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How many different jobs or vocations have you had during your life to date?

By jardinier ·
I will start the ball rolling with my contribution. These are in chronological order, and bear no relation whatsoever to the time spent in each job.

1. Driveway attendant.
2. Cadet radio engineer.
3. Journalist.
4. Trainee psychiatric nurse.
5. Picture framer.
6. Taxi-truck driver/furniture removalist.
7. Public service clerk.
8. Journalist (again).
9. Gardener.
10. Volunteer counsellor/social worker.
11. Busker (vocal and guitar).
12. Bookshop sales assistant.
13. IT novice.
14. Website publisher.

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3 incarnations and counting...

by secure_lockdown In reply to How many different jobs o ...

i don't count the "joe" jobs. retail, delivery etc.. just career paths.

in chronological order:

1 - marketing/direct marketing
2 - advertizing
3 - information tchnology (current)

i also think i am about to get out of IT. the job market sucks. the work load is high. the hours are bad. the pay isn't as good.

I also see a lot of other professions where the ppl don't seem to have to try as hard for their pay cheque.

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Work smart not hard

by Oz_Media In reply to 3 incarnations and counti ...

We all know that one, but how many actually do it?

The reason I quit as a full time mechanic was too much work and bodily damage for a decent yet not superb wage ($24/hr), while the customer paid th ecompany $96.00+ for MY time. (sure overhead and all that,but that's why I work from my home shop now).

I was in sales because it was so easy and made SO much cash. I got bored though and did the Auto thing, then got TIRED and did the IT thing. The day IT becomes WORK for me, I will packit in too.

Not to sound too arrogant (yet we all need self confidence to succeed) I feel I am too clever to work hard for my money.

I learned at a young age that no matter what job you do, the guy with the most money generally does the least actual work, they rely on the hard work of others instead.

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"I feel I am too clever to work hard for my money."

by jardinier In reply to Work smart not hard

Well here's a suggestion Oz. Instead of following the GGs, why don't you play the stock market?

That way you can get filthy rich without doing any work at all.

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Stock market

by Oz_Media In reply to "I feel I am too clever t ...

Isn't a gamethat can be played really. PLus you lose a wad mroe money. I have a lot of stocks and some lare investments in private companies. For the most part, I am given a lot of shares from new companies that hit the market because I help a friend create their public portfolios and prmotional information, when they are seeking investors.
My mentor is a multimillionaire through NASDAQ etc. He can also afford to lose a few hundred grand one day and still go and have a good time, instead of crying himself to sleep. He'll get it back tomorrow. So I just take offered stocks and when they open at double or triple what I was given the options or full out shares at, I cash them and reinvest in NASDAQ. He has done the same thing for years, free penny stocks turned into NASDAQ shares, it's pretty sweet really.

When I go to the track, it isn't JUST to gamble, we have Casinos I could pee money away at if that was the case.

AT the track(s) in Vancouver, Cloverdale and Sydney , I know the owners, all the staff, jockeys and drivers etc. I go with a good friend for a day or bight out. We get a nice reserved table in the lounges (leather couch and all) a Palm Pilot style betting device (you don't need to line up to make bets), BEAUTIFUL waitresses that treat us like royalty and sit and chat when they can and a good dinner. Fraser Downs actually has the highest rated Buffet in all of Canada (including all restaurants etc.)

So it's more than mere ponies for me, it's a day out.

As for betting at home, I have an online account so when I can't get TO the races for the day, I can potter around the house and still watch and bet on the horses, again remeber I know the owners and jockey/drivers so it has some meaning to me to see them win. I can often make or lose a few hundred just at home killing time over the weekend.

Not exactly the same as watching a stock ticker all day, which I DID do at one time. I had a DOS based green screen that provided a scrolling real time ticker all day.

A friend I used to live with (The old OzMedia office in Vancouver/New Westminster)who was a broker so he had this ancient old thing at home, LONG before Stock Watch and all that stuff started making day traders out of computer geeks during the dot com crash.

I will invest other people's money but not my own.

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How to get rich without making any effort

by jardinier In reply to "I feel I am too clever t ...
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Always count the "joe's"

by Jessie In reply to 3 incarnations and counti ...

I always count the "joe" jobs. I've NEVER had a job from which I didn't learn something, if only about myself. And that includes pizza delivery.

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No doubt

by Oz_Media In reply to Always count the "joe's"

It certainly teaches you what working at a crappy job for no money is like and teaches you to respect a fair position.

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by jardinier In reply to Always count the "joe's"

If nothing else, you get to learn what hardships people in other vocations endure.

The real eye-opener for me was gardening. I found that my income was largely dependent on the vagaries of the weather.

As someone who both lived and worked in the city, my mentality had pretty much developed to the point where I took it for granted that food grew on supermarket shelves.

And so as a gardener I became very conscious of the difficulties facing primary producers. The people who serve the most essential part in society, battle again odds that would be incomprehensible to the person who sits nicely tucked away in an air-conditioned office.

As a psychiatric nurse, I learned how backward the community still was in understanding mental illness.

As a taxi-truck driver, I learned all the shortest routes around Sydney.

As a busker I learned that I could earn money doing what I enjoy doing, while giving pleasure to other people at the same time.

As a public servant, I learned that public servants are not all bludgers or fat cats. Many work under considerable stress, especially those dealing directly with the public.

As a journalist I learned what life was all about. Police rounds, coroner's court, lower courts -- you name it. I learnt what kinds of trouble people get themselves into.

As a volunteer counsellor and social worker for the Wayside Chapel, in Kings Cross, I encountered every wretched state that it was possible for people to find themselves in.

If my initial attempt at a career (in electronics) had not failed, quite likely I would have ended up in IT on a good salary.

I am VERY APPRECIATIVE of my chequered career. It has both humbled me and enlightened me.

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They're meaningless....

by dafe2 In reply to Always count the "joe's"

Of course you should count them for your own personal growth.....absolutely.

But after awhile.......they're meaningless to career growth.

If someone comes to my office and tells me they've had 25 jobs or 'careers' I just laugh and show them the door.

(Most) people have 3 or 4 meaningful jobs, carreers or vocations in their 'life'....after age 25 or so.

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That may or may not be your loss...

by Oz_Media In reply to They're meaningless....

You would probably turn away as many good as bad applicants, just as people hire good and bad aplicants.

A 'mover' would simply go to your competition, then their competition and so on and so onwithout complaining about the market though. Eventually they will find that golden opportunity that allows them to utilize their muliple talents.

Usually miltitalented people believe, as Max just said,
"You can't Fly Like an Eagle
...when you're cooped up with a bunch of turkeys."

People like this usually gain better benefit right up font by knowing that you won't let them utilize their full talents in their work.

A company willing to give you freedom of expresion in your work and a diverse environment would definitely see it as a benefit to have an employee with so many varied talents.

This would become aggravating for someone who had studied MS Security because that was there only interest though, and they didn't want to handle desktops, or sales etc. in their role.

For an employee AND employer, the right company FIT outweighs money and benefit anytime.

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