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<p>What's your family's business/trade, if they have one?</p>
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<p>For example, my father is a librarian. My brother has become one.</p>
<p>My mother was in construction and later, labor compliance laws regulation. I'm starting to get involved with that. Maybe.</p>
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<p>Both parents have been retired for a while, so it doesn't seem (I hope) like there's any nepotism going on. They never said "you must be a librarian or labor compliance regulator!"</p>
<p>But having my last name sure does help with getting my library late fees waived.</p>
<p>Plus, my uncle's side are all firemen. That's their trade.</p>
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<p>Anyway, is there a trade or line of work that's common in your family and are you part of it? Why? Why not? How did my brother and I morph into our parents? Is this a bad thing? No. They're good people.</p>
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<p>My dad has owned a poultry farm for about 25 years. Before that, he was a salesman and sales manager for a major apparel manufacturer. I've considered stepping into the farm at some point.</p>
 

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<p>family business for the past 75 years has been plumbing supply, though almost obsolete with Home Depot and Lowes.</p>
 

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<p>Higher ed has gradually become the family profession.</p>
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My dad was in higher ed at the tech/community college level from 1971-1997 when he retired, first as a teacher then as an administator.</p>
<p>My mom was in higher ed at the tech/community college in charge of the student health services from 1984-2003ish when she retired.</p>
<p>My sister has worked as an admin asst at the tech/community college level (and for a brief time at the university level) for a while, don't recall when she started but sometime around 2001-2002 maybe?</p>
<p>My brother has been a theatre professor at a university since 2007.  His wife also works at the university in various roles.</p>
<p>I have worked in academic advising at a university since 2003.</p>
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<p>For my sibs and I, the higher ed stuff is something we fell into after working in other jobs.  We have 4 other sibs who don't work in higher ed, and their career interests are varied.</p>
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No way.</p>
<p>Is this an obscure movie quote?<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Sputnik</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69715/the-family-business#post_1938502"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Mercenaries - I come from a centuries long line of mercenaries.</p>
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No way.</p>
<p>Is this an obscure movie quote?<br>
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No.  Just me being goofy as there's not really a  "family business".  Though, maybe I should consider a career in writing obscure movies.</p>
 

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<p>My dad was a plumber for many years.  He retired, then decided to teach plumbing for a few years.  Now he's retired again.  One of my sisters took plumbing in school and thought she might go into that business but didn't.  Now she and her husband have their own landscaping company.  Their two sons work for them.  One of my nephews is becoming very well known for his work with them.</p>
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<p>My mom runs a food bank/community kitchen.  Although I worked for her some summers in university, I didn't go into that field.  I do volunteer with her often, though.  My other older sister works sometimes with mom and sometimes with my landscaping sister.</p>
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<p>Younger sister works in retail.</p>
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<p>And the youngest is currently in university doing her business degree. </p>
 

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<p>my father's father was the first in the family NOT to be a stonemason since apparently forever.  There's some bridge in Italy with the family name and a date of 1590 or some such.</p>
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<p>I've never once considered it as a line of work.  I have periodically considered throwing rocks at annoying people.  I blame genetics.</p>
 

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<p>My dad's side of the family was from upstate PA.  My father was the first one to NOT work in the mines, or be involved with coal mines in any way.</p>
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<p>My mother's family came from Delaware, and were not migrant farm workers, but, from the late 1600s through the late 1800s, lived, and worked on a farm, but did not own them.   Same farm.  All the 200 or so years. I can't recall the term.  I know its not migrant, since they obviously did not move.</p>
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<p>My generation has been involved in education and health care.</p>
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<p>My father, grandfathers, great-uncles, some uncles, some great-great uncles were all employed by railroads.  I swore I wouldn't be.  One headhunted me and I worked for that one for 8 years or so.  I moved away to another city and ended up working for another railroad.  It is in the blood.</p>
 

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<p>My family history is in the navy, my siblings and I are the first not to go to sea.</p>
 

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<p>Wierd, it ate my post.</p>
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<p>ok, Professions in my family.</p>
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<p>Grandpa on Dad's side:</p>
<p>Nuclear Physicist at the National Lab in Los Alamos</p>
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<p>Grandpa on Mom's side:  Mail Man</p>
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<p>Grandma on Dad's side:  Worked for the Red Cross and the Republican Party</p>
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<p>Grandma on Mom's side:  Home-maker</p>
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<p>Dad:  He was a CFO until he retired early to stay home and help rear my children</p>
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<p>Mom:  Corporate Secretary for her Brother's Construction Company.</p>
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<p>Uncle on Dad's side:  Attorney</p>
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<p>Aunt on Dad's side: Retired teacher </p>
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<p>Brother:  He was a CPA until he became a Catholic Priest</p>
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<p>Me:  Banking.</p>
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<p>My profession and my Dad's are related, but not exact.  No one has aspired to my Grandpa's level, however.</p>
 

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Maybe....</p>
 

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<p>medical school wouldve eaten me alive, so no family business for me.  I became a lowly psychologist instead <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad5.gif" title=""></p>
 

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<p>  My dad's side of the family have been farmers in different parts of the country. The one exception in my direct line was my grandfather, who for several years back in the 20's and early 30's was a rig builder on the big wooden derricks in the California oil fields. He had no fear of heights well into his 70's, and wielded a very effective and efficient hammer all of his life (although he preferred to use a hatchet).</p>
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<p>  My mom's dad was fairly restless for much of his life, but finally settled down to run a roofing business in Phoenix. I really don't know anything about the previous generations in her family.</p>
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<p>  I come closest to following in the footsteps of my uncle, who was my dad's college roommate. He was a PhD electrical engineer who taught at Oregon State for many years. I'm a PhD chemical engineer who has taught at the university level before, and who is now working in the microelectronics support industry.</p>
 
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