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Joined: January 26th, 2015, 10:06 pm

April 1st, 2015, 6:00 pm #1

I'm curious, what does everybody on here do for a living/as a side job? Are you happy with it? Why (not)? Did your exchange somehow have an influence on it? Any plans for the future?

I work as a freelance translator, and I'm generally very happy with it, even though I sometimes worry about a million different things, like whether I will always be poor, or whether I will ever be able to get a "regular" job again, should I ever want one. Exchange definitely strengthened my confidence to pursue a language-related degree, so my career is definitely influenced by it. I ended up not finishing the degree, but hey, I had my reasons and I don't regret it either. I learned a lot and at least I'm working in the field, as opposed to many of my former classmates who did finish the degree but are working completely different jobs today. As for the future, I'd like to take a formal translation test next year, so I have at least some kind of paper that documents my translation skills, and after that, I'd love to go back to uni and get a bachelor's in linguistics.

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Joined: January 19th, 2015, 2:50 am

April 2nd, 2015, 2:13 am #2

I'm a teacher. Exchange wasn't directly related to my desire to go into education (though NSLI-Y definitely steered me away from any sort of foreign service/IR field which was the only other area I seriously considered studying) but I teach in a bilingual room, so exchange is why I'm qualified to do that. Before this, I worked at a local nonprofit doing a mix of behind-the-scenes and facilitation work for public health/sex ed programs working with middle and high school students, so also not super related though being bilingual helped me get the job. I love(d) both jobs!

I did have a temp job and an internship directly related to exchange during college though! I worked at international/exchange student orientation one year, and I interned for an exchange program office abroad one summer.
[Wisconsin, USA]
-> [Paraguay - AFS semester]
<- [Japan - AFS host sister]
-> [Turkey - NSLI summer]
-> [Mexico - uni semester]
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Joined: February 27th, 2015, 6:04 pm

April 2nd, 2015, 6:01 pm #3

I work for Unitedhealth Group in the Medicare and Retirement department. I started in May 2012 as a phone rep for Group Medicare Advantage plans (retiree plans from former employers)... I moved from that to Group PDP (drug) and supplement plans in June 2013... from there I moved to supervisor escalation line in February 2014, that position transitioned/became NEC or national experience center my title is "customer experience supervisor" SEL/NEC is the same thing tho, I take escalated calls for medicare plans with uhc... starting 4/20 I transition to a Claims Specialist position, meaning i will no longer take member calls but rather when a rep needs help with a claim I will help them so they can help the member... there are other things I will be doing with that job... and i start trainign 4/20

I went to school for public relations and that was influenced by my exchange slightly.. I dont work in that field directly but I like my job and i have good benefits plus i WAH (work at home) which is AWESOME since I live an hr from the office
--> 2003-2004 RYE (Husband)
--> 2004-2005 RYE (myself)
--> 2005-2006 AFS (Hosted sister)
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Joined: January 11th, 2015, 7:20 pm

April 2nd, 2015, 6:31 pm #4

I do language editing on research manuscripts. It's contract work and I do it approximately part-time. I went to university for engineering and grad school for a clinical medical-related field, which went horribly so I left early (but did enough to get a masters, which qualifies me for the editing work). I also volunteer at a few places during the week to get me out of the house.

Honestly, it's not at all what I wanted. I really hate that grad school went like it did and would have loved to have been in a better program where I could have finished and had a career in that field. I grew up expecting to have a career and all my peers work full-time and/or are parents and I feel so unproductive in comparison, but I have no interest in working in engineering and am not in a good position to apply to any full-time job right now even if I found one that suited me well. I'm trying to find peace with the whole situation. I am lucky to have landed where I did. I do generally enjoy the work I do; my editing is usually pretty interesting and the company I contract with sometimes has part- and full-time work-from-home jobs available and I'd definitely consider pursuing that once I'm more settled. For now, it's a holding pattern. We'd like to start a family and then after a few years I'll re-evaluate the career stuff. I'm most interested in non-profit work, public health, or *maybe* a slightly different field in engineering than what I studied. But I may also stick to some combination of editing and volunteering.
-> Kuwana, Japan - YFU JUSSE scholarship, summer 2004
-> Izmir, Turkey - work abroad, summer 2007
YFU volunteer area representative since 2009
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Joined: January 19th, 2015, 12:22 am

April 3rd, 2015, 5:10 am #5

I'm a stay-at-home mom, but my *real* job is freaking out about not having a job, haha. I know what I really really want to do (write and/or act-- TV) which is what I've always wanted, but for in-between worst case scenario and dream job, I don't know. I don't have a college degree, so that limits my options, but something with Portuguese (or Spanish or French in a pinch) or graphic design might be cool. Mostly I just have ideas about things and lack the follow-through or resources to make anything happen.

I guess as an aspiring writer, blogs count as work, so I suppose I can count them here. I write for a parenting blog and I have my own (currently neglected) writing blog where I write (wrote) a micro screenplay every day.
-> 2006-2007 (host sister to T)
-> 2007-2008
-> 2014-2015 (host mom to A)
-> 2015-2016 (host mom to L)
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Joined: January 19th, 2015, 7:28 pm

April 3rd, 2015, 2:09 pm #6

I work part-time as a research assistant for an office that manages a university online system (moodle). My tasks vary from research, to typing documents, to editing and even occasionally running errands. I love this job most of the time. For the past year and a half I have been trying to get my teaching credentials where I excelled. Unfortunately, it is on hold because I have not been able to pass the Praxis exam for English content. Earlier this week I interviewed with an ESL school that has just signed a contract with Volkswagen. I believe the interview went well and I am really hoping that a position is offered. Now I just need to figure out how to finish my credentials. The only piece I am missing is student teaching.
I'm still trying to figure my life out. My husband recently got a full time job which is very nice and eases the finances a bit. We are hoping to start a family in the next year, so this ESL job would be perfect time I could work as little as 3 hours or as much as 40, all depending on how much students I wish to teach English.
--> YFU Gap year 03/04
--> Volunteer Teacher 11/12

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Joined: January 26th, 2015, 3:17 am

April 10th, 2015, 8:13 pm #7

I'm getting ready to start a short term (3.5 month) position in Italy at Expo Milano, a major international event. Basically I'll be a glorified tour guide for the USA's area, greeting visitors, and helping them through our exhibits. I have a uni degree in international development with a focus on agriculture. Luckily for me, the theme of the expo this yeara is basically global food systems, nutrition, and food itself. I'm glad it's a field I'm familiar with.

I had a great internship after graduating where I worked with implementing international development projects from a USA home office. This type of program management or new business development is what I'd like to pursue after Italy. From there I would ideally work my way up the ladder to Chief of Party position getting to administer programs in-country, but that's a long way down the line.
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Joined: January 19th, 2015, 1:47 am

May 9th, 2015, 7:07 am #8

I'm currently an assistant language teacher on the JET Programme.
Exchange 100% had an influence on me getting this job. It sounds kind of bad, but I wanted a do-over, to be honest. And I think my exchange experience had a big impact on my application and acceptance for the job.
However, my long-term goals don't have much to do with my exchange at all. I have a degree in history, so ideally I want to be in that field, either as a teacher or working in museums or archives.
Canada -> Japan, 2008 (ASSE)
Canada -> Japan, 2014-2016 (JET)
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Joined: January 26th, 2015, 10:06 pm

May 28th, 2015, 12:15 am #9

Yay, I might move into a shared office soon! I already met the guys I would be sharing with, and they were really nice. Haven't seen the place in real-life yet, but both the pictures and the area seem very promising. I don't usually mind working from home, but my place is so freaking depressing (no garden/balcony and hardly any sunlight), and then I sometimes go DAYS without leaving it ... I look forward to being able to "go to work".
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Joined: January 26th, 2015, 10:06 pm

June 26th, 2015, 9:40 am #10

I'll move my desk to the new office space on Sunday. I've visited the place a couple of times and am still loving it, and the guys are still super nice, so yay. My desk will be placed right next to the door that leads to the terrace. I can't wait!
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