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  • What Jobs Have You Had

    Another one that was trending on twitter - here's my list during my life, going way back - the last one's a reach that you may have ?s about

    Medical journal editor
    Orthopaedic Surgeon
    Consultant to the IOC and USOPC
    Medical student
    Writer / editor, Golf Digest
    Professional Golfer
    Golf hustler in Florida
    Blackjack player / card-counter
    Intramural / AAU Basketball Referee (college / pre-med / med school)
    Grader, Math Department at Duke (college / med school)
    Teacher, Stanley Kaplan Prep Courses (pre-med / med school)
    Actor, National Golf Foundation instructional films
    Assistant Pro / Starter, John's Island Club, Vero Beach, FL
    Assistant Pro / Ranger, John's Island Club, Vero Beach, FL
    Calligrapher
    Sign painter
    Busboy, Ken's Steak House (yeah, the same one - its in Framingham, MA)
    Short-order cook, Mr Hamburg (high school) (Mr Hamburg was a Boston chain that tried to compete against McDonalds - did not do well)
    Professional dancer, Las Vegas

  • #2
    Only had two and I don't consider either one a job.

    20 years in Naval Aviation.
    and
    27 years as a teacher/coach.

    Can't think of a better way to have spent my 'working' life.

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    • #3
      Various summer jobs as a student (agriculture, construction, bookstore, cartography).
      After graduation in 1962, 4 years of general medicine including military service.
      Neurology ever after.
      "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
      by Thomas Henry Huxley

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      • #4
        In high school, for a summer job, I manually did some clerical database work for a marketing firm checking lists.

        in college, I had a work study job under professors and was an intramural referee. Also, two summer jobs: repairing gyms & locker rooms wearing a semi-hard hat. And on weekends, did telephone surveys (not selling) for mostly commercial surveys but a little on political surveys.

        in law school, I was a dorm counselor and summer law clerk.

        Since school, worked for a national CPA firm as a staff member, a law firm as an associate, a corporation and a bank in their tax departments, and 22-years in the tax department of a specialty CPA firm - 14 as a partner. Most of work was research, dealing with government tax auditors, tax hearings, appeals, and court cases. Part of the job was also teaching seminars to staff on state & local taxes. Now I am retired.

        Also had a year as an unpaid assistant HS coach and 8 years as an unpaid youth coach and lots of officiating. And USATF stuff.

        And while it wasn’t for much income, I authored the track & field novel “Relay” for young adults still on Amazon after ten years.
        Halfmiler2
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        Last edited by Halfmiler2; 03-26-2020, 12:53 AM.

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        • #5
          age 11-16 caddy Huntington CC, Huntington NY 1954-1959
          summer, 17, 18 cement factory Plainview, NY 1960, 1961
          summer 19, 20 Talon Zippers warehouse NYC 1962, 1963
          summer 21 ditchdigger LI Lighting Co. E. Islip, NY 1964
          22,23 Group Marketing Rep CIGNA Newark,NJ 1965,1966
          24 Group Marketing Rep. CIGNA Harrisburg PA ,1967, 1968
          25,26,26 Group Superintendant CIGNA Grand Rapids, MI 1968- 1971
          26-38 Group Sales Manager CIGNA Indianapolis, IN 1971- 1981
          38-61 1/2 Account Exec., Sr. Acc't Exec.,Ass't VP, VP Marsh & McLennan,Inc. Indianapolis IN 1981- 2004
          61 1/2 RETIRED !!!!! Oct. 2004
          dukehjsteve
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          Last edited by dukehjsteve; 03-25-2020, 02:19 PM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by dukehjsteve View Post
            summer 21 ditchdigger
            I salute you. sir. What little I had to do of that convinced me it's way too hard as a vocation!

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            • #7
              There's a big difference between a vocation and a summer job.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by tandfman View Post
                There's a big difference between a vocation and a summer job.
                It's usually the length of time you do it, but in the case a ditch-digger, one summer is an eternity and thus qualifies as a vocation.

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                • #9
                  Chronologically:
                  Fiberglass factory flunky (described on polevaultpower's facebook: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater)
                  Warehouse worker in model airplane factory
                  8th grade flag football coach
                  Hod Carrier
                  Food Prep at Aspen Chart House
                  Peace Corps, Thailand
                  Landscape Maintenance (weed picker), UCSB
                  Grad Student TA
                  USDA Newcastle Disease pandemic vaccinating poultry
                  Social Service Asst. Camarillo State Mental Hospital
                  High School Teacher/Coach
                  Library Reference Tech
                  Grant Writer
                  jc203
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                  Last edited by jc203; 03-24-2020, 10:23 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Teacher, high school and university

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by jc203 View Post
                      Chronologically:
                      Fiberglass factory flunky (described on polevaultpower's facebook: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater)
                      Warehouse worker in model airplane factory
                      8th grade flag football coach
                      Hod Carrier
                      Food Prep at Aspen Chart House
                      Peace Corps, Thailand
                      Landscape Maintenance (weed picker), UCSB
                      Grad Student TA
                      USDA Newcastle Disease pandemic vaccinating poultry
                      Social Service Asst. Camarillo State Mental Hospital
                      High School Teacher/Coach
                      Library Reference Tech
                      Grant Writer
                      Please tell me that was a prank post. That has to be the eclectic resume I have ever heard of!!

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                      • #12
                        This will require some thinking but jobs at which I have been gainfully employed, if not a vocation or career.

                        Family farm SW Oklahoma: chopping/pulling cotton, combining/scooping wheat, baling/loading alfalfa, herding/milking cattle, breaking/tending/driving horses, feeding pigs/chickens, 24/7/365 /366
                        Interspersed with: Oil field roustabout/roughneck, road construction laborer/heavy equipment operator, Wheat harvest Texas to Canada, combine/truck driver
                        College jobs: Greasy spoon waiter/fry cook, bakery worker, building demolition, brick cleaner, rough carpenter, Photography Studio janitor/picture framer/draftsman,
                        US Army Corp of Engineers, various US posts and Germany (dunno why sent here instead of Korea)
                        1955-73: Oil company, Petroleum Geologist/Executive
                        1973-2020: Lone Wolf Petroleum Corp. Owner, Independent Oil investor/consultant, overlain with following entrepreneurial endeavors
                        Park Avenue Publishers: Owner, Publisher/Editor
                        Continental Magnesium Company: Partner, recovery of magnesium from oil field brine.
                        Subsurface Mineral Corp: Partner, skimming low percentage oil from high volume oil field brine
                        Quickie Tie Down: Partner, quick release ratchet rope tie down
                        Thomas Oil Refinery: Partner, rehab of WWII refinery to produce jet fuel for Air Force.
                        Turtle Shells: Partner with softball All American niece, patented protective sports bras
                        Budd Blocks: Partner, patented personal portable starting blocks
                        All-American Ice Company: Partner, commercial ice plant and cold storage.
                        ICTK- Environmental De-contaminant product
                        HS Sports: TV documentary, Investor
                        Integrity Auto: Partner, Car hauler and auto export to Mexico
                        WXSW: Investor, import Mexico and Central American rugs, pottery, etc

                        Off the top of my head. Hmmm??? So that is why my son kept asking, "Dang, Dad, can't you make a living at anything?


                        lonewolf
                        Senior Member
                        Last edited by lonewolf; 03-26-2020, 04:36 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Please tell me that was a prank post. That has to be the eclectic resume I have ever heard of!!
                          I really did all those jobs, some part time and many for only a few months. All the result of an aimless youth influenced by too many Steinbeck novels.

                          I worked 4 summers in the Browning Sila-Flex, producer of the best early fiberglass vaulting poles.
                          Read the link for the harrowing details of that job.

                          Going door-to-door vaccinating chickens was probably my favorite work.

                          Anyway, Lonewolf's resume dwarfs the rest of us, as is the case with everything he does. :-)

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                          • #14
                            Yeah.. but it took me 88.5 years

                            Just remembered: How could I forget? Summer job after ROTC camp before going back to OAMC senior year. Pipeline construction in SE New Mexico. Ditch digger, swamper on sideboom cat ( hardest, most physical and dangerous job I ever had, including oil field rough neck ) welders helper (still have burn scars inside forearms , crew bus driver. ( regular driver did not get out of drunk tank in time for work one morning, crew boss drafted me, the "college boy" as driver, took my Oklahoma drivers license to town, returned before end of work day with New Mexico Commercial Drivers License.) I kept driving the crew bus but still worked full day. I don't recall that I got a raise.. but I got a commercial drivers license that enabled me to join my brother hauling rock from quarry for highway construction.
                            lonewolf
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                            Last edited by lonewolf; 03-25-2020, 06:46 AM.

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                            • #15
                              Janitor for family Drug Store
                              Volunteer Coach
                              Berea College Work Program (Janitor for Gym, Lab Instructor, Math Tutor, Science Librarian, Physics Teachers' Assistant, Gift Shop Clerk)
                              Civil Service (General Engineer, Aerospace Engineer, Electronics Engineer)
                              Civil Service - Assistant Project Manager for International Apache Programs
                              Civil Service - Deputy Director for Regional Operations, Army Security Assistance Command
                              Liaison Officer for Program Manager, Expeditionary Energy & Sustainment Systems

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