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Old 07-25-2014, 04:58 PM
 
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I've posted this previously in other threads but the best job I ever had was being a stripper. (after retirement age 47-57) I made a ton of money and had so much fun!! I wish I had known about this profession as a young person - I would have never entered the normal work force and certainly would have made a lot more money in the end.
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Old 07-25-2014, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I've posted this previously in other threads but the best job I ever had was being a stripper. (after retirement age 47-57) I made a ton of money and had so much fun!! I wish I had known about this profession as a young person - I would have never entered the normal work force and certainly would have made a lot more money in the end.
I have read your posts before about that. From your observation, what is the normal age range among exotic dancers?
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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If I was going to college now, with an eyeball on a career, college might have something to do with drones (maybe photography/surveillance analysis), robotics or the Middle East (including learning a mid-Eastern language).
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Old 07-25-2014, 11:36 PM
 
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I've posted this previously in other threads but the best job I ever had was being a stripper. (after retirement age 47-57) I made a ton of money and had so much fun!! I wish I had known about this profession as a young person - I would have never entered the normal work force and certainly would have made a lot more money in the end.

You go girl!

It is super really refreshing to hear a fine woman like you unabashedly brag about your decisions and doing what you wanted. Good for you!
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Old 07-25-2014, 11:56 PM
 
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I've posted this previously in other threads but the best job I ever had was being a stripper. (after retirement age 47-57) I made a ton of money and had so much fun!! I wish I had known about this profession as a young person - I would have never entered the normal work force and certainly would have made a lot more money in the end.
As a stripper, did you get benefits, i.e. health insurance, SS, etc.?
Entering a career at 47, that would have been uppermost in my mind. I wouldn't have given a hoot about the clothes I would have had to wear or shed, and who saw me.
Men. I love 'em but despite growing up with 4 brothers and raising 2 sons, I am always surprised and somewhat disappointed at what dolts they are and how easy it is to manipulate them. If I had it to do over again, I too would have financially leveraged their weaknesses.

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Old 07-26-2014, 08:24 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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Obviously not all of us can be strippers, especially at the age of 47. Good on her, but not a very available career choice for many.

I had a great career in IT, software development. Starting in testing, then QA and Customer Support, ending up managing the programming department. It was not stress-free, but well-paid, and mostly lots of fun. Husband and I had the luxury of two 6-figure incomes for a few years, and enjoyed it! Now we're both retired, and doing well.
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Old 07-26-2014, 10:15 AM
 
Location: NC
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If you are looking for suggestions as to what career path to follow, I would suggest the following: DO WHAT YOU ARE GOOD AT. First consider your core competencies -- what are they? Are you good at math? Good at building things? Detail oriented? Good at designining things? Good at helping people out of a problem? Good at selling things? Make a list of what you and perhaps your friends think are your strengths. Then make a list of all of the careers that need someone with those interests/talents. Finally, cross off the careers that are illegal (LOL) or that are morally repugnant to you. Then, as you continue to develop your strengths through eduation or work experience, aim toward those careers that will normally lead you toward your goals.

Following your passion is okay for a hobby, but not for your career, unless you have the necessary strengths, education, and time to accomplish your goals as a life time target. For example, being passionate about video games will not get you anywhere, but being good at strategizing or having quick reaction times might help you in some aspect of business. I like a challenge and am very analytical, so I kept moving into more and more cutting edge science, just by being at the right place at the right time.
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Old 07-27-2014, 09:06 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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My wife and I were both political and legislative analysts for the state of CA. Being civil servants, the pay was never on a grand scale. My wife hated it as she'd been a midwife which she loved but she needed a steady income and health benefits for her two daughters whom she raised with no help whatsoever from their father, her former husband. I was a grade above her when we married in 1996 and our household income was in the low six digits. Six years later she had to take early retirement for health reasons. Thankfully, I promoted into management then promoted again so by the time I retired in 2008 the total income was upper five digits with her pension and my salary which was about. Thankfully again, but for the last year which prompted me to retire a few years earlier than originally planned, I enjoyed my job which was demanding, challenging and as enjoyable as working with, or against, politicians could be. We now live on almost double the area median household income and are comfortable.

In my opinion, job satisfaction trumps income as long as you make enough to meet your needs and provide for retirement down the road. Public service is about the last bastion of defined benefit pensions and is under attack. We're grateful that we locked ours in long before we retired and the healthcare benefits are unparalleled.

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Old 08-15-2014, 02:55 AM
 
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I've posted this previously in other threads but the best job I ever had was being a stripper. (after retirement age 47-57) I made a ton of money and had so much fun!! I wish I had known about this profession as a young person - I would have never entered the normal work force and certainly would have made a lot more money in the end.
stripper fun ? - brave girl - today's news was a girl in the UK saying 'don't worry about exams girls - you can always earn money getting your t.ts out' - scoring lots of flak in the process !
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Old 08-15-2014, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Tennessee at last!
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Environmental scientist, work is always interesting, salary with the government is about $100k a year, up to double that in private industry, but then you do not have the stability and government benefits such as a pension plan and savings plan like an ira with a 5 % match of your salary. Downside is it is government and the management and politics can get old, real old. I am at 27 years...3 to go to retire
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