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further education for the heavily modified
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March 11, 2012
4:18 am
strommer
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so ive recently enrolled in college with the goal of becoming a professional piercer as well as id like to make my own jewelry also i no the importance of having a degree to back up having heavy mods cause if you can pull out a degree jobs are more inclined to look past the fact that your modified and i was wondering what kind of degrees do some of the other members might have or if anyone can give me any tips on courses i might look into to help with my career goals

March 11, 2012
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I do not actually have any degrees.  I went to college for 3 years for psychology before dropping out after realizing that I had very little interest in a professional career and even less interest in a career that would prevent me from modifying myself in the ways I desired to.  I am happy with the job I have now and am likely to be there for quite a long time.  However, I am also aware that if I lose my current job (I work in a call center) I am likely to remain in call centers for the rest of my life.  That fact doesn't especially bother me because I don't mind the work and the freedom to modify myself is more important to me than the freedom to work a variety of jobs.  I happen to be good at what I do and have a fair amount of experience doing what I do so I'm not particularly worried about not being able to find a job, if it comes down to that, despite my mods.

March 11, 2012
4:24 pm
KristenAtkinson0
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That's really interesting, actually. I work in a call center too….

 

I have a Master's degree in Studio Art and Theory, and a Bachelor's of Art. As such, right now I'm lucky I have a job. It's not within my chosen career path, but it's something to pay the bills until I become…….an artist. Art jobs are hard enough to come by these days, but even so, I wouldn't be able to look like I do and get one.

I'm at a call center right now because they pay alright and give me health insurance. I currently try to do art on the side, which works out better some days than others. In my experience here in the Midwest, my degree means I'm an artist [read as: weird] and my mods just add to that weirdness. I don't think my degrees mean anything once they actually meet me. I could be wrong, though. I'd like to think so.

March 11, 2012
11:22 pm
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I'm an odd one. I studied at Full Sail University for internet marketing until I took all the courses I wanted. Then I studied professional blogging until I acquired what I needed. Now I'm about to begin a program in jewelry design so that I may tie that in with my professional piercing (which I hope to get back to by the 1st, should my portfolio and resume be put together by then for the local tattoo shop that needs that position filled). I am also about to begin a non-accredited degree program in Shamanism, as this is the path I wish to take – that of a Shaman – if you couldn't pick that up from my website. It's difficult to find a true Shamanism apprenticeship in north america without traveling, so this is the path I must take, and that path is aided by the spirit world.

I'd like to help revive shamanism and have began working with a few different organizations in doing so as well as tie my own shamanism with my own spirituality in body modifications. I feel I've accomplished this quite fruitfully.

Currently I work at a tobacco shop, which I'm not a fan of simply because of all the crackheads that come in looking for crack pipes. I love tobacco and actually use it in ritual a lot of the time, so I have a large knowledge of that, but I honestly don't like drugs – especially when a guy or girl comes into the shop, cracked out, dragging their kids behind them looking to spend the rest of their money on a new pipe or one of the legal highs. It's something I live with, though, and have learned to deal with.

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March 12, 2012
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Chris Carter
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I have a BA in Sociology. I've never regretted getting a degree in a social science but I'll admit it's not as practical as a degree in Accounting or Sports Medicine for example. At the time, in my mind, I had two choices. To either study what would give me the best edge (the highest chance of being successful and making money) or studying what I enjoyed learning about. I ended up dropping International Business of Sociology.

I just have to throw in that I, too, worked in a call center. It was actually a great job; high pay and great benefits. I learned a lot about law and the court system as well as financial issues.

Church of Body Modification, President

March 12, 2012
11:42 am
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Call center work definitely isn't for everyone.  You have to have the right kind of personality to be able to deal with often angry customers every single day.  But if you have that pesonality, its actually pretty good work.  As Chris mentioned, the pay is pretty good and the benefits are pretty awesome overall.

March 13, 2012
2:26 am
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i to have worked in call centers for a long time 14 years now currently working in the mall i was lucky enough to have all my bosses are freinds with my girlfreind but call centers are the number one job for the heavily moded cause no one ever sees you i figure  im gonna take as many corses as i can til i cant further my career and then im taking the financial aid and going to piercing school witch is unfortunately the only way to get certified as a piercer here 

March 13, 2012
6:42 am
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I find it interesting that you can even get financial aid for piercing school there. I would have loved to have had that opportunity here.

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March 14, 2012
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It's interesting the different paths people take, and how they meet their needs.

For myself getting a career i find fulfilling is very important, as if i don't feel i'm helping people or mentally engaged i tend to get bored!

For me it made sense to develop my career more before increasing my level of modification, and i'm lucky enough to be in a situation where i am now able to do both as i already have some professional recognition and qualification.

The important thing for me in choosing a career is finding something which will best give a sense of meaning. If work is worthwhile it means you're not putting life on hold for 8 hours a day. How you may get that is of course individual. If it means working in something for money to support a lifestyle or family which is more important, then go for it. If it means delaying mods, then again it's personal as to whether it's worth it.

I suppose the key is think about what is most important, and work out how to get there, whether this means schooling or another avenue…

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself." - Nietzsche
March 14, 2012
10:22 pm
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they dont give financial aid for piercing school here i was gonna take the financial aid and use it for the piercing school after a few years at school

March 20, 2012
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surgical tech, human anatomy, blood born pathogen classes, cpr, first aid classes, things as such. this is what i hope will help me become what i want to after college, but it's only a START. (thanks to ignacious also)

 

good luck! :)

March 20, 2012
4:17 pm
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I work at the toyota dealership in Tucson AZ, to my suprise they have been really intrested in the topic of modification. How ever anything visible and face orianted they frown upon greatly.(I wear long sleves and glass plugs everyday. Most blue collar work is like that tho. Smile

March 21, 2012
10:57 am
indi
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"an entire generation pumping gas, 
waiting tables; slaves with white collars. 
Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, 
working jobs we hate so we can
buy shit we don't need. 
We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. 
We have no Great War. No Great Depression.
Our Great War's a spiritual war… our Great Depression is
our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe
that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. 
But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. 
…And we're very, very pissed off."

 

sorry…lord-wraith reminded me of it.

March 25, 2012
7:18 pm
Jamesryan
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Indi, what do you want to become after college?

I'm working towards being able to perform advanced modifications. I'm hopefully attending a Steve Haworth seminar on several in May. I'm excited.

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March 25, 2012
9:07 pm
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That's got to be so amazing for you James.  I admit, I'm pretty excited for you :D   Keep us posted on your progress?

April 3, 2012
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There are so many facets of this industry which can be tied to other industry standars. My personal recommendations include these (some of which I've studied, some I plan to for their relation to my career as a piercer, none of which I have received a degree or diploma in). Theology, anthropology, metallurgy, wood craft, anatomy,first-aid, CPR, blood borne pathogens, meditation, yoga, massage, micro-biology, biology, ect. The list goes on even basic math, laguage, public speaking and business classes will help you with piercing. I constantly use any and all knowledge of these subjects and always seek to expand it. The truth is in this young, rapidly growing business you must constantly learn and update.

Jimmy "English" Lesniewski
April 3, 2012
11:47 pm
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I'm one that is passionate about learning. I wouldn't call myself a student because I am not a part of any sort of academic institution or university, but I would call myself a bit of a scholar, even though I'm not such of any specific topic as most scholars are. I study many things, including most of what jimmy said.

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