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Stories by Candice Reed

Live the dream

You can make a living in the great outdoors

Jeremy Dawson spent two years attending UCSD before he dropped out to be a mountain guide. His parents, while not thrilled with the prospect of their son climbing mountains for a living, gave their blessing. ...

Traded my suit for Levis

Jeff Sanchez of Solana Beach was an investment banker for 12 years until the economy tanked and he lost his job. To ease the stress he began fixing items in his house such as repairing ...

Follow your dreams... but not over a cliff

So you want to be a rock star? Or maybe you have your sights set on becoming a professional golfer or your dreams are to become an actress, eventually becoming a movie star. Maybe your ...

A life on the ocean waves

A job on the rolling sea

Captain Richard Phillips, (Tom Hanks played him in the movie) who was at the helm of the container ship Maersk Alabama when four Somali pirates seized it in 2009 went back to work a year ...

Work without stress

Doesn’t that sound nice?

Imagine a job that doesn’t stress you out. Imagine a gig where people are almost always nice to you and they appreciate everything that you do for them. Now imagine leaving work each week, paycheck ...

Work in the woods

The Forest Service and National Parks are hiring

Blake Kraus, a graduate of UCSD and Kearny Mesa High, spends his days working amongst some of the tallest trees in the world in Sequoia National Park searching for clues on how to keep the ...

A little extra on Sunday

Is a job in ministry for you?

Martin Arnold of Oceanside set out to become a big-time computer programmer, but quit school a month before graduating to become a youth pastor in Ghana. His parents were disappointed and his girlfriend was surprised, ...

Produce is a vehicle for our souls

Pesticides kill bugs — how can they not be killing people? San Diego — indeed, California — is a leader in the production of organic vegetables and fruit.

Help yourself to a job in hospitality

The vacancy sign for jobs at hotels, resorts and on cruise ships across the country is blinking bright right now. There’s no better time to make a reservation for an interview in the travel and ...

Trash your career

More trash means more jobs

Chris Francis of Oceanside was a party planner before the recession hit her business. After a year of searching for a job in her field, a friend told her about a part-time job for an ...

‘Tis the season for seasonal work

Christmas is around the corner, but if a job is at the top of your ‘wish list,’ put down the egg nog and start applying for part-time gigs. According to CareerBuilder’s annual holiday hiring survey, ...

A big mess of jobs

Despite Obamacare chaos, jobs abound in healthcare

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care website might be an unhealthy mess, but jobs in health care tech are up and running. From a career in bio-engineering to creating an application that takes images of ...

Design your own career

It’s not all sewing in the fashion world

Heather Maynard of Cardiff started creating prom dresses when she was 15 with her mother Lisa. She learned to sew and design patterns from Lisa who had worked in Hollywood making costumes for movies. Today ...

Step... kick... payday

Your love for dancing could get you a job

Tap dancing to Ricky Martin songs at the San Diego County Fair five years in a row does not make you a professional dancer, but with a little more training you could make a career ...

Are you ready for a football job?

Score a career in America's favorite sport.

Even if you’re too skinny or the wrong sex to make it as a linebacker in the NFL you can still have a career in football. With a background in everything from public relations to ...

Are you a franchise player?

As baby boomers retire, franchising opportunities open up.

Todd and Lisa Orenstein work long hours at their Jersey Mike’s sub shop in Huntington Beach. But to the young couple, the hard work will pay off after their first year. It’s not just about ...

Old dog? Learn new tricks

For the last eight months, Jan Browning, 54 of San Diego, searched the Internet, networked diligently, and used all the social networking tools available to find a job. After 347 applications and 45 interviews she ...

It’s hard not to get excited

Real estate recovery means jobs

Rose Hipp has been a realtor for 20 years and has seen her profession go from hot to ice cold. These days, no matter what the headlines say, her career is taking off once again. ...

Fly away with a job.

Take advantage of a coming pilot shortage

Jessica Gier learned to fly her father’s Cessna 172 at Gillespie Field in El Cajon when she was 18. By the time she was 23 she was flying for a freight company and now, 10 ...

It's a badass job

...but somebody has to be a bounty hunter.

Jared Steiger sat at the bar in a San Diego Applebee’s sipping a diet soda. His white tank top showed off multiple tattoos, and he nervously checked his cell phone every few seconds. Before he ...

Construction noise in the job market

It’s not booming yet, but it may be soon.

Remember the building boom that skyrocketed in California almost a decade ago? No? That’s because most people in the construction industry are trying to forget the crash that followed. But the pop-pop of nailguns and ...

You can bet on casino jobs

As the gambling industry grows

From Las Vegas and Atlantic City to Macau in China, jobs in the casino industry are a sure deal for a career in these lean times. You can bet the house that these jobs are ...

Don't tell anyone

...that you're applying to work for the CIA

Landing a job with the Central Intelligence Agency isn’t easy. But now that Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the agency and current employee of the defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton quit and ...

Class of 2013, it's your life

Don't listen to the doom and gloom

College grads, Class of 2013- congratulations, you did it! Now what? Well, first off you can tell all the naysayers and pessimists in the media, your family, and your group of friends to back off ...

Camp Get-A-Job

"I worked at a dude ranch for five summers, and I loved it."

Remember when you were a kid and your parents bought you new sneakers, wrote your name in your underwear, and shipped you off to summer camp while they went to Hawaii? Do you recall all ...

Print jobs are not dead

Everyone’s a writer. Or so it seems these days with all the blogs and gossip and news sites. Communication and journalism degrees are still being sought after by college students… but why? Recently, a ...

Pick a job picking fruit

Farmers near and far need your help

“Hardest job I’ve ever had,” Kaplan said. “Best job I ever had too.” It’s strawberry season in California and almost time for the sweet Rainier cherries to be picked in Washington, but who will pick ...

"I would do this for free"

And many interns do.

With summer fast approaching and college classes coming to an end, you might be gearing up for a vacation in Hawaii or a backpacking trip to Peru, but what you really should do is start ...

A career In fun

San Diego's theme parks employ thousands

San Diego has it all; 300-plus days of sunshine, beautiful sandy beaches, great Mexican food… and theme parks. The world famous San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, Sea World, Legoland, even old-school Belmont Park bring ...

A job in death becomes you

To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, ‘…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.’ Not to argue with Mr. Franklin, but there are many ways to avoid the tax man, while ...

Become a (legal) drug dealer

Pharmacy is a growing and lucrative field

If prescription drug advertisements are driving you crazy, perhaps you should ask your doctor for a prescription… or become a pharmacist yourself. The side effects of becoming a pharmacist include interesting work, a big paycheck, ...

Your job is served, sir

Butlers, chauffeurs, housekeepers are still in demand

There are plenty of jobs to keep the servants busy on the popular PBS series, “Downton Abbey,” but does anyone really work as a butler or chauffeur anymore? Of course they do! The job description ...

They could pay me in beer

Careers in the brewing business

Good news: beer joints are popping up all over San Diego, so much that Time Magazine recently called San Diego the “hoppiest place on earth.” America’s craft-beer capital spells good news for people who want ...

Thank God I got laid off

Because now I have my dream job

Before he was laid off in 2005, Sean Margolin worked 20 years for an electronics company. It took him about five minutes to decide what he was going to do next. “I got my captain’s ...

Hipster is not a real job

But there are jobs out there for the young and hip

A used food truck can cost between $20,000 and $40,000. A new food truck can be as much as $100,000.

Where the People are Nice, and Paychecks are Fat

The Canadian oil industry is recruiting in California

Besides jobs in the oil fields, job seekers can find gigs in construction, health care, and even hair salons.

Give a man a fish...

Vista's Solutions Farms has a staff of formerly homeless people who produce lettuce and tilapia.

High Flying Careers

Pilots who have worked for a company for 10 years could have annual earnings close to $300,000.

Miss Goodwrench

Opportunities for Women in Automotive Repair

Blair Littleton had such a negative car repair experience while she was a senior in high school that after graduation she decided to attend a vocational school where she was certified as an auto technician. ...

Mountains + Snow = Jobs

“I always wanted to do something fun with my life, and now that’s exactly what I do.”

The Forecast Calls for Jobs

You may aspire to be the next John Coleman, that wacky KUSI weather guy who also created the Weather Channel.

I Collect My Paycheck With Pride

The average salary in California is $29,000 for a wildland firefighter to $76,000 for a fire management officer.

We Deal in Ink, Friend

The Job Monkey website estimates that tattoo shop owners earn $100,000 per year.

Scammers Target Job Seekers

Don’t be a victim. You’re already jobless and you don’t need any more stress in your life.

No Degree No Longer Means No Job

“I didn’t go to a four-year college, but I’m making more money than my friends that went off to school.”

Old Dog? New Tricks

For the last eight months, Jan Browning, 54 of San Diego, searched the Internet, networked diligently, and used all the social networking tools available to find a job. After 347 applications and 45 interviews she ...

Full-Time Worker And Full-Time Mom

The theory going around is that working mothers can’t have it all, meaning if you’re a mom, you supposedly can’t work a full-time job and spend quality time with your children. Magazines and news reports ...

When is it Time to Give Up? Never!

While it can get very frustrating at times, the worst thing you can do is quit the job search.

Score Your Own Business

In this economy it’s not easy to find a job, but starting your own business could be even tougher — unless you receive advice. Oh sure, you can take advice from your Uncle Mort on ...

Heroes Work Here

Disney’s Program to Hire War Veterans

If you are returning home as a former soldier or Marine, you might be fighting for a job with the other 12.5 million people out of work. But hold on, Mickey’s got your back! That’s ...