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    If you do work full time, what do you do for a living, and do you enjoy it? if you could would you change it, and what would you change to? i am currently staring at the fork in the road and trying to figure out which path to take.
    Josh S.
    T6 complete as of 7/17/03

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    Programmer...System Analyst...Computer Wizard...

    Enjoy it? Usually. I talk to computers well. Its the people I have problems with...

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    • #3
      I'm a professor at a public university. I love it. I get to hang around college kids and I only have to be on campus about 20 hours a week for less than 8 months out of the year.

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      • #4
        I work in a hedge fund that does algorithmic trading using artificial intelligence. Before my accident I was more management oriented, after my accident I have switched to more of an individual contributor role. In simpler words I spend more time doing analysis and writing code and less time talking to people. For someone in a wheelchair I can't think of a better job.

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        • #5
          I am CEO of GO! Mobility Solutions. I enjoy it; it's very rewarding, although it's definitely not as much fun as my 10 years living on the beach in paradise, in Mexico!
          Rick Goldstein
          GO! Mobility Solutions
          facebook.com/goes.anywhere

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          • #6
            I'm an architectural draftsperson. Not a bad job for someone in a chair. Measuring up houses for extensions etc. has never really been a problem for me because most of the clients i get either supply detailed measurements and photos. If not I hire a buddy to do it or if the house is pretty easy to get around my wife and i will do a measure up. I've got some good contacts and stuff and all the permits, engineering and energy ratings are outsourced. I love it, but the building industry is changing over and above the current slump we are experiencing here in aussie.

            Sadly, new house work is lessening every year now since a number of big franchise builders are building package homes on my patch. Fact of life though, might be time I began looking for another challenge...t8burst's job sounds interesting actually.

            What do you do at the moment, or did you do prior your injury josh?.
            "The problem with self improvement is knowing when to quit." "Diamond" David Lee Roth.

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            • #7
              well i was injured the summer after i received 2 associate degrees. a year after my accident i got back in college and finished my bachelors degree at oklahoma state university. i went for recreational therapy but the people at the hospital during my internship wouldnt sign me off to do it because they said they didnt feel i was safe enough with the patients. they wouldnt dare say it was because of my wheelchair. so i am a rec therapist minus getting the internship signed off and taking my test. i did have enough hours to graduate with a university studies degree

              I have worked at at&t as a retail sales consultant, a trucking company as a broker/CSR, and a staffing specialist for a staffing agency helping people get jobs. my problem is, i am tired of working at jobs i dont care for. I want to do something i enjoy going to every day. i would love to work with people like us somehow, or some type of disability awareness. i would also love to start my own company, but not sure what i can up and going in my city of approx 48k people.
              Josh S.
              T6 complete as of 7/17/03

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              • #8
                I teach in an international college, 16-18 year old students, with about 75 nationalities represented in a total of 360 students. The paperwork drives me nuts but the variety in the students is really stimulating and the holidays are good.

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                • #9
                  I'm a software project engineer for an aerospace company. I manage teams of programmers working on a variety of projects. Like t8burst, I'm now looking to transition to more of an individual contributor role so that I can work more flexible hours. My career has been mostly desk work, but I have gotten to work operations on several missions, which involves travel and shift work. On the whole I enjoy it a great deal - I love the mental stimulation and being part of very nifty projects.

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                  • #10
                    I am a computer programmer for a benefits consulting firm. I do like it most days, but I feel my ideal job would be something that involves sports. That is when I am most happy...playing or somehow coordinating a sporting event. However, the programmer job pays the bills and gives me insurance, so I cannot complain.
                    "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot nothing's going to get better. It's not." - Dr. Seuss

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                    • #11
                      I run a portfolio accounting firm (part of the investment mgmt world) I like my job and my disability really has never been an issue although I have seen others get hit with responses that seem discriminatory.

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                      • #12
                        I am a Medical Social Worker, currently working for a dialysis clinic as the Nephrology Social Worker. I recently went back to school to finish up my BA and MSW (master's of social work) when I was laid off 3 times in the mortgage field begining in 2007. When I was laid off I went on SSDI and went back to school. Now I am working to get my license and hopefully can work at a local hospital with a large rehab facility such as Santa Clara Valley Med Center, Kaiser Vallejo, Children's Hospital, or Stanford. I wnat to be a Rehab social worker and assist others in overcoming their illness/disabilities. I find my career to be very rewarding.
                        http://www.adaptivesportsforums.com/

                        I love sports! Wheelchair Basketball, Sled Hockey, Mono-Skiing, and Handcycling.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by outkastsl View Post
                          When I was laid off I went on SSDI and went back to school. Now I am working to get my license and hopefully can work at a local hospital with a large rehab facility such as Santa Clara Valley Med Center, Kaiser Vallejo, Children's Hospital, or Stanford. I wnat to be a Rehab social worker and assist others in overcoming their illness/disabilities. I find my career to be very rewarding.
                          Don't rule out the VA. Federal employment has some major advantages. There is a SCI Center at the Palo Alto VAMC, and they also have a large TBI Center, as well as a general rehab unit (stroke, amputation, etc.).

                          (KLD)
                          The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                          • #14
                            I am retired now, but I did work as an investment adviser managing investments for individuals.
                            Tom

                            "Blessed are the pessimists, for they hath made backups." Exasperated 20:12

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
                              Don't rule out the VA. Federal employment has some major advantages. There is a SCI Center at the Palo Alto VAMC, and they also have a large TBI Center, as well as a general rehab unit (stroke, amputation, etc.).

                              (KLD)
                              I forgot to mention the VA. I did my second year field practicum for my MSW at Palo Alto VA SCI/D unit. I would love to go work there again and I do keep in touch with my supervisors/managers there. Unfortunately the SW department that oversees the SCI/D unit is hard to work for. I shadowed in the Poly-Trauma unit and that was a great experience. Poly-Trauma serves Vets with multiple trauma's such as TBI, SCI, and Amputations. I would really like a job in that unit.
                              http://www.adaptivesportsforums.com/

                              I love sports! Wheelchair Basketball, Sled Hockey, Mono-Skiing, and Handcycling.

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