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    Default The Worker's Thread - what do you do for a living ?

    If you are a pokefan right from the start and you were in middle (or even high) school when those pocket monsters came out...

    If your college days are already (way) behind you...

    If you now have a job that you want to talk about...


    This thread is for you, you hard workers!


    I thought to myself "since there's a student lounge, why not a place for people working??"

    Furthermore, it would also be a great opportunity for other forum members to ask us about our job, what is it about, what studies we did, if they're interested in it, etc.

    @Mods: please let me know if this thread violates a rule or whatever, I read them but I'm not used to being the OP here...

    Anyway, I'll take myself as an example: I finished college 4 years ago, and since then I've been working in PR in Paris (my hometown). Basically, what I do everyday is make sure the media talk about my clients, and in a good way. I'm in constant contact with a lot of journalists and I always tell my clients what to say and what NOT to say. I create and distribute their press releases, manage their press events, etc. I really love my job and I'm sure a lot of people in this forum do so as well, so it would be great to share your experiences.

    Can't wait to hear your stories

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    I've been a brand ambassador for technological firm: a sales specialist for premium products. It's a lot of fun because it's casual work but it's challenging yet rewarding at the same time.

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    I'm a market analyst for the Canadian mortgage regulator, the CMHC. I am in charge of performing analysis on smaller housing markets in Canada. I assess the health of the markets and perform forecasts. I also write technical reports for these markets.

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    Right now I'm just a lowly retail worker but I just graduated college in May so I'll be looking for something soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebevan91 View Post
    Right now I'm just a lowly retail worker but I just graduated college in May so I'll be looking for something soon.
    Do you work in clothing retail?

    I also work retail, although at a grocery store. It isn't so bad, but the only annoying thing are the customers, but that comes with the territory I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJ2000 View Post
    Do you work in clothing retail?

    I also work retail, although at a grocery store. It isn't so bad, but the only annoying thing are the customers, but that comes with the territory I guess.
    I totally agree with you. I've worked in retail before, and customers can be quite a pain! Everytime I go to a shop or a supermarket, I now understand what the employees are going through and thus try and be nice to them, since it's sadly quite rare...

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    I finished college last year in August and since September I've been working as an Office Manager at an electrician company (no electric background).
    I took a short, 8 month applied accounting course and wound up here. I'm the only office worker so I take care of all correspondence, taxes, invoicing, payroll/remittance, some scheduling, keeping track of projects, and all the filing and what not.
    It's a small family business, although they're a larger family of 9, home schooled all the kids and incredibly religious. I feel like I'm wasting my life here and I spend most of my time on serebii as I am just here for the pay cheques unfortunately because my boyfriend doesn't work much and we have to pay rent and eat as does all. I am hoping for some miracle change in my life soon enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lemoncatpower View Post
    I finished college last year in August and since September I've been working as an Office Manager at an electrician company (no electric background).
    I took a short, 8 month applied accounting course and wound up here. I'm the only office worker so I take care of all correspondence, taxes, invoicing, payroll/remittance, some scheduling, keeping track of projects, and all the filing and what not.
    It's a small family business, although they're a larger family of 9, home schooled all the kids and incredibly religious. I feel like I'm wasting my life here and I spend most of my time on serebii as I am just here for the pay cheques unfortunately because my boyfriend doesn't work much and we have to pay rent and eat as does all. I am hoping for some miracle change in my life soon enough.
    Well, I'm sorry for you really There's really no way for you to find a job that you would like more? I know how hard it can be to find the perfect fit... What would be your ideal job? Any field in particular?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MisterM View Post
    I totally agree with you. I've worked in retail before, and customers can be quite a pain! Everytime I go to a shop or a supermarket, I now understand what the employees are going through and thus try and be nice to them, since it's sadly quite rare...
    Yeah, one of my pet peeves is when we don't have something on the shelf and they ask "do you have any more in the back?" Like, there is no back, this imaginary warehouse some of them think we have haha.

    With that said, it does me keep me busy and always on my feet and my shifts are always 4-5 hours as opposed to 8 hours, so it's not too bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJ2000 View Post
    Do you work in clothing retail?

    I also work retail, although at a grocery store. It isn't so bad, but the only annoying thing are the customers, but that comes with the territory I guess.
    Walmart. More specifically, dairy department.

    Quote Originally Posted by AJ2000 View Post
    Yeah, one of my pet peeves is when we don't have something on the shelf and they ask "do you have any more in the back?" Like, there is no back, this imaginary warehouse some of them think we have haha.

    With that said, it does me keep me busy and always on my feet and my shifts are always 4-5 hours as opposed to 8 hours, so it's not too bad.
    Oh yeah, the back room is some magical place where we can conjure up whatever product the customer is looking for.

    Another one I hate is "Do you work here?"

    No I don't work here, I just decided to put on company approved attire with logos plastered all over and drive up here and spend 5-8 hours of my day here for 5 days a week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebevan91 View Post

    Another one I hate is "Do you work here?"

    No I don't work here, I just decided to put on company approved attire with logos plastered all over and drive up here and spend 5-8 hours of my day here for 5 days a week.
    Yes, that is another common question haha, not to mention you also have a name tag and every employee is wearing the same uniform as you lol. I remember one time I was working outside putting the shopping carts away, when this couple asks me: "Excuse me, can you unlock our buggy for us - oh wait, are you with Walmart?"

    I gave myself a face palm after I heard that, since I don't understand why he would think a Walmart employee would be walking around the parking lot of Superstore, doing their work for them. Not to mention we don't even have a Walmart in the vincinity -_-

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    A coordinator at a tutoring center and do research in an optics lab, although the latter only pays irregularly with stipends but that also means greater flexibility with schedule.

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    i am an embryologist. i am not fully trained yet so a lot of what i do is data entry and LOTS of paperwork. i do get to do sperm preps and egg retrievals, so even though i don't actually "make" the embryos i do get to work with specimens somewhat. it's definitely an interesting field and while there are some downsides, it's wayyyy better than my last job (environmental/safety consultant) so i can't complan too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellie View Post
    i am an embryologist. i am not fully trained yet so a lot of what i do is data entry and LOTS of paperwork. i do get to do sperm preps and egg retrievals, so even though i don't actually "make" the embryos i do get to work with specimens somewhat. it's definitely an interesting field and while there are some downsides, it's wayyyy better than my last job (environmental/safety consultant) so i can't complan too much.
    Do you do any client facing work? Those seem like fairly disparate fields, what is your education background?

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    not really now, i interact with patients occasionally for minor things but i am mostly not patient-facing. they are disparate, i did not really want the consulting job but i was a new grad in an area saturated with lots of new grads, so any full-time position was good enough to start. i have a bachelors in molecular biology with a minor in statistics, and i speak spanish, which the consulting job was really looking for (to give trainings/information to clients that have mostly spanish-speaking employees), and apparently for them any sort of science-ish background was good enough to understand the regulations and such. then after awhile when i decided i was really really sick of that job i put out feelers in anything more related to my degree that i could find, and ended up getting this job because of someone in my sorority alumnae group knows the director. it's much closer to what i actually studied and what i want to do with my life so woo.

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    I work for a fashion retail outlet (Primark) on a weekend and I'm a classroom assistant Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and on Tuesdays I work as an administrative assistant. It's currently a way to make ends meet whilst I save up to pay for my teacher training course.

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    I am currently working as a Case Manager Supervisor in the ever delightful field of dependency child welfare. In a sense, this has been the only job I ever had, but in a sense not as well; I was a Case Manager in child welfare for 2.5 years after coming straight out of college, but then during the holidays last year they promoted me to a supervisor. So although I've only been a Supervisor for about 8 months, child welfare is all I've ever known as far as work.

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    I'm working at a petting zoo for the summer, which is a lot of fun. Depending on the day, I'm either giving people tours, helping at a particular animal's pen, or doing a lot of clean up. It's only a part time job, but I really like being able to pet and play with all of the animals we have when there are no customers around.

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