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    So What's Your Day Job?

    Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by threefivezero, Nov 8, 2009.

    Please don't tell anyone that I'm affiliated with (but not employed by!) the cable company!

    Ever get that recording, when you call for tech support, "This call may be monitored for quality assurance purposes..." ???

    Well I'm that guy. I audit those calls. Personally I do internet connectivity and email support calls, but this is an expanding industry so someone actually *does* listen to those calls!

    Often I try to decide whether I should do this job one more day, or instead possibly drive nails in my pinky toe, or set myself on fire.

    But I'm doing the Single Dad thing and have 2 young kids, and I couldn't possibly have more flexibility for my kids... essentially I manage my work schedule around my kid schedule, instead of vice versa. So if one or both kids are sick I can have them home while I work, and I have a lot of flexibility to volunteer at their school. Which is awesome for a whole slew of reasons.

    So as much as I'm often tempted to take that job as a Starship Captain, or possibly that one in Amsterdam as 'Wheel Man', I keep doing this for now.

    But my kids will all too soon need college money, and this particular dayjob isn't putting much more than food on the table so at some point things will have to change.

    What's *your* day job?
     
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    I am a stay at home mom, house wife, and grower of new baby.
    I finished school last year to become a care aid in the medical field. I have not yet applied anywhere knowing that we were to expand our family soon after.

    Work on hold, because life awaits.
     
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    I work in a deli part-time (dream big, lul).
    I'm also a carer for my Mum.
     
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    I interpret that message twenty times a day. :rolleyes:

    I work as a tele-interpreter mainly for the medical and legal industry for Spanish/English and occasionally for Russian/English.
     
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    Ninja.

    Oh, and a student.
     
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    i'm a full-time, practicing philosopher...

    which, like all the part-time hats i wear [writer; writing mentor; peace activist; provider of free books, clothes, etc. to the needy], is totally unsalaried...
     
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    I'm still a student in high school :) And I'm not to anxious for that change, but I will have to graduate when this year ends. Will study Medicine right after.
     
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    Mechanical design engineer.

    Please, don't tell me that I can't do creative writing.
     
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    A student in uni.

    I worked enough for the last 10 months as a gas station attendant to save up for my trip (that i just came back from) and the next 6 months of basic emanates.

    After that i'm buggered.
     
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    my current job is a "hurry up and wait" kind... but at least it gives me the down time to do my grad school work :D i do basically an accountant's job (invoicing/bookkeeping) except i don't get paid nearly as well (not that i have the credentials though) it's just a job, not a career. maybe one day, i'll have my dream career *enters cloud state where only such a dream career could come about*
     
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    I am a Fund Raising Management Specialist, which means I mostly work for non profits and and in a variety of ways ask people to donate money. I also serve as a consultant to non profit boards of directors to train people in fund raising or how to be a good board member. I serve on a lot of non profit boards in my town. From my perspective, its matching people who have the means to make a difference with the places that need them.
     
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    I'm a journalist for a business publication - I also do some ballroom dancing on the side :)
     
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    Does unemployed count as a job?

    No, no, I suppose it does not. I was pretty much a musician from 16 to... well, about a year ago. So suddenly I have to find a normal, average job in a market and city where such things are not easily found. However, I have no one to blame but myself. If I was actually responsible and would have gotten a few jobs in the past six years then it would probably be a lot easier for me to find one now.

    I need to find a rich man who needs a house...husband? First, however, I'm going to go steal all the tea in China and sell it to Lipton.
     
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    I'm a university teacher. But I think I'm about to be sacked. They are trying to get rid of all of us in the department who are high salaried and take on kids fresh from uni to fill our places *hollow laugh*. If they pay the 6 months severance pay I'm entitled to, I'm laughing, though.
    What do all you people who are unemployed, or divested of self, do to pay for basic survival needs like food and rent? Or do you hang out in shelters and soup kitchens?
     
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    Interesting question, I like reading about people's lives, etc. :)

    I work casual at a pet and aquarium shop (been there a year). I am passionate about pets and I absolutely love it. The best part is educating people about proper pet care (especially birds which I specialise in).
    I also have a business on eBay which is still growing. I want to eventually be able to live off it.

    @ Madhoca: I was unemployed for a few years and I lived by getting unemployment payment from the government. And I live with my parents (I'm 21) and pay them board. Now before people start waving their fists at me for 'scabbing' from those that work, I was unable to work because I had a severe disability. I got my first ever job (the pet shop) as soon as I was well enough to. And I'm moving out of home soon and getting married. I was also a student for a while during that time (student payment) and have my Advanced Diploma in Multimedia.
     
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    I'm a student; heading off to uni next year :).
     
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    CDragon: congrats on the forthcoming marriage!
    Does every Western country give unemployment benefit? I can see why it may be necessary. We don't exactly have it in Turkey. Employers must pay 6 months wages (after the person has worked there continuously for more than 5 years) for unjustified dismissal, which is what my sacking would be. Or else a really dirty war develops where the employer tries to make out the employee has broken the terms of the contract, but the government courts tend to come down on the side of the worker (surprisingly!).
    There's a small allowance and free medical services for people who are unable to work due to disability. Also, families help out here and most people continue living at home until (or even after) they marry. My daughter lived with us until she married when she was 29, which was perfectly normal--why would you want to live alone?
    It's great that in some countries people are able to take time out to decide what occupation is suitable for them. We're just on a survival treadmill here *sigh*
     
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    At the moment I'm a full-time student, primarily because over the last few years I've been concentrating on collecting the required skillset to be a shoe shiner (I had a nice blue cloth on lay-by) but apparently you need to be certified for everything these days.

    I'm studying electronics and now also philosophy.
     
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    Plain clothes retail theft detective in department stores -done it for 23 years now
     
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    Ah, I didn't realise being a student counted as a 'job'. I guess it's a job. It should be a job. It often feels like a job (except for the fact I'm paying to be educated rather than being paid to be educated).

    But yeah, I'm a psychology/philosophy student at Murdoch University. Part time this semester, but I plan to take a full load next year.
     
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    That is awesome.

    I'm a manager at an office supply store. I love it. :)

    I want to get certified as a professional organizer, which apparently everyone thinks is a huge joke, but I can't find any good information on it. Sigh...must do more research!
     
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    Church secretary. *angelic music plays. the choir joins in, I sing with them...slightly off pitch*
     
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    Full-time law student, studying both the law and for my Bar Vocational Course to become a qualified barrister. Part-time I write for a blog and occasionally contribute to real life.
     
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    I am the maker of the kool aid. (aka stay at home mom)


    I used to be a hairdresser, a cashier, popcorn tech @ the movie theater, I sold hand lotion, I was a shampoo girl, a tanning booth cleaner, I cleaned a few patios, sold Avon, tried my hand at candel making, failed as a hairsalon maid, teachers assistant at a daycare till the kids tried to take over... basically your everyday Jack of all trades...master of none.
     

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