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What is your job?
May 22, 2007
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I saw this in another thread and thought I would start a new topic on it.

I saw a lot were teachers. I am working as manager at a computer company but would love to go back to school for physical therapy. Now I'm worried that this "caretaking" job will hurt me. I thought that maybe if I helped people in my job, maybe I wouldn't so much in my personal life, like it would feel that "need".

I guess that may not be true. What do you think?

May 22, 2007
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hi at it again,

what are you passionate about? what can you immerse yourself in for hours and the time passes without you noticing?

if you think its helping people recover physically from an accident, then yes, physical therapy is the way to go. if you are more creative then probably not.

I think if you take care of yourself and enjoy and have passion for what you do, you may lose the need to caretake so much!

hope this helps!
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May 22, 2007
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I am a Police Dept. Chaplain, as well as coordinating a support group for women of all ages.

Perhaps, this helps me to channel my urge to "caretake" into healthier avenues.

- Ma Strong

May 22, 2007
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B,

You are right! First I hate my current job and I definitely think that has an impact on how I feel about myself. I did some volunteer time at 2 PT offices and loved it. I feel that I be passionate about that career. I have always wanted to be in a medical field and loved my science classes. How I got in my current job, don't ask! šŸ™‚ Been here 10yrs now. The hard thing is going back to school will require 3 long years and living on financial aid and trying to do it while raising my 3 1/2 yr old daughter. Not to mention that I work from home now and make good money and would give that up to sit in an hour of traffic one way to get to school. I know if I really want it, I will do what it takes and I think I would love it, so it's just a matter of working out logistics. I did apply right before my divorce started and got on the waiting list, so I think if I applied again, I would have a better shot. It's definitely a competitive field!

I would love to do something that I felt good about and felt like I was making a difference in the world. Right now I'm not challenged, I'm under appreciated and constantly worrying about lay offs.

I really think doing something like this would raise my self-esteem!

I just have to wait until December to apply again and until April-May to find out if I get in. In the meantime I should do more volunteer work which would increase my chances of getting in!

May 22, 2007
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yeah, you need to really COMMIT to going back to school and KNOW that you want it!

There are plenty of jobs in the medical field with the aging boomer population. Ex ray tech jobs are high paying and only require 2 years of school. Maybe you can get your degree online, or at night, part time for 6 years?

I knew of this woman who took 20 years to get her master's, one class at a time, but now she has it!

May 22, 2007
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balance...you said "what are you passionate about? what can you immerse yourself in for hours and the time passes without you noticing? "

and my IMMEDIATE answer was "hanging out on this website!!!".

actually, I am a kitchen designer. Sales is my thing...tho many say I should be a therapist.

missed my calling perhaps?

I think I "counsel" people when they remodel or build their kitchen...so perhaps I am doing both?

I agree, you should do a job you love...otherwise, it burns you out fast. No "paycheck" is worth aggravation....I would rather be poor and happy, than rich and unhappy or stresed.

May 22, 2007
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Rising,

I'm laughing b/c I was actually going to post a topic about being addicted to this site! LOL šŸ™‚

May 22, 2007
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I am a teacher and as of this Friday, I will have completed 25 years. I am happy to say that I love my job. I never dread going in the mornings. It is challenging and NEVER boring. It is very stressful, yet rewarding. My husband is an accountant and hates his job and place of employment. He comes home in a bad mood many a day and drags going. I see such a difference. One of my daughters was considering changing her major halfway into college, knowing she would have to go an extra year or two to complete that degree. I told her to go for it, this is for the rest of your life. I cannot imagine working at a job I did not like.

So Atagain, do not have any regrets. Go for what is in your heart. I did not start out in teaching at all, but knew that is where my heart was and went back and finished and I have never regretted it...okay, maybe when a parent is blaming me for something.

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May 22, 2007
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I just graduated from college with a bachelors in psychology and now I am moving to new york to pursue a culinary career because I realized that if I am not cooking for a living I will feel like I am missing out. I am really excited though.

May 22, 2007
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Thanks for your advice ggfred4...you are right. I do feel this changes my mood and I would be so much happier doing something I love!

I was watching Oprah I think and someone on there said their passion was dancing and she didn't think she could breathe w/out it. That's how I want to feel about what I'm doing with my life!

May 22, 2007
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Loverbee, that is wonderful and courageous...I am proud of you. Psychology were my favorite courses and sometimes I wish I would have gone in that direction. I am thinking of going back for my masters after my children get out of college.

Atitagain, that feeling you talk about, go for it!!!

I don't know how old anyone is here, but it really doesn't matter. I used to not believe that, but I do. When I was in college, there was a woman in her late 70's going and I didn't get it...I do now...follow your heart!

gg

May 22, 2007
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gg,

I would be in my mid 30s if I got in next year, so it's a little scary. But before I applied last year, I had to take 2 courses that I didn't have with my degree and I loved being back in school! And the other "kids" thought I was in my late 20s! šŸ™‚

May 22, 2007
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I am 51 and would like to go back for my masters!!! You are young, so go for it!!!

May 22, 2007
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I am a stay at home mom for now but when little Isaiah gets into kindergarten I will need to work. I have no idea where yet since I have no experience.

May 22, 2007
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I am a teacher and SCHOOL'S OUT today. This has been a tough year. But like ggfred It 's never boring. I love teaching. It may seems stupid but to see the light dawn in a child's eye when the finally grasp long division or come in excited about a book they've read. I love to think I am providing a safe orderly haven for children who have no other.
When things are bad in my personal life I a can always escape in the classroom. when the kids are there I have no time for other worries.

but again SCHOOLS OUT!!!!!!

May 22, 2007
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Gee Tiger, I have 3 more days and today was a killer. I wanted to duct tape about 10 boys to their desks!!! Yet, I had moments today when I realized that they will be out of my life, especially a few that I worry about.

I did a year-end review game, like a review bee, and it was so rewarding to see the information click in their minds and the smiles on their faces when they knew they had learned something. Yep, that was rewarding.

gg

May 22, 2007
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Yeah I've had the wish to use duct tape too. on mouths or to strap them to their seats. Seems like I am always saying Have a seat please, or put your derrier in the chair, or any other like phrases. I have two days of post planning then basically I'm out for the summer.

Good luck in the next few days.

May 22, 2007
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Tiger Trainer and GGfred4,

I am so envious. I am a teacher also, but we have an entire month to go. And then I applied for summer school so I don't think I will be done 'til mid August.

Do you both start the school year much earlier?

There was a time when I really loved my job, but I think I am now burnt out. I am just so tired. I am now counting the years 'til retirement. (I also have had that duct tape fantasy!)

Enjoy your summer vacation!

Sad

May 23, 2007
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I'm a sales person just fell into it and stayed doing it. It's not something I want to do for life. Part of me wants to be a teacher and part of me wants to be a counselor and yet another part of me wants to study computer science and another part wants to be a journalist. Iā€™m just too indecisive which means I don't get round to doing anything and just end up staying in sales. I suppose the sensible thing would be to start studying and see which subjects I enjoy most.

May 24, 2007
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Our school starts Aug 20 that's late for us. Usually it starts the first week in August.

May 24, 2007
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Teacher here, too! Go figure...

Language, Special Education grades K-6

We are sooo good at taking care of others!

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