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Stuart, Writer's Assistant

Don't Change a Thing

"Keep doin' what you're doin' (advice he would give his younger self)."

Stuart, Writer's Assistant
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Nicola, International Science teacher and Head of Science Dept in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

"Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."

"I teach biology in a rainforest!"

Nicola, International Science teacher and Head of Science Dept in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Muhib, Assistant Professor of Vascular Neurology at Brown University

Who's That Guy?

"I felt that when the whole hospital had no clue about the diagnosis, they called neurology. I wanted to be that guy."

Muhib, Assistant Professor of Vascular Neurology at Brown University
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Archie, Psychotherapist, Teacher, Consultant

They Call This Work?

"All day long I get to sit down and talk with people about the most important things in their lives. I mean, what's better than that?"

Archie, Psychotherapist, Teacher, Consultant
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Jabbar, Associate Dean at Brown University

These Things

"Pursue advanced degrees, work hard, be open to new opportunities, expect challenges, seek support and never give up on your dream."

Jabbar, Associate Dean at Brown University
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Heather, Associate Researcher (Outlier Research & Evaluation) at the University of Chicago

The Importance of Education

"One of the reasons my parents made so little money was because they dropped out of high school..."

Heather, Associate Researcher (Outlier Research & Evaluation) at the University of Chicago
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Lauren, PhD Student in Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology

Must. Have. Coffee.

"My first objective of everyday is a cup of decaf coffee to start the day. Thereafter, anything can happen!"

Lauren, PhD Student in Molecular Pharmacology & Physiology
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David, Composer and Music Teacher in Pasadena, CA

Will Work for Food.

"It's very difficult to make a living as a professional musician. If you can't imagine being anything else, this is what you must and will do. But if you have the discipline, you should consider joining the ranks of great players who earn their living in another field. Be the doctor/lawyer your parents wanted you to be, but keep your chops up!"

David, Composer and Music Teacher in Pasadena, CA
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Adi, United States Marine Corps Officer, Judge Advocate General, Prosecutor and Victim Legal Counsel

Lawyers on the Battlefield

"I myself have not seen combat, nor have I been deployed. But that is because our deployment cycles have been drawing down significantly since 2010. Lawyers in general do deploy on a regular basis, and while I was not picked to go yet, I am subject to being sent on deployments virtually any time. "

Adi, United States Marine Corps Officer, Judge Advocate General, Prosecutor and Victim Legal Counsel
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M. Maya, Delta Public Health Fellow at Mississippi State University and Harvard School of Public Health

From a Young Age

"I began my journey to public health as a child who was interested in becoming a physician."

M. Maya, Delta Public Health Fellow at Mississippi State University and Harvard School of Public Health
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Chris, Mine Clearance Diver in the Royal Navy

From One Extreme to Another

"It can be very busy and active to very boring and mundane–you rarely will find a middle ground!"

Chris, Mine Clearance Diver in the Royal Navy
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Nicole, Online Content Officer at Historic Scotland

Preserving the Past

"I have always been passionate about the promotion of cultural heritage."

Nicole, Online Content Officer at Historic Scotland
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Molly, Makeup Artist in Hollywood, CA

Ready for Your Closeup?

"At age 16 I walked by a makeup boutique and walked in asking for a job. They hired me and trained me."

Molly, Makeup Artist in Hollywood, CA
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Arthur, Shepherd, Lawyer and Professor

Marching to the Beat of Your Own Drum

"The hardest part of my job has been to deal with society's expectations concerning who and what we should be and what we are supposed to earn. I never sought my identity through my career. I sought it through my family and that was difficult for others, especially attorneys, to understand."

Arthur, Shepherd, Lawyer and Professor
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Philip, Apparel Designer and Part-time Lecturer/Critic at RISD

An Informal Education

"I had grown up around sewers -- my mother, grandmother and sisters -- so I had a general idea about how clothing was made."

Philip, Apparel Designer and Part-time Lecturer/Critic at RISD
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Paul, Ex-Professional Football Player & High School Math Teacher

Pro Football

"They should understand that in addition to their work, many external things outside of their control play a factor, so they should be aware of the volatility of the business."

Paul, Ex-Professional Football Player & High School Math Teacher
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Eli, Neurospine surgeon/Neurosurgeon in Los Angeles

Steady Hands Required

"I operate primarily on the spine and spinal cord...I also do brain surgery for trauma."

Eli, Neurospine surgeon/Neurosurgeon in Los Angeles
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Jason, Senior Editor at Fast Company

Journalism School?

"No specific education is required. There are journalism schools, but there’s no agreement in the industry about how useful or important they are."

Jason, Senior Editor at Fast Company
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Mackenzie, Academic Librarian -- specifically, a Research & Instruction Librarian at Bryant University

Glasses Optional

"I'm sure everyone can picture the "librarian" stereotype, but we're not always wearing cardigans, glasses, and our hair in buns! (Well, sometimes I am.)"

Mackenzie, Academic Librarian -- specifically, a Research & Instruction Librarian at Bryant University
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Sandy, Retail Pharmacist in South Florida

The Family Business

"I had 4 uncles, 2 first cousins on my my mothers side, 3 first cousins on my fathers side, a brother-in- law and
his brother all practicing Pharmacists."

Sandy, Retail Pharmacist in South Florida
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Adam, High School Business Teacher and a DIII College Tennis Coach in Rhode Island

A People Person

"For both positions, you have to love working with people and engaging with others. I am an extrovert and enjoy being around students, other teachers, my team, parents, and community members."

Adam, High School Business Teacher and a DIII College Tennis Coach in Rhode Island
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Erika, PhD student in Cognitive, Linguistics, & Psychological Sciences at Brown University

This is Research

"After emails, I begin my experiments which can range from analyzing tadpole swim behavior, to using a cryostat to slicing frog brain tissue..."

Erika, PhD student in Cognitive, Linguistics, & Psychological Sciences at Brown University
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Gail, Registered Nurse in South Florida

Balancing Motherhood and Work

"Work part time when you have a family - it is easier to keep up and get positions you might want later in life."

Gail, Registered Nurse in South Florida
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Tony, Artistic Director at Gamm Theater in Rhode Island

A Scrappy, Tough, Beautiful Field

"The not for profit theatre is a scrappy, tough, beautiful field to work in."

Tony, Artistic Director at Gamm Theater in Rhode Island
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Jonae, Training Director at the Association of State Democratic Chairs

Lifestyle

"I know for sure that I won't be working on political campaigns for too much longer. This lifestyle is not for people who want to raise a family."

Jonae, Training Director at the Association of State Democratic Chairs
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Barry, T.V. and Film Writer of the Rules of Engagement and Grandma’s Boy, etc.

Pen and Paper

"The great thing about writing is that anybody can do it. That doesn’t mean anybody can do it well. It just means you don’t need any expensive equipment or formal training to do it — just a pen, paper and your imagination."

Barry, T.V. and Film Writer of the Rules of Engagement and Grandma’s Boy, etc.
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Genevieve, Flight and Controls Sub System Engineer for Spacecrafts at Boeing

It is...Rocket Science.

"Right now, one of my main tasks is to develop test scenarios that will be used to verify new software, requirements for our spacecraft processor."

Genevieve, Flight and Controls Sub System Engineer for Spacecrafts at Boeing
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Chaya, Senior Analyst, Marketing Science at a Market Research Firm in Los Angeles

For the Love of Numbers

"My advice is that you need to really love numbers, especially patterns of numbers, since you will be working with them for most of the day."

Chaya, Senior Analyst, Marketing Science at a Market Research Firm in Los Angeles
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Stacey, Dancer Turned Personal Trainer

Flexibility Required

"I was a professional modern dancer in my early twenties, and trained for over twenty years in ballet, modern dance, and circus arts."

Stacey, Dancer Turned Personal Trainer
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Jon, Freelance writer, Adventurer (named National Geographic Top Ten Adventurers of the Year in 2012), and Environmental Science Educator

Aha Moment

"In that moment, I knew with absolute certainty that I could never live a conventional life, inside a laboratory or office. "

Jon, Freelance writer, Adventurer (named National Geographic Top Ten Adventurers of the Year in 2012), and Environmental Science Educator
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Patrick, Materials and Processes Engineer at the Satellite Development Center at Boeing

Passion Follows Function

"The first job I applied to was for Boeing in El Segundo, CA. I was straight out of grad school (got a Master’s degree in Material Science) and just wanted something that was very technical. I had no particular desire for aerospace, but over time, have developed a huge passion for it."

Patrick, Materials and Processes Engineer at the Satellite Development Center at Boeing
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Matt, TV writer for Weeds and Entourage etc., producer, professional poker player

The Myths

"That they are both amazing jobs all the time. Both have a lot of pain that go with them. Writing is often rejection, criticism, and can be a grueling exercise. Poker is heartbreaking."

Matt, TV writer for Weeds and Entourage etc., producer, professional poker player
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Charlie, Machinist at Brown University

The Dimension of the Hairs on Your Head

"We work in tolerances of plus or minus .005 inches or less. To put that in perspective, the hair on your head is about .003-.005 inches thick."

Charlie, Machinist at Brown University
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Bayi, Line Constructor at Con Edison of New York

Supply and Demand

"It is marketable. I can go anywhere with my skill set and get a job. There is a shortage of line constructors, so I can always land a job anywhere in the world, including Africa."

Bayi, Line Constructor at Con Edison of New York
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