Survey: What We've Been Doing

We are probably all a bit curious about what our classmates have been doing for the past 45 years.  This survey was designed to give us an overview of "What We've Been Doing."  There is no requirement that you fill out this - or any other - survey, and no requirement that, if you do, you respond to every question.  We do ask that, if you answer a question, you answer it truthfully, rather than making up something.

For those questions that use buttons or checkmarks, the answers are tabulated without identifying who answered, or how each person answered.  The responses to those questions that ask you to write something are listed with your name identified.  So, if you want to remain anonymous, skip the questions that have a comment box.  Those questions are all identified in the "Hint" section following the question, so that you will be reminded that your name will appear with your answer.

Some of the questions are followed by suggestions or hints about how to answer that question.  Most of the questions, however, should be pretty clear by themselves.

In those questions that give choices of answers and ask you to pick the one that most applies, we have tried to cover as many bases as we could.  If we left out an answer that you would like to use, it isn't because we don't think that answer is important, it's because we just plain didn't think of it while we were putting this survey together.  Please forgive us for our lapse, and let us know what we should have included by checking the "something else" answer, and filling out the next question.  Or, if you want to remain anonymous to the class, contact one of the administrators of this site, and we will see what we can do to best accommodate your answer.

There are no "right" or "wrong" answers!  Our lives are our lives, and we are not here to pass judgment on anyone else's life.  We all know, even if we don't always think about it, that some things in our lives turned out exactly as we wanted them to, and other things did not.  But each of those experiences, whether sought out, thrust upon us, or the luck of the draw, helped form the person we are today.


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1)   What did you do first after graduation?

  I became a flower child
  I goofed off for a while
  I got married/formed a domestic partnership
  I joined the military
  I stayed at home
  I traveled
  I went to a 4-year college or university
  I went to a community college
  I went to a vocational school
  I went to work
  I did something entirely different

You undoubtedly did lots of things after graduation. You may have started at a college, and decided that wasn't what you wanted, and then gone to a vocational school or to work. You may have gotten married before going to work and then traveling with your spouse. In this question, we are asking what you did in the first couple months after graduation, without regard to all of the things you did later.
 
2)   If you answered "I did something entirely different" to Question 1, do you care to share what that "something" was?


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3)   If you went to a vocational school, community college, or 4-year college or university, what was your major/primary field of study?


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4)   If you earned a degree, which degree/degrees did you earn?

  BOCES or equivalent
  Associate
  Bachelors
  Masters
  Professional (e.g., EE, JD, MD)
  PhD
  Post-Doctoral

Please check all of the answers that apply to you.
 
5)   If you earned a degree/degrees, was your primary career related to that degree/at least one of those degrees?

Yes No
Perhaps you attended BOCES and learned plumbing, and, after working for a while, realized you really enjoyed doing tile work, learned that skill on the job, and spent the rest of your career laying tile. Or you may have majored in History at a 4-year college or university and spent most of your career working in a bank. In cases such as these, your career was really not related to your degree. However, if you earned both a Bachelors degree in English and a professional degree in medicine and were a physician, your career was related to at least one of your degrees.
 
6)   In what sector did you primarily work?

  Domestic (in the home)
  Private
  Public, including local, state, and federal government

Your primary career may have spanned more than one of these categories. For example, you might have done medical transcription or billing from your home while raising your children. If this is the case, please indicate the sector that represents that part of your career which was the most important to you.
 
7)   In what general field have you primarily worked?

  Accounting/Banking/Investments
  Administration
  Arts
  Computer Design/Technology/Programming
  Construction
  Education
  Engineering
  Family Care
  Farming/Agriculture
  Maintenance
  Manufacturing
  Mechanical
  Medical
  Military
  Ministry
  Legal
  Political
  Public Service (Police, Fire Department)
  Research and Development/Inventing
  Sales
  Transportation
  Volunteer Work
  None of these are even close

You may find that your primary career falls into more than one category. For example, you may have worked in the office for a trucking company, so that your career falls under both Administration and Transportation. If this is the case, please choose the field with which you identified more closely.
 
8)   If you answered "None of these are even close" to Question 7, do you care to share what your primary field was?


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9)   Do you care to share more specific information about your primary career?


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10)   In regard to my primary career, I am/was. . .

  Happy with my career
  Contented with my career
  Unhappy with my career
  Miserable with my career
 
11)   Have you had more than one career?

Yes No
 
12)   If you have had more than one career, what is/are the area/areas of your additional career/careers?

  Accounting/Banking/Investments
  Administration
  Arts
  Computer Design/Technology/Programming
  Construction
  Education
  Engineering
  Family Care
  Farming/Agriculture
  Maintenance
  Manufacturing
  Mechanical
  Military
  Ministry
  Legal
  Political
  Public Service (Police, Fire Department)
  Research and Development/Inventing
  Sales
  Transportation
  Volunteer Work
  None of these are even close

Please check all of the answers that apply to you.
 
13)   If you answered "None of these are even close" to Question 12, do you care to share what your other career field/fields is/are?


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14)   Do you care to share more information about your additional careers?


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15)   Which of the following answers best describes your current work situation?

  I am working full-time
  I am working part-time
  I am retired from one career but working at a second (or third or fourth) career
  I am retired but doing volunteer work
  I am fully retired
  I am a homemaker and can never retire!
  I am doing something else
 
16)   If you answered "I am doing something else," to Question 15, do you care to share what that "something" is?


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17)   Are you presently married/in a partnership?

Yes No
 
18)   How many marriages/partnerships have you had?

  None
  One
  Two
  Three
  Four
  Five
  More than Five
 
19)   If you have been married/in a partnership at least once, what was the year of your first marriage/partnership?

  Before 1968
  1968-1972
  1973-1977
  1978-1982
  1983-1987
  1988-1992
  1993-1997
  1998-2002
  2003-2007
  2008-2013
 
20)   If you have been married/in a partnership more than once, what was the year of your most recent marriage/partnership?

  Before 1968
  1968-1972
  1973-1977
  1978-1982
  1983-1987
  1988-1992
  1993-1997
  1998-2002
  2003-2007
  2008-2013
 
21)   How many children do you have?

  None
  One
  Two
  Three
  Four
  Five
  More than Five
 
22)   How many grandchildren do you have?

  None
  One
  Two
  Three
  Four
  Five
  More than Five
 
23)   How many great-grandchildren do you have?

  None
  One
  Two
  Three
  Four
  Five
  More than Five
 
24)   Do you care to share more information about your family?


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25)   I have traveled. . .

  For pleasure
  On business
  In the military
  Only within my state of residence
  To other states
  To Canada
  To Mexico
  To the Caribbean
  To Central America
  To South America
  To Great Britain
  To Europe
  To Scandinavia
  To the Mediterranean Region
  To Africa
  To the Middle East
  To countries in the former Soviet Union
  To Asia
  To Southeast Asia
  To China, including Hong Kong and Singapore
  To Australia and/or New Zealand
  To Micronesia
  To Antarctica
  To some place else

Please check all of the answers that apply to you.
 
26)   If you answered "To some place else" to Question 25, do you care to share just where you went?


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27)   Do you care to share more information about any of your travels?


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28)   Have you served in the military?

Yes No
If you answer "No" to this question, please skip to Question 33.
 
29)   If you have served in the military, how much time did you spend in service?

  Less than 2 years
  2 years
  3-9 years
  10-19 years
  I was career military
 
30)   In which branch/branches did you serve?

  Air Force
  Army
  Marine Corps
  Navy
  Coast Guard
  National Guard
  Reserves
  Another branch, including for another country

Please check all of the answers that apply to you.
 
31)   If you answered "Another branch, including for another country" to Question 30, do you care to share more information about that service?


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32)   Do you care to share more information about your military service?


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33)   Is there anything else you'd like to share with your classmates about what you've been doing?


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