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jebreject
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« on: Sep 03, 2004, 03:42:23 AM »

So I've been thinking about this for a while, and I was thinking this could be fun and interesting in the same way as the Where You're From thread:  Where do you work?  Do you like your job?  What kind of jobs have you had in the past?  What would you like to be doing?

I'll post my own stories later on but right now I should probably go smoke a cigarette and then go to bed, because I have shit to do tomorrow.
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Keith from TTIKTDA
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« Reply #1 on: Sep 03, 2004, 07:54:36 AM »

I am unemployed.

It sucks.

Anyone wanna give me a job? I'll relocate if the money is good....
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Andrew_TSKS
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« Reply #2 on: Sep 03, 2004, 10:57:28 AM »

i work at a bookstore. it's an independent that specializes in mystery, science fiction, fantasy and horror. we started out with two owners and three employees, and over the four and a half years it's been open we've gradually downsized until it's just me and one of the two owners that work here. the other owner still has an interest in the business, but she doesn't like to work at the store (GOD KNOWS WHY).

it's without a doubt the coolest job i've ever had. steady pay raises have gotten me to the point where i'm making enough to live comfortably on even though i only work around 30 hours a week, and i spend most of my time at work using the dsl internet connection to do exactly what i'm doing now.

now, we're not doing that well financially in the place where we're located, but we're about to move to the hipster shopping district, one block down from the hip record store and the role playing game store, both of which thrive there. we expect our business to do better in this new location--and i certainly hope it will, as i want to have this job for as long as possible.
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« Reply #3 on: Sep 03, 2004, 11:51:33 AM »

I work at a small local musical supplier call Harris Musical Products (AKA Picks by the Pound), and I am jokingly referred to as the "Chief of Production", which means basically that I do all of the grunt work. I prepare most every product we sell that requires it, and I have obscene job security thanks to the fact that I'm basically their only employee. They let me play whatever music I'd like, although they bitch and moan endlessly if I put on tMG, and give me priceless looks for Autechre.

It's a great job, though; mindless, fairly easy, and the two people I work with are decent guys. They don't pay me enough, but I aim to change that sooner or later.
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Ryan W
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« Reply #4 on: Sep 03, 2004, 12:32:07 PM »

i'm an r.a. in the dorms at my school.  it's the easiest job in the entire world and almost impossible to get fired from so i don't really have to do anything.  i love it.
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justinh
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« Reply #5 on: Sep 03, 2004, 01:08:58 PM »

i am also unemployed and it also sucks.  

i've been unemployed for almost three months now, and i'm REALLY hoping that i can hook something up in the next week or so.  my brother is working on getting me a job at an indian casino south of minneapolis, which would be a godsend.
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Kitty Empire
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« Reply #6 on: Sep 03, 2004, 01:23:55 PM »

I'm an audio-visual technician at New School University, which means I'm the guy who comes into classes to turn on the projectors.  We actually get to do some cool stuff here, too, like Inside the Actor's Studio and the 911 Comission, but mostly I sit around the office dicking around on the internet waiting for class changes.

I'd be fine doing this for the long term, but at this point it doesn't really pay enough as far as living in New York is concerned.
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davy
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« Reply #7 on: Sep 03, 2004, 02:29:36 PM »

i work at an independent video store called buffalo video. it's smallish, so on most of my shifts, i'm the only employee there. i can bring my own music, i can lark around the internet, i can even charge people whatever i want to charge them (re: late fees and such). it's fun. we're a laid-back institution, so there's very little stress, and i've made temp. friends with a lot of our customers...we get the coolest people in town because they know we're the best video store in town. i love it. of course, it goes without saying that i don't get paid squat. and i only have 30 hours a week. the other hours are spent volunteering at the colorado review, a first-tier literary journal. i was an intern there last year and enjoyed it so much i came back for the hell of it. and the experience will be nice.

as far as the money thing goes, luckily, my wife is kick-ass, and got an amazing--and amazingly well-paying--job at the police department. the original plan was for her to support me while i finished grad school. but i didn't finish grad school. so we're moving back to georgia in october, where the official plan will be: i look for an amazing--and amazingly well-paying--job while she finishes her degree and goes to architecture school. no pressure.

i'm hoping to get something in publishing, since it's the only thing i know anything about, but i'm not alone, and those positions are tough to get. so who knows where i'll end up.
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« Reply #8 on: Sep 03, 2004, 02:57:23 PM »

Quote from: "justinh"
i am also unemployed and it also sucks.  

i've been unemployed for almost three months now, and i'm REALLY hoping that i can hook something up in the next week or so.  my brother is working on getting me a job at an indian casino south of minneapolis, which would be a godsend.


The job is for Treasure Island?  You didn't tell me that.  That's where my dad works, actually.  He's a black jack dealer.  You said you'd be doing like graphic design type stuff, right?   I can't really remember.
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justinh
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« Reply #9 on: Sep 03, 2004, 03:06:02 PM »

yeah, it's at treasure island.  my brother used to work there and stuff, he was always bored and i can't imagine that much would be going into my 'multimedia coordinator' position.
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jebreject
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« Reply #10 on: Sep 03, 2004, 03:11:51 PM »

Anyway.  I'm a bagger at a grocery store in the "University Square"/East Side neighborhood of Milwaukee.  The pay sucks, my hours suck (usually around twenty hours a week, but I've gotten as few as twelve) and it's been a struggle just to pay rent lately.  I've been on the look-out for a better job but thus far I haven't had much luck.  Put in my application at a bookstore a few blocks from me, but I'm pretty sure I won't get the job, because, come on, a bookstore job is like the second coolest job in the world, and I'm sure people much more well-suited for the job than I am also applied.

The job itself isn't so bad--some of my duties are downright annoying 90% of the time, but it's nothing really worth complaining about.  I work with some cool people and have had some interesting discussion with the customers--I really like the people-watching aspect of the job--and it's not like I'm working in a salt mine or something.  I used to work in a veneer mill, and now that was an awful job:  back-breaking labor in a two-hundred degree room, talk about fun.

The only real downside to the job are the shitty people I have to work with:  Frank, the owner, is a typical businessman type that is very bottom-line-minded, so much so that when I told him that if I don't get more hours I won't be able to pay rent, he didn't even batt an eye.  Kathy, Frank's girlfriend, head-cashier and head of the bakery, doesn't know how to do anything herself, shoves all her responsibilities off on to others, and is taken to power-tripping all over everybody.  My brother (who also works there) and I decided that almost every bad thing about Sentry can be linked back to Kathy.  Bruce, one of the other baggers, has recently been annoying the piss out of my by neglecting all his duties and telling me to do them as he leaves for the night.  Bullshit.

Er, sorry about all that.  I guess I just needed to vent.

Hopefully this coming week I'll be picking up some hours in Produce, which would make me happy.  Less running around, less getting yelled at by customers (for not knowing their particular idiosyncratic bagging preferences), more working on my own and away from  said annoying co-workers/managers.  I don't see why I wouldn't get transferred.  I have experience with that type of work (used to work on a vegetable farm) and hell, I'm already there, so they don't have to hire someone new and spend time (and thus money) training them.
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« Reply #11 on: Sep 03, 2004, 03:54:24 PM »

Everyone seems to have really cool jobs here.  I graduated at the end of last spring and I got a post-bac position at the National Institutes of Health as a biologist.  I've been here for a month, and I think its amazing.  The money is OK, just enough lo live off.  I get to work with zebrafish, and they are really cool, I feel like I see life happening before my eyes everyday.  I guess that makes me a science nerd...  Very Happy
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« Reply #12 on: Sep 03, 2004, 04:22:21 PM »

Quote from: "nati1107"
Everyone seems to have really cool jobs here.  I graduated at the end of last spring and I got a post-bac position at the National Institutes of Health as a biologist.  I've been here for a month, and I think its amazing.  The money is OK, just enough lo live off.  I get to work with zebrafish, and they are really cool, I feel like I see life happening before my eyes everyday.  I guess that makes me a science nerd...  Very Happy


hey i freelance for the NIH from time to time!
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« Reply #13 on: Sep 03, 2004, 05:16:31 PM »

I am 23 and I've already been on unemployment benefits twice.

Right now, I work at an Office Max in the CopyMax part.  We're coming out on the other side of the back to school rush, and I have to say that this is possibly the most stressful job I've ever held down.  I am one of four CopyMax employees, having started in June (the supervisor quit three days into my training) and I already have seniority over the other three.  Not that I see them that often.  I usually work alone.

Among my duties are making copies (natch), sending/receiving/filing faxes, taking various orders from customers (business cards, signs, etc.), desktop publishing, laminating, light Xerox maintainance, binding... usually simultaneously.

I got mad job security as I'm there everyday and know what's going on.

Before this, I worked at a print shop which laid me off while I was on vacation.  The move from there to Office Max seemed to make sense, since I already knew my shit.

I've worked at a chain music store that went under, I've bussed tables, been a CA in the dorms over a summer (for the myriad camps that take residence there), put up vinyl siding, worked in a warehouse mixing industrial cleaning fluids (this was a great job--no customers, just me and these huge vats of isopropyl alcohol), Dunkin' Donuts.

"I wanna call in/I think it every day/But I'm not ballin'/So I gotta keep up the charade of customer service/I don't make commission, so my efforts seem worthless/"Thanks and have a nice day"/That's what I gotta say/Even if they were rude/and gave me attitude/it's a shame what I gotta do to get rent and food"
-Murs, "God's Work"
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« Reply #14 on: Sep 03, 2004, 06:16:21 PM »

I'm the Music Editor of Seattle Weekly and freelance for a bunch of other places, including Stereo-Type, Chicago Reader, Time Out New York, City Pages, Village Voice, Tracks, Spin, Rolling Stone, and Nerve.com. I love my job. Before I wrote, I was a grocery bagger, a hologram salesman (at the Mall of America, ahem), a dishwasher, a cook, a record store clerk, and an ice cream conemaker. I also did counter service at a pizzeria and an ice creamery. I'm doing exactly what I want right now, hallelujah.
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« Reply #15 on: Sep 03, 2004, 07:00:41 PM »

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I'm so glad to have been privileged enough to hear this sentence uttered (or see it typed...) in my lifetime.
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« Reply #16 on: Sep 03, 2004, 09:37:48 PM »

I forgot to talk about my other jobs!  Before starting at the NIH, and thru most of college, I had the pleasure of being one of the spanish speaker announcers for the Florida Lottery... yes, that was me you heard saying "when you play, we all win" everynight...  So, eventhough I like my new and first "real" job, my dream would be to do voice over jobs for the rest of my life.
woejilli, yay for the NIH! what have you done for them?
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davy
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« Reply #17 on: Sep 03, 2004, 11:56:53 PM »

the timeline (not because you need it, but because i've never done it):

macon, georgia:
1) "courtesy clerk" at kroger (basically a grocery bagger)...age 15
2) bookseller/customer service guy at books-a-million (a nice introduction to retail, made some friends)...ages 16-18
3) record store clerk at camelot music (crappy crappy mall chain)...age 18
4) maintenance worker at barrington hall golf course (could be nice or hellish, depending on temperature and disposition of supervisor)...age 19
5) bookseller/customer service guy at barnes & noble (say what you will about the corporate juggernauts--i've said my share, i know--but these people knew how to run a friggin' business)...age 20

athens, georgia:
6) inventory manager at books-a-million (and these people didn't know how to run a business at all, but it was a lot of fun...went out of business a few months after i left)...ages 21-23
7) editorial intern at the georgia review (my only hot-shot internship, this magazine is considered one of the absolute best in the nation, and it was educational, but rather incomprehensive)...age 23

fort collins, colorado"
8 ) assistant to librarian in charge of ordering at the fort collins public library (total data entry drag, but at least they let me wear headphones...this was a work-study position)...age 24
9) editorial intern at the colorado review (while not quite on the same level as the GA review, the CR internship was--and is--much more hands-on, much more exciting and fulfilling, due largely to the efforts of its fantastic editor, stephanie g'schwind)...ages 24-25
10) indie video store clerk at buffalo video (best awful-paying job ever...it's what i'm doing this very second)...ages 24-25

10 jobs in 10 years. i can't decide whether that's too many or too few.
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« Reply #18 on: Sep 04, 2004, 10:16:02 AM »

i work at a hotel.  politicians, weekend family vacationers here to expose their kids to a lop-sided view of abraham lincoln while mentioning nothing to them about the 1908 race riots which served as the impetus for the NAACP, and the occasional national face.   it's a fun job.  never boring.  three weeks of paid vacation and health/dental/etc benefits rule!.  what's weird is that the people who you would think would be arrogant and bitchy generally turn out to be the coolest and most affable:

christina aguilera - no make up, baseball cap, and friendly for the ten minutes we chatted.  sweet girl.  

hillary rodham clinton - Rude, with a capital R.  she will burn in hell for that.

dave mustaine - thought he was doing us all a favor a few years back by playing the grand piano which resides in our main lobby.  he did name his son Justis, which i thought was cool as fuck. i really felt bad when he asked if i was a fan of megadeth.  i told him i was but didn't like the last two albums - at all.  we talked about ac/dc's malcolm young instead.

tipper gore - i admitted to her that, when in high school working at the local library, i used to throw away copies of her 'raising pg kids in an x-rated society' because i didn't want my dad/mom to read that, get freaked out, and take away my copy of ac/dc's fly on the wall.  she was sweet and laughed it off.

ted nugent - nice guy.  wasn't as arrogant and as self-absorbed as he is generally perceived.

bob dylan - nice, and talkative.  i totally expected him to be this disarming, quiet guy.  we talked about charley patton, johnny cash, and the songs he record with willie nelson. [/i]
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« Reply #19 on: Sep 04, 2004, 09:24:27 PM »

I'm a Research Technician in a plant molecular biology lab. We study the genes involved in flower and fruit development of the Arabidopsis plant, a tiny weed that's become the model organism for plant biology due to its small genome and short life cycle, as well as ease of manipulation. I do research in the lab and also manage the students and do all the lab biz & tech stuff. It's a good job, not exactly the fast track to wealth but I'm comfortable.
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« Reply #20 on: Sep 05, 2004, 03:21:24 AM »

Up until a few weeks ago I worked at an upscale wine shop/bar.
It was fun and the people I worked with ruled.  We had good times.

Selling wine is fun because so few people know much about it, yet nearly everybody accepts wine as a symbol of class and refinitude, and will thus accept anything you tell them as long as its couched in right-sounding jargon/attidtude.

Not that I lied or misled people...but it was fun to occassionaly tell people that a bottle "has a nice, smooth, grapey taste to it".


But now I have moved to a new city and I need to find a new job.  Feh.
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« Reply #21 on: Sep 06, 2004, 12:27:39 AM »

My first job was picking melons and corn and doing odd jobs for a gruff MD in my hometown who ran a farm when he wasn't tending to his general practice.  Sometimes I'd babysit for my nephews too, utilizing my highly successful "you can't beat 'em so join 'em" technique, whereby I'd play along with them at their incredibly manic pace till the habit of an eight o'clock bedtime caught up with 'em.  This was lots of fun, though it sometimes meant wrestling at half strength against a pair of squirming little brats all too eager to knee me in the jewels.  Oh, and they locked me out of the house one time.

In high school I worked at the movie theatre in the next town over, first as usher then as projectionist.  In lieu of the adolescent soap opera staged in the lobbies and projection booths of the six screen Brighton Cinemas I'll share these two observations: First, I am adamant that They Might Be Giants Lincoln sounds better the worse the playback fidelity gets.  I remain quite happy with the 15 year old cassette I've owned since the album came out, but it has never sounded better than it did playing on a continuous loop between showings through the tinny speakers set into the theater,Aeos ceiling.  Secondly, now that I am in my thirties I have to make peace with the realization that I may not again do anything that so potently mixes pride in physical prowess, the thrill of transgression and sudden unexpected beauty as launching half-empty popcorn buckets and soda cups into the ceiling fans while ostensibly cleaning the theater.  Steadying the vandal urges of adolescence just enough to take measured aim at the spinning fan with the reward, if your throw and your timing were accurate, of a sudden burst of popcorn or a spray of Mountain Dew, glittering in the dark as it catches the light from the end credits...

For a few summers I worked at odd jobs for the foulmouthed caretaker of a seniors,Aeo apartment complex.  In three years at college I worked as a night receptionist for twenty or so hours per week, wrecking my sleeping patterns for a decade or more -- even to this day my owlish tendencies make the recommended eight hours per night seem unattainable.  Listened to a lot of music and had many a bleary-eyed and bleary-minded conversation with friends, strangers, late-night studiers and other assorted lobby rats.  Had a yearly tradition of relocating my entire stereo to the lobby on the final night of the school year and pulling a seven hour double shift.  
 
After not quite graduating from college I worked variously as clerk, assistant manager, buyer, inventory manager for both Borders Books & Music's Ann Arbor flagship store and for Schoolkids', a now defunct independent record store.  As folks have said above, working book / music retail is wonderful -- I miss the daily exposure to tens of new titles, the variety of people good and bad, charming and churlish, the doldrums in which seemingly no amount of unshelved CDs can prevent the slow drift of clerks towards a register or helpdesk, where we'd clump like seaweed and pass the time in conversation, and I miss just as much the hectic days when holidays or street fairs drove folks in into the store in droves and you'd run two registers at a time just to keep up....
Anyhow, in comparing Books & Etc, Inc v. Ye Li'l' Shoppe on the corner I'd say the bullshit level was about equal, and am uncertain whether I prefer it honeyed with corporate euphemism or bitter and bad-breathed all up in my face from the owner himself.  Certainly my experience has shown me that some small business owners compete just as much with their own worst instincts as with the inter/national corporate rivals on whom they might prefer to blame their failures.

I'm currently an inside sales rep for a semi-independent music distributor to the gift & book trades.  I spend my days schlepping new age, easy listening, guided meditations, more discs of Sanskrit chanting than I care to count, and all sorts of other stuff.  Theoretically it's great to be paid to listen to and talk about music.  Sadly the music in question is mostly not my bag of bones, and some of it is laughably bad.  But I have to admit that I've been exposed to some great music I would otherwise have scoffed at.  I certainly got a good laugh out of the LPtJ piece on Steve Roach, ,AeoQuiet Friend:,Aeo ,Aeu[W]ho among us would announce, even among strangers to see what kind of reaction it would get, that we,Aeore into New Age music?  Go ahead, tell the next person who asks you what you,Aeove been into lately that you,Aeove been going through a New Age phase.  I dare you.  See?  You,Aeore with me on this one.,Aeu

I work with some great folks, both coworkers and customers, but I long for something different.  The challenge is figuring out just what that is.  Being a bookseller would be great, but it would likely mean a significant drop in pay at a time when my wife and I are quite settled in our petit bourgeois comforts.  It feels like I'd risk gaining joy in my work while sacrificing the pleasures of leisure.
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« Reply #22 on: Sep 06, 2004, 09:18:02 PM »

I am a student right now, but in my summers I work, and do a little bit here and there during school.  I'm in law school, one year away from being a lawyer.  Recent paying gigs include:

- Suing bosses for failing/refusing to pay workers minimum wage, or overtime, or at all.  Also suing bosses for race discrimination in the workplace.

- Defending foodstamps recipients from the Department of Public Welfare, when the DPW claimed my clients were fraudulently converting their foodstamps into cash.  I won more than I lost, which was nice.  Like DPW doesn't have better things to do?

- Defending elderly welfare recipients from being kicked out of publicly-funded adult daycare centers, where they go to get medical care, exercise, social interaction, and some meals, because they don't have the resources (usually money) to provide for most of these things without govt support.

- Drug study guinea pig

- Museum laborer, setting up new exhibits, or packing them up to send away to their next destination.  Boy is that boring, but easy work and I usually work with a bunch of pals.

- Bike messenger

Now if I can just score a grant to get paid to be a lawyer for poor people when I get out of school, I'll be set.  Fingers crossed.
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« Reply #23 on: Sep 07, 2004, 12:08:05 AM »

i'm recently off a job working in the toddler classroom
of a local area alternative ed highschool's pregnant and parenting teen
program.

in short:
mom's who are still in highschool have their little ones
in my classroom while they finish their high school diploma.
i was working with 16 month to 2 and a half year olds.

now, i'm a student again,
getting my masters in elementary education,
doing my student teaching in a 4th grade classroom.
school starts tomorrow,
send mad juju my way, yo.

j.
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« Reply #24 on: Sep 07, 2004, 01:34:35 PM »

I spent the summer teaching ceramics and stained glass to small children at a summer camp.  Working with kids is my favorite type of job as they are the most frustrating, brilliant, entertaining, creative, sincere, interesting, tiny people to work with.  I like it a hell of a lot more than dealing with adults on a regular basis.

Right now I'm unemployed and will be going job hunting in my neighborhood just now.  Wish me luck.
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