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Post by youdiedtooeasily » Sat Nov 12, 2016 22:29

Describe an average shift at your job, I'll start.

- Show up ten minutes early, sit in my car and vape. I watch all the other people get our of their cars in the parking garage and keep telling myself, no, don't be like them, like drones. I wasn't meant to sit in a cubicle the rest of my life. It inspires me to work harder on writing for some reason.

- Of course my desk is at the far opposite from the entrance of the call center so I have to walk by the same faces everyday. One in particular, we'll call her "Ruby", is a gorgeous thin red head, I'd say early 20's. We've been eye fucking for a while now, only of course when we bump into each other its all awkward small talk. I don't get it. Anyway!

- Get to my desk, one of the higher ups makes fun of me for being quiet all the time. I make a sarcastic reply. They make one back. Kinda gets annoying after a while but at least we have the same troll humor I guess. One of the older women that went through training with me asks how I'm doing and I say the same fucking thing everyday. "Fine". She's nice, but like too nice, it's creepy in a sense. I try to avoid her but she's always in your face.

- I sit and enjoy the first 30 golden minutes of silence before the other people that sit around me show up.

- The first guy that shows up has a thick New York accent. He is the sole reason mass office shootings happen, I'm sure of it. He SPEAKS LOUD AS FUCK on every phone call, doesn't know customer service whatsoever and he barely knows how to use a computer. I have to hear him say I'M SORRY like 9 million times a day. If I made it a drinking game I'd be dead. When he's not on a call he literally sits there and whistles Christmas carols. It's so goddamn annoying.

- The other two people that sit by me are a young guy and girl and they aren't so bad. All they do is talk about DBZ and other weeb stuff all day. I don't really talk to them much since I have no clue what they are talking about for the most part but they're chill.

- 1st break is always interesting. My first break is when Ruby takes her lunch so the odds are high we'll run into each other going outside of the office. This is when the awkward small talk ensues.... and nothing ever comes of it as we resort to eye fucking the rest of the day.

- On my breaks I go to the smoking area and vape. Everyone sits and is glued to their phones. I watch for this voluptuous huge titted chic to walk over and smoke and goddamn, it's a beautiful sight. Wearing sunglasses all the time is a great thing. If she's not around I just stare out into the sky and look at the clouds/planes.

- Back to work. The first half of the shift I'm like a machine but the second half I start winding down and start planning the rest of the day out. I usually hit my quota early and chill the rest of the shift. Sometimes when the New York guy is being too loud I'll slam my mouse down. He doesn't like me very much.

- Last hour I look up where I want to go eat/grocery shopping and try to figure out the fastest route to get there on Google Maps. I check my phone and browse pf, 4chan, FB. This is also my critical Ruby eye fucking time.

- When I leave I sort of have this method of logging out of my phone, spinning my chair around, grabbing my water bottle, getting up and swiping my card to clock out in this one, swift movement, it's kinda silly but it works. idk why I do it but I just do. Get to my car, blast whatever's in my stereo and peel out.

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Post by Quack » Sun Nov 13, 2016 01:26

I work at a payday loan/cheque cashing place. There are lots of security protocols that I'm not allowed to share, so i can't run through the exact steps of my shift. We have a man trap and bullet proof glass. I do a lot of collection calls. Handle large amounts of cash. See some interesting characters. Get threatened a lot, in store and on the phone. Sometimes the customers scream or belittle me until I cry. I'm learning to have a thicker skin, which is good. It feels good to help people in need when they need cash in an emergency such as vet bills, car troubles, funeral costs... so the job has its ups and downs. I work with two other nerds and I get along great with them. I make $12.60 an hour, which isn't bad, minimum wage is only $10.70 in this province (lowest in the country). There are a lot of Indian and Philipeno people that live in the area, so I process a lot of Western Union transactions, and I feel super important and official when I have to ask them if they are a Canadian citizen 8) like I'm a border crossing guard or some bullshit.
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Post by youdiedtooeasily » Sun Nov 13, 2016 01:59

You gotta have thick skin for a collection related job. Sounds like a neat gig though and at least you enjoy your coworkers company haha. I had a sort of similar job in the Air Force so I know how it can be. Dealing with people's money is never a good time but you do get those sighs of relief when you actually help someone out since that helplessness of being broke sucks so bad. I like the bit at the end about being a border patrol officer, good shit man.

I work for the main call center for grocery stores Safeway and Albertsons here in the states (Sobeys is the Canadian equivalent). My job is kinda unique from the others since they just take phone calls all day. I respond to all the e-mails that get sent in by customers from the websites. I handle complaints (mostly that's all it is...), compliments, vendor requests, donations, etc. I respond with personalized e-mails to roughly 50 people a day. When the phones get backed up I help them out but we are getting behind on e-mails so that's mostly what I do for now. It's chill, I just can't stand my coworkers for the most part, but the job itself is nice. $14 an hour, alright medical coverage. It takes a certain breed to work call center type jobs. You either have to be super nurturing or empty inside like me since you get bitched at 40 hours a week by complete strangers. I don't take it personally and shrug it off but I've seen it get to people and they quit/bawl out crying/throw a fit.

The funniest part is hearing other people beside you mute their mic and swear up and down at the customer and then unmute and go back to being "happy". I lose my shit every time.

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Post by Mr. Smith » Sun Nov 13, 2016 20:27

Come into work 20 minutes early
Change into scrubs
Get my office ready for the day
Clock in
Listen to and reply to voicemails
Get medications ready for dinner
Dispense medications
Log medications
Paperwork
Lunch break
Get medications ready for bedtime
Have the office open for residents to have basic medical checkups
Dispense bedtime medications
Log medications
Host evening game time (Like from 8PM-9PM we play games or cards with snacks as money)
Make notes for doctors in residents files
Clean
Read until I clock out
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Post by Mr. Smith » Sun Nov 13, 2016 20:31

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Post by youdiedtooeasily » Sun Nov 13, 2016 21:53

Interesting shift there Smith. I somehow just can't imagine you taking care of elderly people haha but that's legit. It seems like you're making a difference everyday so that's something to feel good about. Did you have to take classes or get certified in Pharmacy training to get that job? Just wondering.

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Post by Saladin » Mon Nov 14, 2016 17:22

Man, I feel so shitty when I hear about other people's jobs. I have a really cushy gig.

I work for a company that makes imaging and management software for orthodontists, dentists and oral surgeons. If you ever go into one of those places and see them messing around on the computer, setting appointments and such, there is a decent chance they're running our software.

Here's the basic setup:

Can arrive at work more or less anytime before 10:30, although nobody checks, as long as I work a subsequent 8 hours. Although, again, nobody checks.

Arrive after 45-75 minutes of traffic for a 25 minute drive (worst part of the day).

Boot up computer, fuck around for a bit (eg right now) and review the work I need to get done for the day.

Determine how badly my work needs to get done, and about 40% of the time, there's no legitimate hurry, so procrastinating is OK, even for the entire day sometimes.

Prepare for 10:50 daily meeting, where we have to report progress on our tasks. I either honestly recount the work I got done or massively BS what little I did get done to try and fend off criticism.

Start programming. Depending on what I'm doing, it's either fairly easy, but pretty mind numbing, or absurdly frustrating and obtuse to an extent that you really do need a CS degree to even understand what's going on. That's the only actual difficult part of the job. That, and the fact that my work laptop is a POS, so everything takes twice as long as it should.

I've never been reprimanded, I'm taking on more responsibilities, and I do, honest to god, probably less than 20 hours of work in my 40 hour workweek. Unless there's a legitimate crunch, in which case I have worked 14 hour days and weekends.

I get paid 65k plus benefits to do this job. After taxes (California tho), 401k, and my contributions to those benefits, I make closer to 45k, although I usually get 2-3k back after filling.

So we'll round up and say 50k a year basically to fuck around on my phone and play 3ds for 15 hours a week, maybe do 25 hours of actual work, only 10 of which is an actual challenge.

It's a boring job, I'm not gonna lie. And I worry that the axe hangs over my head, since it doesn't seem like they need me very much. But it's definitely a pretty well paid position for not a lot of effort.
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Post by youdiedtooeasily » Mon Nov 14, 2016 21:23

Damn dude, that's the life! Well, next time I ever go in for a checkup I'll try to get a glimpse at the software. I hear ya about the traffic though, that's how my last job was. I HATE sitting in traffic, it just feels like a waste of life. But hey, for 50k a year to do 25 hours worth of work, I'm all about that. Is there incentive to get promoted or something to take that axe feeling away?

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Post by Saladin » Mon Nov 14, 2016 23:52

Kinda, but not really. I dunno, maybe I'm just paranoid because my last job fired me on pretty minimal warning. I am a lazy sack of shit too, so I wouldn't necessarily see it as unjustified. But I try to perform at least to the minimum expectations of a good worker. I don't like miss deadlines or anything.

Yeah, it's a fucking great job on paper. I'd be the worst kind of prick to knock it.

But it is legitimately boring to a depressing degree. I got into software because I wanted to make games or help NASA send shit into space. More and more I feel like I'm selling out to a job no one really needs me to do for a product that people don't necessarily want that badly.

I feel like I'm being underutilized, but, at the same time, I also don't have a high appraisal of myself. So I feel like maybe this is all I'm good enough to do, and I don't deserve any more responsibility. It doesn't help that this job isn't really teaching me relevant skills to succeed in those other fields. So even though I'm doing quite well, I still can't help but feel like kind of a fuckup.

It would be like if you finally got a screen writing gig, but it was exclusively for advertisements for cars. Know what I mean?

Traffic is definitely the worst. People think of it as just an annoyance, but they forget that this is their actual fucking *life.* You only get one, so something that wastes literally tens of thousands of hours of your life by the time you're dead?

You could learn to play an instrument at a professional level with the amount of time you spend in traffic. You could do anything and it would, by definition, be a better use of your time.

But instead, you're stuck in what is, in an extremely literal sense, a massive pile of human stupidity.

Opinion surveys show that there's a massive correlation between reduced commute times and improved quality of life. Not hard to see why.

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Post by youdiedtooeasily » Tue Nov 15, 2016 02:14

Well that's understandable man, the last two jobs I've had were last minute bullshit so I know how it feels. The medical insurance place literally called me as I was driving into the office and said adios when literally two days before the higher ups said no more people were being cut. That was a shitty morning. I walked back into Pizza Hut an hour later and they all knew. "Here's your schedule". That felt so shitty. The accounting job I had last year was similar. Walk in one day, after doing the entire yearly budget analysis for 6 restaurants by my fucking self. "Oh btw, we need to cut back on expenses for 2016. You're done in 2 weeks". They opened a restaurant in a shitty area and it's been bleeding them dry but they are too stubborn to close it so they fire me and another girl instead. Their books have got to be so fucked and behind right now so at least there's that.
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That's pretty deep man, I feel ya. I think it's more or less the job getting to your head from what I can tell. I think you're a very capable person and it already shows you have that ambition. I can't imagine you settling like that, I'm pretty sure people working for NASA or in the gaming world were in the exact same spot as you once. I'd look at it as an experience point of view, you're putting yourself ahead of your peers and I think it'll open some doors for ya. I get where you're coming from though, it makes sense.

The writing comment made me cringe, yet it's entirely plausible. This advanced course I've been in has been brutal on the inside. It's making me wonder if I have what it takes and I'm starting to think I threw my GI Bill away for nothin' at times. Four people already dropped out, there's only six of us left and the professor is kicking our asses. I can take hard criticism, but week after week when you see your work covered in red ink it's quite discouraging. That's all I do on my days off is lock myself in my room and do rewrites after rewrites. I get what they're trying to do to us but that seed of doubt gets planted and it's a bitch to get rid of. I'm as stubborn as they come so I'm gonna see it through but I'm starting to second guess myself on this future I laid before me.

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Post by kob » Tue Nov 15, 2016 03:38

I definitely recommend moving if you have to deal with awful traffic. obviously not that simple, but if you get the opportunity to get the fuck out then do it. one of the reasons I moved was to get away from it and it changes your life dramatically. I moved to a city like 20 min from downtown Portland and I'm so glad I can actually go to places without sitting in hour long traffic. I still have to deal with it, especially if I go into Portland during rush hour, but my day to day life is so much better.

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Post by youdiedtooeasily » Tue Nov 15, 2016 05:02

heard that. last year I was in Salad's shoes, 70 minute commute to and from work. where I live now (Glendale) it's not so bad, I can manage it. but yeah, Phoenix is booming now and becoming just like Cali, I feel his pain since I grew up there and the traffic is god awful. I've been offered to work at my Uncle's steakhouse in Sac-town many times over the years with super low rent at one of the townhouses he owns but I kept turning it down, hence why I went all in and got my house out here in AZ. I like to visit Cali but I would never live there again. my parents want to retire out there and want me and my brother to go with them but idk, I think I'm staying put unless some insane job offer rises up in NorCal.

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Post by Saladin » Tue Nov 15, 2016 06:37

See, that's what I'm talking about there in that first paragraph. I've had it sooooo easy lol. I really have no right to complain. The most fucked up thing I've had happen to me is that I got fired for being a lazy sack of crap, then immediately got another job, literally the next day, that ended up being a disaster, but held me over until I got this one.

I dunno yet where my talents will take me. I certainly hope that this job is just a stepping stone. But jobs give you tunnel vision. You never know where your career is going until you're done with them. It might be good industry experience, or it might have stuffed me into a niche that makes me lucrative in these markets, but worthless to others.

I know you're having a hard time, both with life and in school. But shit man, wasn't Tarantino just some loser with pretentious opinions at a VHS rental store before he made it? Seems like we're all just assholes, slowly fermenting into professionals. I legitimately believe that you have a good chance. You've come a long way, and I think you'll make it.

I agree kob, but I'm splitting rent with my gf, and our jobs are too far apart to justify living closer to mine. Plus, it's in a shitty, boring area. In the long run though, I do intend to live somewhere I don't have to drive so much. LA has a way of trapping people though.

Speaking of which, your post confused me ytmnd because the area right next to me is also called Glendale lol. I totally get your criticism of Cali, it's fair. I can't imagine I'd prefer AZ though. So fucking hot, and I've heard...not nice things about the locals. But being happy with where you're at is more important than anything. I've never felt particularly attached to anywhere I've lived until after I left for somewhere worse without realizing it lol.
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Post by youdiedtooeasily » Tue Nov 15, 2016 07:33

All I'm sayin' is I don't see you as a "lazy sack of crap". I think you keep tellin' yourself that nonsense in your head is all. Of course, I don't personally know you, I get it, but idk man you have this vibe that gives me hope for your mission. You totally seem like a leader or an expert in your craft. Trust me, of all people you'll encounter in your life, I'm not just sayin' it to sound sweet and motivational, I mean it man.

I think that is the whole point of a career, how do you justify a particular job either being a stepping stone situation or the fuckin' tombstone. I think you even know you're smarter than your competition and will make something out of it. I think you are peepin' into an hourglass of your talent and you'll reach that one single moment, that one peak, that one deciding factor, that will change your career forever man. Look at the rest of us. Not tyrna' shame you or anything but you have a chance to actually do something with your life with your talents. I believe in you.

Yeah, most of my idols have been Film School dropouts and losers yet I'm going down the same path. Film can't be taught in a classroom, I honestly believe that, you gotta experience it for yourself, hands down. It's not something you just learn overnight, I think the past three years have molded me into the person I really am and that's all I want to be. I'm in a huge struggle with life right now but I'm glad I have, and earned, the second chance to prove myself. I could easily still be doing time in prison right now if I got caught for all the horrendous shit in my past I did which haunts me to this day.

I'm not saying AZ is better than Cali by any means, but just from personal preference is all, Phoenix is becoming the next major Cali city. I still rep Sac-town to this day because that's where I came from, but I'm not gonna sit there and be like, oh yeah, it's a great place to stay! either. In the end, thanks for being supportive and I still wish nothing but the best for you Salad. Despite our political differences, (thank fucking whatever that's over with) I still care about my pf family. I do. It may sound stupid as fuck, but I do. I mean it, fuck y'all, we've been together for over a decade. That's something special.

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Post by Mr. Smith » Tue Nov 15, 2016 18:33

youdiedtooeasily wrote:Interesting shift there Smith. I somehow just can't imagine you taking care of elderly people haha but that's legit. It seems like you're making a difference everyday so that's something to feel good about. Did you have to take classes or get certified in Pharmacy training to get that job? Just wondering.
Nursing school, and I am working on classes at work for the pharmacy training. I'm also doing more nursing training. Might do some private nursing gigs on my day off, you see like 5 people in a day across LA county and you make a grand for the day, lol.
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