Discussion in 'Random Thoughts' started by MoatsArt, Oct 23, 2016.
As of the end of the day tomorrow (Friday), retired high school physics teacher! Weird typing that.
Work for the Bank in a Back Office Role. Mostly working on matters relating to charge off accounts and customers can't pay their bills. Not as a collector but more in audit and risk.
(can't remember if I posted here before--so here goes nothing)
I'm in my 3rd (maybe 4th) career: freelance medical writer, 18 years and counting. Mostly I write about medications or devices to physician audiences. I work out of a home office, which explains how I can listen to music 12+ hrs/day (occasionally on headphones).
Tried/failed to get work writing humor/satire, which I love. The one client that pays me to "write funny" is a catalog house in Ohio. They hire me 3-4X a year to write ironic slogans for t-shirts, hats, doormats. 15+ years & 8-10K slogans in on that gig...
That sounds like a sweet gig!
Myself (1st career) I am an IT consultant. E-commerce stuff. Not that exciting a job but pays well enough.
My job description might give more away than my employer would like, but my role can be summarized thus:
Been working at The Source AV for little over a year and a half now. Selling and managing the headphone section. Dabble here and there with the 2 channel and home theater side of the company every now and then. Take calls from folks looking to ask about headphones or amps/dacs/daps/cables/etc.
Previously was working at Questyle for little over a year. Official title was Global Sales Team, realistically I was doing what was needed for day to day operations in the USA. Tech support, tradeshows, shipping, whatever we needed for every day.
Before that in college, worked part time for 3 years at a USA manga publisher. Worked in the production team editing and making digital files all day. Worked in possibly all genres of manga, from normal action stuff, romance yaoi titles, lewd hentai, etc. Did tradeshows and panels at the biggest anime cons around the LA area. Was an interesting place and the folks working there were all big anime fans and gamers. Upper management were clueless about the content we produced and made very unwise choices.
Been a while since I checked in here too. I landed my first C-level job last August (CIO at a Manufacturing company here in Houston), so I've been working a lot more and posting here less. That said, things are starting to get more balanced and I'm enjoying the challenge immensely.
A c-level job that is also right at sea level should be noted.
Just realised I've never posted here.
I'm a freelance traditional pointed-and-broad-pen calligrapher who hasn't had a client in ages (Kidding, but I really haven't been practising much lately so the quality of my work now is poo).
Used to work in the research department of a BPO (business process outsourcing company) that takes clients mainly from ad agencies and some mobile gaming companies. I did market scans and dumbed down the data for quick consumption by people who mostly cared about bottom lines but were too busy to think about it too much. Some big name brands, political clients once (blech), usual stuff. Got uncomfortably familiar with how much personal data people leave free for Lord alone knows whomever to collect. Started out a grunt and eventually made team lead.
Besides the scans I also did online customer support there, had fun with it using organic responses instead of canned lines (I honestly took inspiration from the tone of schiit's early product FAQs when dealing with difficult people, Jason is a fucking genius)— that landed me in "interesting" situations a few times but I like to think it was better for the end consumer and brand having a human behind the keyboard. #rebel. Also wrote copies for a load of products, proposed and did live coverage of events (including one that gave me mild permanent tinnitus— fuck you McCormick), did some visual work, met with clients to sell our souls services, and deal with other odds and ends that weren't in the job description.
The pay wasn't spectacular (posted it somewhere here before but I'm told discussing this is impolite in some societies, so I'll withhold) but I got along excellently with the people there, with some notable exceptions. Work itself was fun and engaging, there were some cool perks when wooing clients and getting them to sign on with us, but office politics and other factors led to my resignation two years and change ago— I've been working on an MSci in clinical psychology since, and it's even more stressful than working for a political candidate's campaign team haha. Good fun though, the field is interesting and I love people both in the warm, personal way and the creepy "so that's how that works" way.
My name is Elnrik. I like pizza. My favorite color is black. I like hearing things. I work in IT.
Been working as a software engineer long time, solve bugs everyday, create bugs everyday...
Structural Engineer... in a nutshell, I work with architects to make sure their buildings don't fall down
What about the bridges that they design?
I am finally retiring after 40 years, including 25 with IBM. My last day will be Sept 9. I decided to jump on one of those "voluntary" retirement programs, I got a pretty good deal actually. I was planning to retire in December anyway so the timing was perfect.
The great part of my job is that probably until my last day in office I will be doing something new and interesting. So why retire? Age.
Even couple of years ago I was able to spend 10 hours a week riding with my cycling club, add to it 50 hours of work, listen to music and do few other things. Not anymore, and something has to give.
Mechanical engineer by education, network engineer by profession.
Been laid off twice by IBM, once by AT&T, and I think I'll let the last one stick. Not worth chasing down another job when I intended to retire shortly, anyway.
"Time makes fools of us all"
That's not a big deal, the real disaster is that we will have to spend less on audio. My role model is this little guy:
God forbid you let an architect near a bridge...
I don't know if you ever saw that episode but George was trying to impress people and he said he was an architect. They asked what he designs and the only thing he could think to say was bridges which followed with questioning about engineers designing bridges and not architects.
I probably saw every Seinfeld... do I remember them? No...
Now I have to go back and find that one... lol
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