Work, Work, Work: Great jobs and other horror stories
Work, Work, Work...
Great Jobs I have had--and not so great. A series on work called:
THE REAL WORLD
By Russell D. Hoffman. Copyright (c) 1996 by Russell D. Hoffman.
These stories are all true. The identities are generally hidden
to protect people's privacy.
If you are entering the job market for the first time, these stories
are for you. If you want to get some idea of what it's really like out
there, these stories should give you a humorous but factual and in-depth
look at some of the problems you might face. Lots of books can tell
you how to dress, how to try to make a favorable impression, and so
on. These stories tell you what it's actually like "in the trenches".
Some jobs are 'menial' and you probably wouldn't ever
want to do them. Most pay pretty poorly. Some are dangerous. Most
are boring. But sooner or later, nearly everyone goes through a time
in thier life when they will take any job. Most of us actually start out
that way. These stories talk about what those jobs are like, so you can figure out
what you really want to be if you do get to grow up and get a real job.
Highlighted entries are currently online. The rest I'm
writing as I get time.
Real Stories about Real Work:
- Pub in England
Don't talk tough if you don't plan to defend yourself.
- Night Shift Dishwasher
"The guy that wines and dines you and tries to be your friend--he's the one that's going to rip you off!"
Certain things can never be said at the jobsite.
- Factory Manager
Use a jig.
- Vendor Tender
"Smile. It's much harder to punch a face that's smiling at you."
- Fork Lift Operator
The best job I ever had? Probably!
- Truck Driver
From Point A to Point B. To Point C. To Point A. To Point D...
Don't ever stand under the load.
- Spice Distributor
I can't exactly say I come off smelling like a rose...
- Census Taker
Stand up and be counted off!
- Hospital Medical Records Clerk
The information explosion is in full swing here.
- Junior Programmer
You have to start somewhere. If you can, start by working with experts.
- Customer Service Person
The customer is not always correct, but they're always right.
- Summer School Teacher
This is not as easy as I thought it would be!
- Senior Programmer
Meticulous attention to detail.
Sweaty palms go with the terror.
- Talk Show Host
It's having the most interesting people in the world give you a private lesson.
Someone has to run the show.
If you enjoy these stories, if they help you in some way, or if
they touch a nerve or something, please send
us email! We want to hear from you! And please tell your friends
to come read them as well! Thanks!
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The Animated Software Company
Last modified March 27th, 1997.
Webwiz: Russell D. Hoffman
Copyright (c) Russell D. Hoffman