crusto wrote:For a living? Do you enjoy it? Is the money any good? Are you glad you chose it as a career? What would you do instead?
For a living?
I'm currently unemployed but I get by on doing temp office jobs and part time voluntary work for Action For Blind People/RNIB. Previously I worked in admin for Sencia Training (one of the Government's 'back to work' schemes) and before that I was the Technical Services Administrator/Pallet Control Administrator at DHL's Bicester site for years while I was living down in Oxfordshire with my now ex wife.
Is the money any good?
Dole money's crap but temp money's decent when it comes in. My pay's never been great even when I'm in full time work but as long as my bills/living expenses are covered and I've got a bit left over to blow on games, then I'm happy.
Do you enjoy it?
Asides from the 'not getting paid' bit, I really enjoy volunteering as it's keeping me in a regular routine and teaching me the odd new skill. I hated working at Sencia in all honesty for a number of reasons, I really wasn't that upset when I was made redundant. I did really enjoy working at DHL despite them having me do 2 jobs for the price of 1 (a member of staff left and her role was merged with mine), I was working with a cracking bunch of people and had a couple of really good mates in the office who I used to go the cinema with every other weekend...the job itself sucked and I was often overworked and dragged in at stupid times (ie to show execs round the warehouse early hours Saturday morning after working a late shift the day before....literally only had time to go home, eat, sleep and then straight back out again.
) but the team spirit there was excellent.
Are you glad you chose it as a career?
I didn't really choose it as a career, I pretty much just stumbled into it. I dropped out of school before taking my A Levels (after failing my mock A Levels pretty miserably, and getting into a bit of trouble with teachers) but threw myself into a business admin course (through which I got my first full time job), and then programming courses to keep myself busy inbetween jobs, so office/IT work is all I've ever really done. My genetic condition/borked eyesight prevents me from doing certain jobs anyway....I'll never be able to drive for instance, and I can't do manual labour either.
What would you do instead?
I'd like to be a writer or a magazine journo (not neccessarily games), maybe write a novel but I think my writing's inconsistent....I'll either write something very good or a whole page of crap (as people have probably seen in my posts at times
). It was the first thing I tried to get into after leaving school but without me having a portfolio of work to back me up (I applied for a couple of Journalism NVQ courses, I got knocked back on the basis of not having been involved with my school's magazine or done any other kind of writing before) so I got a bit disheartned and went down the admin route rather than be stuck on the dole.