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Old 09-06-2012, 07:51 PM
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Originally Posted by BlackPuppy View Post
You don't want to do what I do. Entry is difficult, but the reward is good($).
That's no fun! Fess up, what do you do?

Originally Posted by Moth View Post
What do you do for a living?
I am a lab technician in a QA lab.

Do you like it?
Yes, I love tinkering about in the lab and running tests.

Did you need a degree for it?
Yes, I have a biology degree.

My ending up in this line of work has been a long and ambling path. I have had a lot of other jobs over the years. I have also had the pleasure of working as a vet assistant, and as a dog trainer. I even worked a guard and safety officer in an industrial setting.
I always enjoyed biology though so when I went back to college that was one of the two majors I persued and here I least for the moment.
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-What do you do for a living? Assistant lab manager, but only until the end of next week; I'm starting grad school.
-Do you like it? Yes, I adore it.
-Did you need a degree for it? Yes.
How did you guys find looking for a job? Was it pretty easy to get into after school?

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Old 09-06-2012, 08:02 PM
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-What do you do for a living? Right now, retail in the pet department of a large store. My main job is more or less managing the fish section, and then doing everything else in the department.

-Do you like it? The pay is low, but I prefer the job to other jobs in the same pay scale. Seems the better I do my job, the more work I have to do..hah. There's too much drama but I do like it. I could do this long term if it wasn't such crappy pay.

-Did you need a degree for it? Nope.

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Old 09-06-2012, 08:22 PM
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what do I do? dog groomer.

Do I like it? 98% of the time. the other 2% I dont due to what I see (as in neglected dogs, rude people who dont get what needs to be done.)

Do I need a degree? No. But if you want you can go to school for it (I did not) or take certifications for it
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:30 PM
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Currently, I am co-manager of bar operations in a not-for-profit organization focusing on veterans and their families.

I like it enough, its really just meant to get me through school.

No degree or anything needed, managing experience is an asset, you can take bartending certification but i did not
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:31 PM
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What I do: Uncertified Vet Tech (working on becoming certified) and Professional Dog Trainer

Do I like it: Yes! I would rather be a full time trainer and that is my goal, but in the mean time a full time job with benefits is quite nice.

Do I need a degree: Yes, I am working on becoming a certified vet tech. No degree needed for the dog trainer part, however continuing education is crucial, so really it's never ending education for me!

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Old 09-06-2012, 08:59 PM
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I currently work as a veterinary assistant. I do enjoy it, and am planning on getting my tech certification after I graduate with my BS. So while I don't need a degree or certification to be a vet get a much better pay if you are a certified tech. LOL
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:01 PM
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Originally Posted by crazedACD View Post
That's no fun! Fess up, what do you do?

How did you guys find looking for a job? Was it pretty easy to get into after school?
The thing that helped me a lot when I looked for a job after school is the fact that all through college I made sure to work part time in some of the labs on campus as a student employee. So I had lab experience under my belt when I graduated.

It was a bit of leg work finding my current job, but that is mostly because while Madison is a pretty bio tech dense area there is also lots of competition due to the fact that we have a big university here.
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Old 09-06-2012, 09:11 PM
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What do I do? Stay at home mom/homeschooler and teachers assistant at a preschool bery part time

Do I like it? Yes. Love it. Being a stay at home mom and a homeschooler is the best. Working 8 hours a week at the preschool is also great. Hannah gets to come with me and she loves it and the kids are wonderful. I adore them so much. Today was our first day of the school year and one little boy was very sad and missing his mom and was crying and I grabbed a tissue and went over and talked to him and wiped his tears away and he stopped crying and held my hand from that moment on. So sweet and really touched my heart. Then I got to lead the hokey pokey and the safari walk and read some stories... What is there not to love about that . I also teach/co teach in our homeschool co ops and it is awesome.

Do I need a degree? No. Just need a big heart, lots of patience, determination and did i mention patience? Oh and the ability to act like a kid lol. I have a lot of experience with kids and a background check and good to go

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Old 09-06-2012, 09:20 PM
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Not required , bigger co. Smile upon them. Would be something in transportation management.

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Old 09-06-2012, 11:45 PM
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What I do: Im a certified veterinary technician, and am currently an instructor at the college I went to school for. I teach vet tech classes.

Do I like it? For the most part. I LOVE my co-workers, and they are the best part of my job!! I stay because of them. I really do enjoy teaching the students, and passing my skills and tips along to them. Its great when they succeed because of you. I dislike the crap some of the students pull, and it can be very stressful. I Love being a CVT though!!!

Do you need a degree. Yes. To be a certified veterinary technician you have to go to school and pass the national exam. There were other requirements for teaching too, but I dont need a teaching degree. Just my CVT license and experience.
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