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How Many Jobs Have You Had?

There's a kind of meme-ish quality to this question of forthright's

The idea is that somehow an average of 25 jobs is typical of your average person... How average are you?
1. Health spa assistant
2. Government file clerk
3. Bakery sales clerk
4. Museum technician
5. University research assistant
6. Publishing
7. Research and writing for museum association
8. Teacher, university in China
9. Teacher, private school
10. Teacher, University, continuing studies
11. Teacher, University, English language program
12. Teacher, Community College.... (to present)

So... I guess I'm not typical. Or who knows.


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Nov. 4th, 2010 07:55 am (UTC)
It's a lot more than me!

1. Budder's assistant (don't ask!)
2. Technical writer
3. University lecturer
4. Fiction writer
5. Er, that's it.
Nov. 4th, 2010 08:42 am (UTC)
I don't know why, but I read no 9 as "teacher, pirate school" not just once, but on an incredulous reread, too.
Nov. 4th, 2010 01:55 pm (UTC)
Hee. I wish. It would have been a lot more fun than the terribly snotty and pretentious school I taught at.
Nov. 4th, 2010 10:20 am (UTC)
Hmm. Just jobs we've been paid for, or jobs we've done? Is it a job when you do only what you want to do? Is a promotion a changed job?

Paid while still in school:
(1) Babysitter
(2) Party assistant
(3) Newsround assistant
(4) Library assistant

Paid as an adult:
(5) Bookshop stock cataloguer
(6&7) Insurance claims assistant and Underwriting Technician (two distinct jobs, one employer)
(8&9) Soldier and Officer Cadet (Territorial Army)
(10&11) Insurance Broker's Clerk (same job, two employers)
(11-16) Various flavours of Business Systems Analyst / Consultant at various levels of seniority for 6 different employers and at least 20 different clients - so I could probably segment that differently to count at least twice that many different jobs if I chose.
(17) Radio Broadcaster (chat show guest - twice!)

(18) Cinema usherette
(19) Arts Festival sound & light assistant
(20) Convention organiser
(21) Publisher (very nominal, this one)
(22) Charity Trustee
(23) Assistant Gardener
(24) Classroom assistant
(25) Forest/river/park cleaner

Interesting exercise - thank you.
Nov. 4th, 2010 01:54 pm (UTC)
What an interesting collection of occupations!

You remind me that I also worked one Christmas as a bus"boy" at a restaurant!

And I've done some bits and pieces of volunteer work, too - as a gardener, doing classroom visits for an international development agency when I got back from China, once as "security" at a folk festival (which meant checking passes for people going backstage and staying alert to anyone trying to sneak in without paying)
Nov. 4th, 2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
You remind me that I managed a team room one summer for a few weeks, too.

But I reckon I have done a good deal of useful work for the world unpaid, and put in a good deal of effort that I was paid for but was in fact completely useless. The world is a funny place.
Nov. 4th, 2010 03:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, and that was 'tea room', not 'team room'.
Nov. 4th, 2010 04:48 pm (UTC)
Hmm. Actual payroll jobs, not babysitting,etc.:

1. Salesclerk, JC Penny
2. Library clerk, college.
3. Photofinisher delivery person.
4. Library clerk, university.
5. High school teacher.
6. Univ. adjunct
7. Temp admin, university
8. Tutor coordinator/counselor, Univ. EOP
9. Painter's helper.
10. Substitute teacher.
11. Telemarketer
12.Adult Ed teacher.
13. Adjunct Community college teacher.
14. Fulltime comm. coll. teacher.
15. Comm. Coll. dept. chair
16. Fulltime comm. coll. teacher.
17. Chinese university teacher
(and then 14, 15, 13, again)

So maybe 20, total, with some of them repeated. I think I left out a short gig as an editor and another as an interviewer, both for University research agencies. I guess that makes 22, so I'm closing in on average.

Oh, and as volunteer:

1. Secretary/newsletter publisher for small Buddhist group
2. Lay visitor to prison Buddhist groups
3. Red Cross Disaster team

And amateur writer.

Where did you teach in China? I was at Beijing Normal in 1994. Very different back then...

Edited at 2010-11-04 04:50 pm (UTC)
Nov. 5th, 2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
I was in Tianjin, Tianda, in 1984 :-) Under Deng's economic reforms but pre-Tiananmen. VERY different.
Nov. 6th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. I love how your list demonstrates an early determination to turn your talents to intellectual pursuits.

1. babysitter
2. magazine subscription seller
3. singer
4. convenience store clerk
5. drycleaner clerk
6. waitress
7. maid
8. franchise post-office/lottery ticket clerk
9. teaching assistant
10. bookstore clerk
11. teaching assistant again
12. research assistant
13. college teacher
14. union goon

volunteer: political campaign gopher, amnesty international gopher/writer, ticket-taker, soup and sandwich dispenser, clothing sorter, advocate, elementary school poetry evangelist.
Nov. 6th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
Woops! Left out tutor.
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