In Understanding Your Values, I learned quite a bit about myself. When looking at working conditions I realized that I am not to keen on manual, physical labor. I would not do well as a carpenter or construction worker. The same holds true for high pressure occupations. I often get stressed out when I feel control it out of my hands. I find that I perform at my best when there is precise work to be performed with little room for error. This is especially true when I have clear cut guidelines for my task and are given independence from others to accomplish my project. When I was a loan officer for a few different mortgage companies it was simple, either follow regulations or find a new job or worse yet face criminal charges. We also worked whatever hours we wanted. Most of the time I would not get to work until noon or later. Many people thought I was a slacker, but little did they know I didn't leave work until around 8:00 p.m. I found that it was harder to contact people during the day. There was a lot of down time in between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. One thing that I realized when the market started to dry up was the uncertainty of the future. It was great when you could show someone 5.25% on a 30 year fixed note, but as the refinance boom came near an end, it became clear what a cut throat business I was in. People were resulting to bait and switching, stretching appraisals and blatent fraud in order to close a loan. It's hard to say that you can't sympathize with people for sometimes walking the grey area. We had to close $8000 in fees a month in order to keep our job. If you had two months in a row under this mark you were canned.
When it comes to work purposes I am mainly driven by expertise and material gain. I knew when I was training to be a loan officer I wanted to have the best working knowledge of all our lenders and their products. I took all of our lenders programs home and studied them each night.... [continues]
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