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    Default What Do/Did You Do For A Living?

    We have such a diverse and fabulous group here, I'm just curious as to your livlihood. Did you "fall into your profession or was it a conscious decision? Domestic Engineer? House Husband? I'm sure there's a rocket scientist amongst us!

    To start the discussion, I have been a Paralegal for 22 years and Licensed Private Investigator for 2. My passion for investigations began when I located my birth father at 17 years old (unless you count reading Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys). Several years later, I identified and located my former husband's three siblings who were removed from his mother's care prior to his birth. Aside from being extremely camera shy, I would be perfect for The Locator on WETV!

    What's your story?

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    Well,

    I remember when I was 5, or 6 years old, taking an interest in what my Dad did every day. He would come home with this big suitcase that he would immediately put away, and he drove a car that I know my parents didn't always have. It's funny what little details you remember as a kid. One day, I asked him what he did every day. He told me he was a Treasury Agent. Most kids today would not know what that meant, but in those days, I had already seen the re-runs of "The Untouchables" with Robert Stack. Dad popped open that long case, and in it was a Thompson Submachinegun. He also had a .38 Special Colt Revolver in an ankle holster. Well, that's all it took.

    I knew I wanted to be a Gunsmith from that time forward. The various aspects of law enforcement did interest me, but the engineering and design of firearms is what really stoked my creative fires. I was hired by Smith and Wesson when I was still in highschool, and spent time on the production line assembling handcuffs, and later on the .22 cal pistols that were in production at that time. I served my time in the military, and I then went to the CST Gunsmith School in Colorado. I graduated, and moved to Arizona where I worked for one of the contractors who develops weapons for various federal agencies as well as the Dept of Defense.

    I always thought I could implement my ideas and designs better if I was the owner and not held back by other people's oversight and management. I opened my own business, and was just getting ramped up for a major contract to restore the rifles of one of the honor guard units who presents at ceremonies for federal agents killed in the line of duty. Then 9-11 happened. Everything changed for our country, and everything changed for my business. The budgets for the majority of Spec-ops units in all four branches of the service , plus the Coast Guard, plus multiple federal agencies quadrupled almost overnight. I was in the position to finally produce items I had spent years working on, and these items would almost immediately be in the hands of our troops in Afghanistan, and eventually Iraq. Items that would make our soldiers harder to see, harder to hear, and hopefully save lives.

    But, I was sick all the time. I had terrible flares, and back then, I had no idea what was wrong with me. Finally, in 2004, the pieces of the puzzle came together, and I was diagnosed with SLE. I had already become a safety hazard around the machinery in the shop, as well as at the test fire range. I'm thankful that my cognitive dysfunction, my fog, didn't end up with someone being injured. I was blessed with the finest employees anyone could ask for, and they pooled their funds to buy the company. They have reached a level of success that I always thought was possible, but am still amazed to see. If it had to be this way, then it turned out far better than I could ever had hoped for. My friends, my former employees have made me very proud. I passed the torch to the right people.

    That's what I used to do for a living.
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    Rob-
    Thanks for sharing your story.
    It's interesting that you, too, knew at an early age what field you wanted to work in when you grew up.Sometimes we take the long road to get there, but I think our paths eventually take us where we need/want to go.

    I am still asked, on a weekly basis, why I didn't go to law school. It's quite simple-it wasn't ever my passion. I LOVE investigations and finding the missing link. I am a fraud specialist, but my sentimental (sappy) side endears me to adoptions/lost loves, etc.

    Having chronic illness(es), especially when they impact my cognitive abilities, has definitely impacted my future career plans/goals (ie, no surveillance because I'd fall asleep). One thing for sure is that when I am no longer able to work on a regular basis and have to apply for SSD, I will use whatever remaining skills I possess to volunteer when I'm physically able to.

    I'm sure it's bittersweet for you to see your former employees/friends succeed with the company you started, but it's a compliment to you for choosing the right people-individuals who shared your vision and were capable of seeing it through when your illness forced you to step aside.

    Hopefully, you're still working on making a better "widget" on your own terms, in your own time. In the meantime, know that your presence and contributions on this forum have made an impact on others

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    I'm a Deputy Probation Officer. I've been working in law enforcement for the last 27 years. I started out as a courtroom clerk in 1982. I decided I was taking night classes, and knew I did not want to work as a clerk forever, no offense to the clerical field, but I wanted to do other things. I then went to work for the Probation Departments Juvenile Hall in 1985 for two years as a group counselor. I really enjoyed working with the kids, and unfortunately 20 years later I'm still dealing with some of them and now their children...it's a vicious cycle. From there I went back to work for the courts as a "Court Services Officer." I did this for about 14 years. I basically worked for the judges recommending whether people should be released from jail, or recommending what their bail should be set at. It was pretty interesting...I spent a lot of time at the county jail interviewing inmates. It took me 10 years, but I finally finished my BA degree in Sociology while working as a court officer. in 2001 my position was transferred over to the probation department...so once again, I was working for the probation department, and was offered a probation officer position. It was a good move for me because now I have safety retirement. Now I'm working as the court officer. So it's very familiar for me because of my many years working for the courts. I also write court reports. I'm 46 years old, and have 27 years with the county. I can retire when I'm 50. My fear is that "the Lupus" will force me to retire earlier than I want to. I am already required to do a lot of trainings like weaponless defensive tactics, that I have a hard time participating in because of my joint pain, so I'm just trying to hang in there. Depending on my health, I'd like to work at least until I'm 50... or 52. The longer I work the better my retirement will be, and there's no guarantee I can get approved for disability.

    So in a nut shell, that's what I do.
    46 year old mother of two diagnosed with SLE 2 yrs ago.
    Meds: Plaquinil, azathrioprine, cymbalta, water pill, folic acid, low dose asprin, and a medication to help me sleep.

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    What a great thread im liking it very much

    Well after leaving school in 96 i went from job to job, until i got into alot of trouble with the law in 2002 i nearly faced a 6 month custodial sentance stood in the dock and the judge let me off with 2 year driving ban and a years probation and 500 pound court costs oops! anyway i went to the job centre and from there changed my life forever, i got a job as an assistant house parent in a private boarding school for children and young adults with serverre epilepsy, autism and learning differculties, omg i really didnt think i would last a month there all these kids "kicking off" scared the life out of me, but somehow i stuck with it and 7 years down the line to the beging of this month i stuck with it, i got a NVQ level 3 worked my way up the ladder to the senior team and thats when the lupus hit me, im so pleased that i was given the opitunity to work there it was the best job i have ever had, all the young boys i started working with i watched grow up to be men, and the last few of my original boys are leaving this year, its a really nice feelin that you had summin to do with their development, anyway i must stop here i feel myself welling up .

    Thanx for doing this thread
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    Yes good thread
    Before i became ill i was a portrait photographer and i hope to go back to it one day !

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    I'm currently a student, studying for a BA in Economic History and Economics at Manchester Uni.I'm looking to do a masters after solely in Economic History as I love it, because im a geek! When I graduate though I want to work in archiving or be an economist. I did want to go into finance, but after working for Natwest in a call centre I was put off for life, and it made my flares 100x worse because of the stress of nasty customers. It was annoying because I had to quit due to lupus and it means now i live off my student loan which isn't much at all. But suppose my health comes first... I'm hoping it won't impact too much on my future career, figured something like archiving can't be too stressful :S

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    what a great thread

    well after leaving school i went to college to study art and design love art love designing clothes, after 3 years of studing i got excepted at a uni to do fashion design but due to home problems my mum was seriously ill with depression been in and out of hospital with sucuide attempts and whilst she was in hospital they told her she would be better off if she lived on her own soo i got booted out and i had to get more than a weekend job thankfully the supermarket i worked progressed my up to chckouts and longer hours then to cash office which i loved ( thou they complained about how much time i had off sick!) then in this inspiration i decided to move back to chelmsford and do another art course adn go back to part time work but that fell throu just soo much time off sick then jumped around few jobs a nursing home ( kept getting ill again and couldn't cope with peopel dieing on me!! ) and worknig for a main stream bank behinds the scenes and once again i lost my job from having to much time off sick you can see a theme here can't you!! and then i found what i thought was my perfect job and starting working in a local nursery looking after children between 6 months and 4 1/2 yearsand i love it but you guessed kept getting ill adn then started falling asleep in lunch hours and patting children off to sleep and on the bus home soo went to gp then got sent to consulant and that where i found out i had lupus and week later i was signed off sick, i tried at one point going back part time but it just did work and eventually you got they dismissed me due to illness and that was 6 years ago adn over the lasst six years i haven't given up i heard about alady who had and had started up her own accountancy business working from home which i thought was great soo i have gone back part time studied computer stuff then 3 years ago i started my accountancy course on my final course which is taking two years because they're allowing me to do it in halfs this year i do two lessons on a monday morning and next year i'll do two lessons in afternoon and then i will be qualifeid to be accountant technicain and then i'm hoping to do some work experience volunteery so i do not have to worry about having time off ill soo this is my work life soo far and a little about i hope to do in future as long as this lupie loo gets undersome control!! thanks for doing this thread and if you read this far thanks for reading!!

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    ooops sorry about poor spelling and grammer !!

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    Well, when i left schol i wanted to be a dj on the radio.Oh i so wanted to do it.But i left school and didnt have the confidence to go through with it. So i trained to be a motor mechanic.How funny I loved it.Me and 30 boys whoooooooooooopiiiiiii I was also working in a car hire department and loved that too.After 2 years and passing i decided...i was 18 and didnt want to have dirty hands anymore.I wanted handbags and lipsticks.So i became a Telephonist receptionist.I then moved to a job in mens fashion.At one place i loved it cause i met famous people coming in for photo shoots and thought it was cool for pop stars like Take That and Edwin Starr and so many others to know my name. I left that job and now work in another mens fashion company doing the reception, phones and credit control.But ive not been back since December 2007 as my illness took a hold.So wish i would have become a DJ though...how cool that would have been. x

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