But What is a Job, Really?
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TimestampWhat type of work do you do?What is your title?What is the primary advantage of the type of work that you do?What is the most important thing your job is lacking?Why do you do what you do?Your name?Your age?Number of years in your current line of work?
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9/29/2011 16:19:33FreelancePhotographerExciting EnvironmentStable PaycheckFreelance Photographer- International Conflict monique25More than 3
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9/29/2011 16:23:04SalaryProject ManagerStable PaycheckExciting EnvironmentGot here randomly, suckered into sticking around this long. Not a whole lot of comprable opportunities out there at the moment.Evan29More than 3
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9/29/2011 16:24:50GigsBartenderFlexible ScheduleFuture OpportunitiesI had been a bartender and a server for a few years prior to my current job. It was a recession, I was underemployed and this is a union job with benefits at high end hotel, there was no way I could turn it down. The stability of a union job allows me to take on debt for grad school that I wouldn't otherwise feel comfortable doing in the broader Food and Beverage industry.Alex Theran24More than 3
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9/29/2011 16:28:53SalarySoftware EngineerExciting EnvironmentRelevant skills can have a short shelf-life in my line of work.I entered college thinking that I wanted to be an academic mathematician. I had some substantial computer programming experience, but it was mostly self-taught and I did not have a good sense of my talent level. On the other hand, I'd had many math-teacher mentors encourage me to keep doing that.

After my second year of college, I got an internship in silicon valley working for a fast-growing company. The pay level and work environment convinced me pretty quickly that i should switch focus. The mental rewards for math and computer science was similar, but you could tangibly interact with the product of computer science.

I continue to find my work intrinsically interesting; it is composed of puzzles that are fun to solve. Hundreds of millions of people use the software I've created, and I feel like I'm having an impact on the world. My job environment is cushy (free food, nice lighting, on-site massages) and I get to interact with very smart people who see the world in a similarly analytic way. The pay is high enough that I can spend my free time doing whatever I want, and am typically unconstrained by the cost of things.
ncarter30More than 3
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9/29/2011 16:52:54GigsExciting EnvironmentStable PaycheckFreelance writer and part-time professorTim30-plusMore than 3
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9/29/2011 16:58:53Salarycommunity organizerFlexible ScheduleHealthcareIt is an enjoyable way to pay the rent until i sell that novel...ryan kuonen403
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9/29/2011 17:18:16SalarystrategistExciting Environmentwall street bonuscreative thinkingno thanks31More than 3
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9/29/2011 17:32:04Contractassociate producer (tv)Exciting EnvironmentStable Paycheckthis is what i have always wanted to do. Lauren Shell27Less than 1
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9/29/2011 18:16:30SalarySenior Account ExecutiveFuture Opportunities$I came from the non-profit world, which meant extremely long hours and a lot of emotional exertion on top of the "work." Now, I work a true 9-5 for a private company. I'm good at what I do. There's some financial upside. I have an opportunity to own a part of my company in a short amount of time. I meet with interesting people and do some interesting work. I have the freedom to do what I want outside of work.Jason Everitt28Less than 1
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9/29/2011 19:03:42HourlyEducatorExciting EnvironmentStable PaycheckI work four jobs. This is merely one, but it is the most fun. I enjoy working at a museum and talking to people about interesting stories and history. Abigail Ladd24Less than 1
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9/29/2011 19:09:25HourlyPeople call me an "Educator."I like my jobs' subject matter (history, architecture, etc.)Stable PaycheckI couldn't find full-time work, unemployment was running out, and I figured that an hourly-rate job was better than no income. I didn't plan to work in "museum education" when I went to school (on any level), but it's relatively rewarding, it's paying my bills now, and I probably won't be able to get a job doing anything else unless I go back to school again.Diane322
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9/29/2011 19:16:47ContractFree lanceFuture OpportunitiesStable PaycheckBasically, "work" more..
I'm craving to get even more opportunities -so that I will never feel again that I have to do such and such things.
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9/29/2011 19:48:39Hourlydriverall of the aboveFuture Opportunitiestransportationjeff mann54More than 3
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9/29/2011 19:50:19SalarymaintenanceStable PaycheckFuture Opportunities craigs listchris fowler51More than 3
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9/29/2011 20:45:37Gigsfreelance journalist, grad student, bartenderFuture OpportunitiesStable PaycheckKevin28Less than 1
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9/29/2011 22:52:22GigsFlexible ScheduleStable PaycheckGigs are the jobs of the future. People come to their senses and want neither to serve or be served. In lieu of a career: 100's of meaningless gigs by which I can acquire 100's of corresponding perspectives of the human world. Understand the bitterness of clerks, the chipperness of toothbrush operators, the true lives and opinions of the butcher, baker and candlestick maker. No station is without its secrets. Sharing rather than strict specialization creates more slippage between man and office. Gigs hold the gap open. A gig as opposed to a job is labor with little regard to identity. The sacrifices of working: becoming a tool where your every aspect is put at the service of an external will. BenCoopMore than 3
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9/30/2011 1:20:44SalarySustainability Project ManagerExciting EnvironmentEasy WorkloadI joined the Peace Corps in 2007 and was assigned to a cooperative of cocoa farmers in the Dominican Republic. For two years I helped them grow as a business facing challenges and feeling the rewards of helping connect hard working people with resources. I worked in international development in agriculture for another two years after PC and recently shifted to working for a cocoa trader helping implement sustainability projects. I was drawn to my current job because I love helping people and I love chocolate. Kate27More than 3
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9/30/2011 9:58:37ContractFilm editorCreative satisfactionStable PaycheckLove of the craft.Tina pacheco38More than 3
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9/30/2011 13:20:29SalaryDeveloperGood Vacation TimeFuture OpportunitiesFlexible hours, tons of vacation and limited managerial oversight.Colin40More than 3
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9/30/2011 13:20:59SalarypublicistStable PaycheckFlexible ScheduleI'm a good talker, and I'm a media junkie ... so I became a publicist. I like to tell stories the way I like I'd like to read them, so I'm a good fit for my job. Joey28More than 3
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9/30/2011 13:21:38ContractconsultantEasy WorkloadStable PaycheckHavent found anything better yet and helping out friends in new businesses.Melissa342
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9/30/2011 13:22:52SalaryCommunity Manger (social media)Stable PaycheckFlexible ScheduleSocial media is a good place for people who are interdisciplinary. Plus, I get to be on Facebook all day.Lucy 271
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9/30/2011 14:11:16HourlyCollege AssistantI'm an international student. I have to work on campus. I have no other option. But also, easy workload.HealthcareI work as a College Assistant at the Research Center at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.Lisa Mahapatra24Less than 1
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9/30/2011 18:17:17SalaryattorneyFlexible Schedulenot complaining about any of thosei am interested in the criminal justice system matthew benjamin shroyer281
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9/30/2011 23:28:34Hourlyfabricatori use my brain + handsit's not for myselfFor Money. Frances Appelina Wallace38Less than 1
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