Over 600 people have shared their stories about work
"Keep doin' what you're doin' (advice he would give his younger self)."
"I teach biology in a rainforest!"
"I felt that when the whole hospital had no clue about the diagnosis, they called neurology. I wanted to be that guy."
"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?"
"Pursue advanced degrees, work hard, be open to new opportunities, expect challenges, seek support and never give up on your dream."
"One of the reasons my parents made so little money was because they dropped out of high school..."
"My first objective of everyday is a cup of decaf coffee to start the day. Thereafter, anything can happen!"
"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!"
"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. "
"I began my journey to public health as a child who was interested in becoming a physician."
"It can be very busy and active to very boring and mundane–you rarely will find a middle ground!"
"I have always been passionate about the promotion of cultural heritage."
"At age 16 I walked by a makeup boutique and walked in asking for a job. They hired me and trained me."
"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."
"I had grown up around sewers -- my mother, grandmother and sisters -- so I had a general idea about how clothing was made."
"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."
"I operate primarily on the spine and spinal cord...I also do brain surgery for trauma."
"No specific education is required. There are journalism schools, but there’s no agreement in the industry about how useful or important they are."
"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.)"
"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."
"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."
"After emails, I begin my experiments which can range from analyzing tadpole swim behavior, to using a cryostat to slicing frog brain tissue..."
"Work part time when you have a family - it is easier to keep up and get positions you might want later in life."
"The not for profit theatre is a scrappy, tough, beautiful field to work in."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"I was a professional modern dancer in my early twenties, and trained for over twenty years in ballet, modern dance, and circus arts."
"In that moment, I knew with absolute certainty that I could never live a conventional life, inside a laboratory or office. "
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
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