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Title: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: HyperGlavin on December 08, 2017, 04:07 am
Seriously, I have no idea any more. Tell me about it.


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: Mr Gale on December 08, 2017, 06:46 am
Im a service delivery manager which in the IT field means the highest kind of middle manager before you get into Directors and SVPs, the real lazy bastards, what I am waiting around to be.

I work for an IT services company which means they do all the computing stuff for big companies or govt offices basically (its a french company, but we are the UK/Ireland division). But they also run their call centres, do the websites and data centres and platforms whatever it is they need to function basically. So a fair sized bank would be 100 people doing leadership and audit etc their end, then they hire via a contract 2000 of us providing all the resources and infrastructure for x amount of years then we compete for it again, I would run the 2000 (though various other middle managers and division heads) and report back to the owners. Thats what we call "the service" and im delivering it as the ultimate management owner, so service delivery manager.

I now have been promoted up from running a specific service though, I run an internal division called Big Data and Cyber Security, that division provides all the security stuff basically for all my companies accounts basically. I only vaguely know what big data means but if you use it a lot when theres a lull in conversation that seems to suffice.

I do not know anything about computers and usually whenever I tell people I work in IT as a field people start asking me how to fix a laptop. When what I know is how to fix management structures and review reports. I may not know that either actually but you arent my boss.

I do not generally tell people my companys name as if anyone recognises it in the UK its probably because of all the disabled people they murdered through negligence when running the govt department that assessed benefits. I did however go to 2 corporate dinners where I was sat next to the woman who was in charge of the division did that and had to go to parliament to explain etc, got drunk both times and started asking her about it, she insisted it was just acting out govt standards so they had to conform, she did not then appreciate the "ah just following orders, like the nazis" comparison I made to that both times I am reliably informed.

Making contacts and networking is a big way forward in my role and im clearly very good at that.



Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: Mr Gale on December 08, 2017, 06:47 am
I mostly just wrote all that out so I can cut and paste it to my mother, who I believe thinks I am some sort of call centre team leader whenever she asks me about work.


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: Citizen Snips on December 08, 2017, 10:25 am
I'm beginning a career in independent film distribution and exhibition after finishing my Master's degree last Spring. Right now I'm the theatrical intern for a company called Kino Lorber.

I'm primarily in charge of keeping our print traffic on schedule by sending out DCPs and exhibition Blu-rays to theaters across the US and Canada (mostly independent theaters, film festivals, and universities). I also do grassroots research and outreach for our upcoming film releases--most recently, I did outreach for our Tom of Finland biopic, so I researched and contacted all the LGBTQ organizations and gay bars in the cities we are expanding to and sent them postcards with showtimes and Tom of Finland branded condoms. The most remarkable thing I've probably done was submitting our films to awards ceremonies, including the Golden Globes and Oscars, but that was just filling out forms.

My company also puts out an extensive library of Blu-rays/DVDs, including classic silent cinema, old Hollywood westerns, exploitation films from the '80s, contemporary documentaries, and foreign films, so I'm also responsible for making sure that copies of all our new releases are sent to journalists who will ideally cover their release and increase sales. I can also take anything I want for free, so let me know if anyone wants a BD copy of Star Crystal.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoo1ArzTf4Q

Being an internship, it's obviously not sustainable, but I've definitely got my foot in the door of a pretty insular industry. And anyway, at the very least I'm making a career out of my deeply pretentious taste in movies.


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: Kybard on December 08, 2017, 11:27 am
I'm a digital project manager at a small-to-mid-sized communications contractor in the Washington, DC, area, which means nearly all of our clients are government. specifically, various NIH institutes and agencies/offices within health and human services

my role is basically to make our web developers' lives easier. communicating with design/editorial teams to make sure content and assets are delivered properly and consistently, tracking tasks and making sure quality control's done on various projects, working more broadly on improving communication channels between development and other departments and making their workflow more transparent and structured so we can help prevent bottlenecks and people getting totally overloaded, plus I have to go to client meetings a lot which is fucking awful

actually my work's increasingly trended toward content management -- i.e. taking the content and putting it into our content management system (Wordpress, Drupal, etc). so taking that burden off our developers, creating standardized processes of content entry and review so stuff is polished when it goes live, things like that. I enjoy that stuff way more than the more project manager-y bits of my job, which generally range from tedious to exhausting

I've also been slowly training up on web development in general, since it's fucking awesome and fascinating and I've always had some knack for it despite no real focused education. our development team is awesome and friendly so I've been able to tap them to help out some on that front, and also to take some easier stuff off their plate to give me more actual webdev experience.

but generally speaking, though I'm genuinely proud of some of our projects (I don't want to name them here though 'cause I don't want this idiot wasteland associated with our clients), my job is a suckhole, mostly because clients are dumb and middle management is dumb and it's even worse when you're not actually anyone's boss, which means instead you just get continuously frustrated/disappointed in other people that you can't reprimand or really call out in any way that isn't inappropriate. I stay here because I get to walk to work, the pay is good, and I have six-digit student loans

edit: probably worth noting to my credit and despite my complaining that as much as my job sounds like it's any other middle management position anywhere, it actually did not exist at all before I was promoted into it, and neither did my entire department before I was promoted/transferred from proofreading into it. also my boss is very nice and supportive which is why I'm able to pursue some of the webdev stuff I talked about


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: Chez San on December 08, 2017, 04:58 pm
I work in the education department of a privately run maximum security male prison where I am expected to make the damaged, dangerous and crazy outliers of society slightly more employable by shoring up their mathematics, communication and IT skills, a reasonable idea in theory but fatally flawed by the prison's baffling decision not to issue wages to prisoners who don't participate in the education timetable. This means that fully fifty percent of my lecturing time is spent telling half the day's random assortment of maniacs to (in a non-escalatory fashion) please get out of my class.

The other fifty percent of my time is spent devising various strategies of applying sticking plasters to a huge, gouting, spraying wound of culturally engineered ignorance as we and all of society are soaked in the collective blood of batshit conspiracy theories and slowly go under the rising tide of reactionary hostility towards authoritative sources.

Sometimes I get to do fun stuff like order 10,000 of music gear and set up a small recording facility and media production studio, or write bespoke courses and get them accredited by the appropriate bodies. We're owned by a global multinat which means occasional junkets to London, and I'm a senior in my department which means I get to call the shots on a lot of specialist education/techy things that the prison management are wary of.

I've been promoted as far as I'm going to get without branching out into prison management so I'll probably jump ship into something else soon.


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: laktose on December 08, 2017, 05:06 pm
I jerk off punks under a bridge for 15 bucks a man


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: evilspud on December 08, 2017, 05:10 pm
I'm a court reporter in Washington DC, and cover judicial, regulatory, and enforcement proceedings from government agencies and several district courts.  

Basically what I'm doing is typing up lots, and lots, and lots, and lots of testimony in a nice looking format that we send back out to our clients.  Each client has a different format, and a different way of doing things (we have one investigations branch that is insistent that we include every uh-huh and um and err, and they are a fascinating bunch.)  

When it's not testimony, it's not unusual to be asked to transcribe pieces that will be use as evidence, and that can include anything from interviews to videos of PowerPoint presentations and some really, really weird stuff.  But also sometimes we get really cool stuff!  Like, I've typed up speeches and interviews, press conferences, and my personal favorite is when we get historians bringing us interviews with fascinating people talking about their life.

When I'm not doing that, I'm in a suit and tie and recording testimony myself.  I'm not a stenographer yet, but I've already trained myself in shorthand, and can now reliably say I know more about how to set up functions and key macros through Word than 99% of people who put "Knows Microsoft Word" on their resumes.

A lot of times testimony can be dry, and my pay is contingent on the number of pages I type per day, which can mean a bad day feels like flushing cash down the toilet.  That's the nature of the job, but as an English Major I'm not going to scoff at a full time job when, despite the occasional bad day, I'm still making the better half of five figures, getting holiday pay, and a ton of benefits.  It was a total shock to me when I found out that leave was PAID.  I can also type over 120 words per minute now, which apparently some people see as "discomforting to watch."


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: laktose on December 08, 2017, 05:14 pm
Looking at this thread I kinda feel like I made the right choice


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: evilspud on December 08, 2017, 07:13 pm
I don't know, my work has quarterly happy hours and next week I get to go to a holiday party with an open bar. 


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: Kybard on December 08, 2017, 08:08 pm
yeah holiday parties with open bars are a pretty solid reason to be employed


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: Katastrophikus on December 09, 2017, 02:43 am
I'm a professional artist (painter). I exhibit across the country and hope to have my first international show next year. I've got a Masters, and used to lecture art theory and art history at the local university.

I supplement that absolutely random income by teaching drawing, theory, and professional practice.

I used to be in marketing and IT for a good long while to support my filthy art habit, but it turns out I need my soul for something after all.


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: 88FingersLouie on December 09, 2017, 10:29 am
I work with shit called CEMS (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continuous_emissions_monitoring_system) in this huge building that burns garbage to create electricity, which results in the inside of the building being ungodly hot and smelling awful, which in turn results in everyone inside of it being angry all the time. Despite the fact I work with the guts of the plant, my actual office is the building next door which is temperate and smells normal. Everyone in the plant is especially angry with me because of that, as they all wanted that office.

I spend most of my free time working on a creative project I hope will free me from this garbage prison, and while I realize there is a microscopic chance of it ever succeeding to that level, at least it gives me something to think about in the shower.


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: laktose on December 09, 2017, 05:43 pm
We have happy hour, too, when Pete brings along enough thinner for everyone. It's a good life plus I don't have to wear a suit


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: DiegoInglewood on December 09, 2017, 08:14 pm
i'm the night manager of a redneck bodega that's a five minute drive from my house. of course in the fall i am also the commissioner of a 12 team fantasy football league. somebody's gotta do it!


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: Captain Wacky on December 09, 2017, 11:39 pm
I'm an environmental consultant and occupational hygienist.

The environmental part means I collect jars of dirt and then tell the client whether its good or bad dirt.

The hygienist part means I tell people to put up warning signs and wear a mask if they have bad dirt.


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: Navigator2001Plus on December 10, 2017, 03:52 am
I drive one of these:

(http://img.directindustry.com/images_di/photo-g/14119-4275739.jpg)


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: jimbob on December 10, 2017, 04:42 am
All of you all bougie bastards are gonna be crushed beneath Nav's Beautiful Blue Collar Machine when we take back what's our'n.


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: TheDarkFlame on December 10, 2017, 05:41 pm
I make coffee. You don't need me to tell you how that works, and I don't need you to tell me how worthwhile a calling it isn't.


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: Lukeington on December 10, 2017, 07:31 pm
I'm a bitcoin magnate.


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: HyperGlavin on December 10, 2017, 10:23 pm
I've just completed the first of four years of my apprenticeship towards an electrical trade. Over the last two years I've worked for a large electrical subcontractor, on a rebuild of the local university's entire engineering campus after the original was destroyed by earthquakes six years ago. Over that time, I've been involved with the demolition and construction of five very expensive two-story buildings full of interesting devices and machines. We're hoping to have the whole project wrapped up by the end of the year.

There's been a wealth of opportunity to learn new skills, and the jobs I'm now tasked with are beyond what I would've expected to be capable of just a year ago. When I first set foot on site as an inexperienced labourer, I couldn't tell you anything about the trade. A few months ago, I'd wired up a switchboard by myself. It's good for the ego.

It's hard work though. The days can often be ten hours of pulling heavy cables through a ditch while the foreman screams slurs at everyone. But we also get to cash in all our scrap copper and put the money on a massive bar tab every few months or so. So you know, ups and downs.


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: Citizen Snips on December 11, 2017, 12:26 am
I already know; I've seen your Snapchats.


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: HyperGlavin on December 11, 2017, 04:19 am
I also work at the Dachshund factory


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: spermus on December 11, 2017, 02:57 pm
I buy books cheap, then rip out and sell individual pages for mega profit$$$


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: Wibblewobble on December 11, 2017, 04:21 pm
I work for an information analysis company. We suck in information on just about any business / resource / environment sector you can think of, and interpret and add value to it and pump it out to clients. We employ around 9000 people in offices around the world.

The business unit I work for specializes in financial info, specifically the actions companies take that affect their shareholders (dividends, take-overs, spin-offs etc., ) and we confirm and format that info in a way our clients can use to STP populate their own systems.

Basically, we do the checking so that our clients do not have to employ pricey people who know what the hell is going on, and so can outsource the downstream actions to centres in India or Poland or whatever.

It still seems weird to me that I started off as a typical poorly-paid clerk in various stockbrokers offices shuffling paper around all those years ago, and now I am a rare and treasured expert resource.


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: CatAstrophe on December 11, 2017, 08:25 pm
I work for a large architecture/engineering/construction management firm as a transportation planner. We consult for primarily public agencies to help them take transportation, infrastructure, and public facilities from the prelimary exploration of options (feasibility, alternatives development) to managing the construction of the dang thing.

I primarily work in the early stages (feasibility studies, alternatives analysis, environmental review) though I am currently working on a project where I am making sure the final design doesn't deviate from the design that was cleared during the environmental review process.

My division works exclusively on transit and multimodal projects. My day to day involves writing and reviewing reports, mapping things, looking at design plans, and arguing with engineers and environmental analysts (people like Captain Wacky) or, more frequently these days, overseeing people that are doing those things.


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: Remington Lonespear on December 12, 2017, 02:27 pm
I work for a small (60ish) information security consulting firm. We largely focus on helping companies secure credit card data and pass payment card industry- and information security-related assessments and audits but we handle all areas of info sec.

For a few years I did assessments myself before the 55 hour work weeks and 30-40% travel started to wear on me. I went part time in May of 2015 to pursue comedy as a career and after about a year of part time work I switched over to head up our QA department (which didn't exist before). So now I basically proofread all of the outgoing compliance documentation that we send to clients. In January I'll go back full time and will be working on training new and existing employees on how to properly do assessments and document the results so that the quality of those deliverables I'm currently reviewing goes up.

I also now work for the improv company that I started with 4 years ago. I handle most of our internal administration stuff that has to do with scheduling events on Facebook, responding to incoming messages and calls, scheduling classes, students, and student shows, team check-ins, etc. It pays next to nothing but it has put me in a leadership role within the company which means I'm becoming more involved in the other day-to-day running of the business, finding our own theater space, etc. So it's nothing major right now but I do see someday soon moving over to being more of an owner.


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: MadPiper6 on December 12, 2017, 10:12 pm
I mow yards. We do other stuff like repair and theoretically build $10,000-$15,000 koi ponds with waterfalls, though the dude I work for is old and doesn't really bid new clients so I doubt I'll ever actually get to build one. Still I've learned some basic plumbing shit and in a lot of ways this job has improved the way I think about work, but the guy I work for can make the whole thing pretty demeaning and more importantly I'm v bored.

Meanwhile I am starting a business!  I worked for this one media company in my town until I didn't about five years ago, and it left me feeling pretty unwanted and out of place, and I've been doing work I don't identify with ever since. The truth is I've always wanted to MAKE MOVIES but I get pretty depressed and really distracted plus I started smoking a lot of weed, but evidence aside, down to my core I really want to MAKE MOVIES. So let me just leap forward - book trailers.
There are a lot of self-published authors out there looking for new ways to stand out, and I think I can help them. I've got a couple of clients and have done some networking with local authors' guilds and conventions. Ideally there should be a considerable variety of work and opportunities to experiment and learn new things.
I've got a lot to learn and maybe even a little worth recalling. I've got a camera and a decent editing rig, so I'm re-learning my old Adobe CS faves and learning Blender to step up my mograph game. Marketing is scary which is ironic considering that's what I'm offering, but there's a lot of doubt about presenting myself. If I can get past the imaginary hurdles and then the real ones, I could really get into this work and maybe open up some new pathways.


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: BSam on December 13, 2017, 02:08 am
i work in a supermarket of just under 100 people. i do the payroll and cash management and am also in charge of price ticketing for items.

i'm in charge of all that shit now, as opposed to working for someone else who was in charge of that shit. it's so much better, i do fuck all, i love it.


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: Johnny Roastbeef on December 13, 2017, 09:18 am
I'm a college professor in renewable energy engineering at a small-ish undergraduate university campus. I teach 6 classes a year on miscellaneous topics: solar power, engineering design, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics. I also do research on some very application oriented solar power topics, including an Android app I made to let you measure the times of day that a solar installation would be shaded, and what your lost energy would be due to shading. Commercial standalone products cost over $2000, so this is my small way of sticking it to the man and getting the knowledge into the hands of anybody with a phone.

This is basically the dream job I went to grad school for in the first place, so it's a pretty sweet deal. I get to focus on teaching, do research that I'm interested in without the pressures of making the university money with big time grants and supporting grad students, and (most importantly) hopefully make a difference to my students.


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: oball on December 13, 2017, 05:02 pm
I'm a lab tech at a university - basically I'm the goon who does all the prep for lab classes behind the scenes.  I enjoyed it when I started as it was a welcome change from the hellscape that is a research career, but we went through a restructure recently to increase "operational excellence", which means they fired pretty much everyone who had been there more than ten years and hired less people at lower pay so now I'm one of two original members of my team and I have to train a bunch of new people how to do more work with less people, which is going to suck.

On the bright side it's got me more involved with my union, and from what the Murdoch media keeps telling us faceless union thugs secretly run everything so that'll be a nice perk.


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: Navigator2001Plus on December 14, 2017, 03:55 am
You guys need to shorten your posts down to just a few words and a picture. Like so:

I'm a science nerd and I play around with stuff like this:

(http://cezmschool.org/sites/default/files/Science%20Lab.jpg)

Actually, if you can do it with just pictures that's even better.


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: Lukeington on December 14, 2017, 04:34 pm
(https://i0.wp.com/voxindie.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/pirate-bitcoin-logo.png?resize=300%2C198)


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: HyperGlavin on December 14, 2017, 09:09 pm
Nav writes for Cracked for a living


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: Bettytron on December 15, 2017, 03:41 pm
I do visual effects with a small, six-person company which is a branch of a larger edit and sound facility (about 30 employees). 99% of the time, I'm working on commercials. Sometimes this involves compositing things from green screen shoots, or doing beauty retouching, removing unlicensed logos from billboards or clothes, or updating a product shot with new packaging if the company has changed their label design but wants to use the same commercial. Basically anything you could do in Photoshop, I do in a program called Flame, on moving footage.

Most of that work isn't terribly exciting, but the methods are meditative, require some problem solving, and that can be satisfying. And every once in awhile I get to work on an interesting [mildly NSFW] music video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRpjsFcb2uo) or an Oscar-winning film (https://www.productionhub.com/blog/post/productionhub-exclusive-significant-others-talks-invisible-vfx-for-moonlight-and-more) which is pretty cool.

I started this career eight years ago getting coffee for clients and managing a tape library. Nine months after that I became an assistant, and I've officially been a lead artist for two years now. All of my coworkers are awesome and my boss has a good sense of the importance of work-life balance (even if clients don't, sometimes) so it's a good gig.


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: RummyLu on January 08, 2018, 12:36 pm
I'm the bridge Laktose works under.


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: Citizen Snips on January 09, 2018, 01:25 am
I'm about to accept a full-time job offer so that's pretty cool


I'll give you the deets when it's final


:)


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: laktose on January 09, 2018, 03:54 pm
If that doesn't work out we could use a second puller under the bridge, business is boomin


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: fermun on January 20, 2018, 05:43 pm
I work for a residential and small commercial solar installer. Right now I work doing project administration stuff, which is stuff like filing for incentives, writing contracts, getting approval from the utility, scheduling things, and customer service. I don't like a lot of it, especially that there's an expectation that you work at minimum 45 hours a week and if you call in sick, by how the whole thing is set up, there's no one that will cover for you, so you just have to work overtime the next week, and so I'm trying to switch positions.

I took night classes in the National Electric Code and was given a promotion to doing the system design, which will be making plansets for the build crew, doing permit drawings, etc.. Unfortunately the promotion is contingent on them hiring a replacement and my boss has not been putting in any real effort, which sucks, as it has been since October 10th that they've theoretically been looking. So far there has not even been a single in-person interview. My boss became obsessed with bitcoins and spent all of her time the last few months trading various crytpocurrencies at work. I finally told her that I don't care about my current job anymore and was going to be doing the absolute minimum amount of work possible to keep everything from falling apart, but no more than that. Since then she's had a few phone interviews, but she's going to Thailand for 2 weeks of vacation, so it's likely going to be early March that I actually get the promotion.

In the meantime, it really sucks that I'm absolutely slammed with scheduling, as we are short one designer (future-me), so we don't have all the permits that we should, so between our project managers and the other project administrator, we are doing about 20 hours additional work every week to find jobs that we have permits for or can pull a permit for quickly enough to do work the next week and then tell the people that should have been done the next week that it'll probably be an additional week or two before we get out there. It's absurd.


Title: Re: What do any of you people even do for a living
Post by: BSam on January 21, 2018, 04:21 am
I work for a residential and small commercial solar installer. Right now I work doing project administration stuff, which is stuff like filing for incentives, writing contracts, getting approval from the utility, scheduling things, and customer service. I don't like a lot of it, especially that there's an expectation that you work at minimum 45 hours a week and if you call in sick, by how the whole thing is set up, there's no one that will cover for you, so you just have to work overtime the next week, and so I'm trying to switch positions.

I took night classes in the National Electric Code and was given a promotion to doing the system design, which will be making plansets for the build crew, doing permit drawings, etc.. Unfortunately the promotion is contingent on them hiring a replacement and my boss has not been putting in any real effort, which sucks, as it has been since October 10th that they've theoretically been looking. So far there has not even been a single in-person interview. My boss became obsessed with bitcoins and spent all of her time the last few months trading various crytpocurrencies at work. I finally told her that I don't care about my current job anymore and was going to be doing the absolute minimum amount of work possible to keep everything from falling apart, but no more than that. Since then she's had a few phone interviews, but she's going to Thailand for 2 weeks of vacation, so it's likely going to be early March that I actually get the promotion.

In the meantime, it really sucks that I'm absolutely slammed with scheduling, as we are short one designer (future-me), so we don't have all the permits that we should, so between our project managers and the other project administrator, we are doing about 20 hours additional work every week to find jobs that we have permits for or can pull a permit for quickly enough to do work the next week and then tell the people that should have been done the next week that it'll probably be an additional week or two before we get out there. It's absurd.

i didn't read that, but i do hope your boss finally puts some fucking effort into that whole replacing you bit.