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I was wondering if anybody in their respective careers could take the time in answering these questions as best as they can...

Updated Poway, California

The reason I'm doing this is because I'm curious, I love learning about different people and their backgrounds and what their careers are like!
1.)Where do you work? (Provide a name of the company and a description)

2.) Number of years working in this career?

3.)What exactly is your career? What do you do? (Provide your position/title and a

brief description of your responsibilities)

4.)What do you like most about your job?

5.)What do you like least about your job?

6.) How did you become interested in this career?

7.) What education and training are necessary for this job?

8.) What is most challenging about the job?

9.) What types of personality traits or skills are most helpful in this career? Why?

10.) What are some of the benefits and “perks” of this job?

11.) Approximately how many hours a week do you work?

12.) What is the approximate salary range for this job?

13.) Would you recommend this job? Why or why not? #computer-software #business #engineering #medicine #science #design #architecture #aerospace #financial-planning #career-details #personal-development

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Joe’s Answer

Updated Nashville, Tennessee

The reason I'm doing this is because I'm curious, I love learning about different people and their backgrounds and what their careers are like!

  1. Where do you work? Dell EMC - Dell EMC is an American privately owned multinational computer technology company based in Round Rock, Texas, United States, that develops, sells, repairs, and supports computers and related products and services.
  2. Number of years working in this career? 13
  3. What exactly is your career? What do you do? Enterprise Product Technologist providing solution design support for Dell America’s. Extensive coordination with customers, Product Group, Deployment, and Technical Support to insure positive customer experience. Storage infrastructure solutions ranging from $50K to $5M.
  4. What do you like most about your job? Work flexibility, constant learning to maintain proficiency, and identifying solutions to complex problems.
  5. What do you like least about your job? At times it can be slow
  6. How did you become interested in this career? Position became available and I applied
  7. What education and training are necessary for this job? Knowledge of data storage solutions
  8. What is most challenging about the job? Keeping current on technology changes
  9. What types of personality traits or skills are most helpful in this career? Why? Need to be someone who is self-motivated, able to work unsupervised, and the skills to interact with people.
  10. What are some of the benefits and “perks” of this job? Learning the cutting edge technologies as they relate to business enterprise solutions.
  11. Approximately how many hours a week do you work? 50
  12. What is the approximate salary range for this job? $100,000+
  13. Would you recommend this job? Why or why not? Sure…great environment, constantly changing environments, working with people all over the world.

Andrei’s Answer

Updated New York, New York

1.)Where do you work? (Provide a name of the company and a description) Flexjet LLC, a fractional ownership for private/corporate jets, VIP transportation 2.) Number of years working in this career? 24 years 3.)What exactly is your career? What do you do? (Provide your position/title and I am the Chief Inspector for an aircraft repair stations. We provide aircraft maintenance for our fleet of aircraft. 4.)What do you like most about your job? I love airplanes, there is something immensely satisfying about watching an aircraft that you worked on all night, start and take off into the wild blue yonder. 5.)What do you like least about your job? It is a thankless job, you get treated like a grease monkey. When a plane lands, passengers sometimes clap for the pilots, no-one ever claps for the mechanic that spent all night making sure that airplane is perfect. Also the responsibility, if you make a mistake, you can seriously affect someone's life or lives. 6.) How did you become interested in this career? In kindergarten, there was a Mig-17 that flew over, and instantly I knew that I wanted to be in aviation. I started to read, learn, watch movies, build models, take flying lessons, go to airshows, joined clubs and select schools that advanced my knowledge and got me involved with aircraft. 7.) What education and training are necessary for this job? There are different ways to become an aircraft mechanic. You can join the military, you can go to a school and get your licenses, and some might just start working around an airport and go into an apprenticeship. The Federal Aviation Administration spells out the minimum amount of training required to obtain a license. 8.) What is most challenging about the job? Aircraft tend to be very complex machinery and not very forgiving to mistakes. A lot of the times you just get "this does not work", and then you have to figure out if its really a problem and how to fix it. 9.) What types of personality traits or skills are most helpful in this career? Why? You have to love airplanes, be mechanically inclined, and be very detail oriented. Airplanes are constantly advancing with technology and you have to keep up. Missing a small detail, could get someone killed. 10.) What are some of the benefits and “perks” of this job? You get to work with some really cool technology. Most airlines have flight benefits and you can travel for free anywhere the airline flies. 11.) Approximately how many hours a week do you work? 40 hours 12.) What is the approximate salary range for this job? This varies greatly based on company, location, type of aircraft and fleet size, your experience, licenses, etc, etc. I started with $8.50 an hour just to get my foot in the door and now I'm making a comfortable low 6 digit salary. My friend is making $200K per year taking care of 1 airplane for a Fortune 50 company. As you get to Directors, Presidents and CEO's, sky's the limit. 13.) Would you recommend this job? Why or why not? Well, that is a loaded question. I love my job, and there is nothing else I would rather do! If anyone shows interest, I would gladly encourage them to pursue their dreams. Having said that, knowing what I went thru and how long it took me to get to where I am, I urged my kids to seek other careers unless they are a 1000% sure that this is what they want to do for a living. I have seen people get involved with aviation for the wrong reasons, and they are miserable. Aviation is a tough field mentally and physically, you are under pressure, not always working in the perfect conditions, working odd hours, sometimes on weekends and holidays. You have to love it to understand it, and be able to give it what is required, there is no room for guess work.

Hope this helps, good luck Jennifer.

Andy’s Answer

Updated San Francisco, California

1.)Where do you work? (Provide a name of the company and a description) Zynga, makers of online and mobile games including the FarmVille franchise, Words With Friends, Zynga Poker, and CSR Racing.

2.) Number of years working in this career? 11+

3.)What exactly is your career? What do you do? (Provide your position/title and a brief description of your responsibilities) Principal Concept Artist. I work with our creative and design teams to create 2D illustrations and designs for characters, environments, creatures, and objects (pretty much anything and everything) that need to go into our games.

4.)What do you like most about your job? I enjoy the challenge of creating new and original concepts for our games that will be seen and enjoyed by millions of people. I also have a great group of coworkers with whom I collaborate.

5.)What do you like least about your job? We sometimes run up against technical limits that constrain what we can actually design. But that's also a challenge in and of itself.

6.) How did you become interested in this career? Ever since I began playing video games as a kid, I knew that I wanted to be involved in the industry. My father taught me some of the basics of drawing and later I pursued a formal art education.

7.) What education and training are necessary for this job? While a college degree is not necessary, it is very helpful to have that formal education and training. It gives you the tools to be versatile and to hit your deadlines. Learning the foundations of art (color, composition, aesthetics, perspective, anatomy, etc.) is very important for this profession. Additionally it is pretty much a requirement these days that you are familiar with digital illustration techniques (Wacom tools for input and programs like Adobe Photoshop).

8.) What is most challenging about the job? The most challenging part of the job is to come up with new and unique designs that work within the art style for the game and also are technically achievable. It's also important to note that the video games industry is one of the most collaboration heavy art fields and so being able to work well with others is very important as well.

9.) What types of personality traits or skills are most helpful in this career? Why? Being a good team player and still maintaining a strong voice are important. You need to be able to work well with others while still making sure that your opinion is heard and respected. Being able to think creatively and work quickly are also very helpful.

10.) What are some of the benefits and “perks” of this job? The main benefit of this job is that you get to create art everyday. It's challenging but very rewarding at the same time. Playing video games for research purposes is also a nice perk.

11.) Approximately how many hours a week do you work? It can vary depending on the state of development of the project. I've worked 80-90 hours per week for months when trying to hit a deadline but I've also worked more normal 40-50 hours per week.

12.) What is the approximate salary range for this job? The salary range can vary pretty widely. I would say that for entry level positions you would be looking at anything from $40-70,000/year depending on the company and the location. The high end can be in the upper $150,000+ and higher if you become and art director or a well known artist.

13.) Would you recommend this job? Why or why not? I would highly recommend this career path. It is creatively challenging and fun. The benefits can be great. There are challenges, of course. You'll need to have a thick skin, you'll receive a lot of feedback and criticism but if you're open minded those critiques will help you to become a better artist along the way.

Angela Theresa’s Answer

Updated New York, New York

[The reason I'm doing this is because I'm curious, I love learning about different people and their backgrounds and what their careers are like!]

1) Where do you work? (Provide a name of the company and a description)

I am self-employed or freelance. I work where the work takes me: Acting/Singing--any theatre of a play or musical I audition for a role and the director casts me.

I also work at parties and on the phone as a spiritual advisor (psychic, medium and Law of Attraction and past life meditation).

2.) Number of years working in this career?

I have been in theatre most of my life; although in between I have done secretarial work. I would say over 45 years.

3.) What exactly is your career? What do you do?

(Provide your position/title: Actor/Singer/Spiritual Counselor and Writer.

and a brief description of your responsibilities: Performing on stage, tv or film. Helping people with past, present, future and their passed on family/friends. * Writing true or fiction stories and articles for on-line, books, stage plays and screenplays.

4.) What do you like most about your job?

I love performing; helping people laugh and find they are not alone. They can change their life with positive beliefs!

5.) What do you like least about your job?

Sometimes a lot of hours rehearsing or filming; and even if you're really tired...you must keep going.

Also, jobs can be few and far between--and so, may run low on money.

6.) How did you become interested in this career?

As a very young child, I told my parents I wanted to be on tv, pretend to be other people.

7.) What education and training are necessary for this job?

The more you experience life, and being great in seeing/knowing what it's like to be these people; is fantastic. Finishing school is important as you will need strong reading skills for auditions.

There are specialty colleges, and colleges with well-respected acting (theatre) programs. Also, a strong education gives you something to utilize in between acting jobs.

8.) What is most challenging about the job?

The millions of talented people who want the same thing. And the long breaks between jobs.

9.) What types of personality traits or skills are most helpful in this career? Why?

Outgoing personality; ability to show emotions; strong reading skills; good memory.

10.) What are some of the benefits and “perks” of this job?

Depending on what area you concentrate on from theatre or tv/film. Theatre is usually night work and two hours, give or take, a night. A group of friends that feel like family; fun people; and immediate applause.

TV/Film can pay extremely well, depending on how much work you get. You can do something over if you mess up. You may have you're own hairdresser/costumer and good food (called "Craft Services")

Both can include paid travel to anywhere in the world!

11.) Approximately how many hours a week do you work?

It depends a lot. Theatre will be four to six weeks of rehearsal, and those can be two to six hours depending of level--school/church theatre; community theatre and up to Broadway and touring to cruise ship to Theme Park shows.

TV/Film can also vary depending on level, too. In the professional arena (not student, web series etc)--network tv and high budget films you are paid quite well for the hours. It can be 4-to-15 hours on shooting days. Luckily, in professional union shows, an actor must be given 8-hours between days to sleep.

12.) What is the approximate salary range for this job?

They vary, also, from level to how often you work and can be "nothing". At the professional level, it can be $200 per week to $4,500 per week in professional theatre (average, for non-famous actors would be $200 to around $2,000 for week).

TV/Film can also be "nothing" at the non-union level or $50 to $500 per project. Union, professional is so diverse, there is something called "Union Scale" which is the very minimum that must be paid; based, usually on the size of the role.

The "Friends" cast became so popular--they ended up with over one million dollars per week. They began, before they were famous, at about $5,000 per week. A tv series is from 10 to 13 weeks on average per season.

In the 1990's, an actor friend (non-famous) in his first role in a film, received $30,000. Current scale for guest on a tv series (non-celebrity) is between $4,000 to $10,000.

13.) Would you recommend this job? Why or why not?

Only if you really love it and can handle more "no's" then yes. Also, you will spend time doing other things--day jobs (restaurant, office jobs, etc)--with no guarantee of a lucrative career.

I love it and cannot ever give it up. So, if you have a passion for acting; then yes, I recommend it.