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Work Experience Thread

Postby testmachine45 » Sat Sep 04, 2010 4:50 pm

What is everyone's work experience?

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Re: Work Experience Thread

Postby Marionberry » Sat Sep 04, 2010 6:06 pm

slangin rocks

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angiej
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Re: Work Experience Thread

Postby angiej » Sun Sep 05, 2010 4:40 pm

2 years as a hairstylist and then six years as a legal assistant (last 3 were as a paralegal). Though from what I've heard, legal-related experience is irrelevant. One could be a bartender or heck a lion tamer and still receive the same amount of soft as being a legal assistant affords (if anything).

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Re: Work Experience Thread

Postby jtb00711 » Sun Sep 05, 2010 4:46 pm

2 years and counting as a runner.

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Re: Work Experience Thread

Postby cowgirl_bebop » Sun Sep 05, 2010 4:47 pm

I only have summer internship experience while in school, but I did one summer in investment banking in Manhattan and 2 summers in government contracting in Arlington.

Oh, and I worked a register my freshman year at Dunkin Donuts. but nobody cares so I left that off, lol

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Re: Work Experience Thread

Postby St.Remy » Sun Sep 05, 2010 4:50 pm

jtb00711 wrote:2 years and counting as a runner.


You probably shouldn't mention your experience being a drug runner on your law school apps.

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Re: Work Experience Thread

Postby broker02 » Sun Sep 05, 2010 4:59 pm

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Re: Work Experience Thread

Postby St.Remy » Sun Sep 05, 2010 5:06 pm

broker02 wrote:Senate intern
Presidential Campaign State Deputy Director
Senate Campaign Deputy Communications Director
DNC/RNC (guess which?) Staffer
Chief of Staff, top-level state official


Bad part is, all that work probably doesn't matter any more than the hairstylist...


Having held similar positions to most of the above I can say that being a hairstylist probably takes much more skill and effort than everything you listed with the possible exception of being a Chief of Staff.

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Re: Work Experience Thread

Postby broker02 » Sun Sep 05, 2010 5:10 pm

It was by far my most challenging job - I was always the guy who had to be one step ahead of the official and the rest of the staff. Sounds good on a resume though, even though I don't put that it ate my life, much like my first ~10 years of law practice will.

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Re: Work Experience Thread

Postby RTFM » Sun Sep 05, 2010 9:19 pm

Kindergarten teacher.

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Re: Work Experience Thread

Postby merichard87 » Sun Sep 05, 2010 9:27 pm

Question to all of you:

I keep seeing that the experience itself doesn't matter much but I'm still not convinced. I'm going to be graduating in a year and essentially I will have to choose between an Engineering job or a Business/Consulting job. I'm more interested in the Business job but I'm afraid I would be expected to go with engineering since its more interesting on a resume. Is this true or can I take the Business job and be secure that it won't affect my cycle or future OCI's.

I only plan on having the job for a max of two years.

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Re: Work Experience Thread

Postby r6_philly » Sun Sep 05, 2010 9:31 pm

Personally I would go for the business job. Future advancement usually hinges on ability to manage and you gain more relavant experience on the business job. If your future goals involves staying in a technical capacity then the engineering job, if you want to advance to a managerial position business may be better, you will still have your educational background anyway. Just my opinion, since every job interview I have been on recently all cared about my management/business skills and experiences even though they were essentially technical jobs.

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Re: Work Experience Thread

Postby r6_philly » Sun Sep 05, 2010 9:36 pm

I guess I should disclose my experiences ITT

5 years non-profit afterschool outreach coordinator
3 year IT manager for high schools
10 years web/software engineer (5 years running my own consulting business)
Currently web manager for a print publication and working on a web start up.

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Re: Work Experience Thread

Postby merichard87 » Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:12 pm

r6_philly wrote:Personally I would go for the business job. Future advancement usually hinges on ability to manage and you gain more relavant experience on the business job. If your future goals involves staying in a technical capacity then the engineering job, if you want to advance to a managerial position business may be better, you will still have your educational background anyway. Just my opinion, since every job interview I have been on recently all cared about my management/business skills and experiences even though they were essentially technical jobs.


Well the engineering job would be manufacturing so theres a ton of management experience there. I'm just very bored with it at this point.

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Re: Work Experience Thread

Postby r6_philly » Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:21 pm

merichard87 wrote:Well the engineering job would be manufacturing so theres a ton of management experience there. I'm just very bored with it at this point.


Technical management isn't the same as strategic management, I guess you are bored with it because it is more or less repetitive work and you are just in the position to make sure it repeats correctly. If you take the business job hopefully you will be planning and help running the business, not its operations. A job is a job, I'd take whichever pays more, as long as you are comfortable doing either. If you are bored with the engineering job, I think there are more pros to take the business job.

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Re: Work Experience Thread

Postby merichard87 » Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:43 pm

r6_philly wrote:
merichard87 wrote:Well the engineering job would be manufacturing so theres a ton of management experience there. I'm just very bored with it at this point.


Technical management isn't the same as strategic management, I guess you are bored with it because it is more or less repetitive work and you are just in the position to make sure it repeats correctly. If you take the business job hopefully you will be planning and help running the business, not its operations. A job is a job, I'd take whichever pays more, as long as you are comfortable doing either. If you are bored with the engineering job, I think there are more pros to take the business job.


Cool. Thanks!




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