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  • What do you do for a "living"

    Not that its really any of my bussiness.
    eventing is pretty expensive, and I have no idea what I want to be when i "grow up" so any info about careers is great,
    So if your bored or don't have anything else going on, Would you mind telling me what your job is and what you do?
    "Hell yes I can ride. I was riding when I fell off!"

  • #2
    Well, right now I'm a poor college student, but in two more semesters I will finish my degree and have my license to work as a registered nurse. The pay is good, you can find work anywhere (i.e. prime horse country), and many employers are very flexible with their scheduling.


    • #3
      I'm in the military. And I DO NOT recommend it if you want consistancy in your riding. That being said, different services have different deployment schedules and different job within different services have different schedules too.
      There are benefits to being in, for example, a constant paycheck, and as I've found, the military base here has a wonderful stable which fills all my needs.
      That being said, the deployment schedule makes consistancy difficult.


      • #4
        wildlife biologist here in maryland, then going back for my masters/ph.d in about a year and a half

        "wise men never play leap frog with unicorns"


        • #5
          I'm a writer. Used to be a technical writer, which paid more but can be a little dry. Now, I work in the communications department of a company in Lexington. Press releases, website content, etc. Sometimes more interesting than tech writing, but the pay is not great. If I weren't such a procrastinator, I'd freelance or get into grant writing.
          "If you can't feed 'em, don't breed 'em."


          • #6
            I'm like to you Mickey... trying to figure out what I'm going to be doing once I get to college. I'm pretty sure I'm going into Nursing or Forsenic Medicine, I just haven't decided between the two yet.


            • #7
              I know that most people are going to groan but...

              I must HIGHLY recommend a career in accounting. There are amazing prospects and job security, in my experience. I had a job before I completed my degree, and when I decided to move back to my home state (a week after 9/11/01, no less!), I had a job within days.

              Most people are afraid of the "math" portion of accounting, but to be a corporate accountant, you need to be able to add and subtract using a calculator.

              I have found the pay to be above average for someone my age. I worked in "industry" rather than public accounting, so my job hours were steady and reasonable. Truly a 8-5 job, with no weekends. And you never really have accounting "emergencies" that require you to work late, etc. Also, these jobs pretty much always have full benefits, including 401(K) or a pension plan.

              Drawbacks: It's an office job. If you can't sit at a desk all day, it's not for you! Most people purport to hate accountants. But I've found that it's just a stereotype. I always seem to get invited to office gatherings.

              There is currently a shortage of accountants in the midwest. If you take a few basic accounting classes at a community college, you can get a job as a clerk with a company. If you want to make the bigger bucks, though, it requires a bachelors degree and whatever other classes your state requires to become a CPA.

              Good Luck!!! I think it's great that you're researching careers. I wish all my friends had done that before they took classes in school. So many are disappointed at how their job prospects line up with their lifestyle.


              • #8
                I just started a job this past year working in a lab that makes allograft surgical implants from bone and soft tissue. The pay is pretty modest (the company is a non-profit organization), but it pays the bills and the benefits are great. Starting in January, my department is going to four 10-hour days a week, which means I'll be alternating between working Mon.-Thur. and Tues.-Fri. It's going to be great for my riding schedule!
                Owner of Doctor Molley


                • #9
                  I'm a 3rd year medical student right now -- struggling to find the time and finances to keep up with my riding. Definitely looking forward to being out of school -- having no student loans means that doctor's paycheck is definitely going to go towards the horses.

                  I'm not looking forward to the 3 years of residency where I'm not going to have much, if any, time to ride...but hopefully the plans will come through to get a yearling and put him in training -- by the time I finish I'd have a 4 or 5yo ready to go
                  ~Drafties Clique~Sprite's Mom~ASB-loving eventer~
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                  • #10
                    Before I retired to raise chickens and children, I was in corporate marketing working as a Product Manager. I do not have the MBA that is generally a prerequiste for this type of work, but I did have (a) a lot of chutzbah and (b) a social science Masters from a very fancy schmancy school.

                    In my past, I was brand manager for Milk-Bone, A.1. Steak Sauce and Grey Poupon to name a few that you would recognize.

                    The jobs paid a ton of money and I loved, loved, loved what I did for a living. I worked ridiculous, endless hours, travelled a lot and loved all of that, too.

                    I made time for the horses. And eventually to get married and have two children. At which time I collapsed in a heap, quit my job and took up raising chickens. I got lucky in the husband department, though. And did not have children until late 30s early 40s.

                    My point is that you can LOVE what you do, make a lot of money AND still have time for horses. Although, from my experience, once I added husband and children, well, something had to give .

                    Good luck, young ones! The world is a very cool place and you can make it work! And while I think the accounting advice is very good - I would only recommend it if you at the very least LIKE accounting.
                    Chronicles of the $700 Pony
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                    • #11
                      at the moment I'm a dirt poor pharmacy student. but in 3 1/2 more years plus 1 or 2 years of residency (depending on what specialty I decide on) I'll be done! and a pharmacist! It's another job where you can live where you want and there are so many options as far as hours go.


                      • #12
                        Cardiologist. I work "part time" so I can see my kid grow up, at least a little, and have time to ride. Part time means I have one day off a week, LOL! I work one weekend out of 4 and take call 2-3 nights a week.

                        Medicine is great IF you love it. The training is long and tough and often wrenching, but thrilling and rewarding at times, too. You will not make it out with your sanity and your "higher purposes" intact unless you really, really LIKE the training. Some go into it without any higher purpose at all, thinking they'll be "rich". They're the ones I wouldn't send my family members to see.

                        The job allows me to afford horses, but compromise is the name of the game: even working "part time" I rarely ride more than 3-4 days a week and never seem to be able to progress as fast as I'd like to. No complaints here, though--the job is amazing, my family still speaks to me, and hey, I always wanted to learn to juggle!
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                        • #13
                          Vet school professor, researcher in infectious diseases and pony club vRS. Learned my limits early in the career and despite having horses most of the time (5 years off when my child came along), my personal competition career only just started as my available time and money went to my child's riding habit for many years! Life is great now as my home is 5 minutes from work and the horses are in the back yard. Since grad school I have had posted in my office a New Yorker cartoon that says "I just know I'm going to love horses all my life. That's why I'm planning to have a career in banking, insurance, and real estate." so you either need to be an equine professional or make enough money to enjoy being an amateur, so stay in school!


                          • #14
                            I'm a business/marketing analytics manager for a Silicon Valley startup. Involves doing lots of complex quantitative analysis, and then putting the results into a format that the "lowest common denominator" can easily understand. I also frequently act as a bridge between engineering groups and the marketing folks, because they speak two different languages and usually need someone to translate in both directions.

                            IMO, a tech career is the way to go if you have the aptitude for it- the pay is pretty darn good and the hours tend to be very flexible. I can show up whenever I want and leave whenever I want, provided I actually get some work done. What that mean is when the days get shorter, I ride in the mornings and go to the office around 9:30 or 10am, and in the summer I work from 7:30am to 5ish.


                            • #15
                              I'm a registered nurse. My previous career (pharmaceutical testing chemist) didn't make me happy and didn't really provide the time and the funds needed to show.

                              I love nursing and it's easy to get time off to go to shows. While I'm certainly not rich, I can afford to go to shows and take lessons without feeling I'm reaching into the last coins in my piggybank.

                              Training was two additional years of nursing coursework to get a BSN to add to my previous BA/Biology.
                              We need health care reform, not insurance reform. Health care for ALL!


                              • #16
                                Vet student here. In a year and a half I will be unleashed on the unsuspecting animal population! I am currently only part boarding due to time. I am also worried about the all to commonly heard remark "if you want to work on them you can't ride them".

                                I would love to further my riding once I am done, but it will probably have to wait until I am finished my internship and maybe a residency.
                                Show like you are #1, train like you are #2.


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by ponygrl:
                                  at the moment I'm a dirt poor pharmacy student. but in 3 1/2 more years plus 1 or 2 years of residency (depending on what specialty I decide on) I'll be done! and a pharmacist! It's another job where you can live where you want and there are so many options as far as hours go.
                                  I'm in pharmacy school too! Love the options I will have when I'm done (2.5 more years!). I basically just want to have the time to play with my horse and the $$$ to support my tack shopping addiction

                                  It sucks right now because I'm 2.5 hours away from my horse and I'm living in the city (which I'm not a big fan of). I don't get to ride too often (just when I go home on weekends, which is rare because I'm just too darn busy), but once I get through my Pharmaceutics exam tomorrow at 1:30 (!!!) I'll have a whole 3 weeks off to see him
                                  I love bald eagles..not because they have white heads...because they're delicious


                                  • #18
                                    Another nurse over here!

                                    I love what I do. The profession is rewarding, flexible and financially stable. I apply a lot of my nursing and medical knowledge to my horses and their care.

                                    I'll put a vote in for nursing for anyone who is considering the profession. It's a great career and we need more RN's out there!


                                    • #19
                                      I am a associate research scientist at J&J. It pays well, has flex time and is a very autonomous career. Also, the big companies will pay for (most or all) of your masters or PhD if you wish to continue you education!


                                      • #20
                                        I work in a law firm. I was an executive legal assistant for many years. When my ex-husband stopped working (after the warranty, of course), I had to go back to work - after taking 5 yrs. off to run my boarding/training business.

                                        I am currently working a weird night shift as a document specialist (fancy title for Word Processor) at another law firm.

                                        After half my life had gone by, I finally figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up and I am starting college in January.

                                        I am taking a 31 week accelerated course to become a Medical Laboratory Technician and will then go on to write my exam to specialize in phlebotomy. With a new cancer facility opening 10 mins. away from my home, job prospects are good. As well, an entry level position pays as much or more than I'm currently earning now.
                                        Founder of the Olde Farte Clique