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FoidPoosening
03-20-2013, 05:34 AM
Just curious! Want to get to know some members of the community, and I always find myself asking people this question.

I guess something just intrigues me about hearing from people in different walks of life.


I myself am a sophomore at Bentley University near Boston. I founded, own and operate my own paintball business selling almost strictly used equipment. The company (Armorypaintball.com) is on its 4th full fiscal year right now and is the second largest retailer of used paintball guns, the first largest for used parts... both of those worldwide :). I'd love to do more, but hey I'm still in college!

Your turn,

GO! :D

Kerosene
03-20-2013, 05:51 AM
College student for Clinical Psychology and a couple other degrees as I feel like it.
I do a lot of side jobs for the old people in my apartment complex, something like a handyman or go-to-man for anything they wish. Sometimes I help out a guy with mechanic work, mostly specialty stuff like transmissions or carb rebuilds. And during the holiday season I build bikes for bicycle shops if they need more help.

Brightdreamer
03-20-2013, 06:19 AM
Three days a week, I take books out of boxes and put them on a belt.

The other four, I search for a second job.

(What an intriguing life I lead...)

katci13
03-20-2013, 06:25 AM
Family retail store. Understaffed. It sucks but I guess it beats cleaning out the sewer...though sewer cleaners gets paid a lot more than I do.

thothguard51
03-20-2013, 06:32 AM
Stipper pole waxer...

FoidPoosening
03-20-2013, 09:22 AM
Stipper pole waxer...

...in your spare time? :P

Dandroid
03-20-2013, 09:50 AM
I bring out the dead...sometimes bring then back..

JulianneQJohnson
03-20-2013, 10:07 AM
I worked as a costumer in professional theatre for 25 years. now I work with at risk kids.

Cliff Face
03-20-2013, 10:34 AM
Full time Uni student, though I used to work retail. And labouring before that.

No idea what I want to do for a job, apart from writer.

KellyAssauer
03-20-2013, 01:08 PM
I bat my eyes and pout,
and people give me things.

:Shrug:

Myrealana
03-20-2013, 06:22 PM
Corporate Financial Analyst - now.

I've been a mortgage loan processor, computer tech support, database analyst, underwriter, and a few other things over the years.

French Maiden
03-20-2013, 06:39 PM
I'm a homeschooling, single, stay at home mum of 2.

Lavern08
03-20-2013, 08:28 PM
I'm the Office Manager from you-know-where.

Yeah, that one. ;)

SelmaW
03-20-2013, 08:35 PM
Finance :)

charmedhorses
03-20-2013, 10:11 PM
Admin assistant :)

sheadakota
03-20-2013, 10:51 PM
I lift things up and I put them down.:)

Parametric
03-20-2013, 10:57 PM
I'm a freelance editor. :)

Maythe
03-20-2013, 10:58 PM
I'm a gardener.

milkweed
03-20-2013, 11:01 PM
Artist who should be painting right now an is readin AW instead!

ElaineA
03-20-2013, 11:07 PM
Spent the last 18 years banging heads and shouting "Clean up your damn rooms!"

Now I'm unemployed (let their dormmates yell at them), but I'm a writer. Who's not making a living. Yet. :D

Shadow_Ferret
03-20-2013, 11:12 PM
I used to be involved in documentation as first a desktop publisher and the. A technical writer but when the economy went south I was unemployed for so long company's started looking at my skills as outdated.

So now I'm a secretary.

Mutive
03-20-2013, 11:14 PM
I'm a chemical engineer, now working in technical marketing.

Al Stevens
03-20-2013, 11:14 PM
Retired 47 percenter

BradyH1861
03-21-2013, 05:05 AM
I am a humble public servant.

Chase
03-21-2013, 06:14 AM
I'm a retired college prof; therefore, I was.

I now edit; therefore, I am again.

patskywriter
03-21-2013, 06:48 AM
• journalist/online-newspaper publisher
• radio host (weekly interview show)
• livestreaming tv show host (weekly interview show)
• freelance photographer/videographer
• deejay

onesecondglance
03-21-2013, 01:23 PM
I work for in eCommerce for a life insurer.

Robbert
03-21-2013, 02:23 PM
I've been working as an engineer, teacher, social worker (drug addicts, people with special needs), fitter for the automotive industry (setting up stands at car shows).

These days, I mainly work as a freelancer translating from English to German.

Stevewritesbooks
03-21-2013, 02:43 PM
Cameraman at a TV station for the early morning news. Father of a newborn, as well. (And that's harder then my "real" job.)

I_love_coffee
03-21-2013, 04:32 PM
social worker at a nursing home for kids

itsmary
03-21-2013, 08:17 PM
I work at Target.

Liralen
03-22-2013, 10:10 AM
Unemployed right now, but by profession paralegal, criminal defense, workers' rights, workers' comp, immigration, property, worked on quite a few of the federal cases over Oak Ridge; lots of investigation and research and working with clients. Even worked for a large bail bond company and at one time held a bonding license.

DeaK
03-22-2013, 11:08 AM
I'm back working as a copy writer for an international furniture company.

Cliff Face
03-22-2013, 02:01 PM
DeaK, if it's IKEA, then your name is almost spot on. Just swap the D for an I and move the K up.

You'll be CEO in no time. :)

ThomasH
03-06-2018, 12:21 AM
Hey there everybody!
I'm curious, what do some of you do for your day jobs?

I'm a graphic designer myself and sometimes I find myself working and get hit with ideas or revelations for stories I'm working on.
Then I have to excuse myself to go jot things down real quick - can't let those golden ideas get away from me!

Similarly, it can be a bit difficult to switch gears sometimes - jumping from my day job's way of thinking and back into writing-mode.
How is it for all of you? :D

thereeness
03-06-2018, 07:21 AM
I'm a captioning associate at a place called Captel. They manufacture and sell caption telephones for the hearing impaired and I am the robot that provides those captions. I work in a cubicle, and I'm third shift, which has been the best thing I've ever done. Because when we're not on calls, we can do whatever we want. Which means unlimited time for me to work on my writing.

The only downside is, I can't bring any kinda typewriter/writing program into work, so all my work is done in notebooks >.< But still! Unlimited writing time!

Pancubuzz
03-06-2018, 07:46 AM
Currently teaching English in Japan. It's also great for writing because I'm not a full-time teacher, just an assistant. So while I do prepare a lot of my own lessons and materials for the kids (depending on who I'm teaching with) and I'm at work for 8 hours a day, I usually have at least an hour to get some writing, even if it's just brainstorming, down. During exams I have nothing to do so I have all 8 hours to write (or try to).

ThomasH
03-06-2018, 08:52 PM
I'm a captioning associate at a place called Captel. They manufacture and sell caption telephones for the hearing impaired and I am the robot that provides those captions. I work in a cubicle, and I'm third shift, which has been the best thing I've ever done. Because when we're not on calls, we can do whatever we want. Which means unlimited time for me to work on my writing.

The only downside is, I can't bring any kinda typewriter/writing program into work, so all my work is done in notebooks >.< But still! Unlimited writing time!

Sounds nice! A job which gives an opportunity to write a bit between regular work is pretty special. I squeeze some into mine, but that's not exactly "allowed". But, I work extra hard to give myself some free time to do that, so it's not like I'm letting my actual job responsibilities falter.



Currently teaching English in Japan. It's also great for writing because I'm not a full-time teacher, just an assistant. So while I do prepare a lot of my own lessons and materials for the kids (depending on who I'm teaching with) and I'm at work for 8 hours a day, I usually have at least an hour to get some writing, even if it's just brainstorming, down. During exams I have nothing to do so I have all 8 hours to write (or try to).

An exam hour sounds like the perfect built-in writing environment. It's a struggle to try and get a zero-distraction hour in a day!

Larry M
03-06-2018, 09:08 PM
I am an elementary school ESL teacher.

ThomasH
03-07-2018, 01:23 AM
I am an elementary school ESL teacher.

That's awesome! What's the primary language where you're teaching?

Fullon_v4.0
03-07-2018, 02:24 AM
I'm self employed as a housekeeper and a DJ >_<

ThomasH
03-07-2018, 02:36 AM
I'm self employed as a housekeeper and a DJ >_<

Housekeeper and DJ? That's not your everyday job description!
Now let me pitch you something you may not have considered: Housekeeping WHILE DJing! Fresh beats supplied to compliment those squeaky-clean counters!
Kind of like dinner and a show but with, you know, cleaning.

What kind of venue's do you DJ at?

Fullon_v4.0
03-07-2018, 02:45 AM
LOL! Now that would be fun, but I'd probably get soap all over my decks xD

I do a lot of private parties, mostly in the summer, with the occasional rave here and there at a sci-fi convention. The latter is more fun because I can play whatever I want and the crowd gets into it :D If I had it my way, I'd be spinning House/UK Garage non-stop at all my gigs!

ThomasH
03-07-2018, 03:20 AM
LOL! Now that would be fun, but I'd probably get soap all over my decks xD

I do a lot of private parties, mostly in the summer, with the occasional rave here and there at a sci-fi convention. The latter is more fun because I can play whatever I want and the crowd gets into it :D If I had it my way, I'd be spinning House/UK Garage non-stop at all my gigs!

Nice! I know a relative who DJ's in the same capacity - he's kind of stepped back from the exciting venues and just does weddings when asked now-a-days.
That's awesome you get to play at Sci-Fi conventions sometimes. Is House/UK Garage what you play for that crowd?

Larry M
03-07-2018, 03:53 AM
That's awesome! What's the primary language where you're teaching?

In my school district there are 63 languages spoken. About half of the students I work with are native Spanish speakers. The others are German, Korean, Japanese, and several Pacific Island languages.

ThomasH
03-07-2018, 04:02 AM
In my school district there are 63 languages spoken. About half of the students I work with are native Spanish speakers. The others are German, Korean, Japanese, and several Pacific Island languages.

Whoa! That's pretty diverse. How many languages do you speak, then, to teach such a wide body of students?

Larry M
03-07-2018, 04:29 AM
Whoa! That's pretty diverse. How many languages do you speak, then, to teach such a wide body of students?

I speak only English.

ThomasH
03-07-2018, 04:42 AM
I speak only English.

Ah. So you aren't teaching introductory courses then, only the advanced ones?

Lillian_Blaire
03-07-2018, 04:46 AM
I'm a free-lance artist and own my own arts/craft business. I teach art lessons (public groups and private individuals), too.

Larry M
03-07-2018, 05:08 AM
Ah. So you aren't teaching introductory courses then, only the advanced ones?

No. I teach students from Pre-K through 5th grade (ages 3 to 11) to speak, read, write English. Some are beginners, some intermediate, some are already fluent English.

ThomasH
03-07-2018, 06:16 AM
I'm a free-lance artist and own my own arts/craft business. I teach art lessons (public groups and private individuals), too.

That's amazing! Sounds like you're living the dream. What kind of artwork do you create?

MaeZe
03-07-2018, 06:38 AM
I'm a nurse entrepreneur:

Private practice occupational infectious disease, advanced registered nurse practitioner, self employed for the last 26 years. I do consulting, educating and see patients.

I'm winding down the practice looking toward retiring and concentrating more on writing.

lianna williamson
03-07-2018, 06:39 AM
I'm a tutor, and also the Academic Coordinator for the tutoring company I work for, which means I hire and train the tutors, handle academically complicated intakes, consult with local educators and therapists seeking services, and manage the short-term classes we teach for various programs.

Kjbartolotta
03-07-2018, 07:22 AM
Bookseller. Some days, I hate it (like today), but most days I can't conceive of any other job. Good exercise, both mentally and physically, and all the ARCs you can eat. I wish there was a union, but...yeah.

Snitchcat
03-07-2018, 07:48 AM
There's a similar thread in Office Party. Will see if I can find it.

ETA:

https://absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?266638-What-do-you-do-for-a-living&highlight=living

I think there was another one, but I don't have time to find it now.

mjlpsu
03-07-2018, 09:16 PM
It was editing. Now it's freelance writing, editing, and tutoring. Not enough to live on.

Fullon_v4.0
03-08-2018, 04:31 PM
That's awesome you get to play at Sci-Fi conventions sometimes. Is House/UK Garage what you play for that crowd?

Yessir! Nothin' but pumpin drums and baseline. The things I see happen in both jobs make good material for my writing ^^

ThomasH
03-09-2018, 08:28 PM
I'm a nurse entrepreneur:

Private practice occupational infectious disease, advanced registered nurse practitioner, self employed for the last 26 years. I do consulting, educating and see patients.

I'm winding down the practice looking toward retiring and concentrating more on writing.

That's pretty amazing! What sort of stuff do you write?

ThomasH
03-09-2018, 08:36 PM
Bookseller. Some days, I hate it (like today), but most days I can't conceive of any other job. Good exercise, both mentally and physically, and all the ARCs you can eat. I wish there was a union, but...yeah.

I was once in a similar position - I was a worker at a library for a little over two years. Shelving, checking-in, etc. day in and out. Sometimes it was the last thing I wanted to do - but most days I recognized that it was a pretty relaxed and awesome environment to be in.
Getting to hide in the fiction section and slowly work your way through a book a few pages at a time between shelving carts of books was nice!

maghranimal
03-09-2018, 10:39 PM
I work in LA in the TV/Film industry as an assistant editor. Anyone else out there in tv post production?

thethinker42
03-09-2018, 10:43 PM
My day job is writing. :) Been doing it for almost 10 years, published almost 9, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

ThomasH
03-10-2018, 06:24 AM
My day job is writing. :) Been doing it for almost 10 years, published almost 9, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

That's the dream! Did you write your first book while working another job?

SteinbeckisGod
03-10-2018, 09:20 AM
Food service. I work at a small, local business that sells organic, home-made frozen meals. My duties include portioning meals, sealing and labeling packages, and trying to understand what the hell my Nepalese coworkers are saying.

SteinbeckisGod
03-10-2018, 09:26 AM
How did you do it?

MaeZe
03-10-2018, 09:44 AM
That's pretty amazing! What sort of stuff do you write?

I'm writing a sci-fi, between YA and NA, duology, (both novels stand on their own), and when I finish if I don't die first, I'm planning to write the Real History of Nursing, putting women's real contributions back into the stories most history books have left out.

The first book is almost done; the second is extensively outlined but not started.

MaeZe
03-10-2018, 09:48 AM
My day job is writing. :) Been doing it for almost 10 years, published almost 9, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

The reviews of Going Overboard look great!.

Brightdreamer
03-10-2018, 09:56 AM
Still slingin' books part time at the local library shipping center... taking its toll on my joints, but it's a paycheck and free exercise, plus there's a candy bowl and lots and lots of books.

Outside that, I'm struggling to get myself back on track with my book review site overhaul, not to mention finish some stories to send out. (Currently in a weirdly restless mood, so I haven't even been getting any reading done. Probably the shifting seasons. And, y'know, being over 40 and still basically stuck in a useless excuse for a life...)

RebelKimberly
03-10-2018, 12:53 PM
Freelance marketing consultant - online - so I can travel all the time - and write! :)

thethinker42
03-10-2018, 02:28 PM
That's the dream! Did you write your first book while working another job?

I wrote a few drafts while working day jobs, but the first book I published was written while I was unemployed. Basically, my husband was stationed overseas, and there were no civilian jobs available at/around the base where we'd be living. I had told him when we got married that if I ever had the chance, I wanted to take 6-12 months off working and try to get the writing thing off the ground. When he got his orders, he said, "You've got three years." We also agreed if I could make a steady part-time income out of it, I wouldn't have to get a full-time job when we got back to the States. After 9 years in customer service, that was some SERIOUS motivation.

I started writing like my life depended on it, got my first contract within about 6 months, and released my first book after just under a year. By the time we left the island, I was pulling in enough that there was no point in me getting a day job when I got back to the States, so I kept writing and we never looked back.

thethinker42
03-10-2018, 02:30 PM
The reviews of Going Overboard look great!.

Thank you! :D

flutterpulse
03-10-2018, 08:44 PM
Admin assistant at a super cute t-shirt company. :)

SteinbeckisGod
03-11-2018, 05:19 AM
Are the T-shirts cute or is it the company itself that is cute?

Ol' Fashioned Girl
03-12-2018, 05:28 AM
Let's do some thread merging...

ETA... whew. Wasn't sure I remembered how to do that modly-wodly-magicy-stuff... but here we are! Merged threads!

And in answer to your question, pre-2018, I was an Account Manager for an independent insurance agency. Post-2017... retired.

MaeZe
03-12-2018, 08:50 PM
Let's do some thread merging...

ETA... whew. Wasn't sure I remembered how to do that modly-wodly-magicy-stuff... but here we are! Merged threads!

And in answer to your question, pre-2018, I was an Account Manager for an independent insurance agency. Post-2017... retired.

I thought the board was messed up because it didn't send me to the first new post. Now I get it. :)

Ol' Fashioned Girl
03-12-2018, 09:21 PM
It's one of our little modly tricks... keeps you on your toes!

maghranimal
03-14-2018, 02:54 AM
I work in TV/Film post production as an assistant editor, though mainly TV these days. Currently working on Fear Factor (yes, it's back).

averydarkword
03-18-2018, 06:34 PM
Currently I'm finishing my master degree in electrical engineering but in the meantime I do hostess jobs (which are well paid thank God).
Since I am a woman there's a chance that I won't be that well paid but well, let's hope I am wrong! :)

AVPPublishing
03-19-2018, 08:30 PM
I run a small and successful-enough-for-me IT consulting firm in the middle of the bible belt.

Since it's grown to be a large enough portion of my income to mention, I'm also a self-publisher of Erotica, primarily on Amazon.

J_Star
03-23-2018, 08:27 PM
I'm an editor, which means I learn about a lot of random stuff while checking copy. I know about paprika made from peppers in Extremadura, Spain; how to get a shopper loyalty program off the ground; the best place to order spare parts for the machine that sorts breakfast cereals so all the pieces are the same size; and places in Cincinnati where you can get a cat neutered for free.

boatman
03-27-2018, 09:27 AM
Baker, property developer, sports management, retired for 12 years (travelled on a boat till the cash ran out), now woodworker and property renovator. Eclectic but fiscally imprudent!

Melisande
03-30-2018, 09:22 AM
Living nicely enough on my hard earned pension

Ravioli
03-31-2018, 04:18 AM
I'm a customer care specialist at a print company that recently caught flak for botching an order and where I print my own promotional materials :D For a call centre, I'm having a great time there.

Jason
03-31-2018, 04:44 AM
Currently: Technical Trainer for a telecommunications company

Formerly:
IT Project Manager
SaaS Project Manager
Media Trainer
Database Administrator
Network Administrator
Helpdesk Technician
Financial Analyst
Adjunct Instructor
Graduate student/Teaching Assistant

Shawna Doersch
03-31-2018, 04:14 PM
I'm a military spouse and a stay at home mom to two little humans. Every year (or two if I'm lucky) I have the glorious unpaid job as the cross country household moving coordinator! Pre kids I was a substitute teacher, a pharmacy technician and a high school English teacher.

JayeRaye
03-31-2018, 05:26 PM
I’m an elementary teacher and have been a school librarian. I’ve been in the education system for 33 years.

Snitchcat
04-02-2018, 12:08 PM
I answered this question a while back, but I think my circumstances have changed enough to warrant another answer:

Technical writer/editor/trainer/consultant/translation coordinator.

I think that covers the part-time job.

Full-time, I'm a professional nuisance.

porlock
04-02-2018, 02:32 PM
Retired Purchasing Manager; now I'm a full-time caregiver for my wife - last year she had problems w/ a-fib and a stroke, (4 times in the hospital last year)now afflicted by diarrhea in conjunction with her Chrone's disease. Then there's restless leg, diabetes among other things. How I've found time to write I don't know. Sometimes it's the middle of the night. I wake up, get out of bed and keep going.

boatman
04-03-2018, 08:36 AM
Retired Purchasing Manager; now I'm a full-time caregiver for my wife - last year she had problems w/ a-fib and a stroke, (4 times in the hospital last year)now afflicted by diarrhea in conjunction with her Chrone's disease. Then there's restless leg, diabetes among other things. How I've found time to write I don't know. Sometimes it's the middle of the night. I wake up, get out of bed and keep going.

You've posted in Office Party - this certainly aint no party - my sympathies to you both, awful.
BUT, your writing probably gives you time away from your troubles, at least in your mind. Keep going and good luck.

thejadevoice
04-03-2018, 11:29 AM
You've posted in Office Party - this certainly aint no party - my sympathies to you both, awful.
BUT, your writing probably gives you time away from your troubles, at least in your mind. Keep going and good luck.

I was going to say the same thing! You've certainly put my bad day in perspective.

- - - Updated - - -

I have a small business where I make girls' clothing from vintage fabrics.

Dennis E. Taylor
04-04-2018, 02:35 AM
I'm a full-time writer, to the extent that I'm a full-time anything. I nap a lot.

sandree
04-04-2018, 08:17 PM
I’m semi-retired. I have been: a typesetter, starting when type was printed from bright pink punch tape up until the mac made everyone a typesetter; a bead shop owner until we adopted two children from Korea and I realized that they needed Mom more than the world needed my bead shop; a lampwork glass bead and jewelry maker; a homeopath and energy healer which happened because my kids and I needed healing and I couldn’t find it from mainstream medicine. Now still do a little homeopathy and energy healing and am trying my hand at fiction.

Fencer_24
04-10-2018, 11:14 PM
I'm a translator (French, Flemish, English, Russian, Serbo-Croat and Ukrainian) and help negotiating the sales or acquisitions of things like that https://tranio.com/greece/detached/ .
It's sometimes irregular (due to the nature of wares, you don't sell two dozens each day) but I travel a lot so it's great.

Nazuna
04-14-2018, 11:31 AM
I lead the English Immersion, Special English, and Progressive English programs for a private international school in Japan.

The Germ
04-16-2018, 07:08 AM
I worked in restaurants for years, but it burned me out the higher I got. Moving in with my partner gave me the financial freedom to find a more "relaxing" job and focus on my writing, so I'm working at a used bookstore. The difference in pace is wild - I've never known work to be anything but hustle hustle hustle. Sometimes it gets a little boring - like, 90% of my job is peeling stickers off of books lol. But I'm learning a lot about what sells and what doesn't. The exposure to all these authors I'd never even heard of before is eye-opening.

Night_Writer
04-16-2018, 09:23 AM
I'm currently a tarot card reader, but I've had several other unique jobs before that.

Vincent
04-16-2018, 10:40 AM
I'm a beekeeper. I also sell some old books now and then.

wwhickok
04-27-2018, 01:44 AM
I work for Halliburton Energy Services, love my job. I mean it has it's good days and bad days but it's a great company to work for.

Lakey
04-27-2018, 02:15 AM
I can't believe I haven't answered this one already. :o

<--- My thingy over there says "professional dilettante" but I confess, that is aspirational.

My day job is technical writing. I work for a software company; if you've studied or worked in math or any computational science or engineering in the last quarter century, you've probably heard of it. I manage a team of writers responsible for the documentation for one of the company's engineering product areas. Managing takes up about half my time, but I still write lots and lots of content.

thearchduke
04-27-2018, 11:09 PM
I'm a web developer, which I enjoy very much about 75% of the time, which is a pretty high percentage for a career. I don't know if I'd be able to beat 75% even as a writer, and I know I would still recreationally code if I were one. I suppose I'm quite lucky.

KBaum1608
04-30-2018, 04:52 PM
I'm a translator (French, Flemish, English, Russian, Serbo-Croat and Ukrainian) and help negotiating the sales or acquisitions of things like that https://tranio.com/greece/detached/ .
It's sometimes irregular (due to the nature of wares, you don't sell two dozens each day) but I travel a lot so it's great.

I'm absolutely fascinated. I would love to be able to translate, and I speak Spanish and Italian well, but when it comes time to actually use it, I lose confidence and freeze.

KBaum1608
04-30-2018, 04:59 PM
I'm a disability analyst at a law firm. I'm the one a client talks to when they want our free consultation. It's my job to listen to their story and determine if they've got a good case for Social Security disability. It's brain intensive and can be emotionally taxing a lot of the time. Sometimes I've got folks on my line who I know are disabled, but they just don't have the evidence to back it up, so we can't prove it. It's difficult to tell them that I can't help. I have frazzled moms calling at the end of their ropes with special needs kids, disabled steel workers who have struggled with bad knees for decades and just can't do it anymore, people with fatal illnesses who can't afford their medical care because they can't work and can't get state insurance. Indiana was the second state to pass the "work requirement" in order to qualify for Medicaid. Disabled folks are exempt from the work requirement, but while they are applying for disability (a 2 year process) they aren't allowed to work. Now Indiana has taken their insurance. But you have to have medical treatment in order to have the evidence that you are disabled. If you aren't getting treatment, you get denied for disability. But they can't get treatment anymore, because they can't work while applying (or they get denied) and now can't have insurance if they aren't working. It's a terrible spot to be in. There are a lot of tears and frustrations from my clients during my day to day. It's my job to listen and help the best that I can.

DanielSTJ
04-30-2018, 08:56 PM
I am a casual labourer.

Which is why I’m also a mature student. Up the career ladder I go!

risk10
05-02-2018, 03:26 AM
Psychologist: but not the clinical kind. I work with organisations to understand workforce needs.

KBaum1608
05-02-2018, 09:27 PM
Which is why I’m also a mature student. Up the career ladder I go!

What are you going to school for?

ReadWriteRachel
05-02-2018, 09:32 PM
I have a BA in professional writing, and I worked for a year writing instructional content for a U.S. Army contract company. Then I realized how much I hated technical writing, so I was happy to leave that job when I moved across the country! I now work as a medical receptionist in an outpatient therapy clinic, and I'm going back to school in the fall to begin working my way towards becoming a licensed practical nurse (and eventually a registered nurse).

DanielSTJ
05-02-2018, 10:23 PM
What are you going to school for?

For now, a General Arts and Science Diploma. I'm using that to get into Queen's University in my hometown-- where I hope to take English Language and Literature.

I want to be an editor! : D

Barfus
05-06-2018, 09:43 AM
First year going on second PhD student

J.T. Marsh
05-06-2018, 10:58 AM
I work in a warehouse. If not for the fact that my entire hometown is controlled, part and parcel, by investors who've turned this place into a global commodity, I'd be earning a very good wage. Almost anywhere else in the country I'd live a comfortable life.

The Black Prince
05-07-2018, 09:26 AM
In-house lawyer at a higher education institution. I battle with the government all day.

Blinkk
05-07-2018, 09:45 AM
I play guitar professionally. I tour in bands. When I'm not touring, I write music for film, TV, Netflix and HBO. I quit my day job, so this is what I do 100% full time now. :D

I've been asked this before, so I'll offer it here. If someone's writing involves bands or musicians, I'm always happy to take a look at it and see if it's factual. :)

Enlightened
05-07-2018, 09:55 AM
I play guitar professionally. I tour in bands. When I'm not touring, I write music for film, TV, Netflix and HBO. I quit my day job, so this is what I do 100% full time now. :D

I've been asked this before, so I'll offer it here. If someone's writing involves bands or musicians, I'm always happy to take a look at it and see if it's factual. :)

Can I ask what genres of music you play?

Blinkk
05-07-2018, 10:13 AM
Can I ask what genres of music you play?

Haha, if I want to get paid, I have to play all of them. :Guitar:

My speciality is classic rock, but I also perform formal classical guitar at weddings, wineries, etc for side money. I have covered lots and lots and lots of pop music too. I also play neo-classical shred because that genre gets requested for TV and movies for the action scenes. At this point I'll write anything in any style if it pays. My agent will frequently put out a call for a song based off XYZ band, so a lot of my job is to mimic the sounds of other bands. Between that and the classic rock stuff, I'm pretty good at mimicking.

My Instagram is me playing guitar, so if you want to hear some stuff, I can link you.

Enlightened
05-07-2018, 10:20 AM
Haha, if I want to get paid, I have to play all of them. :Guitar:

My speciality is classic rock, but I also perform formal classical guitar at weddings, wineries, etc for side money. I have covered lots and lots and lots of pop music too. I also play neo-classical shred because that genre gets requested for TV and movies for the action scenes. At this point I'll write anything in any style if it pays. My agent will frequently put out a call for a song based off XYZ band, so a lot of my job is to mimic the sounds of other bands. Between that and the classic rock stuff, I'm pretty good at mimicking.

My Instagram is me playing guitar, so if you want to hear some stuff, I can link you.

PM please; I'd like to hear it. I'm an avid guitar buff. You should check out YouTube user account "Troy Grady." He has amazing videos showing slow speed playing of Michael Angelo Batio and many others. Troy built a device to add to guitars to show slow motion picking. Amazing watching double-slant picking and what not.

Cheers.

The Impenetrable
05-07-2018, 10:23 AM
I own a licensed recreational marijuana business in Washington state.

DanielSTJ
05-07-2018, 06:36 PM
Very impressive Blinkk! = D

Barfus
05-08-2018, 08:19 AM
I own a licensed recreational marijuana business in Washington state.

Our governor says we have the best stuff in the whole USA

DanielSTJ
05-08-2018, 05:49 PM
Our governor says we have the best stuff in the whole USA

That's rad mannnnnnnnnnn.

Verboten
05-08-2018, 05:55 PM
I am a paralegal at a local Social Security law firm.

Hunt & Peck
05-08-2018, 07:11 PM
At the moment, I work for a state agency...4-day work week, which is great, but the pay and insurance is a bit lacking. The job itself comes easy to me, and it's a desk job, which is something I never had until now and am enjoying.

Prior to this I was in the military, a deputy sheriff (investigator), and a government contractor overseas for DoS and DoD. I miss the "action," but am determined to stick with my current job due to it's a great work/life balance due to the schedule.

KBaum1608
05-09-2018, 05:01 PM
I am a paralegal at a local Social Security law firm.

Hey, high five! What city are you working out of? It's a rough job, man.

Verboten
05-09-2018, 05:11 PM
Hey, high five! What city are you working out of? It's a rough job, man.

Hi five back! ;) Indianapolis. It is rough, but it pays the bills. HA!

The Impenetrable
05-10-2018, 05:51 AM
Our governor says we have the best stuff in the whole USA

Are you also in Washington? Whereabouts, if I may be so forward?

Barfus
05-11-2018, 09:29 AM
Are you also in Washington? Whereabouts, if I may be so forward?

Oh I'm over on the eastern side of Washington in Spokane. I'm a student at WSU

Dr Mindermast
05-15-2018, 04:18 PM
I'm a clinical psych postdoc (legally can't call myself a psychologist until I get my license, which will hopefully be in 8 months). I work primarily with kids in the foster system, or at risk of placement. Maybe not what I would call "fun" work, and the bureaucracy sucks, but I do enjoy it.

R.A. Lundberg
05-25-2018, 02:18 AM
I work in IT for my local county government. OK actually I do most of our IT clerical and inventory, and all of our purchasing and also make coffee in the mornings. I've been in IT for 20 years. I still get to do some actual tech work every now and again, too.
Eh...it's a living.

Saoirse
05-25-2018, 02:43 AM
I'm a freelance editor and virtual assistant.

carrie_ann
05-30-2018, 07:47 PM
Up until very recently (this past Saturday) I was a server at a independent, family owned and operated seafood restaurant. I spent 16 years there. Now I am opening a little silk hair highlight business.

MGraybosch
05-31-2018, 11:48 PM
I've worked as a software developer for twenty years. I regret ever second of it. It's a terrible day job for writers, and nobody should do it.

DimelioraL
06-01-2018, 12:25 AM
I make tea.

Okay, I can do other things. I make lattes and stuff, I cook up avocado and toast and I'm a dab hand at washing up. My job is relatively simple but I like that; I can do most of it on automatic and so can spend my time thinking over my plots. Most of my ideas come when I'm at work!

LadyV
06-12-2018, 10:04 PM
I'm a plant healthcare technician for a tree company. I take care of trees and shrubs and help keep them healthy.

SteinbeckisGod
06-18-2018, 09:25 AM
I'm supplementing my income by selling gun parts.

Cobalt Jade
06-18-2018, 08:20 PM
I'm a landlady, and retail worker. Both jobs requiring high people skills.

satisverborum2003
06-19-2018, 05:09 PM
I am a hospital pharmacist, which is great because I earn a lot. However, my heart had always been in writing. On the upside, though, I get lots of materials for my fiction by being in such a customer facing role. I work with doctors and nurses and speak to the patients about their medicines. In fact, I am known as" the medicines" expert and people really appreciate my role because they ask me questions about medications all the time. The downside is that it takes a lot of my time and I can only devote a small chunk of my time to writing and drawing.

Dona St Columb
06-21-2018, 02:30 PM
I'm a librarian :)

tbjeremiah
06-22-2018, 11:03 PM
I am a freelance illustrator/designer/proofreader. Before I struck out solo, I used to work in nonprofit marketing. Soooo glad to have left that behind. Nonprofit work can be very fulfilling, but it's also pretty grueling.

ValerieJane
06-27-2018, 07:57 AM
I'm a sign language interpreter. :)

Ink-Pen-Paper
06-27-2018, 01:49 PM
I have been informed that I cannot state online what my job is or who I work for. Makes it tough for casual conversation.

Greene_Hesperide1990
06-27-2018, 04:41 PM
I'm currently working through a temp agency but hoping to be working in a library by this time next year.

HD Simplicityy
06-28-2018, 05:15 AM
I work for my university in the Materials Management warehouse. I work with several guys, around my age or older, gathering surplus office, classroom, or building materials, storing them in our warehouse or tossing them in the dump. I deliver packages to offices and departments across campus, and help with some other projects. I have three great supervisors and we actually make it fun, even in hard jobs. It's a good part time job, as I look for my first post-college job and living situation. Looking for writing or game testing positions.

Teckmeister
06-28-2018, 08:09 PM
Security guard from Singapore. :)

ewynne
06-28-2018, 11:36 PM
I'm a server at a local brunch place, been working there for four years. I like it ok. It's more interesting than office work, and it's good to have a work family. I'm kind of on my own, so that's important to me. I've been accepted into an M.A. program for Language and Literacy Education; what I want to study is animation as literature. Still have to find an assistantship, though, and if that doesn't work out, I'm not exactly sure what I'm gonna do, because I have to have an income... I want to keep working at the restaurant part-time, too, but I don't know if I'll be able to swing it.

Mr Flibble
07-01-2018, 05:02 AM
Currently what I do is work for a clinical trials company and investigate if/when something goes wrong(not often) and proactively ensure everything is going as it should

I make sure trial drug gets to very ill patients on time and that the drug is of good quality. We have actually packed the drug that has given my sil another 6 months with her kids

Job satisfaction is pretty high

gem1122
07-01-2018, 08:52 AM
I teach college English and own/rent/manage properties.

alkin
07-01-2018, 07:19 PM
Freelance computer programmer here

Loke1997
07-04-2018, 01:49 AM
Astrophysicist, send help


Freelance computer programmer here

My God you must be mad


-snip

That sounds very challenging, but rewarding

BagfootBandit
07-10-2018, 04:23 AM
Astrophysicist, send help




Help sent in the form of e-cookies. With little marshmallow stars. It's all the help I can afford.


Technically I work at Chick-Fil-A, but I've been out for two months due to a broken collarbone. They want me back but I'm spending a lot of my free time looking for almost anything else that pays better. My backup plan is to write a bestseller.

Jennie
07-12-2018, 02:15 AM
I work in a publishing company, and my job consists in selling to foreign publishers the right to translate our (French) books into their language. I've been doing this for 35 years now, and it's great because you are in touch with people from all over the world. This part of publishing is very friendly, you meet publishers at book fairs, and you get to speak about old and new books all the time. You are constantly learning new stuff - such as for instance the whole business with electronic rights. It's a job that is half way between promotion (you speak about the books) and legal (you negotiate and draw up contracts). So I read books for work all year round (except on holidays), and write a little in the evenings, but mostly over the weekends. I also do some translations.

DanielSTJ
07-12-2018, 04:45 AM
I work in a publishing company, and my job consists in selling to foreign publishers the right to translate our (French) books into their language. I've been doing this for 35 years now, and it's great because you are in touch with people from all over the world. This part of publishing is very friendly, you meet publishers at book fairs, and you get to speak about old and new books all the time. You are constantly learning new stuff - such as for instance the whole business with electronic rights. It's a job that is half way between promotion (you speak about the books) and legal (you negotiate and draw up contracts). So I read books for work all year round (except on holidays), and write a little in the evenings, but mostly over the weekends. I also do some translations.

C'est magnifique! Comment est la salaire?

recoveringandroid
07-12-2018, 08:07 PM
I'm a data analyst, entirely by accident. I was hired on in theory as a project manager, spent 3 years not managing any projects (got put on putting-out-fires duty by my terrible manager instead), and then was told about six months ago that we're now all data analysts & that they highly valued my expertise in a particular department that I've never done any work with. ;) Part of me thinks I should be looking for something else, but at the same time they leave me alone more often than not.

csteffoz
07-12-2018, 08:13 PM
I am a freelance illustrator/designer/proofreader. Before I struck out solo, I used to work in nonprofit marketing. Soooo glad to have left that behind. Nonprofit work can be very fulfilling, but it's also pretty grueling.

Omg I'm in the digital advertising sphere for nonprofits! Luckily my company is a for-profit agency, so I'm one degree removed from the full nonprofit experience. I love it but sometimes I wonder if the satisfaction is worth the significant reduce in pay compared to the for-profit world -_-

Jennie
07-13-2018, 02:18 AM
C'est magnifique! Comment est la salaire?

Salaries in the publishing world are known to be rather low, in every country. That's why translations are nice to do on the side to, as we say in French "mettre du beurre dans les épinards" (add butter to spinach)... The saying is that you are lucky to work in a publishing company, so you shouldn't complain. :)

Chanan12
07-14-2018, 05:54 AM
I work as a Paramedic between October-March. April- Sept I work as a Wildland Firefighter. I do academic editing on the side.

Vhb_Rocketman
07-15-2018, 06:53 AM
I'm an aerospace engineer. Mostly in the field of satellites and rocketry. Doesn't leave a lot of time for writing, especially during the crazy test campaigns. But I still manage to find enough time...somehow.

unthoughtknown
07-16-2018, 03:34 AM
Photographer. Was full-time, transitioned to part-time. Then I went on a break - stay at home mum. Now I'm easing back into it.

TinaG
07-19-2018, 08:10 PM
I would love to be a photographer however I am not I work in administration.

Which the company that I work for is closing so I am taking the time off to work on my novels and go on some adventures until reality comes back to consume me.

dragoncat
07-20-2018, 06:25 AM
Computer programmer

Raellic
07-21-2018, 05:10 AM
Lawyer with my own law firm. I read and write all day, plus I have plenty of time left over for writing.

librarianj
07-22-2018, 06:35 PM
I am a librarian....my username is a bit obvious lol

syntellsmith
07-22-2018, 08:02 PM
I am a librarian....my username is a bit obvious lol

That is so cool, I'm always looking for librarians for input on my WIP...a workplace drama that takes place...where else...but a library! Plus it takes place in the 90's as well.

As for me, I'm a Document Scanner cowboy...roaming around aimlessly from contract job to contract job. Have rubber thimble will travel.

DragonHeart
07-23-2018, 04:34 AM
Currently a dispatcher for a regional shipping company. I basically run the pharmacy department of my branch, despite being the lowest in the hierarchy...

rainbowsheeps
07-24-2018, 09:25 PM
Some interesting professions here!

I'm a doctoral student getting a PhD in Social Psychology at the moment. Mostly that means I help teach classes and run studies. I'm mostly studying human empathy, morality, and romantic relationships.

gemllama
07-28-2018, 11:29 PM
I'm always fascinated by what other people do for a living. I feel like we only get to see a very small percentage of what people actually do day-to-day, when there are so many jobs out there that most of us don't even think about.

I'm currently the Assistant HR Manager for a utility company. I do a lot of administrative work, like payroll and benefits. It's just as exciting as it sounds!

Jan74
07-29-2018, 03:00 AM
I'm a nurse, I also have an office job too, I would like to eventually transition out of nursing completely. I work both jobs on casual basis, I could go full time however at this time in my life casual works best for my family, so I average about 3 shifts a week depending.

DrDLN
07-29-2018, 09:41 PM
I am retired professional from University faculty who took early retirement. Now I write nonfiction related to health and spirituality as a hobby. I do evaluate ancient eastern wisdom through the lens of science by being a scientist by profession.

Moon Daughter
07-30-2018, 12:23 AM
I am a 911 operator for a very large city. Last year I was promoted to a trainer, so I teach people one-on-one the real world version of how to do the job if they make it past classroom training.

tnlandis
07-31-2018, 09:14 PM
I am a content marketing specialist for Skutchi Designs (https://www.skutchi.com/). I write all the blog content on our own blog and guest post for related industries' sites frequently.

WGough
08-03-2018, 03:25 AM
I have an Master's in Creative Writing, and I work as an accountant. I have no idea how that happened.

BlueTexas
08-14-2018, 08:04 AM
I'm an optician and an optical shop owner. The owner part is why I've been gone from AW for so long, and also the reason I have time to come back. Finally.

Dennis E. Taylor
08-14-2018, 10:08 PM
I have an Master's in Creative Writing, and I work as an accountant. I have no idea how that happened.

I feel like there is so much potential comedy in this, but I seem to have locked up. ;)

vestige
08-15-2018, 01:25 AM
I work for the government. It's certainly interesting to see the list of other occupations on here. I wish I could say more about mine haha. I'm actually trying to transition into another position within the government using my degree as an Environmental Scientist.

RhysBC
08-20-2018, 10:46 AM
I am a tattoo artist. I have been for about 11 years now and prior to that I had always worked in art taking commissions for portraits and caricatures and landscapes.

RhysBC
08-20-2018, 10:48 AM
I am a tattoo artist and prior to that I used to take commissions for portraits and caricatures

Perscribo
08-20-2018, 11:54 AM
I am a single Mom of 2 boys (10 and 12), a (Green Certified!) Realtor, an assembler/publisher of (mostly 20th century) poetry collections for Kindle, and a Trioletist. :cape:

CharlesXav
08-21-2018, 09:10 PM
I work in IT

ejhbarrett
08-23-2018, 10:24 PM
Corporate Slave by Day...Vigilante by Night!

OldHat63
08-23-2018, 10:41 PM
Medically retired.
However, if you want a sample of jobs I've held over the last 40 years or so...

Farm/ranch hand
Laborer for a brick/block mason
Deck hand for a riverboat company
Security guard
Soldier
Sheriff's Deputy
Mechanical Draftsman/Designer

And those are just the more interesting, long-term ( More than a year ) ones.
I've also worked part time as a bouncer/door man on occasion.
Helped teach various weapons in a martial arts school.
Worked as a gas station attendant, back in the days of full-service stations.
Clerk in a grocery store and a department store. ( Anybody remember those? )
.... and a few others I only barely remember any more.
Oh, and a several of these I worked at the same time.

AstronautMikeDexter
08-24-2018, 03:15 AM
I work in the president's office of a university. It can be stressful but it's also a lot of fun!

Summer89
08-30-2018, 07:20 PM
I am a business manager... doing that lame nine to five

Sabih888
09-07-2018, 02:33 PM
Im a Mystic.

Harlequin
09-07-2018, 03:20 PM
Nothing really. I'm a bit pointless in that regard :p

Helix
09-07-2018, 03:25 PM
Nothing really. I'm a bit pointless in that regard :p

Same here!

Harlequin
09-07-2018, 04:14 PM
*high five*

Michael Myers
09-07-2018, 06:29 PM
Breathe.

rgroberts
09-07-2018, 07:35 PM
I manage a manufacturing facility where we make medical-grade resin and suture. I work 2nd shift, so usually I get a little writing time at work...until I don't.

Redbeard
09-08-2018, 05:32 AM
Technical equipment sales. Doesn't that sound boring. It isn't really because what I really do is find working solutions to problems for a wide ranging type of people in very diverse situations.

sf.writer.mdk
09-09-2018, 05:41 AM
I used to be a Clinical Laboratory Scientist - what this amounts to is analyzing blood, poop, pee and any other body fluids in hospitals.

Unfortunately mental illness has had its way with me. I've been disabled for 9 years. I'm hoping to find part time work in the near future.

bleacher1099
09-09-2018, 06:31 AM
I am a Court Clerk in Ontario, Canada. I wear a fashionable polyester robe with a dickie (yes, I just said that) and enact the law. Basically, I do all the paperwork and say "Order, all rise".

Myrealana
09-10-2018, 08:34 PM
Corporate Financial Analyst - now.

I've been a mortgage loan processor, computer tech support, database analyst, underwriter, and a few other things over the years.
Been a while. I actually left that role in 2016.

Spent two years as Manager of Customer Insights and Strategy at an Internet company until I bailed. (Bad boss. Long story. Good decision.)

As of May 2018, I'm working in Business Intelligence at a large finance company. This is intended to be my "rest of my career" job.

godzillachild
09-10-2018, 10:31 PM
I have too much anxeity to get a job so right now I live with my parents and argue about going back to uni. I'd rather skip uni and get a warehouse job, or something in shipping/packaging, so hopefully my anxeity clears up soon :poke:

lolabelle
09-10-2018, 11:17 PM
I'm a lawyer who used to work on Capitol Hill but became disillusioned with just about everything so now I work for a law firm helping corporations clean up their act. I travel a lot and usually write on the airplane.

call-of-the-mind
09-17-2018, 07:36 AM
I currently am working as the manager of a recreation facility while I'm finishing the last year of my degree. It's a lot of work but I hope to move on soon.

Kithica
09-25-2018, 02:20 AM
My day job is also in the arts, which is possibly not the best strategy ever. I'm a stage manager in professional theatre.