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What's your Ideal Job?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Joe13, May 23, 2016.

  1. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I'll hit you with the question first so you don't have to read the rest if you don't want too:

    What would be/is your ideal job?

    I know it will be different for everyone for a variety of reasons but thought I'd see what other people do or want to do to keep the electricy on, gas in the car and food in the fridge. Even you retired folks can chime in.

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    Lotta folks here know I'm unemployed and not currently employable due to a mystery illness that has yet to get put in check.

    However, I'm trying to stay positive and look towards my future and what that holds for me.

    So far I've come up with:

    1. Some kind of manufacturing that can be done in my garage and use CL and eBay to sell "whatever that is". (Start up costs being an issue)

    2. Part time work somewhere with pretty flexible hours (may have a friend in the restaurant business that could help facilitate that but I'm having a hard time mentally going from $30/hr + overtime to minimum wage for a few hours a week) but it would be nice if I could find something better then minimum wage.

    3. Selling toys - just about out of toys to sell and the ones I have will be kinda difficult for me to part with and that's what I've been doing so there is a finite amount of money I can make that way.


    I bit the bullet and fought for disability for 4 years (lawyers and all) but without proof I'm sick (which there are no tests they have found to show positive of any "known illness") they see a 6'1" 250-275 guy asking for full disability and I'm fairly sure they had a good laugh about it at lunch time, even though I had multiple "employment specialists" (even ones the state brought in) say I was unemployable because of the conditions under which I could work regularly and the bubblegume economy making it a free for all for employers and take it or leave it by employees.

    So needless to say until I have something to give me an open and shut case for disability, that's not an avenue I plan to persue again; talk about a beating on your self esteem for 4 years after sucking it up and filing in the first place...


    So if you read this far then I would love to hear from y'all as to what you do and what you'd rather be doing; yea, yea, I'd like to be paid to shoot, fish and hunt day in and day out but unless you have a foot in the door on that I doubt those are possibilities worth persueing.

    Thanks and have fun if you want - I have wanted to be a helicopter pilot for a few decades but never had the funds to get the training and unfortunately joined the Army as a combat engineer not the Air Force or Navy as a pilot.:confused:
     
  2. Martini_Up

    Martini_Up NW USA Well-Known Member

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    Benevolent dictator.

    /thread
     
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  3. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    With 2 ladies and me in the house, I can't run the household much less a country:p.
     
  4. Reno911

    Reno911 Hillsboro Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I've done a lot of things. Most of the time for someone else. Worked laborous jobs, desk jobs, even as a gunsmith at a firearms manufacturer. I think my dream job is to work for myself, mostly because I can look out for myself for once, as with every job I have worked before the boss or owner was doing just that, looking out for himself.
     
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  5. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Retirement. It's a full time job!
     
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  6. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    What I do right now is a good job. I work in the construction industry, was an electrician in the field for over 10 years, working in commercial, industrial and healthcare settings. The last 10+ years I've been more of a desk jockey, but as I've gained more skills and experience, I'm in a job now that I hadn't anticipated, but really enjoy. I get to design systems, analyze customer needs, do a little programming/configuration, some troubleshooting, estimating, some project management and even customer training. It's nothing like what I expected to be doing, but most days, I do wake up looking forward to going to work. And THAT, for me is the biggest factor. What I do is important, but when you have a good company, a good boss (assuming you're not self-employed), good co-workers and get to do something you not only enjoy, but you're good at, well then that is about as good as it can get, I think.

    Part of it, for me, is personal attitude. There are other folks that do a job very similar to mine and hate it. I have co-workers that dread coming to work each day. In reality, it's their personal attitude that makes their days so much worse - but they just don't see that. In most cases, you can choose to be happy, if you want ;)

    Back to the discussion at hand, what to do? How are you with computers? I have several friends that essentially 'started over' in their careers by working with computers. They approached it from several angles - some did online schooling, some did more formal training, some got in at the ground level and got training in bits and pieces where they could. I know some folks that are 'contract' IT workers, who work from home, on their schedules, getting as much or as little work as they want. They are their own employers and the seem to really like the flexibility. There are so many different ways you can get work doing IT/computer stuff. And it's a job that can really move you up the ladder, if that's ever your goal. One friend got his degree online about 8 years ago, now he manages all the IT hardware for 7-8 different manufacturing plants around the country. He does have to travel, but can also do work at home - and he loves his job. He made this change and started his training in his late 30's. And you don't necessarily have to be a computer genius - you can learn the stuff you need to know if you're a good student and committed to the process.

    Anyway, not sure if that's your thing, but looking to the future, careers in IT related fields will most likely provide quite a few opportunities.

    BTW, I wanted to be a pilot too - commercial or airline transport. I got my private license at 19 and was looking to continue my training but funds quickly ran out and a medical issue put an end to my flying days.

    "Dream" job today - give me a billion dollars and let me be in charge of giving it away. I'd love to be a professional philanthropist!
     
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  7. 308

    308 ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Platinum Supporter Silver Supporter

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    1) Work from home
    2) Direct deposit
    3) No measurable goals

    :D
     
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  8. v0lcom13sn0w

    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    winning 300million jackpot.
     
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  9. Larrytpdx

    Larrytpdx Portland, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Can you safely drive with your illness? Uber or Lyft driver maybe?

    BTW, if it would help with your disability claim I'm sure most members here would certify that there is definitely something wrong with you! :p:p
     
  10. OLDNEWBIE

    OLDNEWBIE State of Flux Well-Known Member

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    Been selling a lot of my stuff on craigslist getting ready for the move. I also like yard sales and thrift stores.
    Toying with the Idea of becoming a Trader, buying and selling junk for profit.

    Other than that? In house masseuse for the dancers at a strip joint.:s0139:
     
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  11. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    There is that gal in Portland that makes her living as a 'professional cuddler'. I understand she gets plenty of business. I'd try that job myself, but I know I'd get way too much business with ladies wanting to get close to this ;) o_O :eek: Of course, being that I'm near PDX, it may not just be the ladies...:confused: On second thought...
     
  12. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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    Dog walker.
     
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  13. nammac

    nammac I-5 Corridor - West of Portland Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    Just make sure your always the "big spoon" when cuddling:eek: Near PDX;)
     
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  14. Medic!

    Medic! What just happened? Has eagle eyes. But cant remember what he saw. Bronze Supporter

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    Spooning is nice.

    But I'd rather Fork! :D
     
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  15. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Yea, I'd be more worried about the people that want to cuddle with a plus sized hairy dude... And I can't pull off that harmless teddy bear look. I think people are seeing this ':D' & in reality I look more like this ':mad:'.:rolleyes:

    I found myself in a volunteer position running a video editing contest again this year but I'm mostly logistics or management (I dable with editing) but I have a couple assistants this year that are 3rd year students and they can put together a project that would take me a month in an afternoon and still text the whole time while doing it - so my thoughts of turning the editing part into a job or other IT work (started college as a kid going for a programming degree but figured out real fast that I didn't want to write code 8 hours a day) is a little daunting considering how much catchup I'd have to do. I'm smart enough but not sure I can wait for a 4 year degree or learn it fast enough on my own to be a viable job option soon but something worth looking at over time.:rolleyes:
     
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  16. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Thanks man - saving that in my 'motivation' folder. Gotta remind myself a lot.
     
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  17. Jamie6.5

    Jamie6.5 Western OR Well-Known Member

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    Beer taster isn't high on anyone's list?

    That seems to me like the ideal job. You might even convince me to move to Germany for that one.
     
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  18. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Tyrannical Dictator
     
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  19. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Kim Jong Nambu:eek:
     
  20. Mbeef61

    Mbeef61 SW PDX Active Member

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    Firefighter. Couldn't imagine doing anything else.
     
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