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Fun / Interesting Jobs You've Had?
« on: May 18, 2017, 04:30:00 PM »
I'm just curious about the folks here...what sort of things have we done for a living?

I've had a few fun jobs...in addition to 21 years at a big company back east - ick!

Bartender in 2 different Irish pubs
Ran soundboard for little 3 piece old time rock & roll band
Dog sitter

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Fun / Interesting Jobs You've Had?
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2017, 07:12:20 PM »
I have been a fraud investigator for 10 years now...I specialize in financial fraud/embezzlement investigations and was trained in document authentication....so i can look at documents and tell pretty quickly if they are forgeries.

Before that...right after college I drove a box truck at Big Bend National Park in Texas for a season.


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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2017, 07:24:33 PM »
I worked at an Amusement Park, Sold Cowboy boots and now I collect royalties and have done it for 17 years

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« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2017, 07:43:32 PM »
I had a lot of fun being a barista, and the free coffee was a definite hit, but nothing compares to my job now. I FLIPPIN' LOVE BEING A DISASTER PROGRAM MANAGER!

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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2017, 05:15:55 AM »
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I had a lot of fun being a barista, and the free coffee was a definite hit, but nothing compares to my job now. I FLIPPIN' LOVE BEING A DISASTER PROGRAM MANAGER!
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« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2017, 06:02:59 AM »
Data Entry project of old (1660 to 1890) tax registers in Denmark for University.The interesting thing was it was written in gothic
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« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2017, 06:13:22 AM »
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very cool!

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Data Entry project of old (1660 to 1890) tax registers in Denmark for University.The interesting thing was it was written in gothic
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very cool!
Yeah, i'm so Lucky to have been part of this project.

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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2017, 06:06:24 PM »
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There are not enough kudo's in the world to offer you for your work!

No kudos necessary, I'm just thrilled that I get to do it!

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« Reply #9 on: May 19, 2017, 06:20:25 PM »
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I had a lot of fun being a barista, and the free coffee was a definite hit, but nothing compares to my job now. I FLIPPIN' LOVE BEING A DISASTER PROGRAM MANAGER!
There are not enough kudo's in the world to offer you for your work!

No kudos necessary, I'm just thrilled that I get to do it!
I feel that way about my current dog-sitting "career", but it's a bit diff from what you do for people!

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« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2017, 03:48:04 AM »
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I had a lot of fun being a barista, and the free coffee was a definite hit, but nothing compares to my job now. I FLIPPIN' LOVE BEING A DISASTER PROGRAM MANAGER!
There are not enough kudo's in the world to offer you for your work!

No kudos necessary, I'm just thrilled that I get to do it!
I feel that way about my current dog-sitting "career", but it's a bit diff from what you do for people!
What's the first 3 things you do Monica when a alarn call gets in?

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I had a lot of fun being a barista, and the free coffee was a definite hit, but nothing compares to my job now. I FLIPPIN' LOVE BEING A DISASTER PROGRAM MANAGER!
There are not enough kudo's in the world to offer you for your work!

No kudos necessary, I'm just thrilled that I get to do it!
I feel that way about my current dog-sitting "career", but it's a bit diff from what you do for people!
What's the first 3 things you do Monica when a alarn call gets in?

If you mean like a house fire, I get the details on the case - address, family name, how many adults, how many children, contact number, if the fire departments will need canteen support - and then I call the local caseworkers and get that info to them. Then I send a notice to my Volunteer Leadership Team, my boss, and some other staff members. Then I stay by the phone to send out further volunteers or supplies as needed by the team in the field. This is by far our most frequent activity because, nationwide, there is a home fire every 7 minutes. My territory averages 3 a week.

If you are talking about something bigger like a tornado or flooding, I make sure that we have shelters with staff ready to go if people are displaced, then I send out my damage assessment teams to get a read on the situation; areas affected, population, demographics, status of the utilities/roads/etc.

I send out the necessary notifications, and keep in contact with the local emergency management, mayors, county judge executives and partner agencies to see what they are doing and seeing so that we can coordinate response. Generally, the local officials will use our assessments because they don't have a lot of staff to do their own in some areas.

While all this is going on, I'll also be in contact with our regional staff to keep them up to date on activities and expenditures so that we can determine if we can handle the situation locally or if we will need to set up a disaster relief operation and bring staff and materials in. If it's a DRO, things can go many ways. Either I will be district director and will oversee direct services (sheltering, feeding, casework) or my disaster program specialist or volunteer partner will take over that position and I'll be moved to either Job Director or one of the Assistant Director positions, usually AD of Operations overseeing everything but Planning and Logistics. It just depends on how big it is and if it's more than just my territory. The bigger it is the more likely that I'll end up in the EOC in Louisville or mentoring other DPMs in their districts while my folks run things in the field. For smaller ones, I generally get to run things myself from Bowling Green.

That's when it's here in my home region, I often get deployed around the country to do various jobs like running Staff Services (that's getting people for a job, making sure they have hotels, and tracking them while they are on the operation, kind of like a travel agent and HR in one job) or running a district depending on what is needed.

I know that's probably way more than you were looking for, but I tend to get very Bono like when it comes to talking about disaster response. I can literally go on for days!

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I had a lot of fun being a barista, and the free coffee was a definite hit, but nothing compares to my job now. I FLIPPIN' LOVE BEING A DISASTER PROGRAM MANAGER!
There are not enough kudo's in the world to offer you for your work!

No kudos necessary, I'm just thrilled that I get to do it!
I feel that way about my current dog-sitting "career", but it's a bit diff from what you do for people!
What's the first 3 things you do Monica when a alarn call gets in?

If you mean like a house fire, I get the details on the case - address, family name, how many adults, how many children, contact number, if the fire departments will need canteen support - and then I call the local caseworkers and get that info to them. Then I send a notice to my Volunteer Leadership Team, my boss, and some other staff members. Then I stay by the phone to send out further volunteers or supplies as needed by the team in the field. This is by far our most frequent activity because, nationwide, there is a home fire every 7 minutes. My territory averages 3 a week.

If you are talking about something bigger like a tornado or flooding, I make sure that we have shelters with staff ready to go if people are displaced, then I send out my damage assessment teams to get a read on the situation; areas affected, population, demographics, status of the utilities/roads/etc.

I send out the necessary notifications, and keep in contact with the local emergency management, mayors, county judge executives and partner agencies to see what they are doing and seeing so that we can coordinate response. Generally, the local officials will use our assessments because they don't have a lot of staff to do their own in some areas.

While all this is going on, I'll also be in contact with our regional staff to keep them up to date on activities and expenditures so that we can determine if we can handle the situation locally or if we will need to set up a disaster relief operation and bring staff and materials in. If it's a DRO, things can go many ways. Either I will be district director and will oversee direct services (sheltering, feeding, casework) or my disaster program specialist or volunteer partner will take over that position and I'll be moved to either Job Director or one of the Assistant Director positions, usually AD of Operations overseeing everything but Planning and Logistics. It just depends on how big it is and if it's more than just my territory. The bigger it is the more likely that I'll end up in the EOC in Louisville or mentoring other DPMs in their districts while my folks run things in the field. For smaller ones, I generally get to run things myself from Bowling Green.

That's when it's here in my home region, I often get deployed around the country to do various jobs like running Staff Services (that's getting people for a job, making sure they have hotels, and tracking them while they are on the operation, kind of like a travel agent and HR in one job) or running a district depending on what is needed.

I know that's probably way more than you were looking for, but I tend to get very Bono like when it comes to talking about disaster response. I can literally go on for days!
What an incredible interesting and important job. It must be very stressful yet gratifying at the same time. Hats off to you and others who are in your line of work.

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I had a lot of fun being a barista, and the free coffee was a definite hit, but nothing compares to my job now. I FLIPPIN' LOVE BEING A DISASTER PROGRAM MANAGER!
There are not enough kudo's in the world to offer you for your work!

No kudos necessary, I'm just thrilled that I get to do it!
I feel that way about my current dog-sitting "career", but it's a bit diff from what you do for people!
What's the first 3 things you do Monica when a alarn call gets in?

If you mean like a house fire, I get the details on the case - address, family name, how many adults, how many children, contact number, if the fire departments will need canteen support - and then I call the local caseworkers and get that info to them. Then I send a notice to my Volunteer Leadership Team, my boss, and some other staff members. Then I stay by the phone to send out further volunteers or supplies as needed by the team in the field. This is by far our most frequent activity because, nationwide, there is a home fire every 7 minutes. My territory averages 3 a week.

If you are talking about something bigger like a tornado or flooding, I make sure that we have shelters with staff ready to go if people are displaced, then I send out my damage assessment teams to get a read on the situation; areas affected, population, demographics, status of the utilities/roads/etc.

I send out the necessary notifications, and keep in contact with the local emergency management, mayors, county judge executives and partner agencies to see what they are doing and seeing so that we can coordinate response. Generally, the local officials will use our assessments because they don't have a lot of staff to do their own in some areas.

While all this is going on, I'll also be in contact with our regional staff to keep them up to date on activities and expenditures so that we can determine if we can handle the situation locally or if we will need to set up a disaster relief operation and bring staff and materials in. If it's a DRO, things can go many ways. Either I will be district director and will oversee direct services (sheltering, feeding, casework) or my disaster program specialist or volunteer partner will take over that position and I'll be moved to either Job Director or one of the Assistant Director positions, usually AD of Operations overseeing everything but Planning and Logistics. It just depends on how big it is and if it's more than just my territory. The bigger it is the more likely that I'll end up in the EOC in Louisville or mentoring other DPMs in their districts while my folks run things in the field. For smaller ones, I generally get to run things myself from Bowling Green.

That's when it's here in my home region, I often get deployed around the country to do various jobs like running Staff Services (that's getting people for a job, making sure they have hotels, and tracking them while they are on the operation, kind of like a travel agent and HR in one job) or running a district depending on what is needed.

I know that's probably way more than you were looking for, but I tend to get very Bono like when it comes to talking about disaster response. I can literally go on for days!
What an incredible interesting and important job. It must be very stressful yet gratifying at the same time. Hats off to you and others who are in your line of work.
Thanx Monica for giving insight on your job. How do you stay calm?
I don't mind Bono like, it's a great storie and without you, your staff would not know a clue and people would get hurt. Amazing job!

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« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2017, 11:51:01 AM »
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I had a lot of fun being a barista, and the free coffee was a definite hit, but nothing compares to my job now. I FLIPPIN' LOVE BEING A DISASTER PROGRAM MANAGER!
There are not enough kudo's in the world to offer you for your work!

No kudos necessary, I'm just thrilled that I get to do it!
I feel that way about my current dog-sitting "career", but it's a bit diff from what you do for people!
What's the first 3 things you do Monica when a alarn call gets in?

If you mean like a house fire, I get the details on the case - address, family name, how many adults, how many children, contact number, if the fire departments will need canteen support - and then I call the local caseworkers and get that info to them. Then I send a notice to my Volunteer Leadership Team, my boss, and some other staff members. Then I stay by the phone to send out further volunteers or supplies as needed by the team in the field. This is by far our most frequent activity because, nationwide, there is a home fire every 7 minutes. My territory averages 3 a week.

If you are talking about something bigger like a tornado or flooding, I make sure that we have shelters with staff ready to go if people are displaced, then I send out my damage assessment teams to get a read on the situation; areas affected, population, demographics, status of the utilities/roads/etc.

I send out the necessary notifications, and keep in contact with the local emergency management, mayors, county judge executives and partner agencies to see what they are doing and seeing so that we can coordinate response. Generally, the local officials will use our assessments because they don't have a lot of staff to do their own in some areas.

While all this is going on, I'll also be in contact with our regional staff to keep them up to date on activities and expenditures so that we can determine if we can handle the situation locally or if we will need to set up a disaster relief operation and bring staff and materials in. If it's a DRO, things can go many ways. Either I will be district director and will oversee direct services (sheltering, feeding, casework) or my disaster program specialist or volunteer partner will take over that position and I'll be moved to either Job Director or one of the Assistant Director positions, usually AD of Operations overseeing everything but Planning and Logistics. It just depends on how big it is and if it's more than just my territory. The bigger it is the more likely that I'll end up in the EOC in Louisville or mentoring other DPMs in their districts while my folks run things in the field. For smaller ones, I generally get to run things myself from Bowling Green.

That's when it's here in my home region, I often get deployed around the country to do various jobs like running Staff Services (that's getting people for a job, making sure they have hotels, and tracking them while they are on the operation, kind of like a travel agent and HR in one job) or running a district depending on what is needed.

I know that's probably way more than you were looking for, but I tend to get very Bono like when it comes to talking about disaster response. I can literally go on for days!
What an incredible interesting and important job. It must be very stressful yet gratifying at the same time. Hats off to you and others who are in your line of work.

It is an incredible job and I honestly can't believe that I'm allowed to do it. It's amazing!