Students: What are you studying? What do you want to do with it?
Stay at homes: How do you fill your free time (if you have any)? How do you defend your staying at home to nosy people who think you're crazy for not choosing a career?
I work at an Environmental Consulting company that also does environmental education and training. It's kind of complicated... The training end trains contractors and risk assessors and surveyors about asbestos, lead paint, and mold. And that is a really simplified explanation.
The other end, which I work in, does the environmental consulting. When contractors complete any work on a house built before 1978 they first have to have a risk assessment done, which we do. Then after the work is completed they have to have a clearance done. This prevents lead poison hazards in homes.
We also do asbestos surveys. If someone wants to do renovations or demolish a building that was built before 1981 they have to have it done. We go in and check various building materials for asbestos content. If they're found positive, they have to go through certain procedures to remove it, and be monitored by a firm like us.
I feel that I work in a really great industry that does a lot to prevent public health hazards. We clear thousands of homes a year of lead paint dust which can poison children really easily, and we also ensure that proper procedures are used dealing with asbestos removal, to ensure that workers and other people near the work area aren't exposed to airborne asbestos particles which cause mesothelioma. If you've read anything recently on the 9/11 workers you'll know of course that most of them have mesothelioma because of the asbestos present in the WTC, as an example of how hazardous it is. Of course that situation was unavoidable. But imagine if nobody did asbestos testing and that happened every time someone decided to remove their drop-down ceilings or re-plaster their homes / office buildings? It's a great industry that I didn't even know existed until I started working in it.
I'd really like to be writing, which I do anyway. I feel like I can do both.
I also am thinking of getting involved in politics in the future....