What do you do for a living?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by seekinghelp, Nov 16, 2003.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    Cool! It is always great to see soldiers taking avantage of the benefits the miltiary provides for education. I saw so many who did not. Good luck.

    One of my fellow grad students (counseling) was a helicopter pilot (no longer remember his name). He used to take books and work on papers at NTC.

  2. Bill Huffman

    Bill Huffman Well-Known Member

    What I do for a living is mostly read email, write email, and go to meetings.
  3. lloyddobbler

    lloyddobbler New Member

    I'm a systems administrator and have been in IT for about 12 years (last 7 as an SA). I started getting burnt out and fed up with this career 5 years ago though, so I'm more than ready to jump out of it now:) ...now if I could only figure out what I want to do. Thought about Law, but one of the classes I just finished up was a business law class, and although it was interesting, the reading was about as boring as watching dried paint crack.

    I'm presently trying to finish my last 20 credits or so for my BSBA via online TESC classes and I'm paying for them myself. I just finished my first semester(or should I say quarter) of online classes yesterday and for the most part I studied instead of watching television at home (no kids... woohoo!).
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  4. Michael Lloyd

    Michael Lloyd New Member

    I am a healthcare risk management consultant in the Seattle area. This means I provide advice and education to healthcare providers on improving patient care and reducing legal liability and acting as a general resource on medical-legal issues.

    I earned my BSc\MSc in chemistry from the UW back in my teens and early 20's, paying my own way through school working as a paramedic and in various hospital positions. I earned my CPCU, ARM, CPHRM (professional insurance/risk management designations) and MBA all via distance learning as a working adult. I funded all my studies out of current earnings since my employer does not offer education assistance.

    My wife served 20 years active duty in Navy medicine, retiring as a HMC. She earned her BSc in workforce education and training via distance learning on active duty, and after retirement, earned her MHA via a combination of face-to-face and distance learning.


    Michael Lloyd
    Mill Creek, Washington USA
  5. Jallen2

    Jallen2 New Member

    I am a "Computer Systems Programmer" for the Air Force (active duty). This translated into being a database administrator (DBA) and System Administrator for 4 years and then doing computer security for the last two years.

    As with lloyddobbler I to became bored with my choosen field (side note: it's interesting that so many people for the last decade have wanted to break into IT and I've been wanting to break out). I am 2 classes away from finishing my MA in Managerial Economics and then *knock on wood* will go on to get my PhD in Public Policy / Public Administration in a full time program.

    As for paying for my education the first three years of undergrad I did outside of the military and ended up with 20K in debt and a horrible GPA. The rest of my education I've done in the military and has been 'free' tuition wise, but those books always hurt the pocket book.
  6. manjuap

    manjuap New Member

    UNA charges $300/credit vs $225 at CSU.
    CSU is accredited by DETC where as
    NCU is RA and ACBSP accredited. UNA degree is more valuable that CSU's.

    and RA=gold standard

    RA=regional accreditation.
  7. agilham

    agilham New Member

    Being new here and still trying to figure out who is who, was wondering if you might take a minute to say what you do professionally,

    I'm a director and employee of a small University of Oxford spinoff. Before that I did research into computer-mediated education and co-developed Oxford's first online courses.

    what you're studying for,

    Currently investigating MBAs.

    how you're paying for your education,

    Depends on how much the MBA will cost. If I get into a good programme, it'll probably be via a loan from the AMBA. Otherwise, it'll be cold, hard cash.

  8. sbasic

    sbasic member

    Network systems engineer and adjunct faculty working on my PhD with an eye towards FT faculty.
  9. Anthony Pina

    Anthony Pina Active Member

    What I do professionally:

    I am a college faculty member in the field of instructional technology. I coordinate the online masters and certificate program in instructional technology at La Sierra University. I also teach graduate courses and serve on thesis committees for California State University, San Bernardino (at their Palm Desert Campus). I have been a practitioner in this field for over 15 years and have worked in industry, K-12, community college and university settings. I have also been fortunate to have done consulting with Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies, university consortia, economic development organizations and the U.S. Department of Defense. My latest project is the development of the City of Selma, CA web site.

    What I am studying:

    In a couple of months, I will be defending my doctoral dissertation on the institutionalization of distance learning in higher education.

    How I am paying for my education:

    I have used a variety of methods, actually. While I was working on my Bachelors, I used some savings, received Pell Grants and worked in the media and computer labs at the university (my wife also worked and helped to pay my way). For my graduate studies, I received scholarships, fellowships, student loans and worked. My Cal State teaching has financed much of my doctoral work.

    Tony Piña
    Faculty, La Sierra University
    & Cal State U.-San Bernardino
  10. yuccabrevifolia

    yuccabrevifolia New Member

    What I do professionally:

    I'm a grad student finishing up an MA at Cal State Bakersfield (6 units left). I develop courses for WebCT and teach online from time to time. I also do contract web development work as I find it (I'm a dotcom refugee)

    What I am studying:

    Curriculum and Instruction/Ed Tech/Online Teaching at CSUB. Most of these courses were taken online through CSUB Extended U. I have also completed the Cal State Hayward Grad Cert in Online Teaching and Learning, and will be starting the Fort Hays MLS in Public Admin this Jan. Probably do a doc in Ed Tech at some point.

    BA - History, Univ. of Wyoming,
    Cert - Online Teaching and Learning, Hayward
    MA - Cal State Bakersfield
    CBEST - 2000
    MCP - four in Windows 2K
    That's the list so far.. ;-)

    Paying for it:

    Undergrad was all student loans and working for the university summers. The Cert with Hayward and my current MA are being paid for in cash, Same will be the case at FHSU.

    Lloyd Curtis
  11. Dr. Gina

    Dr. Gina New Member

    I kida do the same as the above, only with a New york edge to it and at a Hospital in Queens, NY. When I am not doing that, I am doing one of the following:

    1.) Obtaining my DSW part time
    2.) Being a mother to my two children,
    3.) Being a wife
    4.) Being a daughter, sister, neice, cat owner, fish owner, dog owner
    5.) Being a board member for a human services organization
    6.) Being me. :)
  12. Ian Anderson

    Ian Anderson Active Member

    I use a credit card that gives me back 1% in cash plus I take full advantage of US income tax benefits.
  13. airtorn

    airtorn Moderator

    What do I do?
    active duty Air Force for the last nine years - my primary job is teaching practical applications of science to aircrew

    What am I currently studying?
    working on my Master of Aeronautical Science through Embry-Riddle (human factors emphasis)- trying to do it all online.

    How am I paying for my schooling?
    military tuition assistance and cash.

    How do I fit studying into my daily life?
    My wife is taking night classes though UMUC so from 8-9:30 Mon-Thurs, I have quiet time from the time my two-year old goes to sleep until the time my wife gets home. Also, my boss doesn't have a problem with me studying during downtime at work, especially since what I am studying is directly applicable to what I teach.

    Cory - let us know how the Space Studies program works.
  14. Starkman

    Starkman New Member

    What I do ...

    Well, for the last 9 months, I've been an associate director for seven associations: six real estate; one meeting planners. I take care of the members for our home inspector's association, our construction inspectors association, our environmental inspectors and others.

    I have yet to do any education beyond high school (I'm 42-years-old). If I do not pursue a degree, I'd like to at least take some classes from London Bible College or another Bible college in the states via distance learning. I have no idea, however, how I'll pay for it. We'll see, I suppose.

  15. Terminus

    Terminus New Member

    I'm a 20 year old studying computer engineering at the Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. I go to school full time and work part time to pay my bills as my school is paid for by financial aid (I come from a poor family so I get all the loans and grants I need to pay my in-state tuition).

    BTW I’m surprised at how many professionals and graduate level students there are on here, I have to start posting more questions i think ;)
  16. Michael Wilson

    Michael Wilson New Member

    I'm the Off-Campus Services Librarian for a small college. This involves serving as the only librarian for three small branch campuses located to the northeast, northwest, and due south of Atlanta, Georgia, each separated by about 30 - 40 miles. At each location, I maintain a small collection (in terms of paper, at least; the virtual collection is quite large), help students with their projects, serve as liaison to the main library, and do whatever else needs to be done to make sure that our off-campus students experience the same level of service that our main campus students do. The thing that I like most about my job is the autonomy I'm allowed (the main campus, after all, is 60 miles away...). I'm free to create the kind of library program I like and that I feel is appropriate (as long as it doesn't cost the administration any money :( ). For example, I've developed, and now teach, an undergraduate course in library research skills.

    My bachelor's degree, in French, was paid for by a combination of scholarships, money from my parents, and earnings from my part-time job in the school media center. I earned my Master's and Specialist's degrees in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina via distance education, and I borrowed heavily to pay for them. I'm between adventures in higher education right now, but I plan to pursue a doctorate in the near future (I'm particularly intrigued by the Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education offered by Nova Southeastern University), and I suppose that means there's more borrowing in my future.

  17. digit

    digit New Member

    I'm a 23 year old Icelandic citizen. I have been studying computer science at TUI for the last 2 years and I'l graduate next spring.

    I have worked in computer security for more than 3 years now. The job entails performing various security tasks such as penetration tests, system audits, and security consulting. A part of the job is to perform various research such as auditing code, writing exploits, researching new methods and technologies, writing papers, teaching at universities, etc.

    I personally think I have the best job in the world. I basically control myself and the only obligation I have, workwise, is to complete my assignments. Other than that I can work when and where I want at any time that suits me.

    I get around 2000$ a year from my company to pay for school which is actually a considerable amount here in Iceland but I do pay for the rest myself.

    I study whenever I have time for it and try to read a bit for school every day.
  18. Oherra

    Oherra New Member

    I am a 20 year old technical support department supervisor for a regional telephone company. I have a small staff of 15 and we field all of the support request for our internet customers providing support for dial-up, dsl, and complex circuits (T1s/DS1s/T3).

    I really love this job, I started working for this company when I was a sophomore in HS school and have been with them in various technical support positions since I was 16. I ended up the supervisor through attrition; people do not tend to stay in customer support/technical support long (the average is about a year). But I really love it, I’m in a position now where I get to pick and choose the issues I work on, and so I can generally work on only the things that truly interest me, but I will help out on anything when needed. But most of all I work with a great crew and for a company that has been very good to me.

    I have the Georgia HOPE Scholarship which pays about 3K a year towards the total cost of my education and my employer has picked up the rest. I’m due to finish my BIT from AIU on 4/24/04. I’m looking into possibly completing an MS-ITM at Touro after I finish with AIU and unfortunately neither HOPE nor my employer pays for graduate level course work, so I’ll be taking out loans for that.

    I generally study in the evenings after work and am also allowed to study at my office during any down time.
  19. picklehead

    picklehead New Member

    Comm Tech.

    I am a "maintenace splicing technician" I work for a baby bell. I am one of the people you see working in a manhole or on a pole in the middle of nowhere.
  20. Tireman4

    Tireman4 member

    I know this is a little late. I am a reference librarian at the Houston Public Library. I also teach at Tomball College..one class a semester, at 6am...

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