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Holly

Currently a sixth former, wondering what on earth I can do after my A levels, and how I'll ever manage to hold a job down given that I'm (obviously) socially inept.

I'd perhaps like to do something in the media, writing or journalism or helping other people on the autism spectrum or with other difficulties. No idea if I'd be able to cope with any of those things!

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Aeolienne

I'd perhaps like to do something in the media, writing or journalism

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Holly

Check out this.

Just read the page, that's very helpful thankyou! There's a couple of sklls I need to work on tthat are mentioned in the skill list, but I reckon I could do it!

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BlackxBlade

im livin the American dream. Doing dishwashing for my local pizza place. I'm so badass. 

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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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Miss Chief

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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