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Aeolienne

To those Aspies out there that have entered the working world... what do you do?

Depends what you mean by having entered the working world. I have held down paid jobs in the past, but I'm not in employment at the moment and don't know if/when I next will be. I still get asked what I do even after I've told people I'm unemployed. Evidently I'm meant to identify with a profession even when I'm not working. All I can relate is what I've done in the past: 7 years in the scientific service, 5 months with an environmental consultancy, 4 months with a smart-metering dotcom, 2 months with an oil company and 6 months with an investment bank. Make of that what you will.

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OliveOilMom

I'm a housewife and have been one for most of my marriage but I've had quite a few jobs in my time.  I worked before I had my first baby, full time, since I was old enough to work and I did work at times during my marriage when we needed more money or I had to get out of the house before I went crazy.  I've been to college, twice but never graduated.   The first time (criminal justice major) I quit to move to DC where my husband is from and get married and the second time (nursing) I quit when I was pregnant with my first baby and it was time to do my clinical rotations in nursing school.   I planned to go back both times but never did.  Several of the jobs I had were jobs that I just wanted to try and had no experience in that field but talked my way into trying.  I'd keep those jobs until I got bored with them, usually around a years time but sometimes longer.  I also volunteered at the hospital my mother worked at for years.  I volunteered there since I was 13 and worked as a candy striper every summer, but because my mother was in management there I was able to do more things than the other girls were.  I also had a huge interest in doing those things, which a lot of them didn't.

 

So, here are the things I've done;

 

Pharmacy courier at the hospital

Unit secretary, scrub tech, neonatal tech, nurses aide, in NICU, well baby nursery, L&D and the OB/GYN floor

Cashier at a convenience store/gas station and at a grocery store - I've done cashier work many times

Assistant manager at a convenience store

Owned a convenience store/gas station for a few years

Sheet metal worker

Private Investigator

Bounty Hunter

Carny - A friend from high school's parents were carnies and owned a couple of game joints and I went on the road with them in my late teens.  I ran the balloon joint.

Writer for a newspaper in Bham - I had a weekly op-ed column, and I've sold a few pieces to some national and local magazines, etc

Doula - someone who gives support to a laboring woman who chose natural childbirth over pain meds

Veterinary tech

Veterinary antesthetist

Secretary at a funeral home later working into an embalming apprentice

Secretary in a doctor's office

Personal assistant to a doctor

Paramed at a company that gave insurance physicals

Assistant manager and cook at a vegetarian new age restaurant

 

Thats all I can think of off the top of my head.  It seems like I'm missing something, and if I think of it I'll post it here.  

 

Also, right now since I'm a housewife out here in the middle of nowhere, I read cards and do spells for people for a living.  Yes, I'm a professional psychic.  There used to be another lady doing it in town but she retired.  I learned how to do this from my grandmother because she did this in the part of town where I grew up.  She learned it from the Geechee lady who worked for her mother in South Carolina back when she was little.  She comes from a large family and her mother had a live in who basically raised her and her siblings.  That lady used to do that stuff and taught her how.  Geechee is the same thing as Gullah, and it's a group of people in SC who brought their culture over to the US when they were brought as slaves and luckily were able to keep their culture alive and thriving.  I'm not sure where they originally came from but I'm thinking it was in the Caribbean. Neither Gullah nor Geechee is a slur, and the island area of SC has lots of Geechee people there and lots of information about the culture.  So, I'm the Hoodoo lady here for this small town and I have clients who I see quite often.  

 

So, thats the run down on the things I've done for a living.  

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Miss Chief

I'm a housewife and have been one for most of my marriage but I've had quite a few jobs in my time.  I worked before I had my first baby, full time, since I was old enough to work and I did work at times during my marriage when we needed more money or I had to get out of the house before I went crazy.  I've been to college, twice but never graduated.   The first time (criminal justice major) I quit to move to DC where my husband is from and get married and the second time (nursing) I quit when I was pregnant with my first baby and it was time to do my clinical rotations in nursing school.   I planned to go back both times but never did.  Several of the jobs I had were jobs that I just wanted to try and had no experience in that field but talked my way into trying.  I'd keep those jobs until I got bored with them, usually around a years time but sometimes longer.  I also volunteered at the hospital my mother worked at for years.  I volunteered there since I was 13 and worked as a candy striper every summer, but because my mother was in management there I was able to do more things than the other girls were.  I also had a huge interest in doing those things, which a lot of them didn't.

 

So, here are the things I've done;

 

Pharmacy courier at the hospital

Unit secretary, scrub tech, neonatal tech, nurses aide, in NICU, well baby nursery, L&D and the OB/GYN floor

Cashier at a convenience store/gas station and at a grocery store - I've done cashier work many times

Assistant manager at a convenience store

Owned a convenience store/gas station for a few years

Sheet metal worker

Private Investigator

Bounty Hunter

Carny - A friend from high school's parents were carnies and owned a couple of game joints and I went on the road with them in my late teens.  I ran the balloon joint.

Writer for a newspaper in Bham - I had a weekly op-ed column, and I've sold a few pieces to some national and local magazines, etc

Doula - someone who gives support to a laboring woman who chose natural childbirth over pain meds

Veterinary tech

Veterinary antesthetist

Secretary at a funeral home later working into an embalming apprentice

Secretary in a doctor's office

Personal assistant to a doctor

Paramed at a company that gave insurance physicals

Assistant manager and cook at a vegetarian new age restaurant

 

Thats all I can think of off the top of my head.  It seems like I'm missing something, and if I think of it I'll post it here.  

 

Also, right now since I'm a housewife out here in the middle of nowhere, I read cards and do spells for people for a living.  Yes, I'm a professional psychic.  There used to be another lady doing it in town but she retired.  I learned how to do this from my grandmother because she did this in the part of town where I grew up.  She learned it from the Geechee lady who worked for her mother in South Carolina back when she was little.  She comes from a large family and her mother had a live in who basically raised her and her siblings.  That lady used to do that stuff and taught her how.  Geechee is the same thing as Gullah, and it's a group of people in SC who brought their culture over to the US when they were brought as slaves and luckily were able to keep their culture alive and thriving.  I'm not sure where they originally came from but I'm thinking it was in the Caribbean. Neither Gullah nor Geechee is a slur, and the island area of SC has lots of Geechee people there and lots of information about the culture.  So, I'm the Hoodoo lady here for this small town and I have clients who I see quite often.  

 

So, thats the run down on the things I've done for a living.  

 

Wow... that is quite a collection of jobs (I had to look up Candy Striper and I have to say I was surprised ;) ). Some very interesting stuff on your list though :)

 

I sometimes think I would be happier if I moved around more often to different jobs or perhaps even had several part time jobs doing different things but then I'd worry about the job security (or financial security I suppose), it would certainly make it hard to get a mortgage here in the UK.

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OliveOilMom

I was only able to change jobs like I did because I was either young and still living at home with my mother or I was married and living with my husband.  I always had financial support.  One time during the first Gulf war I had to work and support our family when my husband who is an electrician was laid off and there wasn't much work around at the time for construction workers.  They weren't building very much at the time and the only thing he could find that wasn't construction was minimum wage work so I got a job doing animal anesthesia.  I had been a vet tech before and so I knew my way around a dog and cat, but our one vet surgeon needed somebody to knock them out for surgery.  He was an orthopedic surgeon and you would be surprised at how much people would pay for surgery for their pets.  I did that for close to a year until he found work while he stayed home and took care of our two year old son.

 

I knew I left something out!  I was a bartender in a pretty rough bar that mainly bikers went to and shortly after that I got a job as a waitress in a strip joint.  A guy who we went to church with owned it.  His family knew my family and it's now one of the premier strip clubs in the Southeast but back then he only had two bars open and they were both little more than a hole in the wall.  I made decent money but Sammy said that I couldn't wear shorts or anything revealing and he wouldn't let me try dancing even though I could have done it.  It wasn't because of my looks or social skills because I have always been thin and tall and have really long legs and honestly I had a great body, and I'm friendly and can make small talk, but he knew me since I was a kid, from church, and his family is Italian and I'm half Italian because my mother married a guy whose parents came over from Sicily, so he wouldn't let me dance at all and wouldn't let me wear anything revealing because it wasn't "nice" he said lol.  

 

ETA; The reason we were called candy stripers is because of the uniform.  We wore a red and white striped jumper dress over a white short sleeve top.  I think in the UK a jumper is a sweater, but here it's a pinafore type dress.  

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I was only able to change jobs like I did because I was either young and still living at home with my mother or I was married and living with my husband.  I always had financial support.  One time during the first Gulf war I had to work and support our family when my husband who is an electrician was laid off and there wasn't much work around at the time for construction workers.  They weren't building very much at the time and the only thing he could find that wasn't construction was minimum wage work so I got a job doing animal anesthesia.  I had been a vet tech before and so I knew my way around a dog and cat, but our one vet surgeon needed somebody to knock them out for surgery.  He was an orthopedic surgeon and you would be surprised at how much people would pay for surgery for their pets.  I did that for close to a year until he found work while he stayed home and took care of our two year old son.

 

 

Over here you have to have a degree to do that kind of stuff :/

 

 

ETA; The reason we were called candy stripers is because of the uniform.  We wore a red and white striped jumper dress over a white short sleeve top.  I think in the UK a jumper is a sweater, but here it's a pinafore type dress.  

 

Yeah I saw that when I looked it up but your right I did think it was a jumper (sweater) but I think our male nurses wear something similar (well they used to I think they all wear scrubs these days) ;)

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Tylermc

I'm a dishwasher at a restraunt before that work at a hotel as a person that folds pool towels and bead sheets and bed pillows

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OliveOilMom

Over here you have to have a degree to do that kind of stuff :/

 

 

Yeah I saw that when I looked it up but your right I did think it was a jumper (sweater) but I think our male nurses wear something similar (well they used to I think they all wear scrubs these days) ;)

Here you can get a degree to do it and get paid more, depending on the area you live in, but you can also learn to do it without one.  I worked in Alabama and learned to do cat spay and neuters and a couple other things by myself actually.  That surprised me a lot, but not so much once I learned to do it.  It wasn't very difficult at all.  I also learned to do the workups on animals that they left there for shots and a checkup, there was a routine to follow and it was really pretty simple and if I had any questions there was always a vet there.  The vets took care of the more complicated things and also anything where the owner was in the exam

room too.  The vet orthopedic surgeon was a bit different though.  He ran his place like an actual hospital  He had everybody full on scrub before surgery and everything was almost exactly like a hospital.  The regular vet office where I was a tech was run a lot differently.  Most of them were I live are.  

 

Here all nurses wear scrubs now too.  Back when I worked in the hospital the nurses in the units and who were in surgery all wore scrubs but floor nurses wore white uniforms.  Back then some of them even wore caps. When I worked in NICU or the nursery or L&D I wore scrubs, but  when I would work on the floor as an aide I wore a white nurses dress, white hose and white clinic shoes like the nurses did.  The difference was that I didn't wear a cap and I didn't have a nursing school pin.  Candy stripers got caps though, We thought we were something after we got our caps lol.  I do miss seeing nurses in the white uniforms and caps like the old days though.  Back before everybody wore scrubs, male nurses wore white pants and white short sleeve button up shirts, the same as orderlies and janitors.  The difference with the male nurses was they wore a nursing school pin.  

 

Speaking of uniforms, at the vets office I wore scrubs and a long labcoat.  Usually nurses and techs in a hospital wore an above the knee labcoat but not the hip length jackets.  Only doctors wore the longer knee length labcoats, but at the vets office they told me to get a long coat because of practical reasons.  You got covered in pet hair there and you could just run over it with a lint brush between seeing clients.  I got one of the really nice ones that I thought looked so nice, and it was fuller than the regular boxy ones.  I even embroidered my name over the pocket, mainly because I like to embroidery, but it looked nice and everybody else there had their name on theirs.  

I'm a dishwasher at a restraunt before that work at a hotel as a person that folds pool towels and bead sheets and bed pillows

 

Do you fold the towels into those really cool things like swans and animals?  My daughter went on a cruise with her fiance a couple years ago and she said they would have their towels folded in a different animal every day.  We Googled how to do it but the only ones I can do well are the swans.  

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smartpanda12

I'm currently an intern for The Tyler Robinson Foundation (http://www.trf.org) and I'm hoping to get a job in April at Hot Topic :)

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chalkie

Night porter at a small hotel. Once the staff have gone home and the guests are abed,I know what's to do and I'm left alone to get on with it,its the minimum office politiçs...

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Catman2016

I have a LAN Admin certificate and a Computer Support Specialist degree.  I am going to back to school to get  a Web Design certificate, Web Development certificate , and a Graphic Design degree.

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RainbowSparkles

I dont work  because of my mental health i cant go out the house with out an adult or my husband as am a danger to myself  i cant have money because i have bough dangerous things that i can hurt myself with 

its been 12 years since i have worked  my mental health has gotten worse over the last 10 years before i met my husband i could look after myself 

then things happened and i got sicker   my step dad killed himself 4 years ago and its really affected my mental health  

my husband dont work either he is my carer  he with me 24/7 ... 

i have to clame DLA  and ESA  but am scared with the torre govenrment  is going to take all our money off us and making me and my husband homeless  i also hear voices and see things 

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AutismUnrestricted

Work sucks! I got made redundant in April this year and feel great about it after recovering from the initial shock of course. I worked for 14 years in a sales based role before that. I was good at my job coz it was repetitive but had numerous problems relating with work colleagues and managers. 

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enchantressnine

Currently I help with support services for a state agency. Most of my training is mailroom operations and some autopool. So if someone needs a passenger vehicle (so not the trucks on the side of the road) to take to a meeting, they come to us. 

I love the mailroom part. I see patterns in everything and it's a great way to memorize names and where the people work. I have that down. It's also great exercise walking the mail to their stops in the building that I currently work at. I rotate between two buildings. I have been at this building since November and it is much bigger, but much less social and less warm in ambiance than the main office for this district. My office room at my other location is also tiny compared to my current one but it's so cozy to me and it has a window unlike this one. I have a great boss. Most coworkers I seem to be content with. Since it's basically customer service, I strive to be cheerful constantly when someone comes up to the window. ;)

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Aspergolfer

I'm the Cart Boss at Bardstown Country Club.  I make sure the carts are maintained,  I train new cart staff hires, and assist golfers with their bags. I also represent Bardstown Country Club in Special Olympics here in Kentucky. 

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Tylermc

I used too be a prep cook at a restraunt and now I'm a dishwasher at the same restraunt i know my job is a lot of work but I love my job ?

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On March 2, 2015 at 4:01 AM, OliveOilMom said:

Here you can get a degree to do it and get paid more, depending on the area you live in, but you can also learn to do it without one.  I worked in Alabama and learned to do cat spay and neuters and a couple other things by myself actually.  That surprised me a lot, but not so much once I learned to do it.  It wasn't very difficult at all.  I also learned to do the workups on animals that they left there for shots and a checkup, there was a routine to follow and it was really pretty simple and if I had any questions there was always a vet there.  The vets took care of the more complicated things and also anything where the owner was in the exam

room too.  The vet orthopedic surgeon was a bit different though.  He ran his place like an actual hospital  He had everybody full on scrub before surgery and everything was almost exactly like a hospital.  The regular vet office where I was a tech was run a lot differently.  Most of them were I live are.  

 

Here all nurses wear scrubs now too.  Back when I worked in the hospital the nurses in the units and who were in surgery all wore scrubs but floor nurses wore white uniforms.  Back then some of them even wore caps. When I worked in NICU or the nursery or L&D I wore scrubs, but  when I would work on the floor as an aide I wore a white nurses dress, white hose and white clinic shoes like the nurses did.  The difference was that I didn't wear a cap and I didn't have a nursing school pin.  Candy stripers got caps though, We thought we were something after we got our caps lol.  I do miss seeing nurses in the white uniforms and caps like the old days though.  Back before everybody wore scrubs, male nurses wore white pants and white short sleeve button up shirts, the same as orderlies and janitors.  The difference with the male nurses was they wore a nursing school pin.  

 

Speaking of uniforms, at the vets office I wore scrubs and a long labcoat.  Usually nurses and techs in a hospital wore an above the knee labcoat but not the hip length jackets.  Only doctors wore the longer knee length labcoats, but at the vets office they told me to get a long coat because of practical reasons.  You got covered in pet hair there and you could just run over it with a lint brush between seeing clients.  I got one of the really nice ones that I thought looked so nice, and it was fuller than the regular boxy ones.  I even embroidered my name over the pocket, mainly because I like to embroidery, but it looked nice and everybody else there had their name on theirs.  

 

Do you fold the towels into those really cool things like swans and animals?  My daughter went on a cruise with her fiance a couple years ago and she said they would have their towels folded in a different animal every day.  We Googled how to do it but the only ones I can do well are the swans.  

Nope but those are really cool ?

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Aspergolfer

I work at Bardstown Country Club.  I've been there 9 years, and have been Cart Boss for two years. 

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fairytattgirl

Im the real life female Greg House or Sherlock holmes. I do background screening for people looking for employment. In fact there are alot of parallels between me and House when it comes to work. Im in a supervisor role and I know I can be too blunt with people and tend to see my candidates as subjects rather than people. Part of my job was customer service. I hated it with a vegence just like House hated clinic duty. Id love to watch reruns where he avoids clinic duty as it is just like me

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17 minutes ago, fairytattgirl said:

Im the real life female Greg House or Sherlock holmes. I do background screening for people looking for employment. In fact there are alot of parallels between me and House when it comes to work. Im in a supervisor role and I know I can be too blunt with people and tend to see my candidates as subjects rather than people. Part of my job was customer service. I hated it with a vegence just like House hated clinic duty. Id love to watch reruns where he avoids clinic duty as it is just like me

That's a bit like me working at a language school and liking to teach grammar (or at least find it not too bad), but hating speaking activities and want to avoid them and skip past them. Problem was, one of the reasons they hired me was to do speaking activities :unsure:

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