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Old 12-17-2012, 11:23 AM
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Location: Ithaca, NY
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Well...this doesn't really count since I only work five hours a week, but hey.

Company's Name My college's financial aid office
Your position Student worker
Your duty/s Filing, logging, and related tasks
Your co-workers For the most part, great. Everyone is kind and helpful to the student workers, and my supervisor is wonderful.

Pros Quiet, relaxing, nice break from thinking and interacting with people
Cons It can be very dull and monotonous at times. Pay obviously is not much but that's standard for an on-campus job.

Favorite thing about your job It's really nice to get to work, turn on my iPod, and be able turn off my brain and do something easy and repetitive in between classes. Alphabetizing and sorting is strangely relaxing.

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Old 12-17-2012, 11:51 AM
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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern Ireland
Posts: 2,118

Your position : Groom/Exercise Rider/ Stable Manager
Your duty/s : Look after whatever horses happen to be in (at the moment that's two, over the summer it was four and in january it'll likely be five), that means I have to feed and turn out in the morning (but my boss is awesome and has someone else turn out if the horses eat slowly or can't be fed in the pasture), muck out, sort out hay and water at night and then bring in and feed again. I also get to ride and compete the rideable horses (2 are retired, 1 my boss won't let me ride).
Your co-workers There are none. I take the dogs with me but I don't think that counts lol.

Pros: I get to work with horses, I get to ride and compete, I get full use of the horse box whenever I want, my boss is awesome and sometimes takes me to shows and the pay is pretty good for what I do.
Cons: I work every day. Horses have to be fed even on Christmas Day. I am almost completely in charge, my boss rarely comes near the place so if something goes wrong I have to sort it. The fencing surrounding the field! It is awful and my boss won't fix it because she rents so horses can (and do!) escape.

Favorite thing about your job I get to ride and compete the horses. I can't wait to ride the third horse and then hopefully compete on him.
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:22 PM
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Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: St. Louis, MO
Posts: 5,798

Company's Name Follow The Leader Inc and a small animal/equine veterinary clinic

Your position Owner of Follow The Leader and vet assistant/behavior guru at the vet clinic

Your duty/s I'm a sub-contracted trainer for a fantastic agility facility in Minnesota, so I teach a lot of classes ranging from puppy kindergarten to some specialty agility classes as well as teach more basic classes at the vet clinic I work at. I also do private behavior consults for both locations as well. At the vet clinic, I'm the floater person. I can do receptionist, vet tech work and behavior consults (everything except anesthesia as I'm not a certified vet tech). This morning I have done everything from blood draws, radiographs, answering the phone, scheduling appointments, dealing with billing issues and talking to someone about separation anxiety.

Your co-workers I adore my coworkers at both jobs. The people I work with at the training facility are AMAZING. So many people share the same view on training as I do, we blend so well together. There are a ton of trainers that I admire as well and even some that make me a little star crazy. I have never stopped learning from them and hope I never do! We have a good mesh at the vet clinic as well, nobody is as dog nerdy as I am so that is a little disappointing but the drama is generally pretty low and that's all I can ask for.

Pros Pros at the training facility are obvious, I get paid to train dogs! I adore the people that are as into training as I am and I love teaching the people that are eager to learn. I love learning from my fellow trainers and I take advantage of all of the seminar opportunities that are presented. I get free access to a wonderful facility and fantastic equipment, free classes and a great discount on everything we sell. I love my boss and value all of the input she gives me about my dogs and my handling. The vet clinic has some awesome pros as well, huge discount on vet services and I get to bring my dogs with me to work everyday! Because we are a smaller clinic, we aren't ever terribly busy so I get to facebook and internet all day as well. I'm currently working on completing the Purdue Distance Vet-tech program and am able to do 90% of my homework at work.

Cons There are some minor cons as there are with everything. Teaching people who expect immediate or unrealistic results can be frustrating, or teaching people who don't trust your methods. I deal with a lot of crabby/upset/frustrated people at the vet clinic as well. Billing is always a headache and I wish we could just magically give vet care away for free but life doesn't work that way.

Favorite thing about your job Everything. I adore both of my jobs. I love being surrounded by dogs all day and I love having my girls with me pretty much 24/7. I work a lot but I'm very happy that way!

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Old 12-17-2012, 12:35 PM
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Join Date: May 2006
Location: Northern Virginia
Posts: 9,155

Company's name: McLean Animal Hospital

Position: Kennel Attendant

Duties: Various animal care and janitorial duties.

Coworkers: I like most of the people I work with. There is one person my roommates hear me rant about I will refer to as Annoying Guy. Nobody who works with Annoying Guy likes him at all. He is really type A, an a general ass. But I am very used to dealing with such people because my dad is the same way, so I just ignore him most of the time. I am well-liked at my place of work, whereas Annoying Guy has almost gotten himself fired twice, so yeah. I'm not worried about what he thinks.

Pros: Playing with kittens and puppies when they board! And working with animals in general.

Cons: The dirty work, like cleaning up diarrhea. Ugh, lol.

Favorite thing: Playing with kittens and puppies! And hanging out with my new friend in the kennel. And basically, being in the kennel. Eventually I will find my way back to the shelter, that is where I really belong.
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:42 PM
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Join Date: May 2011
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 5,028

Company's Name: Genes Diffusion
Your position: Lab Technician
Your duty/s: Quality assurance testing
Your co-workers: I am alone in my lab There is our receptionist and she is made of awesome and occasionally I see my boss when he is not on the road somewhere

Pros: I love lab work and I do not have to deal with people.
Cons: I wish I had more the moment I only have enough stuff coming in to work about 3 days a week.
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Old 12-17-2012, 01:26 PM
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Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Southern California
Posts: 2,982

Right now I'm a TA at a university, teaching a lab.

Your duty/s: Each lab class, I give a quick quiz, then I give a lecture on the background materials for the week, usually about 40 minutes long, and then supervise the students as they complete the lab exercises. I answer questions, and then take their lab exercises and quizzes home to grade.
Your co-workers: I don't really work 'with' people now, I'm the only one in the room. Since I'm also a grad student at the school, I get to be around basically the whole department, though. They're all great.

Pros: I'm finding I love teaching! It's great fun--I even like grading, lol.
Cons: I haven't yet learned to have a lot of presence, and I hate disciplining people.
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Old 12-17-2012, 02:37 PM
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Join Date: May 2008
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 1,945

Position: I work at a pet food and supply store.

Duties: The main part of my job is selling pet food and supplies, and advising customers on choosing good food, treats, and supplements. I also do a lot of stocking, cleaning, and paperwork-type stuff.

Coworkers: I like them, and we get along well for the most part. Some days they can be irritating, but there's no one that I actively dislike.

Pros: I get to talk to people all day about their pets, and get paid for it. I get awesome discounts and free stuff. My schedule is awesome.

Cons: We often have way too much to do, and not nearly enough time to do it. And we occasionally get downright awful customers. But overall, I can't complain.

Favorite Thing: I LOVE learning new things, and trying new things, and there are always new products to research, and new customers to help. Every single day is different.
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:38 PM
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Join Date: May 2006
Location: Illinois
Posts: 1,610

Company: software company

Duties: Employee relations, running reports, managing employee information, planning events, visas, performance management, employee success programs, facilities

Position: HR Generalist

Coworkers: I love my coworkers. They're smart and fun. Just a great group that works hard.

Pros: I've learned a lot and I have been given a lot of responsibility for my age and level of experience

Cons: A lot of responsibility leads to a lot of hours. I tend to get consumed by work and I'm sure if it weren't for my dogs I wouldn't have a life outside it. I also tend to get less appreciation than I deserve. Nothing I do is big news or brings in a lot of money for the company, but without me it would be very difficult for it function. People tend to forget that. Plus is sucks knowing how much everyone gets paid especially when they all get paid more than you do.
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Old 12-18-2012, 12:30 AM
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Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Minnesota
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I don't work here much longer but meh I still want to play lol.

Company's Name An awesomesauce specialty pet food/supply store

Your position I believe my official title is simply "team member" LOL

Your duty/s Chit chatting with customers, answering their questions and trying to be a rockstar at customer service. Putting away shipments (boo). Cleaning (boo). Wishing I could snuggle with the foster kittens ALL DAY.

Your co-workers Are awesome. I've worked at 2 different locations and have genuinely liked every single person I have worked with. And plus they're all knowledgeable and I feel like every day, at least one of them has taught me something new or cool... and it is nice working with people who are on the same page as me and don't think a raw diet = death or that my dog is going to break all her teeth if she gets an antler. etc.

Pros The discount and free food, obviously! Getting to meet other peoples dogs, and the best part is when people listen to your advice and then come back later to tell you how awesome their pet is doing because of what you suggested. And again, my coworkers. Because this is the only job I have had where I can freely admit I made a mistake, where I don't hesitate to ask questions, because I know my head isn't going to get ripped off because of it.

Cons The hours and pay.... it's retail. I work every Saturday and just about every Sunday, which gets aggravating really quickly. During the week we are open till 9pm and I hate working so late, but fortunately it's been pretty rare that I get scheduled a closing shift. There's no rhyme or reason to the scheduling, I can never guarantee what day of the week I'll have off, or what hours I'll be scheduled for. And for what I do, I think I actually get paid more than I should, but it's still not something I could ever actually live on or anything. And then of course, sometimes the customers make you cringe.

I feel like I went pretty in depth here.

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Old 12-18-2012, 01:13 AM
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Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Washington DC
Posts: 5,946

Company's Name: Chapel Hill Quest Martial Arts
Your position: Program Manager/Director

Your duty/s: I run the front desk during the afternoons and evenings. I welcome new people to our dojo, tell them about our programs and tuition structures. Set up student accounts and billing, freeze accounts, cancel accounts, and modify memberships. Most of the website updates are done by me as well as a large amount of the facebook interactions and web inquiries about the school. I also order supplies like uniforms, kicking targets, incense, etc. A little bit of everything except for teaching!

Your co-workers: Are overall fantastic people! Most of them are men so there are always the frustrations with communicating what I need done but they're all generally willing to help and super nice people. My boss is probably one of the most inspiring people I've met in my life after my parents.

Pros: I get to meet a wide network of people in the Triangle area which lends itself nicely to networking. I also get to train in any of our classes at no charge Not to mention I get to bring my dog to work with me every day!

Cons: Poorly raised children. There are parents who literally lets their kids in the door then put on headphones and ignore them even before class starts. Some of these kids range from obnoxious to downright scary.

Favorite thing about your job: The staff are like another family to Justin and I. We now have a whole community of people watching out for us that we've never had before.
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