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post #1 of 45 Old 11-07-2019, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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I was just wondering what occupation some of you have on here...I know I can't just pick a career just based on schedule, but I was wondering if some of you could steer me in the right direction. I'm really not a school person, I hate it. I would prefer to not have to go for a very long time. I also don't want to end up going and then never being able to go to races because I would have to work every weekend.
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post #2 of 45 Old 11-07-2019, 09:21 AM
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Look into the VoTech programs offered. What we all do will be based on many things not just education but experience and years on the job. Many arrange horses around work as work is what pays the horse bill. Paying the bills so that they can eat and be cared for comes before fun time.
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post #3 of 45 Old 11-07-2019, 09:24 AM
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Maybe look into trade jobs. Its not as much school and more hands on learning. With a trade job you can usually find work anywhere (as long as youre at least decent at what you do and WANT to work) and they pay very well! Post office also pays very well and no schooling involved. Lots of high paying jobs don't require school and can give you weekends off.

I myself am a dog groomer, I was trained by my mom and now have my own shop.
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Look into the VoTech programs offered. What we all do will be based on many things not just education but experience and years on the job. Many arrange horses around work as work is what pays the horse bill. Paying the bills so that they can eat and be cared for comes before fun time.
Is there any votech programs that involve animals/equine? I did not go for a vet tech because they really don't get paid much where I live.
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Maybe look into trade jobs. Its not as much school and more hands on learning. With a trade job you can usually find work anywhere (as long as youre at least decent at what you do and WANT to work) and they pay very well! Post office also pays very well and no schooling involved. Lots of high paying jobs don't require school and can give you weekends off.

I myself am a dog groomer, I was trained by my mom and now have my own shop.
Oh I thought groomers worked weekends?
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post #6 of 45 Old 11-07-2019, 09:42 AM
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Oh I thought groomers worked weekends?
I work Saturdays, I never said I didn't :) I do take off one Saturday a month though and then have off Sundays and Mondays. Other trade jobs don't always work weekends though. I don't HAVE to work Saturdays but I like having Mondays off and it helps some people that work during the week a lot to be able to come on a Saturday.
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post #7 of 45 Old 11-07-2019, 09:49 AM
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What types of things do you like to do? Do you like being on a computer? Working with your hands? Working with or without people?

Government jobs, healthcare jobs, and education related jobs are very stable; no matter what the economy does, most of those jobs will be protected. As long as you have a high school degree, most of these places have some type of job available. Governments have entry level jobs, healthcare places are always looking for a receptionist, and I'm not totally sure about education as I've been focusing on the other two.

If you like working with your hands, you could go into a trade, many of which pay really well once you gain experience. You could be a machine operator, a plumber, an electrician...there are plenty of options down that route.

If you would be willing to get an Associate's degree (2 years), other doors open, like being a Vet Tech, a Substitute Teacher, and any job that requires some sort of college education.
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evilamc has her own shop so sets her own hours. She has the years of experience as she worked under her parent and likely had the clientele to be able to get her basic needs met while building a larger list. As for Votech programs that are specifically fro animal care you'd just have to inquire. Any job is going to have a starting pay rate that is going to be lower than an established experienced worker. I'd say find something you really enjoy and plan your expenditures around starting pay. My son has been working under his BO for years starting with the very basics because of his age and built from there. By the time he graduates he'll have a resume that will put him at a higher rate than someone with no experience. He loves horses but also knows he needs to pay the bills so is in a welding program. Once he graduates HS and is eligible for certification (he'll graduate at 17 and will have to wait before certification) starting pay in our area is between $16 and $24 an hour. Hard, dirty work but he loves what he is doing. There really are no shortcuts. Even with an education starting pay can be low depending on the job.
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What types of things do you like to do? Do you like being on a computer? Working with your hands? Working with or without people?

Government jobs, healthcare jobs, and education related jobs are very stable; no matter what the economy does, most of those jobs will be protected. As long as you have a high school degree, most of these places have some type of job available. Governments have entry level jobs, healthcare places are always looking for a receptionist, and I'm not totally sure about education as I've been focusing on the other two.

If you like working with your hands, you could go into a trade, many of which pay really well once you gain experience. You could be a machine operator, a plumber, an electrician...there are plenty of options down that route.

If you would be willing to get an Associate's degree (2 years), other doors open, like being a Vet Tech, a Substitute Teacher, and any job that requires some sort of college education.
I have a computer job at the moment, it's not terrible but it is boring. I generally would prefer not with people but I really just need to figure out a job that will have a good schedule that would make decent money. I prefer to work with animals but I realize that probably won't be an option. Maybe something like HR or Payroll would be good for me if I can figure out how to get my foot in the door for that. I have considered nursing since nurses usually rotate weekends or work every third weekend, I just don't know if my anxiety could handle it.
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post #10 of 45 Old 11-07-2019, 10:24 AM
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I have a computer job at the moment, it's not terrible but it is boring. I generally would prefer not with people but I really just need to figure out a job that will have a good schedule that would make decent money. I prefer to work with animals but I realize that probably won't be an option. Maybe something like HR or Payroll would be good for me if I can figure out how to get my foot in the door for that. I have considered nursing since nurses usually rotate weekends or work every third weekend, I just don't know if my anxiety could handle it.
I would not be a nurse if you don't want to work with people. Nurses need to want to work with and help people, sometimes at their most vulnerable and painful of moments.

Working weekends isn't necessary for a lot of jobs - however, it seems to be a bit easier to get a 40-hour work week with a formal education.

I don't know your general location, but if there are factories nearby, you can get a desk job or work on the floor. I worked on the floor of an automotive factory for a summer, and did a lot of overtime, by choice. Made quite a bit of money, and didn't have to work on weekends unless I wanted to. Almost everyday I was asked to stay 4 more hours, but I could always say no if I hadn't something else to get done instead. If you prefer desk work, many of these factories have HR/Excel/general desk duty jobs available.
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