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#1 Clak

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 09:45 PM

Everybody seems to think they know what everyone else's job consists of, but often times they don't seem to know at all. So what are some of the common misconceptions people seem to have about your work? For me working in IT everyone assumes I'm sitting at a desk all day looking at a monitor. I'm sunburned today from being outside so much.
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#2 davo1224

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 10:15 PM

Well I'm currently unemployed and I'd say most people probably think I'm a bum and feel bad. I'm actually making the same money while out of work and I didn't have to go out at all in this blizzardy winter from heck.

#3 dmaul1114

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 10:20 PM

That professors work short hours and have summers off. I'm always shocked how many of my students, non-academic friends and family members and random people think that way, and don't know that we do a ton of research work and that's the main part of our job (at least those of us at research universities) etc. Not to mention all the other crap work of serving on committees in the department and university, doing outside consulting work etc.

I work a ton of hours during the school year and pretty much never take more than 2 or 3 days off without working at all year round as winter break and summer break is precious time to focus 100% on research which is key in this publish or perish profession.

#4 dopa345

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 10:20 PM

I'm a doctor. There are too many misconceptions to name, which is why how health care system, and attempts to fix it, are all screwed up.

#5 QiG

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 12:14 AM

As an accountant, I always hear, "Oh you must be good at math."

All of the math involved is extremely simple and handled by either the software or excel. We're just balancing a huge checkbook is all.

We're not all tax experts either (although I maintain that anyone can do it if they take a few minutes with the instruction manual and google anything odd)
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#6 ITDEFX

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 12:20 AM

In my county...it's not how hard you work that gets you the job, but how less you work that does.


Oh to add something I get lip about here on CAG, I get the usual "But your a teacher, you are suppose to know (insert subject here)!"

WRONG... I teach Computer Graphics and Technology classes ... I hate math classes, hate language arts but don't mind teaching SS/Science!

I know SS teachers who can't do anything higher than Basic math and I know science teachers who have trouble listing all 7 continents.

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#7 Lyricsborn

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 12:27 AM

Wasn't there a thread like this two ago?

#8 Steggy

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 12:29 AM

As an accountant, I always hear, "Oh you must be good at math."

All of the math involved is extremely simple and handled by either the software or excel. We're just balancing a huge checkbook is all.

We're not all tax experts either (although I maintain that anyone can do it if they take a few minutes with the instruction manual and google anything odd)


Agree with this 100%

Work as a management accountant for the Bureau of Finance and I use very mundane math. More of it is conceptual knowledge of (to me common sense) how to manage a budget effectively. This always means people ask if I can help them budget their money, and at that point I direct them to a financial planner...

#9 seanr1221

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 12:32 AM

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#10 ITDEFX

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 12:52 AM

Behavioral therapist. I always get asked how I can alter or extinguish behaviors when I have no background knowledge about the person or the specific behavior. People think I can wave my hand and magically make it happen.



Just tell them that only the Jedi can do this.

#11 Mr Unoriginal

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 12:58 AM

I work in local access TV and it's not like Wayne's World.

Its too bad you're still a prick with a stupid gimmick.


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Posted 07 April 2011 - 02:03 AM

People think testing video games is fun.

I'm on my thirty fourth straight day of work and just got done working five thirteen-hour days in a row. And the game sucks. Jubilation.

By four o'clock I've discounted suicide in favor of killing everyone else in the entire world instead.


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Posted 07 April 2011 - 02:14 AM

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Some people think that for the price they pay you, you should be able to fix anything. My old CRT is broken, fix it. You hire a consultant to tell you your best course of action based on your needs and budget, not to magically fix the old and broke ass shit you currently have.

Something I learned quick is that some people are _really_ attached to their stuff no matter how stupid it may seem/be.

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 03:33 AM

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 03:41 AM

People think testing video games is fun.

I'm on my thirty fourth straight day of work and just got done working five thirteen-hour days in a row. And the game sucks. Jubilation.


ok seriously.. it makes me wonder.. do video game reviewers get to enjoy games at all? i mean, dont they rush through a game so they can put up a review of the game ahead of other reviewers (so the site, or company they work for get more hits)?




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Posted 07 April 2011 - 03:46 AM

You'd have to ask a reviewer.

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#17 blindinglights

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 04:43 AM

As an accountant, I always hear, "Oh you must be good at math."

All of the math involved is extremely simple and handled by either the software or excel. We're just balancing a huge checkbook is all.



At least you're aware that it's not really math. I studied physics & engineering which meant my friends would constantly ask for help with their "math" assignments. If I ever again hear another person mutter "why does math have to be so hard?" because he or she is calculating interest by hand I'm going to punch said person square in the face.
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Posted 07 April 2011 - 05:36 AM

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 05:50 AM

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 05:54 AM

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#21 mrx001

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 06:29 AM

Contrary to popular belife we Gamestop employees do have souls.

Myth.

#22 2DMention

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 01:01 PM

ok seriously.. it makes me wonder.. do video game reviewers get to enjoy games at all? i mean, dont they rush through a game so they can put up a review of the game ahead of other reviewers (so the site, or company they work for get more hits)?


Yea, really - when you go home, do you - CAN you play games?
I've heard the people who write the strategy guides for games often were testers for them? Is that true? It makes sense, because they'd know the game inside and out.

As an accountant, I always hear, "Oh you must be good at math."

All of the math involved is extremely simple and handled by either the software or excel. We're just balancing a huge checkbook is all.

We're not all tax experts either (although I maintain that anyone can do it if they take a few minutes with the instruction manual and google anything odd)


Most accounting is just basic math.

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There's no real misconceptions about the Medical Device industry that I can think of, but when I worked at a photo lab, people might have thought we got paid the same as people at the register. We get slightly more + we get commission based on selling certain extras.

SeanR sounds like he's a psychiatrist. That explains his defending the drug companies. He probably gets kickbacks for recommending Ambien to patients that costs $100 a bottle rather than giving them something like Temezepam that costs $4 out of pocket.
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Posted 07 April 2011 - 02:33 PM

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#24 JStryke

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 02:53 PM

The people I know always thought that newspaper carriers got good money (and one or two others who thought it wasn't a real job). Honestly, it depends on the route, but this isn't necessarily true. At least for the Herald Mail, you got a base pay (iirc) and then got paid by paper you delievered. If you had a small route with a lot of papers you might have made out ok, but a lot of routes were a lot of miles (I did two different routes at different times with each being around 80-90 miles). Sure I got paid $450 every two weeks and only had to work 2 to 3 hours every day (with NO days off which sucks), but around half that money would go into gas, and then you have car insurance and all the wear and tear on your vehicle. Nothing kills a car faster than a paper route, so it can get pretty costly.

The only good thing was you can listen to whatever you want on the radio and I'd always stop at a gas station for a quick drink or snack mid-route. Plus it was pretty easy. I can't speak for single copy (the people who do the stores), but this was the case at least for me doing home delivery.

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 03:30 PM

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The machines do all the work. I just press buttons.
By law I'm not actually allowed to interpret your results or diagnose you.
The average age of people in this field is 40+. (I'm not 40+)

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#26 SneakyPenguin

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 04:01 PM

Yea, really - when you go home, do you - CAN you play games?
I've heard the people who write the strategy guides for games often were testers for them? Is that true? It makes sense, because they'd know the game inside and out.


I play games when I get home from work. Haven't recently due to the cockblocking amount of overtime but I usually do. It's nice to play something without a critical eye, something that's already finished and (usually) good as opposed to the shit I deal with daily.

As for strategy guides I have heard of testers at the very least assissting in the production of the guides but I haven't done that myself. Hell, at this point I could probably write a 100% guide from memory though.

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 04:15 PM

I'm a character animator, but so few people seem to know exactly what "animating" entails.
As far as my family is concerned I "draw" the entire game by myself; my neighbors think I make every character from scratch. I've resorted to telling people that I make characters like Mario jump.


pretty cool man. im always awed by people specializing in things other than business. like the arts or the sciences (especially bio and physics), architecture or even computers. basically just anything other than business.. and i mean ANYTHING..




#28 seanr1221

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 04:23 PM

SeanR sounds like he's a psychiatrist. That explains his defending the drug companies. He probably gets kickbacks for recommending Ambien to patients that costs $100 a bottle rather than giving them something like Temezepam that costs $4 out of pocket.


Not even close.

And you missed my point about that too. I was saying drug companies aren't withholding magic cures so they can make more money off of people. Remember my whole point how improbable it would be for EVERY doctor to be in on this giant conspiracy to make money off of sick people?

PS, Temazepam is a highly addictive benzo, but go take it, I don't care what you do.

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 04:36 PM

PS, Temazepam is a highly addictive benzo, but go take it, I don't care what you do.


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Posted 07 April 2011 - 04:44 PM

You sound like my wife. Are you my wife? Ginny?


his username starts with sean, so clearly there is a high probability that his name is sean.