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September 14th, 2007

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01:15 am - Career meme and musing on jobs
Here's an interesting meme that's been going around:
1. Go to http://www.careercruising.com/.
2. Put in Username: nycareers, Password: landmark.
3. Take their "Career Matchmaker" questions.
4. Post the top however many you feel like results:
  1. Anthropologist
  2. Sport Psychology Consultant
  3. Historian
  4. Desktop Publisher
  5. Technical Writer
  6. Cartoonist / Comic Illustrator
  7. Animator
  8. Print Journalist
  9. Writer
  10. Graphic Designer
  11. Artist
  12. Genetic Counselor
  13. Translator
  14. Medical Illustrator
  15. Interior Designer
  16. Industrial Designer
  17. Activist
  18. Critic
  19. Fashion Designer
  20. Electrical Engineer
I'm amused at the top three, 1 & 3 were options I strongly considered and have degrees towards, while 2 is something I had never heard about until taking this test and find impressively unlikely (both for myself, and just in general). In any case, these results highlight yet another example of how eccentric my life has been. I stayed in grad school until I was 32, where I did the usual routine of grading papers and occasionally teaching classes, and supplementing my income cleaning and repairing long-case (aka grandfather) clock movements for my parents' antique business.

After leaving school, I spent around two years working exceedingly short-term and utterly wretched temp jobs that included everything from filing and envelope stuffing to bottle and can search at a Pink Floyd concert, and gathering signatures for proposition for a tobacco company – oddly, the last was the only one I did at all well at. Thankfully, I also was not doing anything I remotely considered guilt-worthy, since it was very clear that the proposition would not ever get on the ballot (it didn't), much less pass. Then, I got into RPG writing, and have been making a meager if surprisingly steady and very enjoyable living from it for the last decade. Despite having very wealthy parents, the degree to which I depend upon them is fairly minor. These days, they buy a modicum of clothes and electronics for me and pay my health insurance.

In any case, I'm one of only two people I know who has never worked in an office for more than (perhaps total) 20 days in my life, and find office culture and everything associated with it to be impressively alien. Of all the many ways in which I am fairly eccentric and off-norm, my job history is one of the most significant in terms of the affect it has had on my life and my experiences.
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