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Design Engineer….Nepotism in a Family Business

A short while ago, I took a new position as a design engineer for a small family run company. The son of the owner was the VP of engineering.   The son was quite a bit younger than me, but… So..
The first week on the job, I’m sitting in my cube, a few feet from his office, when his [...]

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Software Developer………sheer incompetence

I was a…god what was I?…C++/MTS/VMS developer. I surfed the web on a day to day
basis..<laughs>..all server side development. In Munich.
Before this, I was a VB/Access developer for a Digital. I got the job through
contacts…the old boys network.
I took it because it seemed like a good idea at the time and the money was good. [...]

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Journalist…..Jobs in Journalism are rewarding, but very political

The journalism bug bit me at a young age and I chased my dream in high school and
college. Guess it was the Mary Tyler Moore and Lou Grant shows that inspired me.
Unfortunately, that was TV; this was reality. I worked in TV and at newspapers.
Movies and television often make these out to be glamorous jobs [...]

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Software Team leader…before there was shite

I’m a bit of a team leader…push <name deleted> around a bit, wake him up and all that…he falls asleep most of the time.  <Another guy> gets on with his
work very well.  Don’t need to do anything with him.  well, that’s it really.
I was working in England in conjunction with these people and there was a [...]

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Female Mainframe Contract Programmer….fell in love with computers.

I write mainframe software.
I’m currently in the Dallas/Fort Worth (Texas) metroplex.
I want to change my skill set over to writing PC software.
I hope then I’ll be able to buy into the family partnership and network the business.
Then I’ll be able to go HOME!
Before I got into this field, I was a temp office worker.
I was [...]

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Austrian English Tutor/Teacher….hopefully making lessons more exciting

I’m normally a student but this year I’m working as an English assistant here in Austria.  Since October….well, I had to apply through this company which organizes assistants in lots of different countries…well, Europe at least.
I had to specify which country I wanted to work in…why I would be good at it.  I took it because…well…I applied for it.  [...]

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Working with numbers….shit work, but at least I’m abroad

I am in sales…indirect ones..and…what do I do?  I am responsible for sales
contacts for the nordic countries.  Sweden, Finland, and Norway.  I go to work,
every day….5 days a week.  When I get there I make tea in the morning….I do most
of the number work in the indirect sales department.  That takes of most of my [...]

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Being a teacher….We aren’t the problem

I am a public school teacher who has been in the classroom for thirty
years. Kids are different in many ways as are schools. Most of the time I love my job, but
there are many days when the frustration at student apathy, cockiness, and just rude
behavior get to me. I hear people say they are bored [...]

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Telemarketing…..nobody likes you

I did telephone surveys. An Interviewer, I suppose,  I wasn’t marketing
anything. I asked people about things from cookware to political stuff to following up on
movie previews to travel in Long Island.  I did this for 5 months.
It was ok at first.  It paid more than my last job which was novel…which was
cool. It seemed like [...]

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McDonalds job…..All about the team

I worked as a crew member at McDonald’s in Plainview, New York right after high
school. Mcdonald’s always seemed like a good first job and one of my best friends worked
there….so I went in and applied.
I loved it. It was a lot of fun. We were a very…highly rated store. Mcdonalds has
an internal rating system.
It was [...]

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Doctor……content, but not accepted

I was chief resident in the department of general surgery for 8 years. It was a …what
you call it…secondary hospital…it’s in between specialized health center and primary
health center…you could say district hospital. It was in Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia.
Before this, I worked in Pakistan. I was in department of internal medecine for 1 year
and then year [...]

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Fast Food Cashier……silly stuff

I am a cashier at a fast food restaurant. Getting their orders…umm…making sure
that…it’s like some silly stuff…making sure that their order is right. Ok…making
sure that they are satisfied on the product of…you know…the food…and the
quantity…whatever..whatever, whatever….that’s about it.
I took the job because I need money. I’ve been doing it for almost 5 months…6. I got
the [...]

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Medical Resident…..My life is not my own

I am a emergency medecine resident…I commit all kinds of atrocities. I manage
patients who present with the entire spectrum of acute illnesses from pediatrics to major
penetrating trauma….under the supervision of attending physicians. Before this, I was in
college.
I decided to be a doctor…I always wanted to be a doctor…I always found the
intellectual aspects of medecine interesting. [...]

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Big City Banking….no room for creativity.

The official title for my job was financial officer for the International income
group in the management accounting area….I worked in NYC. Before this job, I worked for the same company, just in a different department and before that, I was in school.
How did I get the job?….I interviewed for it…ok, well originally, they had a job fair…more [...]

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Inner city spanish teacher….too much stress

I was a middle school teacher. Before that I was in college….I always wanted to be a
teacher…my mother was a teacher, I loved my teachers. I just wanted to be a teacher. I
looked for the job, saw it in a trade journal…educational newspaper for the east
coast…I had been subbing for a while, filling in for [...]

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Graphic Designer….doing what I want to do.

By title, I’m a graphic designer…it’s a generic title….Creative
services is one aspect of what I do. The job title is to initiate, design and then produce
a deliverable product to a playing client….or a service…I do this in New York, with
occasional trips. The quality of work varies from simple on screen presentations to
elaborate print media to [...]

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Systems engineer……a bit routine, but a good job.

I work in Munich as a systems engineer for a large computer company….it means that
…I don’t know what it means. I’m working….doing…putting the software together for
the consumer machines. From day to day, I build what we call images…Windows and the
right drivers for our hardware and misc. programs which we decide to use…we put it all
together [...]

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Marketing & PR…travelling and working 5 hours a week..Wow!

I am a Marcom (marketing and communication) …specialist?  My job title is PR
& sales. I work in a team of people and together we provide sales departments with
marketing material in order to support them. I used to work in Munich, but now I travel
around the world to make sure that <pause to think>…it’s basically looking [...]

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Assistance at a large company….what does that mean

I worked for a fairly large conglomerate in Munich, Germany doing marketing and
assistance. Assistance is basically doing shit…organizing meetings…no, I didn’t make
coffee. I refused to make coffee.
Before this job, I studied and I took the job because it paid well. I’ve been doing it
for 2 years and I kept doing it because it paid well [...]

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Computer contractor….good pay, but I want to do something more worthwhile

Where should I start?…well, I’m really not employed at the moment, but my last job was as a contractor working in Munich, Germany. I worked for a really large computer company there helping to troubleshoot problems with their Electronic Commerce systems. I must say that it was a rather nice job in a lot of [...]

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