
3: What is it that motivated you to pursue this career?
I couldn't think of anything else
4: What is it that you like the most about this career?
I've always felt at home in libraries
5: What is it that you like least about your career?
Committee meetings
6: Did your parents influence your decision in choosing your career?
No
7: What was more important to you in making the decision of choosing your career, money or lifestyle, why?
Lifestyle
8: How long did you have to study or be trained before you started working, why?
Four years
9: Has the studying and/or training been worth it to you, why?
I enjoyed it
10: What kind of environment did you study in? (offer specifics if you want)
Two different universities
11: Was the study of this career difficult for you, (how was or wasn't it?)
No
12: Did you base your choice of college on the career you wanted, why or why not?
My first degree was in Archeology & Anthropology, chosen because it interested me, so no; and I took it at Cambridge, chosen because it's the best
13: What was it that you looked for in a career?
Something I'd feel comfortable in
14: If you could go back in time would you change anything concerning your career, education, career choice etc and why?
I might emigrate to the USA after graduation
15: Do others around you respect you for what you do, why or why not (in your opinion)?
Only when I pulled a rabbit out of a hat for them
16: Did you plan on being what you are ever since you were young, or at what point did you decide you were going to do what you are doing, why?
I decided on librarianship just before getting my first degree; I decided on my degree course in my last year at school, having got sick of science; originally, I'd thought of being a chemical engineer
17: Did you choose your career path before or after starting college or training, and was this decision hard for you are were you sure of what you wanted to do?
see (16) What I really wanted to do was be gentleman of leisure, and that I achieved
 
Old 11-05-2008, 12:55 PM   #6
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1: What is your career? GSM Communications
2:What is your title?Systems Support Engineer
3: What exactly do you do?Install manage and deploy SMSC applications for VAS
3:What is it that motivated you to pursue this career?Pure passion for computers
4:What is it that you like the most about this career?All nighters and breaking stuff then fguring how to make it works again
5:What is it that you like least about your career?Not many people around me understand what i do
6id your parents influence your decision in choosing your career?NOPE
7:What was more important to you in making the decision of choosing your career, money are lifestyle, why?Money and Lifestyle. I have a profound passion for what i do
8:How long did you have to study or be trained before you started working, why?I taught myself most of the stuff i do now. Stuff in school never applies
9:Has the studying and/or training been worth it to you, why?Personal initiative? Yes its invaluable
10:What kind of environment did you study in? (offer specifics if you want)Public Uni
11:Was the study of this career difficult for you, (how was or wasn't it?)For the most part i had fun learning
12id you base your choice of college on the career you wanted, why or why not?Well yeah the Uni has cutting edge rep in technology
13:What was it that you looked for in a career?No it fell shy of my expectations
14: If you could go back in time would you change anything concerning your career, education, career choice etc and why?May be the fact i went to Uni cuz i realized i think i wasted 4 productive years of my life
15: Do others around you respect you for what you do, why or why not (in your opinion)?Well yeah but i guess its out of saying you deal with systems and stuff that seemingly sounds too obscure
16id you plan on being what you are ever since you were young, or at what point did you decide you were going to do what you are doing, why?At some point i wanted to be an astronaunt then a pharmacists then i settled on being myself
17id you choose your career path before or after starting college or training, and was this decision hard for you are were you sure of what you wanted to do? I knew what i wanted



Most Welcome

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Old 11-06-2008, 08:10 PM   #7
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1: What is your career?

I'm a long haul trucker.

2:What is your title?

Driver

3: What exactly do you do?

Drive a big rig. I haul machinery, military vehicles, and assorted other large items. I do a lot of over-sized loads.

3:What is it that motivated you to pursue this career?

A combination of money and the desire for a stable and secure occupation. I can live anywhere and work anywhere. I live in Fla and work out of WI (I don't like living close to the office).

4:What is it that you like the most about this career?

The freedom to pretty much do whatever I want, whenever I want, in the manner I want. Nobody is looking over my shoulder or telling me when I can take a break (or a leak). As long as I get where I need to be when I need to be there I pretty much do as I please in between.

5:What is it that you like least about your career?

Idiots in cars who just do not know how to drive safely.

6id your parents influence your decision in choosing your career?

Nope. More like my uncles (and one aunt) who are/were truckers.

7:What was more important to you in making the decision of choosing your career, money are lifestyle, why?

Lifestyle. I did the 9-5 office thing for a while and hated it. I was an engineer for a number of years. The freedom of trucking is far better for my personality.

8:How long did you have to study or be trained before you started working, why?

I haven't stopped yet LOL. My uncles taught me to drive a rig as a teen (I'm 47 now) and I've been learning ever since.

9:Has the studying and/or training been worth it to you, why?

Sure. Learning is always "worth it". My job is to move 80,000 lbs or more down the road without allowing anyone to use my rig to kill themselves. The more I learn the better.

10:What kind of environment did you study in? (offer specifics if you want)

OJT.

11:Was the study of this career difficult for you, (how was or wasn't it?)

Nope, I love every minute of it. Well, ok, most every minute, I do hate Miami traffic LOL

12id you base your choice of college on the career you wanted, why or why not?

Nope, I went to college to be an engineer and then later went again to be a school teacher.

13:What was it that you looked for in a career?

Wine, women, and song. I settled for money and freedom.

14: If you could go back in time would you change anything concerning your career, education, career choice etc and why?

Well, there was this chick in college I probably shouldn't have.... well, never mind, let's just say antibiotics were involved.

15: Do others around you respect you for what you do, why or why not (in your opinion)?

That depends. Some people consider truckers to be the scum of the Earth even while they're shopping for the things we haul or eating the food we bring them. Actual intelligent people know better.

16id you plan on being what you are ever since you were young, or at what point did you decide you were going to do what you are doing, why?

Nope. Being taught to drive a truck was what motivated me to go to college as I swore I'd never drive a truck for a living LOL. Several years of suits and ties and office BS changed my mind.

17id you choose your career path before or after starting college or training, and was this decision hard
for you are were you sure of what you wanted to do?

n/a
 
Old 01-10-2009, 12:23 AM   #8
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interesting, thank you!
 
Old 01-10-2009, 12:54 AM   #9
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1: What is your career?

US Marine Corps, Retired

2: What is your title?

Squadron Gunnery Sergeant hence my username.

3: What exactly do you do?

All of the following - Warehouseman, Water Safety & Survival Instructor, Commanding Officer's/Commanding General's Driver, Supply Chief, Warehouse Chief, Light Armored Vehicles, Marksmanship Instructor, Guard Chief, Recruiter and Squadron Gunnery Sergeant.

4: What is it that motivated you to pursue this career?

Sense of honor and duty.

5: What is it that you like the most about this career?

Learning many varied skills, leadership, world travel and benefits.

6: What is it that you like least about your career?

Being away from family.

7: Did your parents influence your decision in choosing your career?

Nope, choice was mine but had strong family ties with military service.

8: What was more important to you in making the decision of choosing your career, money are lifestyle, why?

Lifestyle, too many intangibles to explain.

9: How long did you have to study or be trained before you started working, why?

Initial training, 3 months. For all the other different specializations, the training varied.

10: Has the studying and/or training been worth it to you, why?

Yes, it gave me the foundation in order to do the things I have done in my life since retirement.


11: What kind of environment did you study in? (offer specifics if you want)

At times, HELL................builds character!!

12: Was the study of this career difficult for you, (how was or wasn't it?)

Nope, but it does force one to look into their own soul.

13: Did you base your choice of college on the career you wanted, why or why not?

Went to college after retirement, tuition free!!

14: What was it that you looked for in a career?

Personal growth

15: If you could go back in time would you change anything concerning your career, education, career choice etc and why?

Nope, I even turned down a 4 year football scholarship to join. Best thing that I ever did.

16: Do others around you respect you for what you do, why or why not (in your opinion)?

I could care less about others respecting me, you must respect yourself.

17: Did you plan on being what you are ever since you were young, or at what point did you decide you were going to do what you are doing, why?

I knew once I was in high school I would join the military, didn't know I would make a career of it though. I knew why because I felt like I belonged in the service, always had a sense of duty.

18: Did you choose your career path before or after starting college or training, and was this decision hard for you are were you sure of what you wanted to do?

See answer 15. It was not a hard decision, I knew it wasn't going to be easy. If I wanted easy, I would have taken the scholarship or joined the Army, Air Force, Navy or Coast Guard.
 
  


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