What's Your Line? How did you Start? Why Does it Make You Fly?

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  1. jbcarioca
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    During the last few days i have realized the incredible variety of occupations here on MilePoint and the fascinating ways people began their careers and became Frequent Flyers.

    I managed to live in a fair number of countries and traveled almsot everywhere, but I have had a succession of uninteresting jobs. My first flight for work was from SFO to MNL when I was 20, several careers back, as a HR staffer. I have traveled for work ever since as a banker, consultant, aircraft charter operator and investor. Not too interesting when...

    Here on MilePoint we have: 1) voice over artists; 2) special effects creators; 3) Racing organizers; 4) hot sauce purveyors; 5) stone cutters; 6) frequent flyer bulletin board creators and the list goes on. I will not name any of the above, that is for them to do.

    Please share your stories here. Especially how you started and how you began frequent flying.
     
  2. Jubileesmom
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    I guess I started when I came out here to visit "penpals" I had when I was young. Long story, but I eventually moved out west. At that point, I also started flying back home off and on to visit family and all of that. I have still also been visiting other friends I met through penpalling. Have had a few work flights that I attempted to change to my airline of mile points choice at the time and came across Flyertalk and now here at Milepoint. Meeting even more people who are more skilled at getting the most miles for their buck etc., etc. ---- I continue on. Thinking right now I am more devoted to the miles game than I ever have been though, after meeting up at Do's and here on the boards with fellow folks going about the game of flying for whatever reason:D I just wish work would provide more $$$ for my traveling habit and less stress and a better schedule. LOLOLOL
     
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    Good question.

    Although I'm an historian by training (dissertation: Religious Freedom in the Habsburg Hereditary Lands - any questions?), I founded a small research firm, Basex, that focuses on what we call "knowledge economy issues," loosely defined as the challenges knowledge workers (that would be us) and companies face as we move more into the Information Age. We have been focusing more and more on the problems that ensue, such as Information Overload, which is why I have a book on the topic coming out later this month (Overload! How Too Much Information Is Hazardous To Your Organization ).

    I've been flying since I was little (we went to Austria regularly since I was little) and I was Pan Am Platinum by the time I left to attend University in Munich.

    My interest in travel also led me to start an online business travel magazine, Executive Road Warrior, which is a lot of fun to work on and has developed a decent-sized readership.
     
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    No one else?
     
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    I travel because I can. I refuse to be tied down, either to the earth or a job that limits my ability to pursue that.

    My first work travel was train trips on Metro North from NYC to New Haven. My first work air travel was BDL-CLE-MSP. And I've flown more in the past 3.5 years since I quit working full time than I did in the 8.5 years prior, with the numbers trending upward still. :cool:

    When forced to actually do something useful to pay the bills I build computer networks, mostly for SMBs.
     
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    I'm a destination wedding planner with my own business. I started as an on-call banquet server at a high end country club ions ago eventually moving into catering sales. After planning my daughter's wedding, started my own business so I could travel with my husband who was doing a lot of speaking around the country. He stopped traveling but I wanted to continue so expanded my business into destination weddings which I do almost exclusively. Btw, my real name isn't Audrey but my business is Fete Perfection. :)
     
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    Yes. You left of "During the Enlightenment" did you not? Where can I find it? I presume it actually was in German. The subject fascinates me for a variety of reasons, not least is the extent to which the Habsburgs created many of the elements common in modern nation-states and seems far less prone to cultural gaffes than many present-day liberal democracies. I would very much like to see some good research into the relationship between religious freedom and liberal democracy.
     
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    Ja, you are right. I did leave out "During the Enlightenment" (which was a very brief period, at least the religious freedom part, specifically the time of Joseph II. after the death of Maria Theresia). As to where to find it, I'm not sure but I'm always up for a discussion on the topic.
     
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    Dentist is my normal day job but I am out usually twice a month as a lecturer and consultant to other dentists on implementing technology into their practice. Use the time on planes to write articles for my columns in dental journals.
     
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    My earliest career was as a FA on Britt Airways out of ORD...anybody remember that sorry excuse for an airline? ;) I absolutley loved it, but their safety policies were substandard and after another really scary incident inflight, I gave it up. I am still happy to have some knowledge and pray I can use it wisely should the need arise.

    After that, I was an estate planning paralegal for 20+ years. I really loved the work, but in the end I got tired of Type A attorneys and changed careers. During the transition phase I coordinated travel and meetings for a non-profit and found FT, which was an invaluable teaching tool.

    Currently, I plan domestic and international corporate meetings and am a marketing specialist for a consulting company.

    Love to fly anywhere and wish I did it more!
     
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    WoW, a lot of diversity. I am very new to this (my third post to MP :)) but have found a very exciting lifelong pursuit. I am almost 30 and have always loved to travel but not had the opportunity to do it much. I found FT a few months ago and then MP because I loved reading all of the blogs on BoardingArea and a few others.

    I have recently moved with my wife to the East Coast (RDU) and will begin a new sales job on Monday morning which will hopefully lead to a lot of travel.

    I was a Detective for a fairly large Police Deaprtment where we moved from (I have lots of fun and interesting stories I can share as I become part of this community). My wife had the chance for a promotion so I am using it as an opportunity to change career paths and begin my quest for miles...

    I can't wait to do my first mileage run when I have enough experience and know enough to be able to do it effectively!
     
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    I'm the CFO two small publicly-traded companies in Calgary; one of them is an investment company, the other is in manufacturing. My travels are 95% personal, though evaluating investment opportunities provides the occasional trip.
     
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    I'm COO and Executive VP at a mid size non profit, we do education (specifically English/technical English and western culture) in Asian Universities. China (including Tibet), Vietnam, Cambodia, Mongolia, Laos, Thailand, Korea, etc. We have about 650 people on staff in the US, Canada, and Asia. I have been with this group for 3 years and love the travel component. Probably about 150K BIS every year on about 100 segments both domestic and international. I'm in my early 40's. Great wife who let's me travel, and great kids as well. I'm thankful.

    Before being involved with this Non-profit education group, I was with a major investment banking company as a proprietary institutional trader and I specialized in currencies, bonds, options/swaps etc. Lived in Chicago, NY, and Tokyo. Much of the international business and currency management experience comes into play in my current position. My travel is probably about 95% business related/funded.

    I have learned a TON on Milepoint and other travel sites, and feel it has helped me to be a much wiser traveler. I think it is amazing that Milepoint has this whole Kiva thing going. I've made loans to the countries we are in contract with and that I visit. Very cool.
     
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    When I first started traveling, it was purely for pleasure. My work at the time required very little travel.

    When friends would vacation, I would plan their trips for them: recommending hotels, restaurants, attractions they should see. This was pre-internet, so personal experience was important - you couldn't visit a website and read hundreds of reviews as you can now.

    I decided I liked trip planning so much, I wanted to do it for a living. I changed careers, went to work for a tour operator and, in 2001, started my own travel business. I offer fashion-themed group tours in Italy and I escort my own tours, so I get to spend at least a few weeks a year there. Traveling with a group isn't exactly vacation - it's a lot more work than people realize - but for the most part, I really love what I do.
     
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    I've never actually had a job that put me on the road that much, though I do have to travel for work sometimes.

    I started off a peon in the call center of a shipping supply company. Answering about 120 phone calls a day, much like the AAngels at AA. Eventually someone noticed that I had some talent beyond answering a phone and I was promoted a few times until I found myself a corporate trainer. I developed curriculum and traveled a bit to conduct onsite seminars and audits. That was only about 2/3 times a year though.

    I ended up discovering that the owners of my company were pretty much crazy (Over a billion a year in sales but still run by the same family!) so I decided it was time to put my degree to work and I ended up getting my current job at the US Department of Labor. With most things government related, it's a bit complicated to explain what I do. The easy answer: I oversee grant investments that help people find jobs/work. I travel about 6/7 times a year to investigate these grants to make sure they're following the provisions of the contract, not fleecing the taxpayer, etc. I take my job very seriously and really do enjoy being a public servant.

    Still, I'm a leisure traveler by nature, so my status and wanderlust are fueled by my own wallet. :)
     
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    My dad was a military pilot, so I started flying & traveling when I was very young.

    I would never have survived my medical internship - my day job is as a family doctor - if I didn't fly DEN-SFO every three weeks to visit friends. Then it was academic medicine until I could no longer take the Ivory Tower, so I became an insurance company executive, doing "stealth sales" all over the country. Serious BIS mileage as regional/national medical director then Chief Medical Officer for several health insurance companies.

    Now I am back to seeing patients instead of pushing paper and doing sales talks, though I am a "travel doc," taking various assignments in different states and settings. Right now I am working for a large Native American tribe and thoroughly enjoying it. I may stay here "permanently" if they give me enough vacation time to indulge my wanderlust.
     
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    I am a problem solver. Where there are problems (in applied stats.) you can fly me in. Turns out it happens quite often, and face to face works faster.

    However, while I am a problem solver, please do not call me to handle "trouble makers".

    As for the rest of the travel passion- the la familia has reps everywhere but antartica, so to meet my cousins, I have to fly..
     
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    Well said
     
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