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Regina Fitek | 16 comments Hi Everyone! My name is Regina and I am fairly new to the RG book club, but am really enjoying it! I have a bit of an odd question that I would greatly appreciate any information you felt like sharing...I am currently a teacher (about 4 years) and am contemplating whether it might be time for a change in careers. I was wondering what you all do for your careers and how you got into the field / position (schooling requirement). Thank you in advance for the info!

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Jennifer (jenmarie1117) | 18 comments Well, I can start, I suppose.

I am actually a research assistant at Stanford Univeristy. I work under the Pediatric Endocrinology department and we do research on Type 1 (Juvenile) Diabetes. When I tell people this, they always ask me where I got my science degree, but in all honesty, I barely passed my bio courses in college and got my BS in Human Development, a major that surprisingly required little science.

I got into this field because, for the four years prior, I worked with children and adults with special needs. I also had received a phlebotomy certificate (I can legally draw patient's blood in CA) and since we do a lot of studies with blood, and I worked with children, they saw me as a good fit!

I'm not sure what field you may want to go in, if you want to stay in human services or not, but keep in mind that, since you are a teacher, you have a degree, and you can use your experience to cater to a lot of jobs. Teachers possess a lot of traits that HR people are looking for, because they do it all: Management, multitasking, customer service, etc.

Good luck with your job search!

message 3: by Regina Fitek (new)

Regina Fitek | 16 comments Thanks so much for your response Jennifer, it sounds like you have a great job and your field is very interesting! This is something I hadn't thought of before.

message 4: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (jenmarie1117) | 18 comments In all honesty, it wasn't what I thought I would do either. It's odd; my family is all into science (brother wanted to work on airplanes, one sister is a biotech and the other studied physical therapy) and yet I disliked science so greatly.

Just goes to show that it sometimes doesn't matter WHAT you got your degree in; simply having it can sometimes make the difference.

message 5: by Dini, the master of meaning (last edited Feb 10, 2009 01:14AM) (new)

Dini | 691 comments Mod
Hello Regina,

I'm Dini from Indonesia and I used to teach English. I studied English at university and started teaching kids part-time around my second/third year. Then I started teaching for adults and by the time I graduated I already had a full-time teaching position given by my college lecturer. I taught there for about a year but afterwards I felt I needed a change. Since I've been teaching part-time for a while it felt like the only thing I've done -- I guess I was a little bored. Plus I was still figuring out if teaching is really my calling.

Writing is another thing I like so I switched careers and am now working at a consulting company as a news writer, compiling news from the internet and rewriting them. Been doing it for around two years now. There are still other things I want to try though, like being a book translator which is a huge dream of mine. But I like the working atmosphere and my co-workers here and I'm not sure I want to give it up yet. So I guess I'm still floating on a raft and seeing where the river might carry me -- a reference from Huckleberry Finn, which I mentioned in the "What else are you currently reading?" thread, but that's another story :)

I do agree with Jennifer that teachers possess a lot of traits and you can use them in other work situations. A fellow teacher also once told me that I can try other jobs if I want, and if I ever want to back to teaching it will always be there. There will always be a demand for teachers. I don't mean to undermine the profession or anything and treat it like something you can just leave and come back to later, but I felt that leaving teaching was perhaps the right thing to do for me at the time as I could not really focus on the job if I was questioning how comfortable I was in it. Maybe someday I'll go back to teaching, I never know. Anyway, hope my little rant can be useful to you in some way...

message 6: by Regina Fitek (new)

Regina Fitek | 16 comments Hi Dini!

Thanks so much for your response and help. It sounds like you have had some great work experiences, and I truly appreciate your detailed response. I hope you are able to achieve your dream of becoming a translator!

Melissa Rochelle (melissarochelle) Hi Regina,

Currently, I'm going to grad school for my Library Degree (technically, it's an MLS, MLIS, or MA in IRLS). I've always loved books and libraries. I worked in my college's library and loved it! Then I relocated and started working in retail. I was a Sales Manager for 2 years and I hated it. So I went back to work in a library and loved it all over again...and that let me back to school. Most Librarian positions (Reference Librarian, Cataloger, etc) require an MLS, but it really depends. I know that School Media Specialist positions here in AZ require the teaching cert and then there's some kind of test that you have to pass. That's my story...

message 8: by Dini, the master of meaning (new)

Dini | 691 comments Mod
Regina wrote: "I hope you are able to achieve your dream of becoming a translator!"

Thanks! :)

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