Do you like your job?
I mean, it’s called “work” for a reason, so while your dream job might inspire you every day, or while you might even—dare I say it—have fun at work, that isn’t necessarily the point. And if you aren’t satisfied with your job, you’re not alone, according to a 2014 report which said about 52.3% are unhappy at work.
But hey, somebody’s gotta pay the bills, right?
Well what if you could pay the bills and love what you’re doing at the same time? While many of us in traditional jobs, whether by choice or because that’s all we’ve been exposed to, it’s perhaps the most unique positions and careers that give us something to look forward to in the morning. People with the weirdest jobs were asked to share a story from their average day of work, and these will either have you feeling restless or perfectly content to stay safe at your desk.
Did you even know these jobs existed?
This is a job I had in high school and early college years.
But I was a lifeguard response tester. I would go to public pools or lakes with a lifeguard. Then I would “drown”, and see how well they handled the situation. It was fun, except when they would fail, and I had to walk over telling them “I was drowning for about ten minutes”. (khaldrogoisbae)
As a lifeguard I can say that I both love and hate you. I was a lifeguard for 3 years, and I was always semi-stressed everyday because of that job. Whenever the season would get really busy though, we’d hear that X pool had been hit by response tester, and that stress would ramp up by 10x because you knew they were making the rounds. The worst part though, is that you don’t know until you get to the body if it’s a test or not. This sudden all consuming rush of fear as you swim over to the body, followed by the wave of relief when you see the straw sticking out of their mouth to let them breathe while they dead-manned in the pool. Always made me crazy skittish for a few days when I’d get tested. Luckily, I always passed. (Tumblrhoe)
Behind the Screens
I do Video Playback in the film industry. Most stock phone and computer software cannot be used on screen during scenes(for various reasons, including copyright), so it’s my job to create fake smartphone, tablet, and laptop interfaces for the actors to pretend to interact with during the scenes. One reason to do this is so I can remotely do what the actors are pretending to do, so they can focus on acting while I control the phone/computer just off screen.
We also do this in order to have total control over the phone. We don’t want to see the clock on phones/computers because we may change the time the scene takes place in editing. So when I build the interface from scratch, I remove the clock, carrier name, lock the battery life, etc.
Also, if I want the phone to ring or receive a message, if needs to happen at an exact moment according to the script, so this requires more precise control than simply calling or texting the phone would offer. I’ll often use the Keynote app on another phone as a remote to cue a phone ring.
Another part of my job is to provide content for any TVs that appear on screen, as it is far more expensive to add in screen content in post production via visual effects. Back in the day, when we used CRT(big fat heavy TVs) monitors and shot on film, we would have to sync the refresh rate of the TV to the frame rate of the camera in order to avoid those black lines scanning down the screen. You’ve probable seen it many times in older films. Lastly, I fix actors phones because I’m “the phone guy” so whatever just give it to me ok here see you just had your brightness all the way down. (Joshuval)
Money to Burn
I go into a big vault for the reserve bank of nz and burn money. every day, thousands of bank notes to phase out the old ones to make way for the new. (sinsinsalabim)
Hows that monitored? Is each note accounted for, and has anyone (or yourself) ever try and skim a few bucks from the burn pile? (dominitor)
Bank of Canada had an interview once where they described and showed the interior.
Cameras EVERYWHERE, armed guards EVERYWHERE, checkpoints, searches, x-rays EVERYWHERE. The risk vs reward is minimal. The most you might be able to escape with if you’re lucky is a few bills, the risk is years in prison. They also burn counterfeit bills at the same location. (zerdalupe)