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View Poll Results: what option are you
class 1 under 40,000 25 25.25%
class 2 over 40 thousand but under 70 32 32.32%
over 70 thousand but under 100 21 21.21%
i make Nice cash over 100,000 21 21.21%
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Old 11-24-2008, 10:20 AM   #1
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Question What do you do, and how you got there?



Hey maxbimmer,

Im slaving away at school right now and i just wanted to start a Poll on what kind of job you have and how you got there?

with the kind of education you have and how much money you make

for example...

"I dropped out of highschool and became a plumber.. been doing it for 15 years..i make 50,000 a year

or "i have a Ph.D in human biology, been doing it for 10 years, studied at harvard medical school, i want to keep my income private but i make more then 100,000"

*mainly want to know how you guys got your E60's and E90's lolol

or if your a student tell me what your taking in school and poll and say how much you think youll make when you get out of school.

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Old 11-24-2008, 10:42 AM   #2
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might as well start i guess.

Graduated in January, Accounting.

Working as a Junior Auditor at a public accounting firm @ 45k. Still on my 3 month probationary period which will end January 31st, at which point I "may" be offered a full-time position with a salary increase (to what I dont know, probably needs to be agreed on) and benefits (medical, blah blah, whatever else they offer).
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Old 11-24-2008, 11:17 AM   #3
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I graduated in 2001 from York with a urban planning degree. Couldnt get a job with the city. Got a job with Caterpillar instead.....big yellow construction machines.....slaved away in the office for a couple of years 9-5 shit salary. I used to do the commision statements for the sales reps and im like, those fools make some serious cash. Put my hat in the ring for sales. Got the job, havent looked back. Broke away for a year to pursue mortgage brokerage......didnt really like it.

back to selling construction equipment with a different company. if you are confidant in your sales ability and the product is good, sales is the way to go. Commision FTW!
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Old 11-24-2008, 12:47 PM   #4
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Spent 4 years at Western having a good time and earning a degree that does nothing for me.

Since then, used my other skills with computers and now I'm working for HP doing data center management. Not a bad job, but boring as hell.... 9-5 desk job. I need a change of career, I'm sick of staring at computer screens. Still, the pay is pretty decent.
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Old 11-24-2008, 12:50 PM   #5
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Spent 4 years at Western having a good time and earning a degree that does nothing for me.

Since then, used my other skills with computers and now I'm working for HP doing data center management. Not a bad job, but boring as hell.... 9-5 desk job. I need a change of career, I'm sick of staring at computer screens. Still, the pay is pretty decent.
did you have any sort of education to show to someone that you are good in computers??? what did you take at western??
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Old 11-24-2008, 01:16 PM   #6
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I work as a Senior Network Admin. I took economics in University for 2 years but didn't see it all the way through. I have no formal computer education. I started out as a system builder for a VAR and changed paths towards a corporate environment. I am not second in command in the data centre that I work in and manage approx $50million worth of network gear and servers.
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Old 11-24-2008, 01:31 PM   #7
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did you have any sort of education to show to someone that you are good in computers??? what did you take at western??
Nope, no formal computer education... just years of experience.

I majored in film, with journalism on the side. Not much you can do with a Western film degree, let me tell you...
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Old 11-24-2008, 01:47 PM   #8
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I guess I'll chime in.

I started working for the Toronto Public Library when I was 16 as the low of the low making 6.85 an hour, with few part time hours about 6years ago. I slowly but surely built my senority, experience and knowledge, and have been slowly but surely moving up. I currently am still considered PT but do nearly full time hours, and as is fall under the lowish end of your "class" 2.
I am going to college for a Info. technician program that will allow me to up some more and add about 10-20K to my annual salary, and then i guess work from there...

What I have to say about my job? It is boring, but if you work at the right location, with the right people you can make it fun. I deal with assholes and people who think the world revolves around them everyday, so I need to be stern and by the book most of the time. I am in a lot of confrontation on a day to day basis about all sorts of things. I trhive on it.
The good thing about my job are the benefits, time off, sick days, etc. I also have a slim chance of getting fired or loosing money due to a slow time(like people on commission or in the private/corporate/w .e ) sector. I guess job security is what it falls under. I don't need to take my job home with me(mentally or physically) and I can;t say I am extremely stressed. I work shifts, so I do night and weekends depending on my schedule, but I don;t always mind it. It will be nice for when I have kids one day.

Is it my dream job, definitely not. I have become comfortable and do not see a need to change and start at the bottom again so I;ve decided to make a career out of it. Maybe do something on the side one day.
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can the people who make over 100 chime in??? i want to see how you guys got to were you are.
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Old 11-24-2008, 02:30 PM   #10
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can the people who make over 100 chime in??? i want to see how you guys got to were you are.
a lot of people who make over 100k spend a lot of time at what they do, with the bulk of the time remaining with their families. they don't have time for forum chats.
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a lot of people who make over 100k spend a lot of time at what they do, with the bulk of the time remaining with their families. they don't have time for forum chats.
So not you, then?
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So not you, then?
Not yet
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a lot of people who make over 100k spend a lot of time at what they do, with the bulk of the time remaining with their families. they don't have time for forum chats.
lol........although i definantly see your point, i have a couple of close buddies that are real estate agents making double that and sleeping in and drinking at bars every night. Once again, they got into the right selling market at the right time. there struggling now, but the ride was fun while it lasted
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Old 11-24-2008, 07:00 PM   #14
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a lot of people who make over 100k spend a lot of time at what they do, with the bulk of the time remaining with their families. they don't have time for forum chats.

Wrong!

Started school in 1984 for System Analyst could not get a job.
Worked at Procor as a welder making over $27,000 in 1985
1986 Worked as a roofer making over $35,000 per season
1987 Started work in my field making over $30,000
By 1994 I was making over $120,000

In 1998 opened a retail store selling computers and still maintaining my client base for system analyst making over $5,000 Yup the store was sucking me dry.

By 1999 my salary increased to $6,000, things were looking better
2000 over $150,00
2001 over $275,000
2002 over $300,000
2003 over $375,000
2004 I was bringing in $500,000
2005 over $250,000
2006 over $75,000 nothing new in our industry sales were going down hill.
2007 $0 had to pay employees and bills.
2008 Started trucking company My salary for next 2 to 3 years will remain at $0 All the money that the business makes goes back into the business.

These days you can make millions without university or college degree, however I do recommend that you stay in school.
Your income will depend on how hard you work and your drive to succeed. My average hours spent working for my store between 1998 and 2002 was in excess of 80 hours per week and I loved it. I started work around 3:00am and finished around 11:00pm
I would never go in a field by how much money you make. Always try to do what you love even if it pays less.
My current job I work sometimes 60 hours straight without sleep. I love what I do and I don't consider it as work at all. I have set a goal, however my wife thinks that I'm crazy.

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Old 11-24-2008, 02:42 PM   #15
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can the people who make over 100 chime in??? i want to see how you guys got to were you are.

i posted up my journey to 100............other than a professional, Doctor, lawyer etc. there is really no way to make 100g unless you own a business or are in a field were you get base salary plus commision plus car allowance and the product sells like hotcakes.

I was very lucky to get into selling construction machines at a time when the market was seeing its busiest time in history. I had a couple of 100G years and a couple that were very close.

Will i make the same type of money going forward...........i highly doubt it. And that's why as a person with 5 years plus of account management experience i have to find the next big product during the downturn and get a job in that industry. that is what i am currently looking into!

Mind you throughout this time i was also doing mortgages which gives you some extra income. For some people the key is to do two or three different manageble activities at the same time. I am a firm believer in commision....FTW. If you work hard you will get paid......the harder you work the more you make
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