Thursday, January 26, 2012

Spin Cycle--Working Perfect

This weeks's spin cycle is the perfect job--the one you want, the one you have, or how ever you want to go with it.  Sigh, I had the perfect job for me and my family.  Then the economy crashed and I lost it.
But let me tell you about it.
It all started when Nick decided to go back to school so he could work smarter, not harder.  He had been in construction for about 7 years, 3 years full time.  It was a lot of out of town work and too much wear and tear on his body.  So in 1999 he decided that he would go back to college, this time for a degree that he could actually get a job in.  He chose Geology.  He graduated with his degree in 2002.
Shortly after that I got pregnant with Turbo.  I quit working at a chiropractor's office about 10 days before I had Turbo. Then after I had been home with him for a while the question came up about what I would do now.  Going back to work at a retail job held no appeal, and working in another doctor's office held even less appeal.  So what was I to do?  Well I liked the geology that Nick was telling me about from what he had learned.  Maybe I could do that.  So I looked into the student loans and headed back to school.
When I graduated, one of my professors came up to me at the reception and asked if I was interested in part time work from home as a consultant for a uranium exploration company.  I jumped at the chance and was able to work for them, from home for about a year and a half.  The work was interesting and allowed me to do research and field work.  And I was able to be available for Turbo.  Sadly the position did not last.
Now I work for the university in our town.  It is work as a geologist.  It might not be my ideal, but it is flexible and I enjoy the fact that it is not the same day and day out.
So what is your ideal job?  Do you have it, or do you know what it is?  Or does it even exist?  Spin it up and join in on the fun with Gretchen at Second Blooming.

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7 comments:

Momma Fargo said...

My ideal job is being independently wealthy, running some green companies and hosting charity events. sigh

Sprite's Keeper said...

Oh, girl, you've given me my idea for a Spin. Thanks!

gretchen said...

Oh man, that does sound like it was ideal. But working for the university sound great too. I'd love to be working in that environment of academia. And I never realized that you were a geologist! Very cool.

You're all linked up!!

MiMi said...

It's awesome you can tell people you are a geologist...it sounds so freaking smart!

Kendra said...

It always amazes me when you say you are a geologist. So cool! And even though it isn't ideal it sounds like you enjoy it more than your doctor office job!

sarahs32flavors said...

Ugh, that stinks that the economy ruined that one for you. How brave and brilliant of both of you to go back to school! Now that would be fun. What do you do? I'm a geologist...

Patty O. said...

This sounds so interesting! I agree that being able to do a job from home, as you did for that consultant gig, seems ideal!

I'm doing some freelance work while I stay home with my toddler, but I wish I could make a little more money. Still, it's nice that I don't have to pay for child care.

Cool spin!

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