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What is/was your occupation?

Please share below what you do or did do for a career. What would you do instead?

I'm an attorney, but wish I would have became a dentist. The early sciences scared me.

by Anonymousreply 256October 23, 2021 8:23 PM

OP: I do PR/Comms...for ATTORNEYS! Yikes! Am I nuts or what? I wanted to be an actor...

by Anonymousreply 1September 30, 2021 2:35 AM


by Anonymousreply 2September 30, 2021 2:37 AM

Haha, I’m also an attorney. Med school also interested me but it was too expensive.

by Anonymousreply 3September 30, 2021 2:39 AM

CPA. Would have preferred getting a PhD in economics.

by Anonymousreply 4September 30, 2021 2:39 AM

I'm not going to reveal my current occupation, but I make a "mid-six-figure salary." It's not so high when you figure in financial commitments (kids! tuition!). I grew up in a highly educated, upper middle-class family. I wanted to be a dancer, but my father beat that desire out of me.

by Anonymousreply 5September 30, 2021 2:40 AM

There are a LOT of lawyers here on DL tonight...

by Anonymousreply 6September 30, 2021 2:40 AM

Beware of trolls bearing seemingly innocuous polls.

by Anonymousreply 7September 30, 2021 2:41 AM

That will be $7.45, please pull around to the second window.

by Anonymousreply 8September 30, 2021 2:43 AM

Garbage duty.

Cape maker.

by Anonymousreply 9September 30, 2021 2:44 AM

High priced call girl

by Anonymousreply 10September 30, 2021 2:46 AM

Fry cook at Waffle House

by Anonymousreply 11September 30, 2021 2:47 AM

Oh the trolls are always trying to get every bit of data they can.

I'm a world leader, OP!

by Anonymousreply 12September 30, 2021 2:48 AM

Student...studying to become a slutty travel nurse

by Anonymousreply 13September 30, 2021 2:48 AM

Not trying to be a troll. I was just trying to start a conversation. I was reflecting on my life and what I wanted. I figured others would want to do the same. Plus it builds a relationship on here.

by Anonymousreply 14September 30, 2021 2:49 AM

[quote]High priced call girl

"You're a whore, Darling; we all are."

Somebody had to say it.

by Anonymousreply 15September 30, 2021 2:52 AM

I currently do payroll. I have previously done IT and medical college stuff. I wanted to do something in fashion but got pregnant and an accounting degree was my best bet for a steady income.

If I won the lottery I would obviously open a sanctuary rescue rehab.

by Anonymousreply 16September 30, 2021 2:52 AM

"Plus it builds a relationship on here."


by Anonymousreply 17September 30, 2021 2:52 AM

I'm an attorney but I used to be a civil servant bureaucrat with good pay and benefits. Sometimes I think my life would be happier and healthier if I had never become an attorney. I though had to be "challenged" and work more with my equals and "realize my full potential." It's been a toss up. In the plus column being an attorney helps you get laid more when you're an attorney.

by Anonymousreply 18September 30, 2021 3:01 AM

I work in academia, helping professors with some of their projects. Professors are the ultimate success junkies, which means perfectionism and long hours, and I unfortunately get caught up in that. I look at my friend who is a computer programmer, probably making more than I do, and getting away with leaving early each day. I definitely fantasize doing that instead.

by Anonymousreply 19September 30, 2021 3:10 AM

Administrative clerk looking to get back into accounting.

by Anonymousreply 20September 30, 2021 3:10 AM

R18 "In the plus column being an attorney helps you get laid more when you're an attorney."

It's fun to make up stuff, isn't it?

by Anonymousreply 21September 30, 2021 3:11 AM

I was once a Pharmacist. Vestibular epilepsy gave me an early retirement in that field. I had an awful time of finding a drug therapy that did not leave me with weird side effects. Thankfully, I found a good financial advisor while I was still earning, so I now have passive income.

by Anonymousreply 22September 30, 2021 3:12 AM

[R19] dont bullshit us with your LOW SALARY whinges

by Anonymousreply 23September 30, 2021 3:17 AM

I just finished physician assistant school. Taking my boards next week.

by Anonymousreply 24September 30, 2021 3:17 AM

Benefits Administration Specialist (Health Insurance). Basically, I paid peoples' medical claims until I retired last year.

by Anonymousreply 25September 30, 2021 3:18 AM

I'm a whore, darling.

by Anonymousreply 26September 30, 2021 3:20 AM

Flight attendant broke my back due to clear air turbulence (wear those seatbelts) then went into home improvement sales

by Anonymousreply 27September 30, 2021 3:21 AM

I’m “in between” jobs.

by Anonymousreply 28September 30, 2021 3:22 AM

WTF kind of nightmare flight was that R27?

by Anonymousreply 29September 30, 2021 3:23 AM

What were the early sciences, OP --- alchemy?

by Anonymousreply 30September 30, 2021 3:25 AM

PhD in crim here- spend most days teaching.

However, if I had it to do over again I would be an epidemiologist for the CDC. Traveling around the world, studying exotic diseases, it be like living “The Hot Zone”.

by Anonymousreply 31September 30, 2021 3:29 AM

[quote] PhD in crim here

What is crim? Criminology? What aspect of criminology?

by Anonymousreply 32September 30, 2021 3:31 AM

Started working when I was 17.

Box Boy, Checker

Bus Boy, Waiter

Jr. Designer -Interior Architecture

Sr. Designer - Retail and Exhibit Design

3D Game Artist

Digital Effects Artist

3D Instructor

Personal Assistant

Personal Driver

Professional Interior Designer

Product Designer

And now I am lost 😥

by Anonymousreply 33September 30, 2021 3:32 AM

The paranoid crazy here thinks half of us work in the Internet Research Agency in St Petersburg

by Anonymousreply 34September 30, 2021 3:36 AM

I work in admin. It's okay. Currently working from home and it's not busy. I've finally given up on the idea that work has to be about fulfilment or maximising potential. It's just a paycheque.

by Anonymousreply 35September 30, 2021 3:41 AM

Writer. Books. Very successful.

But it took me until I was almost 40 to have the nerve to actually become a writer, even though I always wanted to be one. I had to get fired from my last job to start the new career.

Weird how what I thought was the worst thing that ever happened to me -- getting fired -- turned out to be the impetus to getting what I wanted in life.

by Anonymousreply 36September 30, 2021 3:41 AM

Wanted to be a teacher but I had too many problems and took a blue collar job as a custodian in a school system for 32 years. Didn't become a teacher but worked with lots of them!!

by Anonymousreply 37September 30, 2021 3:49 AM


by Anonymousreply 38September 30, 2021 3:50 AM

Session musician and recording engineer. I have been lucky enough to work with some great artists. The work has been slowly drying up the last few years though, as music production moves into more digital territory (not a lot of live instrumentation on modern records, plus with nobody paying for music any more, A&R don't want to spend a tonne of cash to record and produce). So i'm now teaching as well.

by Anonymousreply 39September 30, 2021 3:53 AM

High school honor student by day...

by Anonymousreply 40September 30, 2021 3:55 AM

Casting director in NYC.

by Anonymousreply 41September 30, 2021 3:56 AM

Academic Dean and tenured Professor at a large university.

I would become a long-haul truck driver. I would have saved ten years of graduate school and, now, not have to deal with the endless pettiness of pedantic, self-hating narcissists.

by Anonymousreply 42September 30, 2021 3:56 AM

Madcap heiress.

Never considered anything else. I guess you could say I was born to it.

by Anonymousreply 43September 30, 2021 4:13 AM

Porn editor

by Anonymousreply 44September 30, 2021 4:14 AM

Former empress of Japan.

by Anonymousreply 45September 30, 2021 4:19 AM

Kalhasi of the Dothraki, Breaker of Chains, Queen of the 7 kingdoms…

by Anonymousreply 46September 30, 2021 4:27 AM

Pool Party Coordinator / After School Day Care Host / Hollywood Director!

by Anonymousreply 47September 30, 2021 4:33 AM

Director- insurance company

by Anonymousreply 48September 30, 2021 4:36 AM

I used to be a heroin addict. Now I'm a methadone addict.

by Anonymousreply 49September 30, 2021 4:39 AM

Candy ass nobody.

by Anonymousreply 50September 30, 2021 4:44 AM

I’m an infectious diseases epidemiologist. Although I’ve spent more time doing research than disease investigation.

If I could choose another career, I’d be a highly paid secret CIA asset and government assassin.

by Anonymousreply 51September 30, 2021 4:51 AM

Massage Therapist. Started in the entertainment industry, various jobs (agent, casting, production). Took what was supposed to be a short sabbatical. Never went back.

I'd love to be a stand-up comic.

by Anonymousreply 52September 30, 2021 4:55 AM

The first question was, "What do you want to be when you grow up?". Next, there's a few of us here who can answer the next question, "What did you do when you grew up?". Now, there's today's question, "What would you have done if you had a choice to do a different job than you did?"

I have had many different basic customer service jobs and even my own small business before Covid. Now, I think sometimes I'd start my own private investigation service.

by Anonymousreply 53September 30, 2021 5:01 AM

R49 I’m into leather.

by Anonymousreply 54September 30, 2021 5:01 AM

Bookstore/cafe owner.


Vintage clothing shop owner.

Fashion researcher for tv/film.

Now my body has decided to fail me and I’m not sure what I’m going to do with myself. Probably pills and caftans.

by Anonymousreply 55September 30, 2021 5:05 AM

Accountant here

by Anonymousreply 56September 30, 2021 5:08 AM

Technical architect

by Anonymousreply 57September 30, 2021 5:35 AM

ER RN. So tired of it.

by Anonymousreply 58September 30, 2021 5:42 AM

Pilot. Childhood dream not actualized until my 30’s. Never never never give up.

by Anonymousreply 59September 30, 2021 5:42 AM

[quote]Sometimes I think my life would be happier and healthier if I had never become an attorney.

Lawyer. Retired 10 years ago after 25 years of practice. That was plenty.

I just about ruined my health, and I certainly wasn't happy a lot of the time. The only plus is I made (and squirreled away) enough money to live out my days in

As I grow even older (gee, I'm only 60, but I sound really old), I wish I had done things differently. Taken a less-stressful path with more time off. Stopped climbing the ladder, or decided to not climb it at all. Kind of wistful about the whole thing. And trying to make the most of the years ahead.

by Anonymousreply 60September 30, 2021 5:44 AM

I ran full service marketing departments for several public agencies. Advertising, web sites, public outreach, branding, events, radio & tv promos, all that stuff to let the public know what the agencies offered to improve their lives. I loved it but it was also high stress and a few psycho jerks were mixed in with some great people. I've been retired a few years and it's been an interesting adjustment after years of fast paced action. An interesting side affect was that people perceived me as having a lot of power. Well yes, when it came to buying advertising and promoting my agencies, but no power to do favors or give advantages. I was scrupulously honest, which is why I went nuts watching the trump administration fleece the American public. You can get in big trouble for false advertising but not for lying to the public at the highest levels of government? Disgraceful.

I worked a lot with lawyers and think I'd enjoy that field if I could go after liars and cheats and bring them to justice. Also think I'd like art and antique appraisal, or travel host like Rick Steves. I'd also enjoy landscaping or real estate.

by Anonymousreply 61September 30, 2021 5:57 AM

Belly dancer 🕺

by Anonymousreply 62September 30, 2021 6:08 AM

My job boils down to customers yelling at me when the software doesnt meet their lofty and unrealistic expectations. If i could do it all over again Marine Biologist. I want to be out on the ocean with lots of near naked French men in speedos a la Jacque Cousteau

by Anonymousreply 63September 30, 2021 6:14 AM


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by Anonymousreply 64September 30, 2021 6:16 AM

I wanted to be a large animal veterinarian, spend my life in Africa working with various NGOs/foundations saving whatever needed it. But I didn't have the money or wherewithal to accomplish my goal.

I ended up a marketing/PR copywriter, then a tech writer, writing software user guides.

For a while, I worked in a bookstore, attempting to broaden the reading choices of people who thought Danielle Steel and Nora Roberts were high literature.

For the last 7 years, I've been a dissolute grammar troll on an anonymous gay board.

by Anonymousreply 65September 30, 2021 6:22 AM

Hmmmm. So is this site filled with "Oh Dear" trolls or just one who's way too enthusiastic?

by Anonymousreply 66September 30, 2021 6:25 AM

The Datalounge Welcome Wagonettes give a raucous oh fuck not another troll howdy to R64, the Dead or Alive Troll, who's spamming the threads with the same fucking video.

by Anonymousreply 67September 30, 2021 6:28 AM

[quote] For a while, I worked in a bookstore, attempting to broaden the reading choices of people who thought Danielle Steel and Nora Roberts were high literature. For the last 7 years, I've been a dissolute grammar troll on an anonymous gay board.

So you were hated in real life as much a virtual one.

by Anonymousreply 68September 30, 2021 6:53 AM

Paramedic. Would like to be a pilot but blind in one eye.

by Anonymousreply 69September 30, 2021 6:55 AM

I was a low class slut striving to be high class whore... but FAT WHORES REJOICE for Zoomers with a Santa fetish!!! They can't get enough!!!!

by Anonymousreply 70September 30, 2021 7:08 AM

I do proposals for a large civil engineering company. I love it.

by Anonymousreply 71September 30, 2021 7:09 AM

Writer, author, research fellow and adjunct faculty at one of the major universities. Mostly write for magazines including The Atlantic, New Yorker, etc. Right now working on about five articles, a textbook with several contributors, and, my first book proposal.

Wanted to go into medicine/research when I was younger Radiology and imaging (MRI, PET, etc) always fascinated me..

But I wouldn’t have been able to succeed in medical school after undergrad. My pre-teen and teenage years were incredibly violent and traumatic —bullying, physical and sexual abuse — and Iater developed many problems with focusing, memory, sleep, attention, etc that persisted into my 20s. ADHD, anxiety, cPTSD. So it was difficult for me to study and concentrate. It took me years to resolve and address the trauma. I now realize everything happens for a reason. This is what I’m meant to do.

by Anonymousreply 72September 30, 2021 7:12 AM

Public health civil servant.

by Anonymousreply 73September 30, 2021 7:25 AM

Wow, I’m really impressed with the caliber of employment so many of you have. Well done! I used to be a PA (and occasional extra) for a few years in LA before the pandemic hit. I packed all of my stuff into my car and drove back to my home state when it became clear that the initial two week shut down was gonna be much longer. Since then I worked as a receptionist at a doctor’s office which was truly miserable and monotonous. Now I’m getting my real estate license. My dream is to be a character designer for animation, though. Alas.

by Anonymousreply 74September 30, 2021 7:31 AM

Famous award-winning actress, best-selling author, and Facetune expert.

by Anonymousreply 75September 30, 2021 7:32 AM

Fiona Goode. I'm in charge everywhere.

by Anonymousreply 76September 30, 2021 11:14 AM

R74 you do realize 3/4 of these posts aren't true

by Anonymousreply 77September 30, 2021 11:15 AM

Clinical Psychologist & Professor. (retired - farm now, mostly as hobby)

by Anonymousreply 78September 30, 2021 11:19 AM

P.M. o C.

by Anonymousreply 79September 30, 2021 11:27 AM

[quote]Plus it builds a relationship on here.

How can it, you can't easily tell one person from another in any thread. You won't see someone in a thread about sofa fabric and think to yourself, "Hey, that's the horseshoe collector."

by Anonymousreply 80September 30, 2021 11:28 AM

Esteemed, powerful politician.

Preferred: Stripper, Call Girl, Mistress to a Billionaire. Achieved part of that to a degree.

by Anonymousreply 81September 30, 2021 11:29 AM

Copywriter. I started off working in the big agencies but it just burned me out. Never had the stomach to climb the ladder so I made a lateral move into tech. Now I do half UX, hall marketing copy for a division of Amazon. Starting to do side projects in the blockchain world and I think I might jump over to that next. It’s all fascinating stuff that I truly believe is going to change the world.

Once upon a time, I was an aspiring fiction writer. But insecurity, fear and self-loathing walloped me something good.

by Anonymousreply 82September 30, 2021 11:44 AM

Lots of writes in here, I guess the explains the grammar queens who get their panties in a wad every time someone types more like they speak.

by Anonymousreply 83September 30, 2021 11:54 AM

Radio Announcer. Retired.

by Anonymousreply 84September 30, 2021 12:01 PM

R6 Lawyers: Liars For Hire.

by Anonymousreply 85September 30, 2021 12:03 PM

When I got out of college wanted a career. Now I just want a paycheck.

by Anonymousreply 86September 30, 2021 12:06 PM

Senior lecturer (all teaching, no research) at a state university. It's the job I always wanted. Took me until after 40 to finally finish my PhD and find the job, but it was worth it. I love my students. (Some of my colleagues I could do without.)

by Anonymousreply 87September 30, 2021 12:09 PM

I'm not telling you shit.

Ideally: Eco-terrorist or financial dominatrix, maybe both. Blowing up whalers at day and your bank account at night, but don't fucking touch me.

by Anonymousreply 88September 30, 2021 12:10 PM

I'm retired but I've never been allowed to say what I did and this goes on even though I don't work anymore.

But it was nothing special in my books but I know lots of secrets I have to take to my grave, unless I want to face lawsuits and charges for breaking a lifelong non-disclosure contract. Nothing to do with the entertainment industry by the way. Really boring stuff really that would have next to zero interest for the general public.

by Anonymousreply 89September 30, 2021 12:11 PM

Worked in TV for years, now own an itsy bitsy real estate brokerage. As I’m typing this, I’m thinking that my volunteer work is more important to me than my money work, so I’m also on two non-profits boards and walk naughty dogs at the animal shelter about eight hours per week.

by Anonymousreply 90September 30, 2021 12:16 PM

I worked as a counselor for years until I was laid off. I tried waiting tables but it wasn’t a good fit. But I just got a dream job down at Channel 5. I’m now a production assistant for Enrique Mas!

by Anonymousreply 91September 30, 2021 12:25 PM

If I could go back and do it again, I would probably go to med school and be a dermatologist.

by Anonymousreply 92September 30, 2021 12:29 PM

Loan processor, boring as fuck but the bonuses are pretty good as well as the basic salary. Med insurance sucks rocks though.

I should have been a writer of some sort; i have that talent to do a deep dive, investigative report/article. I also have a great voice and sang quite a bit in my teens (fronted a band at age 11 a few times) . I had horrible stage fright though and just couldn't go for it. I also think i would have made a great forensic scientist, given my interest and investigative nature.

A few years ago, I really wanted to do landscape designing and was very passionate about it, even applied to a Master Gardener program in my area, and got some freelance work. However i had to hang it up because of my tendinitis of the right elbow for over 2 years. I couldn't garden anymore and had to give up (for the time being) my dream of designing gardens. It's finally stopped hurting/healed and i still think someday i will have a u-pick garden wherever i choose to live.

I have a lot of interests, and my mother worked and flourished through several different careers...so I think i get that from her. i have worked through many different jobs/sectors throughout my life. I pick things up fairly easily.

by Anonymousreply 93September 30, 2021 12:36 PM

r54 Love is too weak a word for what I feel about you.

by Anonymousreply 94September 30, 2021 12:55 PM

Shoe critic

by Anonymousreply 95September 30, 2021 12:57 PM

Web Dev/SEO/SEM/Lead Gen. I work for myself primarily, but I occasionally do freelance gigs and consulting from time to time to keep stimulated. That's one big thing that sucks when you don't have to report to anyone though, it's easy to slack off. I kind of miss socializing with coworkers and brainstorming with them on various projects.

by Anonymousreply 96September 30, 2021 1:11 PM

College Prof here but wish I were a performance artist of some sort--opera singer would have been great but I can;t sing worth a lick.

by Anonymousreply 97September 30, 2021 1:44 PM

I posted before about what I do (writer) but now I see that people ar posting about what they wanted to do as well.

If I could have one anything at all, I would have become a dancer. I love dance. It's the only thing that gets me out of my head. But the idea of being a professional dancer was far too terrifying - the lack of job security, the low pay, etc etc meant I went the professional route. But in my dreams, when I want to fantasize about the life I never had, I'm dancing., As fast as I can.

by Anonymousreply 98September 30, 2021 1:51 PM

[quote]Now I do half UX, hall marketing copy for a division of Amazon. Starting to do side projects in the blockchain world

This is genuinely interesting R82! What is "hall marketing copy" exactly? And what are side projects for blockchain?

by Anonymousreply 99September 30, 2021 2:03 PM


I have made peace with just how unfulfilling a job it is though. Passengers are entitled, trashy and boundlessly ignorant.

When I retire (hopefully early), I think I would be interested in teaching. I excelled at Math and English long ago and think those would be meaningful topics to pass along to a new generation. I am sure that schooling will be radically different by then though, and I am prepared for the possibility I may find it as horrible as aviation is currently.

by Anonymousreply 100September 30, 2021 2:04 PM

[quote]Passengers are entitled, trashy and boundlessly ignorant.

Not all of us! Please don't do a MH370 on us! We're lovely really.

by Anonymousreply 101September 30, 2021 2:23 PM


by Anonymousreply 102September 30, 2021 2:27 PM

I used to do marketing/PR/writing for entertainment and tourism related work in Los Angeles. After, there was a slew of marketing, promotions and generally odd jobs .. from the beverage industry, banking to government. Now I'm a delivery driver in the midwest. I love the freedom of it and find it fun. I like the simple life now.

If I could go back, I would have focused on a "blue collar" trade instead of my college degree. Or perhaps done both.

by Anonymousreply 103September 30, 2021 2:48 PM

Former IT go-to for an engineering firm. Haven’t worked in 16 years because of marriage & kid. My pay compared to my husband’s would be a joke (he’s now the CTO for a large company). Plus, my mom died when I was pretty young and my husband’s mom sent him to boarding school when he was young, so we both have a thing about always being there for our son. It’s worked out well and our kid is independent, bright, and capable of facing whatever life throws him.

That said, I fully realize I put my husband and son’s lives ahead of mine for almost two decades and now I’m like, fuck, what do I do when the kid goes to college? I’ll probably become a death doula because I’m good at dealing with death in general.

And now, having revealed that I am a married female on DL, I’ll show myself out.

by Anonymousreply 104September 30, 2021 3:45 PM

Don't leave r104! Just ignore the cunts! I told my partner that I want to be a stay at home parent raising my inner-child and he told me to fuck off. So I live vicariously through people like you.

by Anonymousreply 105September 30, 2021 3:49 PM

R105: thanks for the support. And I wish you well on your journey to stay at home to nurture your inner child. xoxo

by Anonymousreply 106September 30, 2021 4:01 PM

What is? I am a service adviser for Nissan but I also work in parts procurement and service contracts. What was? Ha, what wasn't? I've had lots of jobs but not a career, not like the doctors and the lawyers and the Indian Chiefs who have previously posted in this thread. The only job I've had which might interest this board was that of bar back in a gay bar in New Orleans. There were some good times to be had there but I also witnessed some gross and disgusting behavior by gross and disgusting people. There was a lot of guys hitting on me but I assumed that came with the territory of working where I worked, that is at least sometimes. On Foam Nights and Flashlight Nights, I would work in nothing but a jockstrap and white tennis shoes. Ha, I got hit on a lot on those nights.

by Anonymousreply 107September 30, 2021 4:12 PM

I work for a multi-state ABC distributor (wine/beer/beverage, no hard liquor due to my states laws). I'm also a level 1 Sommelier, but don't use it much. Basically I decide what new items we are going to carry out, so I'm on the hook if it bombs. Truly was a huge hit. In 2014 there was a alcoholic seltzer before those called Pura which was good but I turned it down due to the glass bottles which are a tough sell with summer beverages. I knew it would sell like crazy if it was canned. Told Sam Adams (Truy's supplier) about this issue (I know I'm not the only one, I'm not THAT influential) and Sam Adam's completely overhauled the packaging (which resulted in a nightmare because they kept the same UPC's but that's another long story). Sam Adams Hard Root Beer and Orange Cream Soda was a colossal flop. It's good though, but there aren't to many fat whores making boozy root beer floats at home. In addition to that I do pricing for off premise (as in a place you buy booze, not a place that serves which is on-premise) accounts large chains/ and clubs- Sam's/ Costco, etc. If you ever want to know what's on sale in a few months, ask me. It's quite nice seeing all the sale papers months in advance but if I fuck up, the store fucks up and hell is to be paid. Thankfully I haven't fucked up in awhile, the last time was when I completely forgot about Hanukkah and didn't think to present the usual kosher wines (Bartenura, Manischewitz, etc) when sending off the forms to the chains buying team. Somehow, no one else caught it either, on the chain side nor our side. So no Jewish wine in the sale papers, no price discount tags, nada. Lot's of pissedc off Jewish people that year and a mad scramble to discount the pricing at the last minute. If you ever see a handwritten sign or the discount doesn't apply at the checkout (for stores that make the distributor input the cost, discount and suggested retail) it's usually because one of my team members or I screwed something up. I love it and it's interesting but the stress is next level, there's never a break because there's always another day to plan and since I work 3-4 months ahead I feel like time passes extremely fast- I'm doing New Years right now and in my mind I feel like I've already celebrated Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. The perks are fantastic. Christmas of 2019 my house looked like a hoarder alcoholic lived there. Typically I get a free case from each of my main suppliers of which there are around 200, 100 or so that give gifts and 30 or so (LVHM is the best) give really fabulous things other than their own products (Assouline books, front row concert tickets, winery trips/tours, etc).

by Anonymousreply 108September 30, 2021 4:33 PM

Hey, R108? Will you hook me up if I show you the magic of paragraph breaks?

I kid. Your job sounds fun, and you obviously enjoy it.

by Anonymousreply 109September 30, 2021 4:36 PM

[quote] Your job sounds fun, and you obviously enjoy it.

Obviously he was enjoying SOMEthing while writing it. Probably not his own wares though, that read like Stevie Nicks’ autobiography-on-tape from the 80’s!

by Anonymousreply 110September 30, 2021 4:43 PM

[quote] Wow, I’m really impressed with the caliber of employment so many of you have. Well done!

This thread is like the money discussion threads (where only people with $2+ million dollars reply). Not everybody is responding.

by Anonymousreply 111September 30, 2021 5:37 PM

I was a waiter at IHOP for almost a day.

by Anonymousreply 112September 30, 2021 5:45 PM

Holy fucking fuck, [R27]! I've never experienced CAT (Clear Air Turbulence), in fact, for the amount of flights I've taken, one go around at OAK in 1995 on SWA is the limit of airborne aberration. My niece was on a Delta flight SEA - ATL in 1989 that dropped 6k feet due to CAT. My friend asked her if her hair flew around her face. Her reply? "No, I had a braid." Brilliant for a 7 year old.

How is your back now?

by Anonymousreply 113September 30, 2021 5:52 PM

only dumb cunts will answer truthfully in this thread. this is a doxing thread. Smart people never reveal personal info on a public forum.

by Anonymousreply 114September 30, 2021 6:23 PM

R114 You mean that if random people know what I do for a living, the world as I know it is going to end? Nobody here even knows my name or where exactly I live. Suppose I'm a veterinarian. Will everyone say, "OMG, he's a vet! Now we know where he lives, city, street number and everything !!!!! This is the END!!!! We can get into his bank account!!!!! We can throw big stones at him!!!!

Is that how it goes?

by Anonymousreply 115September 30, 2021 6:37 PM

I worked in production (behind the scenes) in the Entertainment Industry for 20 years. Absolute worst industry to work in. It was hell. The most high stressed aggressive psychos work in that business. (And I became one of them) The only way to survive is to be smart and ambitious, and develop a thick skin.

After developing health probs, I no longer had the energy to work 15 hour days, on my feet, so had to quit "on set" work. (Which is really fucking boring, by the way-- people think it sounds fun, but it ain't! It's tedious and boring (It's called "hurry up and wait). Spurts of activity and then a lot of sitting around.

Now, I have to start a new career and I have ZERO clue what to do, nor how my skill-set integrates into the real world!

by Anonymousreply 116September 30, 2021 7:34 PM

R111 I responded honestly. But I previously worked as an asbestos abatement tech, delivery truck loaded at Frito-Lay, janitor at a steel mill, and a dishwasher at a restaurant.

Occasionally a flower blooms in a dung heap.

by Anonymousreply 117October 1, 2021 1:10 AM

I'm in I.T. It's not difficult to uncover users' IP addresses, even on an anonymous board.

by Anonymousreply 118October 1, 2021 1:25 AM

Cool R118, please elaborate!

Teach us!

by Anonymousreply 119October 1, 2021 1:30 AM

Registered Dietitian

by Anonymousreply 120October 1, 2021 1:32 AM

r118 You and your prying eyes, you dirty nasty peeping tom!

(pssst? My camera is on and I just removed my Caftan, and I shall commence devouring this homemade chocolate cheesecake! Just fyi)

by Anonymousreply 121October 1, 2021 1:39 AM

I wonder if anyone can guess my job. I spend my work hours engaged in a specific skill that I began to develop at age 3, and have been working on for more than fifty years. I'm very good at it. The perk of my job is that while I am engaged in my particular skill, I get to stare at beautiful young men who, for the most part, are very scantily dressed.

by Anonymousreply 122October 1, 2021 1:42 AM

you're a perv R122

by Anonymousreply 123October 1, 2021 1:50 AM

Are you the mom in East of Eden, R122?

by Anonymousreply 124October 1, 2021 1:51 AM

Ballet instructor.

by Anonymousreply 125October 1, 2021 1:53 AM


Are there any job openings, per chance?

by Anonymousreply 126October 1, 2021 1:58 AM

College professor. I love it.

I would have liked to have gone into the diplomatic corps.

by Anonymousreply 127October 1, 2021 1:59 AM

Epidemiology Case Investigator

by Anonymousreply 128October 1, 2021 2:03 AM

Teacher, I wish I were either a journalist or a spy. Something exciting.

by Anonymousreply 129October 1, 2021 2:04 AM

Pizza boy. I deliver.

by Anonymousreply 130October 1, 2021 2:07 AM

r122, swim coach or gymnastics?

by Anonymousreply 131October 1, 2021 2:11 AM

Cattiness is so repellent until it isn't. Some of these replies are extremely funny. Please keep the humor coming!

by Anonymousreply 132October 1, 2021 2:25 AM

Architect and lady of danger.

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by Anonymousreply 133October 1, 2021 2:27 AM

Coroner r122?

by Anonymousreply 134October 1, 2021 2:35 AM

R11 Are you really? Thank you. What you do preparing food matters. You make a difference.

by Anonymousreply 135October 1, 2021 2:36 AM

I'm working my first real job as a Covid Tracer in the village of Darfur. But my aspirations are immense. I'm saving my money to come to America, where I plan to blow Anthony Fauci right out of the water. Then I will become the Director of the CDC. I will be the first Black African Orphan to fill the position.

🇺🇲 [italic] God Bless America !

by Anonymousreply 136October 1, 2021 2:42 AM

Retired public reference library research assistant.

by Anonymousreply 137October 1, 2021 2:49 AM

Senior Underwater Basketweaver

I have advance degrees in this area, as follows:

BS (we all know what that means) MS (More of the Same) PhD (Piled Higher and Deeper)

by Anonymousreply 138October 1, 2021 3:37 AM

R29 in Alaska in winter it gets rough, my coworker got it worse as she got hit by the shelf in the back galley. I actually had a premonition right before that we shouldn’t do the beverage cart service but then it hit. Luckily I was in between the twin bathroom doors which contained me, a passenger died on a United flight leavingTokyo shortly after our incident while going down the aisle to the bathroom.

by Anonymousreply 139October 1, 2021 3:57 AM

^from turbulence

by Anonymousreply 140October 1, 2021 3:58 AM

I was a photographer for 11 years, also helped run the photo studio. It got my photos published on Vogue.com (including a photo of myself) and I’ve taken photos of celebrities and etc. I’m done with that now due to the boss being a micromanaging cunt.

I now work in management for a beauty supply company that has 4 locations and I work at the headquarters. Most clients are salons. It’s very easy compared to my last job.

I also continue to do photography and I work with porn stars and OnlyFans models.

by Anonymousreply 141October 1, 2021 4:00 AM

R113 full recovery

by Anonymousreply 142October 1, 2021 4:02 AM

R18: "In the plus column being an attorney helps you get laid more when you're an attorney."

by Anonymousreply 143October 1, 2021 4:16 AM

R39 - I am a professional singer-songwriter that is trying to find where to plug into in life. How the hell do I get an A&R manager in the first place? I would give Clive Davis the dicksucking of a lifetime if it meant I got my record deal. I want to cut my records on tape, hire real musicians and make magic in a great studio.

But, if that isn't exactly reality, I also hope to record an album reminiscent of 'Nebraska' by Bruce Springsteen or a solo Paul McCartney album. I want to be the first openly gay singer-songwriter that isn't Rufus Wainwright. I'm semi-tall, milk-skinned, blue-eyed, and in my early twenties. Please inquire further if interested.

by Anonymousreply 144October 1, 2021 4:36 AM

R144 Contact Heidi Fleiss. She's always looking for whores who will do anything to make it in Hollywood!

by Anonymousreply 145October 1, 2021 4:48 AM

[quote]only dumb cunts will answer truthfully in this thread. this is a doxing thread. Smart people never reveal personal info on a public forum.

Only dumb people start a sentence without capitalizing the first letter.

by Anonymousreply 146October 1, 2021 7:09 AM

this a thread on the internet. why does anybody care about capitalization on an internet thread? i've always wondered this. i think it's far more important that we spell things properly and refrain from using text speak.

by Anonymousreply 147October 1, 2021 7:36 AM

I also do communications, but primarily writing and editing, which is how I like it. I really dislike the public relations aspect of my job and it is not something I ever wanted to do.

I studied creative writing. I used to love fiction writing. Now I dread writing but want to be a writer, which is exactly the wrong approach to actually being a professional writer.

From a very young age, I wanted to be a marine biologist and I focused on biology and the sciences until my freshman year of college, when I basically had a nervous breakdown and changed my major to English, which was my natural aptitude. My mom had a theory that I was too sensitive to dissect animals and it messed with my head, and I do think she was right in part, but my emotional problems were mainly due to other factors.

In my early career, for a decade, I wrote a lot about health and social issues and I loved doing so. I read a ton of medical research and so it was as if I was passively participating in medical science, which for some reason I have never had any difficulty understanding. Then I moved on to another field whose content just doesn't appeal to my natural interests at all. I read science news headlines every morning when I wake up. Science is still a primary interest of mine, yet I don't do anything with it.

I listened to a podcast interview with a marine biologist last week and it made me unexpectedly emotional to hear about her job and her life. It really is what I should have done with my life, but it's definitely too late now at 43. I just have more of a fascination with and deep feelings for underwater life for some reason and I have almost as far back as I can remember. I feel like I diverted from the path I was supposes to have taken.

by Anonymousreply 148October 1, 2021 8:06 AM

80% of the responses here are from writers. What's up with that? The most unhappy with their careers?

by Anonymousreply 149October 1, 2021 8:32 AM

R149 80% of the responses on here aren't true in any way. What's up with that? The most unhappy with their careers?

by Anonymousreply 150October 1, 2021 11:17 AM

Actor who has done alot of Bway here

by Anonymousreply 151October 1, 2021 1:21 PM

I'm surprised there have been little to no responses from DLers who work as managers and who have "teams" working under them.

by Anonymousreply 152October 1, 2021 4:52 PM

I am a diplomat. Stationed in a backwater European city currently where nothing of importance happens. But, was in a large Asian city before this and hope to get a large city or somewhere in Africa next so I am can feel more fulfilled.

If not for this, I would like to be a park ranger or a college professor.

by Anonymousreply 153October 1, 2021 5:11 PM

Pharmacist in clinical informatics. I wish I made as much money as dentists or principal lead consultants for Bain/Boston Consulting Group/Accenture did... or even lawyers for major law firms or senior counsel. But oh well... I'm satisfied with my super light workload and plenty of free time (during the work day) to relax, so I guess my earnings to hours worked/effort and time put in ratio is likely much better than those other professions'.

by Anonymousreply 154October 1, 2021 5:31 PM

I work in literary/art PR and do other odd jobs on the side like freelance editing or copywriting when I need a little more dough. It's a living!

by Anonymousreply 155October 1, 2021 5:35 PM

I'm an Early Years Teacher (US: Kindergarten). My colleagues' jokey nickname for me is Miss Honey, which I'm actually quite proud of.

R129, what age group do you teach?

by Anonymousreply 156October 1, 2021 5:42 PM

I've had many horrible university professors. I'd say the majority of them were crap. I didn't go to great schools, though. Why do people like being professors? Serious question.

by Anonymousreply 157October 1, 2021 5:50 PM

Because R157 we get extraordinary vacation time, almost no responsibility, and the freedom to be whoever we want to be. Never have to deal with the corporate world or with the crap that comes with a large office.

On the other hand, although my friends in the sciences say things there tend to pretty good, the politics in liberal arts departments can be almost unbearable, depending on the school. I've taught at two, and got degrees from two others. One was wonderful, two were somewhat difficult, and the fourth was basically an institution for the criminally insane, masquerading as PhDs.

by Anonymousreply 158October 1, 2021 6:26 PM

[R156] Fourth grade, but I’ve also taught first graders and substituted in High school teaching Art and English. The hardest age was eighth graders, they’re a hot mess, I felt so bad for them!

by Anonymousreply 159October 1, 2021 6:32 PM

CRNA (certified registered nurse anesthetist). It is a great profession. I've been doing it since the late 80s, and I have never regretted doing it.

by Anonymousreply 160October 1, 2021 6:33 PM

[quote] Because [R157] we get extraordinary vacation time, almost no responsibility, and the freedom to be whoever we want to be. Never have to deal with the corporate world or with the crap that comes with a large office.

R158, I guess I was looking at it from a student's point of view. Would you say that your students enjoy / get a lot out of your classes that you teach?

by Anonymousreply 161October 1, 2021 6:42 PM

I was a misfit elf who graduated from a correspondence course in the North Pole to become a den-tist.

by Anonymousreply 162October 1, 2021 7:01 PM

I don't believe the lawyer who gets laid.

As a singleton, I talk to a lot of lawyers on dating websites--what a fucking miserable group of people, and they have no time for anything. I hate the way they talk, I hate the way they think. Repulsive.

by Anonymousreply 163October 1, 2021 7:26 PM

porn actor, escort


by Anonymousreply 164October 1, 2021 7:41 PM

I work in the music industry as an office manager with 2 people working under me! Melissa and Keith hate me!

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by Anonymousreply 165October 1, 2021 8:09 PM

[quote] Why do people like being professors? Serious question.

Since I don't do research, I am in it for the teaching and advising. Having two or three enthusiastic students a semester is all I need to make up for the ones just marking time until their parents cut them off. One of my classes last semester was on Zoom and 3-5 students would stick around after classtime to ask questions and discuss the topic for an hour or more. This seriously got me through one of the worst times in my personal life. Some semesters I teach ancient Greek to students planning on going to seminary or grad school to give them a head start which is a wonderful change of pace for me. I advise students and find solutions to their academic problems and every once in a while I help a student realize that they can graduate and they can have the life they want. These sorts of things make it all worth the low pay and 7-day weeks from August to May.

by Anonymousreply 166October 1, 2021 8:22 PM

Thanks, R166, you sound like a great teacher. A lot seems to depend on what time your class starts. When I was a freshman, I took a short story and novel class that started in the late afternoon. Great teacher and great students (little bit older with jobs). I then took an American Lit (IIRC) class that started at 10:00 a.m. or so. Fucking awful - teacher was jaded and grouchy, students didn't give a shit about what we were reading. Frankly, I hated Faulkner, so that could have been part of it.

by Anonymousreply 167October 1, 2021 8:28 PM

Consulting, primarily financial, for large corporations. On the road 5 days a week M-F in some random corporate office park in middle America. Sometimes get a major city - but doesn’t make much difference as I work 60+ hours/week. With a team of workaholic, career and money focused if well-educated people who are all about the job. Smart people, C-level responsibility and engaging work - but like all of capitalism, the end goal is making billions more for hedge funds.

My job/“career” was chosen to make money - and I did. But it’s an absolutely miserable existence that is completely work centric including weekends. It’s not a life - it’s the “American Dream” of money. Now at 51, I’ve decided to call it a day. I worry I won’t have enough money when I’m 90 - but I’ve decided I’m more likely to die early.

As much as a creative job seems like a nice life, I also know I wouldn’t have been able to live with the stress of worrying about money. There is a happy medium maybe - I just never found it.

by Anonymousreply 168October 1, 2021 9:55 PM

From a very early age I knew I wanted to a designer. As a kid I would design cars, buildings, rocket ships, etc. I got my degree in design and toiled as a low level designer (in the 80's making $200/month!) before jumping to technical design supporting architectural firms. I was good at it and got sent all over the world to work on projects. I eventually worked my way up to a management role responsible for overseas projects. Twenty five years and 6 million airline miles later, I will retire at the end of the year. I know how lucky I've been to work in my chosen field my whole career. The constant travel was exciting - at first - but it took a serious toll on my relationships with family, friends, BF's, etc. If I had to do it all again, I wouldn't let the work/life balance get out of kilter.

by Anonymousreply 169October 2, 2021 12:12 AM

I feel like careers are going the way of the dodo bird as corporations burnout and turnover their employees like pancakes these days. Anything to make those quarterly earnings, and I do mean anything.

Happy fiscal new year!

by Anonymousreply 170October 2, 2021 1:13 AM

I wanted to be in the film industry and was for a while, but it was soul destroying. I wanted to be a park ranger, but I'm glad now, with the massive homeless problem in SoCal, that I am not. I kind of also wanted to be a spy, or someone who rehabs historic properties to bring them back to their glory.

I have a job that is a mix of B2B marketing, PR and experiential marketing. I'm great at it, get to travel the world (pre and post covid - not traveling much now) and it pays pretty well, though I feel like money doesn't go far in NYC or LA at all anymore, but I'm comfortable enough.

There are good days and bad days, like any job. The perks are fun. I am flying business class with some VIP clients to Europe in a few weeks for an event, and staying in a Chateau with them for 2 days after an event in Paris.

by Anonymousreply 171October 2, 2021 1:24 AM

My last job was as a security guard and live in caretaker of a small office building. Good job, old school building, my own apartment and run of the building when it was closed overnight. Some wild times.

by Anonymousreply 172October 2, 2021 2:45 AM

Engineering project manager.

by Anonymousreply 173October 2, 2021 2:54 AM

Let me rephrase my last line. When you're an attorney often that makes it easier to get laid.

by Anonymousreply 174October 2, 2021 3:07 AM

I am a veterinarian and have had the opportunity to work in several areas of the profession. Exciting, exhausting, very fulfilling, including 10 years in emergency medicine.

Retirement at the end of this year is planned. Then I would finally like to concentrate on my artwork and writing. In my early years, I wanted to go into journalism.

by Anonymousreply 175October 2, 2021 3:51 AM

I'm a retired television studio crew technician (audio mixer, camera operator, video playback, graphics display).

by Anonymousreply 176October 2, 2021 4:54 AM

[quote] My job/“career” was chosen to make money - As much as a creative job seems like a nice life, I also know I wouldn’t have been able to live with the stress of worrying about money. There is a happy medium maybe - I just never found it.

I am in the opposite situation. In creative fields since college. Bouncing around from one job to another like a desperate humming bird. Many different jobs, several different careers. Some were fun, some were not. Always just enough money to get buy but nothing saved. I am now in my 50's realizing I really need some serious money before I get too old. But now it's too late to start a totally new profession when most companies are purging anyone over 50. Bumped into a friend from 10 years ago who works in finance. He's now worth over 12 million dollars, he's going to retire early. I cant believe I once eared the same as him just 10 years ago.

by Anonymousreply 177October 2, 2021 12:41 PM

[quote] Let me rephrase my last line. When you're an attorney often that makes it easier to get laid.

But compared to which other profession?

I know there are people who want to get married (or partnered) to an attorney in the belief that it's a road to wealth--but laid?

by Anonymousreply 178October 2, 2021 1:18 PM

“ As much as a creative job seems like a nice life, I also know I wouldn’t have been able to live with the stress of worrying about money.”

By creative job, what do you mean? Like an artist? I’m technically in a creative field - copywriting (I posted earlier) - and while I’m not making the level of money you are , I’ve always been employed, making six figures, able to save and invest…while working in areas I find fascinating.

And to the person who said 50 is too old to start over, I know a few people who have and made a real go of it. Shit, a hippie friend of mine who’s been a dog walker the past 10 years went into a UX design program for a year and got a job at 53. Not saying it’s easy. But you can do it.

by Anonymousreply 179October 2, 2021 3:47 PM

I'm disabled, I feed at the trough while the rest of you work.

by Anonymousreply 180October 2, 2021 3:52 PM


[quote] I'm an attorney, but wish I would have became a dentist.

Your clients no doubt share this sentiment.

by Anonymousreply 181October 2, 2021 4:16 PM

I am a technical writer and editor. I've been doing it since 1985.

by Anonymousreply 182October 2, 2021 4:24 PM

[quote] I know there are people who want to get married (or partnered) to an attorney in the belief that it's a road to wealth--but laid?

People don't wait until marriage to have sex. So, the sex happens in hopes of marriage, a LTR, or a sugar daddy situation. That said, I've never thought of attorneys as being magnets for getting laid. Rich attorneys, yes, but rich people in general have an easier time getting laid (than poor people).

by Anonymousreply 183October 2, 2021 7:22 PM

Naked civil servant, teehee.

by Anonymousreply 184October 2, 2021 8:09 PM

I'm a physician, and somehow both stressed out and bored. I used to dream of being a wildlife biologist.

by Anonymousreply 185October 2, 2021 8:22 PM

Former fantasist; but I always wanted to be a Nighttime Erection-Fulfillment Ninja who would stealthily come and go in the dark of night. (I never really believed those were all wet dreams. There had to be some kind of fairy involved.)

by Anonymousreply 186October 2, 2021 9:27 PM

Datalounge Emotional Support Therapist

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by Anonymousreply 187October 2, 2021 9:55 PM

R138 Or as an old PhD boss used to say, "where you learn more and more about less and less, until you know everything about nothing."

by Anonymousreply 188October 2, 2021 10:56 PM

What if Datalounge was our own little island of literate thinkers?

by Anonymousreply 189October 2, 2021 11:58 PM

Executive assistant but trying to get out of this line of work after 15 years. The problem is I don't know what else to turn to.

by Anonymousreply 190October 3, 2021 5:53 AM

I'm a classical wind musician, semi-retired from a 30-year international career in symphony, opera, and chamber music, and as a guest soloist with orchestras.

I founded a conservatory ten years ago and am focused on that now.

by Anonymousreply 191October 9, 2021 6:11 AM

Independently wealthy.

by Anonymousreply 192October 9, 2021 6:12 AM

R191, you should do an, "Ask Me Anything" thread.

I have questions...

by Anonymousreply 193October 9, 2021 3:40 PM

Lady of Leisure

by Anonymousreply 194October 9, 2021 8:01 PM

I'm impressed by the high level jobs here and will most definitely NOT be sharing mine

by Anonymousreply 195October 10, 2021 1:39 AM

I definitely don't have a high level job, R195. I hate working.

by Anonymousreply 196October 10, 2021 4:22 PM

House husband. My man brings home all the bacon.

by Anonymousreply 197October 10, 2021 4:53 PM

Lucky bitch R197

by Anonymousreply 198October 10, 2021 5:35 PM

^its good work if u can get it

by Anonymousreply 199October 11, 2021 2:54 AM

I'm an artist manager of an artist who just received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, and is in the Rock N Roll HOF. Also, manage a few other prominent artists.

Additionally, I'm an adjunct professor at a major Southern California university, teaching music business.

Spent most of my career as a marketing executive at large indie record labels. I've been working in music for 26 years, and an artist manager for 7 years.

by Anonymousreply 200October 11, 2021 3:48 AM

Family's pharmaceuticals business.

by Anonymousreply 201October 11, 2021 4:22 AM

I work in customer service/retail"Delivering the magic of Christmas year-round." But I think its time for a midlife career change as Satans Methed out cumdump On Only Fans.

by Anonymousreply 202October 11, 2021 4:34 AM

Hey R197, just curious, what do you do with your time? Do you cook or anything? Does he resent being the bread winner? Do you get shit from friends about that kind of situation? Society has a double standard and when woman do that no one thinks twice about it.

by Anonymousreply 203October 11, 2021 9:46 AM

Low level admin worker. Switched from data to fiscal a couple of weeks ago.

Was good in English and geography in college but didn't pursue that. Used to be fascinated by climate change and environmental issues back in the 99 and oohs but didn't want to chase a career in that since it was a new field and unexplored. Kick my self in the but since now these are huge fields

by Anonymousreply 204October 11, 2021 2:07 PM

Lady of "the night"

by Anonymousreply 205October 11, 2021 3:13 PM

Ignore "just curious" and his bait, R197.

by Anonymousreply 206October 11, 2021 10:14 PM

Shouldn't it be "Lady" Of the Night.


"lady of the night"?

by Anonymousreply 207October 12, 2021 2:08 AM

I m in entertainment PR. I started out doing my internship with a major network, got lucky and got hired after I graduated to do daytime PR. Got poached by a very powerful PR agency, right time right place. Been doing that ever since. I left that firm and went freelance. i work mostly as a consultant now. I really wanted to go in to Fashion Design. I am a closet designer...not like a person who designs closets..but I sketch like I have a colleciton for fun on my Ipad pro to kill time.

by Anonymousreply 208October 12, 2021 2:33 AM

Party Girl

by Anonymousreply 209October 12, 2021 3:39 AM

I'm 25 and just starting to break into movie making. It's a wonderful life and world. Youth is so promising.......

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by Anonymousreply 210October 12, 2021 3:49 AM

I publish books for a living and have worked in the publishing industry for nearly forty years. My work is satisfying but, like most people, I occasionally dwell on the roads not taken — especially focusing on my own writing.

by Anonymousreply 211October 12, 2021 4:00 AM

Traveling high end whore

by Anonymousreply 212October 12, 2021 4:36 AM

Retired newspaper journalist. After I thought I was done working, I happened across an opportunity to spend a year in Saudi Arabia and write some PR mush. It sounded weird and interesting enough that I did it.

Added no-cost bonus: I put out some food and water for a street cat that lived in my compound, she decided to live in my apartment and her behavior was impeccable so I let her do it and hauled her furry ass back to the USA. She lived for a long time, went from wretched heat and eating garbage to a comfortable, healthy existence and became a world-class diva.

by Anonymousreply 213October 12, 2021 4:58 AM

I was an adjunct college instructor, now I'm a pharmacy technician. I make more money and never have to be out of work if I don't want to be.

by Anonymousreply 214October 12, 2021 5:04 AM

I had my own "right time, right place" moment as well, R208. I think moments like that look different, depending upon the profession, but in the end mean the same. And beyond that, I hope more of us answering/posting in this thread realize how much we could mean to those that will come after us and pay it forward to them.

by Anonymousreply 215October 12, 2021 5:49 AM

Taste tester

by Anonymousreply 216October 12, 2021 6:40 AM

r215 the one thing I learned about right time right place is be nice to EVERYONE. Especially in PR. My right time right place moment was doing a photoshoot with a daytime actress who was a bit of a cunt. She refused to look at the wardrobe the hired stylus brought because she wanted to wear this Calvin Klein dress she had from the show. I was in the green room and this woman was complaining about her not even wanting to look at what she brought when she spent hours pulling. I said "be right back" got the actress and explained to her how it made the stylus feel bad. She got up "for me" to go look and she actually ended up liking a lot of the pieces and wore some in the changes. After she left the wardrobe person says "Who are you/" I told her I was the network publicist. She took my card, she was so happy I did recognize she worked hard. A month later i get a call from one of the largest entertainment firms asking if I was interested in coming to work for them. Turns out this girl was the daughter of one of the big wigs at the firm and she told her dad what i did. He was so impressed he kept my card and when he had an opening called me. So the lesson was be nice to everyone.

by Anonymousreply 217October 12, 2021 1:44 PM

R200 - - that's so cool! What an amazing job :)

by Anonymousreply 218October 12, 2021 3:43 PM

Right place / right time: My bf and I were on vacation in Panama and met another couple on the beach. Turns out one of the guys and I had similar backgrounds and training. He mentioned his company was looking for someone like me in my city but I told him I wasn't looking to change jobs. He ended up giving my name and number to his boss, who called me to say he wanted to meet me for lunch. I ended up taking the job.

Be nice to everyone: The guy who hired me was known within the company for being "difficult". Other managers and his own boss hated dealing with him. From my first day, I decided to be nice to everyone. Over time, the other managers started going around my boss to deal with me. Two years after I started, the company went through a merger and reorganization. The company used that as an excuse to get rid of my old boss and promoted me to manage a newly created department which included my former group. (BTW - my former manager started his own company and finally found happiness in his one-man operation. We still talk.)

by Anonymousreply 219October 12, 2021 5:49 PM

Biochemist here. I wish I had studied art history instead.

by Anonymousreply 220October 12, 2021 6:06 PM

Elementary school teacher, now retired. I always wanted to be a demolition derby driver or a glass blower.

by Anonymousreply 221October 12, 2021 6:11 PM

I was a photographer's assistant, but when digital photography took over, I'm not really needed anymore.

Now I'm in the Firearms business. I make a lot more money and the guys are really cool despite me being out. They even asked me when am I going to get a husband.

by Anonymousreply 222October 12, 2021 7:43 PM

[quote] I'm an attorney, but wish I would have became a dentist.

Oh dear.

by Anonymousreply 223October 12, 2021 7:45 PM

R218 It's like being in an abusive relationship with job. After all these years in the industry, I can't stand listening to music for pleasure. It all feels like work to me.

by Anonymousreply 224October 12, 2021 8:39 PM

R220, may I ask why? I know that biochemistry isn't the road to riches that some think it to be, and in fact can lead to misery, but surely it is a pretty good springboard to alternate careers?

by Anonymousreply 225October 13, 2021 1:59 AM

Violinist. Thirty-five years professionally

by Anonymousreply 226October 13, 2021 2:08 AM

Sugar baby

by Anonymousreply 227October 13, 2021 6:13 AM

R222 Cute and awwwww.........!!!

by Anonymousreply 228October 14, 2021 3:01 AM

Girl about town.

by Anonymousreply 229October 14, 2021 6:03 AM

I'm a meteorologist but wish I'd become a weatherman.

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by Anonymousreply 231October 14, 2021 7:21 AM

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by Anonymousreply 232October 14, 2021 7:33 AM

University professor, watching the slow decay of the university system. Consider leaving all the time.

by Anonymousreply 233October 15, 2021 2:53 AM

[quote] watching the slow decay of the university system.

Man, I feel like everything is in a state of decay right now--and I worry so much about it.

by Anonymousreply 234October 15, 2021 4:10 AM

R200: "I'm an artist manager of an artist...Additionally, I'm an adjunct professor at a major Southern California university, teaching music business."

I take it basic grammar isn't involved?

by Anonymousreply 235October 15, 2021 6:07 AM

I'm a pet food taste-tester.

by Anonymousreply 236October 15, 2021 6:19 AM

Removing those "bitch bearing walls" and replacing them with windows where they ought to be!

by Anonymousreply 237October 20, 2021 4:12 PM

Uma Thurman's eye wrangler.

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by Anonymousreply 238October 20, 2021 4:27 PM

Sandy Duncan's glass eye.

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by Anonymousreply 239October 21, 2021 2:09 AM

Another who sees and feels the decay everywhere. There is a force out there that wants to reduce everything, to cut, to neglect, to take the most short term path, to do all the things we were always told not to do.

by Anonymousreply 240October 21, 2021 2:22 AM

I earned a Master's degree in English a couple of years ago (yeah, I know). I originally intended to pursue a PhD after, but became disillusioned with academia while in my program. I think that the further you go down that rabbit hole, the more difficult it becomes to backpedal. The job market is very competitive and full of intelligent, hard-working people who are fighting over an extremely small number of jobs. In the humanities, getting a tenured position is incredibly hard—near impossible for most. I had a professor who told me that his college friend earned her PhD from an Ivy, had published work, was well-regarded by her peers, etc.— she went through SEVEN hiring seasons and only managed to get two interviews. After years of jumping through those hoops, she ended up giving up on it and became a pretty successful event planner in NYC (and frankly probably makes more money than she would have as an English professor). While I was in the program, most of the professors were advising the cohorts to make plans to do something outside of academia.

I fell into doing administrative work in a CPA firm, which I don't exactly love, but it's something for the time being. I do get to do a lot of professional writing in the position, which is nice (a lot of it consists of letters to the IRS, state agencies, blah, blah, blah). I am a pretty quick learner and I've had several CPAs there offer to take me under their wing to learn the basics of accounting, but I have trepidation about it. It's not something I am particularly interested in, though it would pay a hell of a lot better.

by Anonymousreply 241October 21, 2021 2:57 AM

I read a true story in the Detroit Free Press about people who are hired to be Toilet Paper Testers. Wanna job?!

by Anonymousreply 242October 21, 2021 3:51 AM

Engineering Fellow.

by Anonymousreply 243October 21, 2021 4:01 AM

Research Immunologist. A decade in academia, then several more in the biopharma industry, now hoping to retire in a few years. Human ecology has become a nightmare for "higher" (more complex) organisms, but a bounty for smaller ones -- like viruses. I originally wanted to become an ecologist/marine biologist, but there was no job market for that. Wouldn't have made a difference, anyway. People are stupid and there are too many of us and we are collectively making bad decisions. Now I'm just tired. If I have any energy left, I'd like to write ecological disaster horror stories -- they'd be about what actually will happen just a few years from now. When I was thirteen, I wanted to become a handsome flight attendant for TWA who smelled sexy and traveled the world, just like the bachelor who lived in the studio unit down the hall.

by Anonymousreply 244October 21, 2021 4:17 AM

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by Anonymousreply 245October 21, 2021 5:46 AM

I’m a fluffer. (I wish I was the star.)

by Anonymousreply 246October 22, 2021 1:41 AM

A lot of joke answers on this thread, but if you're asking in earnest: I work at a cannabis dispensary and write screenplays in my free time. I'm in my 30s. My life is as depressing as it sounds.

by Anonymousreply 247October 22, 2021 3:45 AM

R247, your life sounds kind of fun. Are you in LA?

(Because if you're in flyoverstan writing screenplays--then, yeah, depressing...)

by Anonymousreply 248October 22, 2021 3:55 AM

I’ve never had an “occupation”. I’ve just had jobs.

by Anonymousreply 249October 22, 2021 4:46 AM

I was a spy. I worked all over the world and donned many disguises.

by Anonymousreply 250October 22, 2021 4:59 AM

Yes, L.A. It would be fun if I weren't so damn broke!

by Anonymousreply 251October 22, 2021 5:44 AM

[quote]'m in my 30s. My life is as depressing as it sounds.

Your life is over at 30 something? Dude, I am in my 50's and I still am trying to figure it out. Trust me, if I could go back to my 30's the world would be my oyster. You are at the prefect age to change careers, young enough that everyone sees you as young with fresh ideas, old enough that you are past immature reckless youthful behavior. Prime career age to do whatever you want, dont wait until you are 40.

by Anonymousreply 252October 22, 2021 7:58 AM

r247 Don't be depressed. Your job is not who or what you are. It is simply a means to an end, a way to get money so you can live and eat and get the things you need. Don't measure yourself by your occupation. I'm sure there is more to you than what you do to get money. That is how I view my job. Life is too short to get all caught up in what you do because what you do is temporary. We don't have much time to live so please don't waste a minute of it by feeling badly about your job.

by Anonymousreply 253October 22, 2021 3:20 PM

Money in the bank and living simply is what matters. Then what you do becomes what you choose. May take until 40-50, but I highly recommend people focus on saving money early to give them freedom from modern capitalist slavery.

by Anonymousreply 254October 23, 2021 3:56 PM

R253 and r254 are correct, but that's not how men are wired. We are taught from a very young age to "be something" What do you want to be when you grow up? Unlike woman who know a job is just a job, men are taught that THEY ARE THERE JOB. So when men lose their job, they lose their self worth and sense of identity. This is why so many go postal when they get fired. Or sink into deep depression or turn to alcohol.

I try not to do this or define myself by my job but it's hard. Especially when it's something you dreamed of doing when you were young.

by Anonymousreply 255October 23, 2021 8:11 PM

I'm a journalist. I've also been an author, academic and editor. I did want to be an actor but after eight years of being perpetually broke and working as a temp (which I hated), I applied to journalism school. Other than being an actor, the only thing I ever wanted to do was be a journalist.

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