Jobs that you might have thought were not actually jobs

Monday, 23 November, 2015

Bed warmer, whereby you warm beds for hotel guests by occupying a bed before they do. Professional queuer, lining up on behalf someone ahead of, say, the latest iPhone release. Waterslide tester, self explanatory surely, and a personal favourite.

Chief listening officer, monitoring social media channels for another person or company. Crisp inspector, ensuring only the best quality potato chips make the final cut. Pet food taster, another one that speaks for itself, though likely a role that’s not to everyone’s taste.

These are but a few of the job choices available for those who not only like to think outside the square, but also work outside it, to some degree anyway. The money isn’t always too bad either, considering some of these roles are work that may not feel like work.

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If in search of career direction, first try looking at your name

Friday, 17 January, 2014

While the letter your name starts with may foreshadow your life expectancy, people with names starting with A may live longer than those with names starting with Z, your name also offers some pointer as to your vocation. If you are called say, Denise, or Dennis, chances are you’ll become, wait for it, a dentist.

In a 2002 paper in the journal Attitudes and Social Cognition, psychologists from the State University of New York at Buffalo, led by Brett Pelham, found that people’s first and last names may have an impact on the jobs they end up in, thanks to a phenomenon called “implicit egotism.” “The essential idea behind implicit egotism,” they write, “Is that people should prefer people, places, and things that they associate (unconsciously) with the self… people’s positive automatic associations about themselves may influence their feelings about almost anything that people associate with the self.”

It could be then that John, being my name, could look like the word journalist. Well, I do write. But that couldn’t possibly be the case, because I am a blogger. And as such, I have been accused of trying to bring down the newspapers, yes, little old me, someone said so once, so there’s no way I could be a journalist.

An interesting idea, names and occupations, though.

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If I’m reading this right, content producers aren’t worth their salt

Monday, 22 July, 2013

The contributions from soldiers, teachers, doctors, and engineers, are more more highly valued, certainly among US adults, than the offerings made by artists, journalists, and lawyers:

Medical doctors, scientists, and engineers each won a two-thirds vote of public approval, with few dissents. But results for other professions were decidedly mixed. Public perception of artists’ contributions was modest, with 30% lauding their contributions to society. Journalists were low on the list but beat out lawyers by 10 percentage points at 28%. That reflected a sharp dip in approval from 38% in 2009 as the media industry continues to fragment, and people get their news from more sources. Women, in particular, expressed lower approval of journalists.

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Your job may not be fun but it likely isn’t one of the most hated

Monday, 26 September, 2011

Just what I need to see after a week’s break… a list of the ten most hated jobs as ranked by career community CareerBliss… have to say a few of the inclusions puzzled me though.

  • Marketing Manager
  • CNC Machinist
  • Technical Support Analyst
  • Law Clerk
  • Electronics Technician
  • Technical Specialist
  • Senior Web Developer
  • Product Manager
  • Director of Sales and Marketing
  • Director of Information Technology

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Thinking like a billionaire is the best way to get ahead at work

Tuesday, 5 July, 2011

While pay day can prove hazardous to your health and life, poor workplace practises, or Career-Limiting Habits (CLH), can be equally as hazardous for your career, with the five worst being unreliability, a reluctance to get involved in activities beyond the job description, procrastination, resistance to change, and a negative attitude.

Can you truly succeed without changing your CLH? According to managers, the answer is a resounding, “No.” Nearly half of bosses report that addressing employees’ glaring bad habit is three times more important than increasing their technical skills. However, the online poll of 972 people, 493 of which were managers, found there are predictable paths to success for employees who want to reverse their CLH.

One way to overcome CLHs though, which apparently afflict 97% of workers in one way or another, could be to take a few cues from billionaire Bob Parsons, who recently outlined a number of the ways that brought him success.

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Names, more than just self identity, also a career path

Wednesday, 4 May, 2011

A study of the first names of LinkedIn members has found some interesting correlations between people’s names and their line of work. For instance CEOs tend to be named Peter, Bob, Sally or Debra, while engineers often have names like Rajesh or Andrew.

We started by contrasting CEOs across the globe with the average LinkedIn professional to find the top names that are over-represented among CEOs. At first glance, the top CEO names are a reflection of the CEO demographics. Looking more closely, however, we observe a different trend: over-indexed CEO names tend to be either short or shortened versions of popular first names. Onomastics specialist Dr. Frank Nuessel suggests that shortened versions of given names are often used to denote a sense of friendliness and openness. Female CEOs, on the other hand, use their full name to project a more professional image.

People with names that are three to five letters long tend to have a better chance of becoming a CEO, in case you are wondering what your prospects are in that regard.

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The endangered jobs list grows, are you a creator or a server?

Tuesday, 22 February, 2011

Looking at the jobs of the future based on the assumption that there are just sorts of workers, those who are creators, and those who are servers:

Forget blue-collar and white- collar. There are two types of workers in our economy: creators and servers. Creators are the ones driving productivity – writing code, designing chips, creating drugs, running search engines. Servers, on the other hand, service these creators (and other servers) by building homes, providing food, offering legal advice, and working at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Many servers will be replaced by machines, by computers and by changes in how business operates. It’s no coincidence that Google announced it plans to hire 6,000 workers in 2011.

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If you study philosophy will you find work practising philosophy?

Thursday, 13 January, 2011

Derided by some as a less than realistic “career” option, working as a philosopher is a surprisingly popular occupation, and ranks at number 16 on the Jobs Rated 2011 Report.

While the work environment collects a relatively low score (which is based on the experiences of practising philosophers I imagine), stress levels are low, the pay is acceptable, and the hiring outlook is promising.

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Harder than the job itself, explaining what you do to your parents

Thursday, 21 October, 2010

How To Explain It To My Parents, a series of videos made by Dutch filmmakers Lernert Engelberts and Sander Plug, where nine European abstract artists attempt to explain the work they do to their parents.

While the nature of work, and working practices, have changed markedly in the last generation or so, the question remains, did our parents also have trouble explaining their work to their parents?

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Engineers have a knack for engineering marriages that can last

Wednesday, 29 September, 2010

Engineers practicing in the agricultural, sales, and nuclear fields, tend to make for more reliable marriage partners, as instances of divorce are low amongst such professions.

What do you infer about people who do a job associated with a low divorce rate? Are you impressed and attracted by their reliability, or do you snicker that they are losers no one wants to tempt away from their marriage? How do you think most folks react?

If you’re looking to make a couple of trips along the aisle in your time though, you may prefer the company of massage therapists, bartenders, and dancers or choreographers, these being examples of occupational groups that tend to experience higher rates of divorce.

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