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Offline Matamelcan

Jobs or Degrees outside of Writing?
« on: November 20, 2015, 03:45:06 AM »
I haven't seen this one yet, and I'm curious what jobs people do?  I'm sure there's several of you that manage to write professionally, but I'm also certain most of us can't be that successful.  So lets talk!

Personally I'm a farm hand/high school student wanting to major in electrical engineering, as well as doing the Plumber trade and counseling in eating disorders. (I've had an eating disorder and I want to help spare others from the torture it is.)

What about you?
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Re: Jobs or Degrees outside of Writing?
« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2015, 09:55:41 AM »
wow you do lots :D

I just focus on Finance/Business Partnering.
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Jobs or Degrees outside of Writing?
« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2015, 10:26:56 AM »
I have a masters degree in Cultural Anthropology, Philosophy and pedagogical psychology and am working as the manager of an organic food super market. Life takes interesting turns sometimes. ;)
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Re: Jobs or Degrees outside of Writing?
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2015, 11:51:33 AM »
I'm a double major in theater and English for university.

I did a half year after uni in which I performed in a touring children's theater during the day and in "Fiddler on the Roof" at a dinner theater at night.

Then the children's theater made a bad business decision and I left, and the dinner theater figured out that "Yeah, no, he really can't dance and we can't teach him" so I didn't get cast in the next shows.

I needed to pay the bills so I went to work as an office clerk at a bank.

Ended up getting my masters in business, spent a bunch of years doing the same type of job as SBea. Now I work as a strategic planner and market researcher.

I still sing, I still do shows every (very) once in while, and now I write.  :D

I still can't dance.  >:(
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Re: Jobs or Degrees outside of Writing?
« Reply #4 on: November 20, 2015, 12:22:14 PM »
I left school and went straight into university to get my Honours in Sociology and Politics. I finished that in 2009, didn't really enjoy it massively. I did it basically because I felt I kinda had to - in Scotland higher education is free to first time students, so schools (and parents) tend to push kids into getting their degrees. Which isn't a bad thing, but in hindsight I feel I rushed/was rushed into it.

Throughout that I worked part-time for a supermarket and came out of uni to go straight into a full-time position there and quickly worked up the ladder to be a department manager. Did that for a couple of years and couldn't take it any more so I quit in 2011, got a generic office job (I was lucky it came up) working for a fabricator in the Oil & Gas industry (this is what I do now, and what I'm supposed to be doing as I type this) and decided to do a part-time second degree in History, my passion subject. When I left school I didn't have the grades to get into any history courses available, so settled for sociology. Biggest regret.

I finished that degree this summer - ended up doing it basically full-time alongside my full-time job, which was hard sometimes, but I loved the whole experience. Now planning to do my Masters from next September, quit my job and go full-time postgrad student (and maybe do a PhD...)

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« Reply #5 on: November 20, 2015, 02:00:42 PM »
I majored in Biology with the intention of going to med school.  I later met Organic Chemistry and decided I didn't want to go to med school anymore (along with a few other reasons).  I didn't find a subject I was interested enough to explore into grad school until my last semester senior year (Virology). 

Now just a bachelors in biology is pretty much useless.  You can't do anything really sciencey with it and are basically just a lab drone.  And actually it was hard to get a job as a lab drone as most of my biology classes and labs didn't actually give me the skills that corporate labs wanted and no one wanted to train anyone.  I bounced around at a few jobs and ended up landing at my current company about 8 years ago where I am currently a Project Manager and do nothing with my degree at all.

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Re: Jobs or Degrees outside of Writing?
« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2015, 03:02:49 PM »
i dropped out of college/university after my sophmore year -- computer science with a minor in fine art.  it was boring and moved too slow.

traveled around the u.s. bartending seasonally.

ended up co-founding a digital ad agency when the web came along in the mid-nineties.  (art + computers + working 9 months for free, yo!)

wandered into enterprise web and database development for sybase.

went to work for a friend who was starting an mmo game company on the tech team.

disney bought us for our technology.

now, my small-ish tech strike team inside of disney is kind of like the show the a-team and i'm basically face + murdock.   (if that makes a lick of sense)

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Re: Jobs or Degrees outside of Writing?
« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2015, 03:18:19 PM »
i dropped out of college/university after my sophmore year -- computer science with a minor in fine art.  it was boring and moved too slow.

traveled around the u.s. bartending seasonally.

ended up co-founding a digital ad agency when the web came along in the mid-nineties.  (art + computers + working 9 months for free, yo!)

wandered into enterprise web and database development for sybase.

went to work for a friend who was starting an mmo game company on the tech team.

disney bought us for our technology.

now, my small-ish tech strike team inside of disney is kind of like the show the a-team and i'm basically face + murdock.   (if that makes a lick of sense)

Tell Disney to get rid of Sofia (or at least make the kids learn a damn lesson every now and then) and bring back Kate & Min-Min.

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Re: Jobs or Degrees outside of Writing?
« Reply #8 on: November 20, 2015, 03:23:24 PM »
Writing has pretty much always factored into what I do professionally, though not always the creative kind.

From grade school I always played lots of videogames and read lots of genre fiction, and I started writing fiction in elementary school (finished my first novel in 6th grade, and my first game mod, for X-Wing, in 8th). Always loved writing fantasy/sci-fi stories and making videogames, but never assumed I could make a living doing it.

After high school graduation, I started college as a CS major (always enjoyed and been relatively competent at programming) but ended up switching after a year and a half because the advanced math (such as Calculus) was killing me. Still a decent programmer, but I'm mainly on the scripting side of things.

My other strength had always been writing, so after giving up on advanced math I changed to an English major with a certification in Technical Writing. ProTip: Technical writing is about the only thing you can do with an English degree that actually pays. Or you can teach, but we all know what kind of salary you make doing that. :)

I graduated with a B.A. in English and Technical Writing Cert, then went to work revising employee manuals and writing training documentation for large companies for about 6-7 years. It got old fast, but it paid decent. Eventually, I heard about The Guildhall at SMU (a trade school for game design) and decided I really wanted to do what I was passionate about for a living - making games. So I quit my well paying tech writing job, took out a VERY large loan for grad school which I'll be paying off for another 5-6 years (thanks, US education system!) and got a Masters Degree in Game Development (did a thesis and everything) with a certification in level design.

Shortly after, I got my first big game development job, where I've been since, making stuff you play. A few years after breaking into the game industry, I finally started selling a short story or two, and shortly after that had my first novel published by a super small press. That got me doing the convention circuit and connecting with other authors and editors. I had a few more short story sales, got the rights back to my first book, ran it through a new editor and re-released it as indie pub, and that's where I am today.

My job making videogames still pays for everything, of course. My author career remains a very, very obvious hobby, at least for the time being. But who knows! If I one day make enough writing to support myself, I might then flip things and let my writing career support development of my own games...
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Offline m3mnoch

Re: Jobs or Degrees outside of Writing?
« Reply #9 on: November 20, 2015, 03:33:20 PM »
Tell Disney to get rid of Sofia (or at least make the kids learn a damn lesson every now and then) and bring back Kate & Min-Min.

i'll see if i can get it on the docket.  we've gotta ship playmation v2 first.

speaking of, we just shipped hulk hands two days ago.  *nudge*  *nudge*  http://www.amazon.com/Playmation-Marvel-Avengers-Starter-Gamma/dp/B00Y8YO4IS/

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« Reply #10 on: November 20, 2015, 10:37:46 PM »
I left school at 16 (looking back this was probably my bipolar kicking off. Anyway)

Got most of the way through an OU degree in my thirties until ill health stopped me.

Technically atm I am a dry cleaner. But have been off work (mental health issues) for a while. It's doubtful I'll go back. I spent a lot of years in accounts so hopefully I can go back to that. I need something with less stress...
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Re: Jobs or Degrees outside of Writing?
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2015, 08:49:56 AM »
Just high school education (you can all tell  :) ) then straight to work
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Re: Jobs or Degrees outside of Writing?
« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2015, 11:05:25 AM »
Just high school education (you can all tell  :) )
No we can't. What's the difference? Don't put yourself down :)
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Re: Jobs or Degrees outside of Writing?
« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2015, 11:11:56 AM »
Just high school education (you can all tell  :) )
No we can't. What's the difference? Don't put yourself down :)
I think I've heard that going to college is not a guarantee of money, happiness or any damn thing. Being a great guy, though, is a guarantee of being a great guy.
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Offline m3mnoch

Re: Jobs or Degrees outside of Writing?
« Reply #14 on: November 21, 2015, 04:35:25 PM »
Just high school education (you can all tell  :) )
No we can't. What's the difference? Don't put yourself down :)
I think I've heard that going to college is not a guarantee of money, happiness or any damn thing. Being a great guy, though, is a guarantee of being a great guy.

right?!  there's no putting-down.  because...

*waves hand*

hellooooo...  no college degree here either!

and, following up on jmack's thought -- it just means you do things differently, but, unlike most, with passion.  which, in my opinion, is awesome.  so, that, of course, makes you awesome.

welcome to awesome, dawg!

 

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