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Why do you do what you do?

What's your job/profession/way of paying the bills?

Which of those is it? Calling, fallen into or make-money-shift?

Why do you do it?

What do you like or love about it?

What do you hate about it?

Come 2014 - only ten years! - do you think you'll still be doing the same thing?


I'll be posting mine later, but tell me about you too!

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elinor
2nd Feb, 2004 15:56 (UTC)
1. co-ordinating a community research project (well, five of them), 2. Community based development education 3. a bit of ceremony creation

1. and 2. are part calling, part what I've decided to do with my working life.
3. is definitely a calling.

1. and 2. I like empowering people to think and act responsibly as part of the more-than-human social/environmental world. (The 'objective' bit of my CV now reads: "To further develop my effectiveness in education and action for local and global social, economic and environmental justice and sustainability.") I like the feeling that I'm doing something constructive for my pay packet.
3. I like helping people have the wedding/baby blessing/funeral they really want, but probably thought they couldn't have. I like the power of leading an effective ritual. I like the 'zap' when I do a handfasting. I like feeling I'm doing what I'm here for.

1. and 2. being exhausted all the time, too much driving.
1. is infuriating - people are *so damn slow* at deciding things, arranging meetings (for the most part).
2. feeling like it might all just be a concerned middle class drop of water in the face of a blazing inferno.
3. funerals are really stressful

2014 - don't know. Probably, in some way shape or form. Complementary therapies / stress management / spiritual counselling may make a reappearance by then :-)
whotheheckami
2nd Feb, 2004 16:17 (UTC)
What's your job/profession/way of paying the bills?
Senior Systems Auditor for an International Firm of Components Ditributors (RS Components)

Which of these is it? Calling, fallen into or make-money-shift?
A bit of fallen and a lot of make-money

Why do you do it?
To support my family

What do you like or love about it?
I like or love virtually nothing about it

What do you hate about it?
Ptertty much everything, but mainly the relationship between me and my poisonous boss

Come 2014 - only ten years! - do you think you'll still be doing the same thing?
I know I won't be doing this in 10 years time.
I sincerely hope I won't be doing this in 10 months time
I may not even be doing this in 10 days time!
ramtops
2nd Feb, 2004 17:39 (UTC)
web developer, specialising in home rolled content management systems - it's our own company.

bit of all three, really - I enjoy doing it, most of the time, and it pays reasonably well, if you can get the right sort of clients. I'm certainly happier as a developer than I was as a network wrangler, which is what I used to be.

I do it because my other IT skills are very rusty now, and because the contract market is pretty dead, and because I think I'm probably unemployable in any company.

I like explaining to clients just what they could do with their web sites, and seeing their eyes light up. My best sales pitch was going to see someone about doing a small password protected area, and selling them £8k's worth of CMS (they've spent about £15k with us so far!). And I enjoy the design side - it's an outlet for my (limited) creative ability.

I *hate* the paperwork involved in running a company - VAT, invoicing, credit control. I hate the fact that all the clients think that we have nothing else to do, and are just sitting twiddling our thumbs waiting for them to decide they want something else.

2014? I should live so long :) But probably more of the same - the web business is evolving fast, and will continue to do so. Providing we can keep up with the curve, I can't see any reason to stop doing this.
neilf
2nd Feb, 2004 18:20 (UTC)
What's your job/profession/way of paying the bills?
Freelance IT Consultant.

Which of those is it? Calling, fallen into or make-money-shift?
KInd of had an aptitude for 'puters and I seem to be able to pay the bills this way.

Why do you do it?
See above answer. And it keeps me out of the dole office.

What do you like or love about it?
The diversity. No two days are rarely the same.

What do you hate about it?
The clients! I have some absolutely wonderful clients but every now and then even the great one can grate :-)

Come 2014 - only ten years! - do you think you'll still be doing the same thing?
Nope. In actual fact I'm aiming that by the time I'm 40 (approx 18 months away) that I'll be capable of making a living as a freelance photographer and I can start to cut back on the PC support stuff. Being on call 24/7 is a young persons game.

- Neil.
spride
2nd Feb, 2004 23:12 (UTC)
Re:
Neil:

making a living as a freelance photographer

a laudable ambition, but the freelance snappers I know do IT on the side to pay for their careers...
maetang
2nd Feb, 2004 19:16 (UTC)
1) I'm a personal assistant.

2) Sort of a mixture between it's something I can do, and making money.

3) Mostly, to pay the bills. Another plus is that there's always a demand for admin/secreterial skills somewhere, so I figure I have some flexibility doing this kind of work.

4) I like the satisfaction of completing some task or other, or getting feedback that I've been helpful in keeping the boss organized. Or I like the concrete aspect of the job.

5) I don't think I hate my work. I do know I don't want to be doing it for the rest of my life. I like it; I don't love it. I do occasionally find it a bit tedious, and do feel like I'm not using all my skills/potential/creativity.

6) Hopefully, in 10 year's time I'll be working as a psychotherapist (first I have to get into training, complete that, qualify...)
spride
2nd Feb, 2004 23:09 (UTC)
IT management for a failing furniture retailer

Definitely fallen-into.

I'm too addicted to a comfortable lifestyle to make the change.

Being normally intelligent and literate puts you head and shoulders above your peers. There really are some imbeciles in this field.


Almost everything. The colleagues, the customers, the 'do more with less' culture, the technology, the futility.


If I am, shoot me.
headgardener
2nd Feb, 2004 23:10 (UTC)
1) Social policy adviser for a major nature conservation agency

2) Fallen into being able to make a living out of a calling...

3) Being paid for the sort of thing I'd probably be doing anyway has its good points

4) Having got to the stage where my job description has words like 'strategic horizon-scanning' -- ie, I'm paid to think, write and talk to people, which is what I do for fun anyway. Very friendly, extended-family-like organisation (so far, at least)

5) Getting up early in the morning and catching trains. Sticking to the organisation's actual remit could be seen as limiting -- or can be taken as a useful discipline or challenge -- how do I make the link between what strikes me as interesting and nature conservation relevance?

6) Dunno: never stayed with a job longer than 5 years up to now.
landsmand
5th Feb, 2004 23:29 (UTC)
What's your job/profession/way of paying the bills? IT Director.

Which of those is it? Calling, fallen into or make-money-shift? Fallen into, no doubt whatsoever.

Why do you do it? The money, the firm and the good things it does.

What do you like or love about it? Like: Working with some very bright people.

What do you hate about it? Hate: the fact that most of those very bright people are very focused on one narrow range of knowledge and not very well-rounded

Come 2014 - only ten years! - do you think you'll still be doing the same thing? God, I hope not. By then I'd like to be writing books and kicking back.
olivia777
9th Feb, 2004 00:43 (UTC)
I am a clinical social worker at a nonprofit agency. I also have a private practice.

It's definitely a "calling."

I find people fascinating and I derive a lot of satisfaction from my work.

I also find people frustrating and annoying at times (I'm referring to the clients at the nonprofit agency, and not my private practice where I can choose my clients). However, the most annoying aspect of the nonprofit agency is the idiot management (don't get me started or I'll go on for days...)

The good thing about being in this field is that age is actually respected, so I hope I will be doing this for a long time into the future. However, I've had several professions in the past, and one never knows what the future holds.

I would love to read yours.
camies
10th Feb, 2004 09:06 (UTC)
What's your job/profession/way of paying the bills?
Web and intranet design and maintenance for a government department
Which of those is it? Calling, fallen into or make-money-shift?
It's the result of having accidentally got into IT, and fought viciously to turn my job into something more creative.
Why do you do it?
Because I can't (yet) make a living as a writer and I'm not allowed to do an MA in anything or a diploma in Graphic Design.
What do you like or love about it?
Playing with graphics and the visuals. Anything creative. Plus it's not too far to commute and the hours are good.
What do you hate about it?
The IT side of it, programming, uploading endless intranet updates which we haven't got time to automate.
Come 2014 - only ten years! - do you think you'll still be doing the same thing?
I hope not, though the Writer-And-Publicist elements of the job could stay.
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