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maybe a pilot would be a good job for someone with sa...that's what i want to do. at most you would be working only with one other person and you don't have to deal with customers and socializing like you would in an office/retail job. but sadly pilots don't make nearly as much as they used to
i thought greatly about this in the past...seems good for some thats for sure...i would be worried about having to anounce and introduce yourself to the cabin..not to mention having lives in my hands would make me a little anxious HA

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Hi Argamemnon

Formal journalism qualifications aren't necessary for magazine journalism - just a passion for a subject eg sports, wildlife, computers, fashion, history etc and the ability to write about it in an interesting way and from a new perspective.

I used to contact editors with ideas for articles for their magazines but these days they contact me.
I basically write about whatever they ask for - if they want 1000 words on the challenges currently facing small businesses in the UK and they want it by next Tuesday, then that's what they get!

Hope this helps - let me know if you want any more info.
Thank you griff, sounds really interesting!
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I am 27 with a BA in Anthropology, and I can't find a single job. I mean, I would be eligible for an insurance sells job or something, but my disability hinders me from direct contact with strangers. Although I loved the subject, anthropology (the study of people....hello) is not the best career preparation, and I feel I waisted my time. Now I'm considering going back to school for something like computer science, that is, if I could find a job when I'm done.
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I am 27 with a BA in Anthropology, and I can't find a single job. I mean, I would be eligible for an insurance sells job or something, but my disability hinders me from direct contact with strangers. Although I loved the subject, anthropology (the study of people....hello) is not the best career preparation, and I feel I waisted my time. Now I'm considering going back to school for something like computer science, that is, if I could find a job when I'm done.
...Well that's disheartening. I'm working on an Anthro BA now.
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Master Control Operator in TV production is quite a non-social job. It will drive you crazy though. Basically you operate a switchboard, computer software, and various hardware while watching television all day/night. You may have to answer phones depending on where you work I guess, but that's nothing. 99% of the time you are just forwarding the call to someone else. In places like a small news station, you work alone. At bigger stations or hubs you work with 1 or a few other people. Live shows are pretty fun too. The live show production crew comes in for an hour or two, and you sit back and do your thing. A lot of times funny things happen during the news too as things go wrong or people say say stupid stuff while their mics are hot. All that TV watching will drive you crazy though, so bring some books or a laptop.

Some other easy TV production jobs are running audio boards or cameras, or creating graphics. However, depending on where you work, you may or may not like the people you work with. Where I worked, everyone was awesome and basically just like me, minus the SA issues. I've applied to a station where I live now, and the crew are mostly older and more professional. They don't seem much like my type, but who knows. You hardly ever see them anyway.

Another job you might want to consider is construction. Experienced construction workers are paid well, you get lots of sun, and you don't have to worry about presentation and things like that.

I'm focusing on I.T. jobs at the moment, like technicians for casinos, so I can get some relevant experience to complement my I.T. degree. The good part about tech work is H.R. typically forwards your information to the Tech department who does the hiring. Techies are pretty notorious for being socially dysfunctional, so they are more understanding. They focus on your skills. Plus you are interfacing with computers mostly. The bad part though is I.T. degrees are pretty easy to get, and the I.T. field is flooded. Also basic tech jobs don't pay all that well. The better paying jobs are in computer science, systems & network administration, and I.T. Specialist.
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I am 27 with a BA in Anthropology, and I can't find a single job. I mean, I would be eligible for an insurance sells job or something, but my disability hinders me from direct contact with strangers. Although I loved the subject, anthropology (the study of people....hello) is not the best career preparation, and I feel I waisted my time. Now I'm considering going back to school for something like computer science, that is, if I could find a job when I'm done.
Not intending to sound mean but think about how much time you'd waste going back to school again (you're already 27) when others are out already earning a wage in the time it took you to complete your first course in Anthropology (which coincidentally had no career turns).. How do you survive with the added strain of SA?
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I have a degree and experience as a graphic designer, and I am planning to look for work doing that. Sometimes you can work "offsite" and work from home. In the past I've done contract work for clients, I worked on the jobs on my own at home, and that worked somewhat well for me.

I'm planning to stretch myself and try to work with other designers. Some situations I can handle really well, some are "triggers" for me. But this is my plan, for 2009, we're full steam ahead.

I just have to get my design book done, then I can start looking for work. But the design book's been in progress for years.

But soon! I am working on it. Gotta be soon, it will be done.

Also in the future it seems SA will become more widely recognized, and it likely will become easier to find ways to function with it.

I've thought about telling potential associates I have SA. But not sure. one therapist said I may find people willing to work with me as I'm comfortable (more independently) without needing to tell them I have SA.

There's jobs you can do that don't have alot of social contact. Truck driver is one, mail carrier, then there's things working with things, where you don't have much social contact. Gotta get to bed. I'm HSP I need my sleep! Landscape designer, gardener, researcher (?)
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Hospital Porters, you just basically push the beds, help patients to move over to another bed, send documents from one ward to another.

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I have always found it easier to work with things rather than people. Like a computer programer, work with mail, work with paperwork,etc.

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The best SA friendly job I had also was the easiest job I had and ever will.

I used to volunteer at an old people's home. (I am quite comfortable with old people). At night, legally, the rest home was required by law to have two care workers, but only one had to be qualified. So they hired an unqualified guy for this second position. When he went on holiday, I got offered the position for one summer.

So at around 6pm I went over there, spent the night there and came back home in the morning. That was it. Money in the bank (not that it was highly paid or anything, but it was decent pay for doing f*** all.

Except one night an old lady passed away in her sleep. And I had to be with her body while the other care worker rang for an ambulance. It wasn't scary or anything, I just felt weird that I didn't feel anything about it. I was kinda numb?? That was the second time I had had this reaction to a dead person. (The first time it was a person I knew and who cared about me, so it was a lot more disturbing to me that I didn't feel anything). Anyway apart from that even the job was sweet.
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actually eldercare would be a possible option, since right now the "babyboom" generation is all getting elderly, there's a good deal of opps to do live-in care, or visiting, and sometimes it doesn't require much training. Although it could be maybe just a short-term job, since the pay isn't very much.

Good side is some sweet moments with the older folks, bad side is yucky cleanup and sometimes dealing with cranky yuck behavior. Sometimes old folks just don't care if they're crabby.

But this is a good type of job for highly sensitive people, since we are good at being sensitive to others' feelings and needs, and caring, generally. We are well suited for this type of helping work.

I did live-in eldercare for someone's grandma for about a year, last year 2006-7. Unfortunately in the end I killed her, so there's the end of that job.

Ha. gotcha.

But seriously good short term possibility for work.
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Last summer I tried waitressing...what a disaster that was! My uncle got me the job or else I doubt they would have even hired me but for the two weeks I was there I was completely miserable because all of the customers and my coworkers would always comment on my shyness and how quiet I was and how that would not fly as a waitress etc. It was hell and I ended up quitting after 2 weeks. I am in school to be a teacher and am about to finish my student teaching...I love teaching...with the kids I am comfortable and they are the only ones I can get up in front of and not feel anxious. But I am scared about actually getting a job because I cant interview well and I am not sure if I principals are going to want a shy teacher....
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I wanted to do something medical, but with the least amount of patient interaction. I considered med school, physician assistant, and pharmacist. I believe pharmacy is the best path for me because you really don't have to interact with people all that much, and they ask simple questions that only take 5 seconds to answer anyway. It's mostly the techs (like me right now) that deal with the customers. It's a joke how easy the job is, plus there will always be a demand for pharmacists. I only have 5,487,102 years left to go, woo!
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yeah I think pharmacy would be good for SA'ers. I don't really know anything other than what I've seen when I go pick up my meds, etc, but my impression is it would be a comfortable situation.
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I am currently studying computer science. As much as some stereotypes are passed around, such as the lone man secluded down in the basement typing away without a care in the world, its not the case. It pretty much involves as much interaction as any other subject, however, you will be more likely to find more introverted people doing the subject. I find these people generally easier to talk to because they are more reserved and I feel more comfortable as I am also introverted and the same way. Jobs you can get with computer science such as software engineers or financial banking involves a lot of team work and interaction with fellow workers, plus stress
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I think jobs where a lot of networking or extra socialising is not required are best.

I find I am fine if I am playing a really clear role (like waiter) but then in the downtime I find it awkward having to socialise with other employees. Climbing the ladder at large companies you are obviously at a big disadvantage with social anxiety because how quickly you advance depends a lot on how much your superiors like you and know you.

I've had jobs that required almost no human contact whatsoever (like transcribing recordings) and I'm not sure they were very helpful for me. I think a job that gently pushes out your comfort zone is the ideal. Not sure what that would be, though.

I have a teaching qualification but not the courage to apply for work as a teacher. I am frightened of being the centre of attention.
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I have a degree and experience as a graphic designer, and I am planning to look for work doing that.
This is my dream job - graphic designer. However I am in software QA and does a bit of designing as a hobby. I recently decided that I should become a IT project manager in an effort to "face my fears". Bad move; I am not enjoying the job. So i am thinking of going back to QA
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I want to be a doctor so badly, but I could never talk to my patients. Maybe if I'm an ER surgeon I could avoid interactions because the patients will be unconscious.
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