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1. What is your current occupation? Is this what you chose to be doing at this point in your life? Why or why not?

I'm a 'Professional Services Engineer', or, er, maybe 'Technical Services Engineer' (depends on who you ask), for Cyphermint, Inc., an online payments company.

In the big picture, yeah, this is what I chose to be doing - being a geek, working with technology, and learning new things. More specifically, no, it isn't like I set out to work for Cyphermint. I'd never heard of them before I saw their job posting. I'd been out of work for 16 months and had applied to countless openings in that time. The job sounded interesting and I was fortunate enough to get it. I enjoy the job, the work I do is interesting and enjoyable overall, and I like the people I work with.

My plans from a few years ago included buying a home by now, living in a nicer place, and making a little more than I am now. But I'm good at rolling with things as they come, I made it through being laid off and I'm rebuilding again. It set me back probably a few years, but I'm sure I can make it back to where I'd like to be.

2. If time/talent/money were no object, what would your dream occupation be?

If I didn't have to worry about money, then I'd probably go back to school for a while. Maybe go for a Masters in CS, learn some of the techniques I've seen but haven't really grasped. I'd want to be involved in standards bodies again - get back into the W3C to work on new web standards, maybe the IETF to work on something like DIAMETER. I liked editing the HTML book for Osborne/McGraw-Hill, so I wouldn't mind doing that kind of work. Working on some open source projects, personal coding projects, spending more time writing. I'd like to do these things because I could take time to travel when I want to.

3. What did/do your parents do for a living? Has this had any influence on your career choices?

My entire life my parents have owned and run Appolo Heating, Inc., (no idea who does their website now) which is a fairly large heating company in upstate NY. Several years ago they moved to Florida and are now full time residents there. My father still commutes back to NY for a week or two each month. One of my older cousins also ran a heating company in Florida (ok, so there it is mostly a cooling company) called Bikowicz Heating. My father bought into it since my cousin isn't the best at running a business, and he's building that up now. My dad doesn't know how to retire - he's tried.

I don't think my parents' careers have really influenced mine, the work I do is rather unlike what they've done.

4. Have you ever had to choose between having a career and having a family?

Nope. Though I think my workaholic nature has harmed past relationships.

5. In your opinion, what is the easiest job in the world? What is the hardest? Why?

I don't know, sitting at home and collecting lottery payouts? :-) Hardest - it depends on the criteria and the person. Some jobs are physically taxing, others are stressful, etc.

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malone From: malone Date: April 27th, 2005 08:52 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
1. What is your current occupation? Is this what you chose to be doing at this point in your life? Why or why not?

*re-read what you wrote hun, I bet you will be surprised at how much you have really done since you wrote your answers*

I’m currently a Psychologist. It’s close to what I choose to be in my life (want to eventually become a Psychiatrist). I want to do this because I love to help people and I’m good at listening to what a person is really saying.

2. If time/talent/money were no object, what would your dream occupation be?

This is kinda boring answer … but I would be doing exactly what I’m doing right this moment with just a bit more at the end of my name (MD). Um … I’ve always wanted to write a book, just don’t have the time right now … so as far as time goes, I would write a book.

3. What did/do your parents do for a living? Has this had any influence on your career choices?

My Mother never held a job a day in her life. So … no influence at all. I suppose the other guy might have a bit to do with it … but I give him no praise or thanks for that!

4. Have you ever had to choose between having a career and having a family?

Kinda. I was going to school for 13 hours a day Tuesday – Saturday and spending Sunday and Monday with my studies. My husband asked me at one point to choose him or my schooling, I chose school.

5. In your opinion, what is the easiest job in the world? What is the hardest? Why?

I agree with your answer on this one. I would say that I have a easy job and you have a hard job. I guess it’s just because my job comes natural to me, and yours does not. I do admit to having it easy as hell being my own boss, setting my own hours and having the ability to work from home.
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