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Re: Day jobs...

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:10 am
by ze2be
8O wrote:Senior Mine Shaft Engineer. Just finished this 2 year Berlin project connecting Schönhauser Allee to Schwedterstrasse.
Wow, thats different! Are you working on tunnels?

Re: Day jobs...

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:14 am
by masterblasterofdisaster
I'm a computer graphics programmer for feature film effects. I used to be an "artist" (I don't consider it artistic to pump out stuff at a clients request; rather, it's an artisanal skill), switched to programming, and now mainly write plugins called "shaders".

I've been playing bass for 25 years. Music is a release, keeps me happy - though I have to admit I have guilty pangs about it.

Re: Day jobs...

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 4:42 am
by Tarekith
Current occupation is in my signature, before that I was a bio-tech engineer/researcher for 10 years.

Re: Day jobs...

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:24 am
by aisling
just became a registered nurse....doing vaccinations at state prisons

Re: Day jobs...

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:30 am
by kanuck
Mint Invader wrote:Right on, in the same boat being a CS student... granted its just VB in community college. But gotta start somewhere before I play with python.
http://thenewboston.org/list.php?cat=36

i find this guy teaches really well.

Re: Day jobs...

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:38 am
by kanuck
evaodland wrote:Oracle DBA

(I hate technology....I am trapped...seduced by money and the desire for stupid electronic things that go bloop and bleep....music is a hobby...I cant quit doing....)

You CS kids....quit now...before it is too late...just because it is interesting and you are good at it is not a reason to make a career of dealing with the crap I had to deal with....the sheer terror of hardware failures, idiotic users and crazed "I can do anything I want programmers" managed by displaced, mentally deficient managers.

Quit now....go to the beach, sell t-shirts, sling cocktails...you will be immeasurably happier.
thanks for the heads up. I'm on the fence between that and medicine. I'm planning to do a few internships before graduating to make sure I really want to do this.

To all the other CS students I'd highly recommend doing at least 1 internship before graduating.

Re: Day jobs...

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:06 am
by Machinesworking
Union Painter for years, now self employed. It pays for shit, but I deal with one customer at a time, for a couple weeks mostly if that, then it's on to the next.
So low income, but low stress, a customer can only drive me nuts for a week or so, and honestly the bad ones are much rarer when you decide who a customer is and how your interrelation with them will go. Mental health > money. I have no idea how people put up with office jobs or cashiering in retail?

Re: Day jobs...

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:12 am
by aisling
Machinesworking wrote:Union Painter for years, now self employed. It pays for shit, but I deal with one customer at a time, for a couple weeks mostly if that, then it's on to the next.
So low income, but low stress, a customer can only drive me nuts for a week or so, and honestly the bad ones are much rarer when you decide who a customer is and how your interrelation with them will go. Mental health > money. I have no idea how people put up with office jobs or cashiering in retail?
I hear you, I painted for 15 years for that reason. I was silly, I painted everything from houses to cats, I even painted my toe nails a few times. Dunn Edward's, Pratt and Lambert, Benjamin Moore FTW

Re: Day jobs...

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 11:48 am
by rozling
By day: Sysadmin for a large retailer
By night: Studying part time for a degree in IT management*
By late night/weekend: I do 'tech' for a startup

It's worth noting that I checked in to A&E last week with chest/arm pains, brought on by stress/anxiety. Don't overload yourselves, people. Turns out I'm medically fine but have a tendency towards anxiety. Also it's taken this to make me realise I don't want to do a degree (at least not this degree, at this time).

Re: Day jobs...

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:30 pm
by razorblade
Manwhore.

Re: Day jobs...

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:53 pm
by Angstrom
I've found the best way to be happy in a career is to ignore meeting requests, ignore crazy client requests, do what is actually correct regardless of what was asked for. Oddly this strategy has not adversely affected my income. I recommend it.

career advisors like to draw a venn diagram of 3 areas, aptitude, money, desire like this

That venn triangle is inaccurate, it's actually a pyramid and the all-important invisible sphere which rests on top is titled "asshats".
All the aptitude, money and desire in the world can be crushed by a giant asshattery weighing down on you.

What seems like an excellent job can be turned to raw pain by timid and unimaginative management, or wrong-headed clients. Both groups ignore advice and set you working on your worst nightmare, and then use the blame-thrower when it fails.

do not care too much, otherwise the asshats will get you.

Re: Day jobs...

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 5:12 pm
by jstilger
I am a geologist for an environmental consulting company. We search for contamination on mostly commercial and industrial site and then remediation of the soil and groundwater.

Re: Day jobs...

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 6:11 pm
by garyd7
Hotel receptionist and full time electronic & electrical enginerring student.

No bad.

Re: Day jobs...

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 7:47 pm
by ikeaboy
I teach school leavers sound engineering and production and, most of the time, I love. Sure as hell beats the shift work at the pharmaceutical factory that I did for years.

The most fun I ever had working was as kitchen staff and waiting at a pizza restaurant for 1.65 an hour in 1993.

Re: Day jobs...

Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:25 pm
by stringtapper
I'm a blood spatter analyst for Miami PD by day…