Archive for Careers for Kids

Sales- Skin Care Products

Another friend from Old Dominion (Go Monarchs!)!  My friend Jackie started out working in the career that she went to college for and ended up in a sales career that she loves.  I can see her in sales, she was always easy to talk to and ready with a smile.  This is her story…. 

Q:  What is the title of your profession?

A:  I am an Executive for a company that sells anti-aging skin care products.

Q:  What do you do?

A:  I sell anti-aging products and introduce people to our amazing business opportunity, which can earn them a living and possibly set them financially free.

Q:  Have you always worked in this field?

A:  No, I was a graphic artist for most of my working years.

Q:  If no, what was your prior profession and what made you change your profession?

A:  My parents and I started a couple of magazines in our area and I worked as the graphic artist on them for 14 years. My parents wanted to retire so they sold the business to a local company. I continued to work for them until the economy started to decline and they had to fold the paper.

Q:  Why did you choose this profession?

A:  My current profession kind of fell into my lap at just the right time. I had lost the only job I really had most of my life and right at that time someone introduced my mother to these amazing anti-aging products. She showed them to me and we learned that you could make a really good living by selling them. My mother came out of retirement to sell them with me! I’m so happy to be working with her again :)

Q:  How would you define your profession?

A:  I define my profession as sharing cutting edge, incredible products as well as a tremendous business opportunity. I don’t enjoy sales and never thought I would be in the business, but I have such a passion for these products/business. I love to introduce them to other people so they can benefit both physically and financially (if they chose to join the business).

Q:  Did you go to college or a trade school for this profession?

A:  No. I never thought I’d be in sales :)

Q:  How long did you go to school? Where? What was your degree in?

A:  I went to Old Dominion University for 4 years in Norfolk, VA and got a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in graphic design.

Q:  Do you use your degree in your job? In what way?

A:  I’m sure there are things I’ve learned in college that have helped me in my current field. Educating yourself in any way is always a positive thing.

Q:  Can your degree be used as a basis for any other professions? What types?

A:  I could use my degree for any number of professions. You can accomplished many things when you put your mind and effort to it. Getting an educational degree can help in many ways as well as experience and determination.

Q:  Does your job require continued education? What type? How much?

A:  No, but I believe that you are never too old or too smart to continue to learn anything :)

Q:  Does your job require a certification or board testing?

A:  No. I am an independent consultant. The beauty of my job is that I’m the only one that can fire myself. I set my own hours and make as much as I motivate myself to do.

Q:  What is a day in the life of your job? Does it change day-to-day? Do you work with the public?

A:  My day-to-day activities are always different! I may do computer work at home one day or go do an expo the next. An expo is an event where I get a booth and talk to the public as they come around and introduce them to my products/business. I even have days where I don’t work at all. It’s a very flexible schedule which allows me to be around for my children as well.

Q:  What do you think makes a person successful in this profession?

A:  I think in order to be successful in my career you need to be outgoing and motivated.

Q:  Does your profession require travel? How much?

A:  Yes, occasionally we travel to an expo. Sometimes they can be an hour or two away. I’ve also gone to our parent company in Provo, Utah to take a seminar to learn more about my company and their products. We have conventions we can attend and they may be in other states as well.

Q:  What is the typical schedule/hours?

A:  I have a very flexible schedule. I may work all weekend and sometimes I may not work at all during the week. It varies according to how I schedule it. I can work as much or as little as I’d like.

Q:  What is the most rewarding part of your job?

A:  Honestly, the most rewarding part of my job is seeing the joy I bring to people when they use and love these products or when they join my business and make a great living.

Q:  What do you dislike about your job?

A:  I really don’t enjoy sales. I have to meet a sales goal every month. I just like to share these products and this amazing business opportunity with people and hope they enjoy it all as much as I do.

Q:  What advice would you give to a child/student that is considering this profession?

A:  It is a great way to make a living. There’s so much opportunity with this business to set yourself financially free.  Just be very motivated and never give up. You can achieve whatever you set your mind to do. If you do decide to join a direct sales company, make sure it’s an innovative and proven company like mine.

Q:  If you had to do it all over again, would you choose the same profession?

A:  Yes, I love the flexibility. I can set my own hours and be home for my children when they need me. Plus, I can make a great living without putting in too many hours.

Q:   Are you having fun?

A:  Yes! I love working with my mother and we really enjoy these products!

Q:  Do you receive a pension?

A:  Yes, in a very unique way! Our company is based on residual income, which is repeated regular income earned by a sales person. Our products are bought on a monthly basis so when we build up a client base and get business builders beneath us we can earn a paycheck for the rest of our lives even if we stop working!

 

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Director/Owner of a Preschool

My friend Ruth is inspiring!  She has created a wonderful learning environment for children at her pre-school.  There is nothing more rewarding than working with the children and teachers there.  This is the environment that made my daughter interested in special education.  If you have any interest in special education, read on!

Q:  What is the title of your profession?

A:  I am the Director and Owner of a Preschool.

Q:  What do you do?

A:  I am both a special education teacher for early intervention services for children 3-5 yrs as well as own and operate a preschool program for children with and without special education needs.

Q:  Have you always worked in this field?

A:  I have been a special needs teacher since 1990!

Q:  If no, what was your prior profession and what made you change your profession?

A:  I have worked both in public and private elementary schools. I have worked with a wide range of disabilities.

Q:  Why did you choose this profession?

A:  I have loved being with young children and enjoy the challenge or educating children with special needs.

Q:  How would you define your profession?

A:  Exciting, challenging and fun!

Q:  Did you go to college or a trade school for this profession?

A:  I received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Graduate Certificate in Moderate Special Needs and a Master’s Degree in Severe Special Needs. I will be enrolling this December in a program to receive my BCBA license as a behavioral specialist.  I went to school for 6 years. Undergraduate was at Keene State College in NH and then I went to Northeastern University for my Masters in Boston.

Q:  Do you use your degree in your job?  

A:  Everyday!

Q:  Can your degree be used as a basis for any other professions?  What types?

A:  My degree would primarily encompass the field of education. I could either work with children or teach at the college level.

Q:  Does your job require continued education?  What type?   How much?

A:  Yes, I need to take 18-30 hours of related training to keep my license current.

Q:  Does your job require a certification or board testing?

A:  Yes, I have a license in education.

Q:  What is a day in the life of your job?  Does it change day-to-day?  Do you work with the public?

A:  I would invite you to come observe. My job changes everyday depending on how each child and parent walks into the door.

Q:  What do you think makes a person successful in this profession?

A:  You need to be patient, a problem solver and have a passion for children.

Q:  Does your profession require travel?  How much?

A:  NO!

Q:  What is the typical schedule/hours?

A:  I work 40 hours a week at the school and take home at least 10 hours a week of paper work.

Q:  What is the most rewarding part of your job?

A:  Watching the children make progress.

Q:  What do you dislike about your job?

A:  Paper work!

Q:  What advice would you give to a child/student that is considering this profession?

A:  During the summer, volunteer or work in an environment with children so that you can decide what age group or disability population you would prefer.

Q:  If you had to do it all over again, would you choose the same profession?

A:  Absolutely

Q:  Ryan wonders if you are having fun?

A:  Without a doubt, if you don’t laugh daily with these children than you need to find another job.

Q:  Do you receive a pension?

A:  No

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Registered Nurse- OR (Operating Room), Orthopedic Practice

Here is another area of Nursing that may be of interest to you.  My friend Lori is a Registered Nurse, managing the OR for an Orthopedic Practice.  Working in Orthopedics involves the musculoskeletal system of the body. 

Q:  What is the title of your profession?

A:  I am a Registered Nurse.

Q:  What do you do?

A:  I manage the OR (Operating Room) for an orthopedic practice.

Q:  Have you always worked in this field?

A:  Yes, I have always been a RN, I have just worked in different areas.

Q:  Why did you choose this profession?

A:  I like to work with and help people.

Q:  How would you define your profession?

A:  My profession has something for everyone, hands on, technical or research and behind the scene.

Q:  Did you go to college or a trade school for this profession?

A:  Yes,  I went to Mercy Hospital School of Nursing for 3 years.  I have a Nursing Diploma.

Q:  Do you use your degree in your job?

A:  Yes, I could not work without my degree!  

Q: Does your job require continued education?

A:  My job does not require continued education, but it helps.  You can take different courses, depending on your area of interest.  

Q:  Does your job require a certification or board testing?

A:  Yes, you must pass the State Board of Nursing exam.

Q:  What is a day in the life of your job?

A:  I manage the staff for 3 OR suites.  I scrub in cases and assist the surgeons. It changes everyday.  Some days I am in the OR and other days I do management work like contracts, evaluations etc.  I work with our patients and I attend sponsored events throughout the year.

Q:  What do you think makes a person successful in this profession?

A:   Flexibility, dedication and tolerance of all kinds of people.

Q:  Does your profession require travel?

A:  I occasionally travel for conferences and tours of other facilities.  I do this 1- 2 times a year.

Q:  What is the typical schedule/hours?

A:  I work 6:30am to 4:00pm Mon through Thurs and 8:00am- 12:00pm on Friday.  I usually work an average of 45 hours a week.

Q:  What is the most rewarding part of your job?

A:  I enjoy helping people get back to what ever activities they enjoy doing.

Q:  What do you dislike about your job?

A:  I don’t enjoy disciplining people who are performing poorly.

Q:  What advice would you give to a child/student that is considering this profession?

A:  It is still a strong profession with a lot of areas to concentrate.  If you love science and caring for others then you should consider nursing as a choice.

Q:  If you had to do it all over again, would you choose the same profession?

A:  I think so, I am fortunate to love what I do and I have ended up in the perfect setting and role for me.

Q:  Are you having fun?

A:  It is a lot of fun but I take it very seriously.  The people I work with are great at what they do and it shows.

Q:  Do you receive a pension?

A:  No

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Director, CRM Process Improvement (Customer Relationship Management)

My friend Lisa has worked for the same company since she graduated from college… talk about dedication!    Her journey has taken her through many positions within the company and has led her to project management.  Listen to what she has to say!
 
Q:  What is the title of your profession?
 
A:   Director, CRM Process Improvement (Customer Relationship Management) for a non-profit company.
 
Q:  What do you do?
 
A:   I develop, manage and implement large-scale national sales and marketing based projects. I am a project manager that also develops the projects from the concept through the business case approval.
 
Q:   Have you always worked in this field?
 
A:  I have always been in the recruitment and sales fields. I have been with the my company for 16 years , right out of college…I have held different positions within the same company over the years.
 
Q:  Why did you choose this profession?
 
A:  It was really an evolutionary process for me. My degree was in pre-law with majors in political science, sociology and economics. I love working directly with people and saving lives as a part of the process is a bonus. Most people shy away from working for non-profit companies because typically the benefits and sales incentives are not as good as the for profit corporate world.
 
Q:  How would you define your profession?
 
A:  Lots of project management, oversight of many people and continuous process engineering.
 
Q:  Did you go to college or a trade school for this profession?
 
A: I went to college and took project management courses to prepare for my job. In working for the same company for many years and in many positions, I have also developed subject matter expertise that is unique to my company’s line of business.
 
Q:  How long did you go to school? Where? What was your degree in?
 
A:  I went to college for 5 years at Michigan State University and took the project management courses from George Washington University over a three year period. My degree is in Pre-Law, Bachelor of Arts.
 
Q:  Do you use your degree in your job?
 
A:  Yes, specifically the sociology and project management courses. Managing people and re-engineering processes can be challenging so training is essential.
 
Q:  Can your degree be used as a basis for any other professions?
 
A:  Yes, my degree was in a multi-disciplinary program. I chose my study areas of focus to allow exposure to many different areas of the business and political worlds.
 
Q:  Does your job require continued education? What type? How much?
 
A:  Not really, but a Master’s degree while not required puts a person in the top educational level of our management team.
 
Q:  Does your job require a certification or board testing?
 
A:  Yes, to be a certified Project Manager there is a certification test that you can take to earn a Project Management Professional certification.
 
Q:  What is a day in the life of your job?
 
A:  I have a home office and when I am not traveling I typically start the day reading emails followed by several conference calls and then work on my project deliverables. If I am traveling I usually travel in the morning and work late in the evening.
 
Q:  Does it change day-to-day?
 
A:  Yes my work day activities change everyday and are usually dependent on my project schedule.
 
Q:  Do you work with the public?
 
A:  Yes sometimes, but mostly I am working with project teams and outside vendors or clients.
 
Q:  Does your profession require travel?
 
A:  Yes I travel at least two to three times a month. Usually only two nights in a row and I schedule all my own travel.
 
Q:  What is the typical schedule/hours?
 
A:  I don’t have a typical schedule as my days and hours are driven by the project and not a time clock. Long days, 10-12 hours daily (sometimes weekends too) during initial project start up and then it slows down to more typical 8 hour days during the implementation phase.
 
Q:  What is the most rewarding part of your job?
 
A:  The feeling of seeing the a project completed. Sometimes my projects extend years and have several thousand tasks to accomplish so completing an implementation is very rewarding.
 
Q:  What do you dislike about your job?
 
A:  All of my projects introduce change into people’s lives and jobs. Sometimes the hardest part of my job is convincing people that the change is a benefit and not something to fear.
 
Q:  What advice would you give to a child/student that is considering this profession?
 
A:  Evaluate your ability to assess situations and people. Adaptability, personal drive and persuasion skills are essential. Time management is a must….This type of work is great for people who enjoy change. There is nothing routine about being a Process Improvement Director/ Project Manager. Traveling is a bonus if you enjoy seeing and working in new places.
 
Q:  If you had to do it all over again, would you chose the same profession?
 
A:  Yes, I love my job and the opportunities it has afforded me.
 
Q:  Is your job regional (ie: found in only certain parts of the country?).
 
A:  No, most companies have project managers.
 
Q:  Are you having fun?
 
A:  Yes it is really fun! I have been in over 35 states as a result of my profession. I have also been to the many famous places, sports venues, political arenas and large, very famous corporate offices with my job.
 
Q:  Do you receive a pension?
 
A:  Yes, it is a special pension program specifically designed for a non-profit organization.

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Athletic Administrator

I am so lucky to have so many friends with such diverse career paths!  My friend Ross is an Athletic Administrator at a school in our area.  He gets to combine his love for sports with working with kids… sounds like a great career to me!!

Q:  What is the title of your profession? 

A:  I am an Athletic Administrator at a school.

Q:  What do you do?

A:  All aspects of athletics administration:  Scheduling games, hiring, training, and evaluating  coaches, ordering uniforms, equipment, overseeing the budget, covering home games.

Q:  Have you always worked in this field? 

A:  Yes, mostly in athletics and Physical Education.

Q:  If no, what was your prior profession and what made you change your profession? 

A:  I have also previously worked in retail and also as a Day Care teacher.

Q:  Why did you choose this profession?

A:  I enjoy athletics and working with kids.

Q:  How would you define your profession? 

A:  You get to go to school rather than to work.  You get to play a lot!  You get to watch lots of sports.

Q:  Did you go to college or a trade school for this profession? 

A:  Yes, I received a Masters in Physical Education.

Q:  How long did you go to school? 

A:  I went to college for 4 years and graduate school for 2 years. I went to Trinity College and Hofstra University.

Q:  What was your degree in? 

A:  My undergraduate degree was in Liberal Arts (I majored in Spanish) and  PE.

Q:  Do you use your degree in your job? 

A:  My Masters, yes.  My Bachelors, no.  All of the classes helped prepare me for teaching, coaching, administration. 

Q:  Can your degree be used as a basis for any other professions?  What types? 

A:  Yes, maybe Sports Management.

Q:  Does your job require continued education? 

A:  No

Q:  Does your job require a certification or board testing? 

A:  It is not require for independent schools, but yes for public.  I just passed the test to become a Certified Athletic Administrator.

Q:  What is a day in the life of your job? 

A:  Every day is different.  I do lots of work with student athletes. I provide lots of support for coaches in terms of getting them the equipment they need and providing them with training. I do lots of scheduling and ordering to make sure games go smoothly.  I also deal with parents’ concerns and questions regarding our program.  I do deal with public when they attend athletic events at our school.

Q:  What do you think makes a person successful in this profession? 

A:  Organization, flexibility, sense of humor, and you must be able to make quick decisions and work well with people.

Q:  Does your profession require travel?  How much? 

A:  I attend all play-off contests and also travel locally to meetings.  I am only required to travel within the state of Maine.

Q:  What is the typical schedule/hours? 

A:  It varies a lot, but in athletic game season I usually work at least 60 hours per week including evenings and weekends.

Q:  What is the most rewarding part of your job? 

A:  I love watching the kids play and enjoying all the benefits of athletics.

Q:  What do you dislike about your job? 

A:  Rain!

Q:  What advice would you give to a child/student that is considering this profession? 

A:  You have to love sports and be willing to work long hours.

Q:  If you had to do it all over again, would you choose the same profession? 

A:  Probably

Q:  Are you having fun?

A:  Most of the time it is fun, but some of the time it can be a headache.

Q:  Do you receive a pension? 

A:  No. I have a retirement plan through TIAA-CREF.  Teachers contribute and the school matches.

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Jewelry Designer and Gemologist

I still remember when we were all heading off to college and Jodi said she was going to the Gemoligical Institute of America in California.  I always thought to myself, “this is so perfect for her.”  She was always cutting edge in fashion and creative.  It has taken her far!

Q:  What is the title of your profession? 

A:  I am a Jewelry Designer & Gemologist.

Q:  What do you do?

A:  I currently sell jewelry to private clients.  I am a designer who works through production houses in California.  I also own a company and design a  line of mothers jewelry. 

Q:  Have you always worked in this field?

A:  Yes

Q:  Why did you choose this profession?

A:  I love jewelry and have a knack for design.

Q:  How would you define your profession?

A:  As an international award-winning designer, I am able to offer my clients my design talent along with the knowledge of a GIA certified Gemologist with a strong emphasis in excellent customer service.

Q:  Did you go to college or a trade school for this profession?

A:  I went to Gemologist School-Gemoligical Institute of America in California.  1 year.  Gemology with a short course in design.

Q:  Do you use your degree in your job? In what way?

A:  Yes, in sales, buying, appraising, along with building customer relations.

Q:  Can your degree be used as a basis for any other professions? What types?

A:  It opens the door to working in many fields related to the jewelry industry

Q:  Does your job require continued education?

A:  No

Q:  What is a day in the life of your job? Does it change day-to-day? Do you work with the public? 

A:  I have worked in retail dealing with the public as well as strictly private client work.  A retail environment is very different from owning a business and dealing directly with your own clients.  Building clientel in retail is very easy as you have many face to face opportunities that walk through the door.  Private client work is strictly word of month but can be very rewarding as you can operate the business as you like. I also enjoy marketing which is a very essential part of owning your own business.

Q:  What do you think makes a person successful in this profession?

A:  The ability to work well with clients along with a creative mind and sense of fashion.

Q:  Does your profession require travel? How much?

A:  No, but opens the door for travel such as trade shows.

Q:  What is the typical schedule/hours?

A:  The hours are open.

Q:  What is the most rewarding part of your job?

A:  Creating a beautiful piece of jewelry that makes my client very happy.  Also knowing I am likely creating a family heirloom for them to pass down to their children/family.

Q:  What do you dislike about your job?

A:  Not much, it’s a very rewarding profession.

Q:  What advice would you give to a child/student that is considering this profession?

A:  Make sure it is something you are passionate about and you will be successful. 

Q:  If you had to do it all over again, would you choose the same profession?

A:  Absolutely!

Q:  Are you having fun?

A:   Yes!

Q:  Do you receive a pension?

A:  No

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Certified Public Accountant – CPA

Accounting is a popular profession!  My friend Julie is a Certified Public Accountant.  She always appears to enjoy her job, but keep in mind it can be a lot of hours during tax season!!  Several of my friends have moved on from Accounting to become Chief Financial Officers for companies… this looks like a great profession!

Q:  What is the title of your profession? 

A:   I am a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Q:  What do you do?

A:   I work for a local, regional CPA firm and I primarily work on financial statement audits. However, I also work on consulting projects and income tax provisions for corporations.

Q:  Have you always worked in this field?

A:  Yes

Q:  Why did you choose this profession?

A:  I have always liked working with numbers.!

Q:  How would you define your profession?

A:  We provide audit, accounting and tax services to many different types of businesses.

Q:  Did you go to college or a trade school for this profession?

A:  Yes,  I went to Thomas College in Waterville, Maine for 4 years and received a B.S. in Accounting.

Q:  Do you use your degree in your job? In what way?

A:  Yes, I use my degree in my job. I used the data I learned in college to take the CPA exam and become a CPA.

Q:  Can your degree be used as a basis for any other professions? What types?

A:  Yes, an accounting degree can be used in many different professions, especially in the business world – from starting your own company to marketing to human resources.

Q:  Does your job require continued education? What type? How much?

A:  Yes, I am required to take CPE (Continued Professional Education) annually to keep my CPA license valid. I have to report my CPE to the State of Maine.

Q:  Does your job require a certification or board testing?

A:  Yes, you need to be a CPA to become a partner/principal in the accounting department.  You need to pass the Certified Public Accounting exam.

Q:  What is a day in the life of your job? Does it change day-to-day? Do you work with the public?  

A:  Every day can be different! I think that’s what I like best about my job. I usually sit behind a desk and work with numbers – either accounting, auditing or consulting (analyzing, projecting, etc.) with them. I correspond with my clients often, either in person, by phone or email. I attend educational and networking events and always seem to be busy!

Q:  What do you think makes a person successful in this profession?

A:  You need to have a strong work ethic, be organized, flexible with your time and be comfortable with meeting new people.

Q:  Does your profession require travel? How much?

A:  Yes, I am required to travel. The travel varies based on the time of year. I travel to client locations more during the winter months and to seminars/meetings during the remainder of the year.

Q:  What is the typical schedule/hours?

A:  It varies. The basic hours are 8:00 to 5:00 Monday through Friday and Saturday’s during January through April (“tax season”), however I basically work as much as I need to get the job done!

Q:  What is the most rewarding part of your job?

A:  I enjoy meeting new people and learning. This job has given me both of those opportunities.

Q:  What do you dislike about your job?  

A:  I dislike the hours at times (such as, when I have to work in the evenings and/or weekends) and I do not like it when I have to travel a lot.

Q:  What advice would you give to a child/student that is considering this profession?  

A:  This profession gives you the opportunity to meet new people, learn about the business world and understand what goes on in the financial markets.

Q:  If you had to do it all over again, would you choose the same profession?

A:  I’m not sure…. I really like what I do, but I think I’d have a lot more fun being a photographer or party planner (something different from an accountant, huh?!)

Q:  Are you having fun?

A:  I make it fun! I work with great people with great attitudes and we make sure we have a good time.

Q:  Do you receive a pension?

A:  No

 

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