Taken from fridayfive.org.
- What is your current occupation? Is this what you chose to be doing at this point in your life? Why or why not?
I am a Technical Coordinator for a largish ISP. The title is really meaningless. We had to come up with a new title to justify a pay grade since my company insisted that they already knew what to pay project managers and technical writers. (Long, long story.) Really, I do anything that requires organization skills for our group. Combination system administrator, project manager, technical writer, and administrative assistant. I don't really like my job, but I'm good at it. I would rather have a more documentation- or web-development-oriented job. Or something with libraries and the web. Making information accessible to people over
the internet. Preferably cool information.
- If time/talent/money were no object, what would your dream occupation be?
Hrm. A large part of me wants to cop out and say professional student." I'm not saying that other people who answered this were copping out. Rather, it would not be a completely accurate answer for me. While I would love to be in a situation where I could be perpetually learning whatever I wanted to, I suck at the whole school experiene. I am not good at being at certain places at certain times, and doing homework (though I like homework, it's just the scheduling that throws me off). I would, again,
like to find a way to put neat information online in usable and accessible formats. With first-class travel and photography included. And something cute. Hee.
- What did/do your parents do for a living? Has this had any influence on your career choices?
My parents have both done an interesting variety of things. Throughout his life, my father has worked on a farm, worked as a mechanic, been a military grunt, taught, been a military / electronics engineer, worked as a machinist for a tool & die shop, been an electrician, and hustled pool. My mother has been a cop, a seamstress, and interpreter, an artist, a farm worker, a flower shop manager, a sushi chef, a business owner, a busboy, a caterer, a bar hostess, and something else I'm forgetting.
I think that at least, in part, watching my parents at their more physically gruelling jobs made me realize that I didn't want to have that sort of job. I got my love of order and science and accuracy from both of them. I used to want to be a teacher, which I got at least in part from my father, my mother (who used to have separate classes for me outside of the school system when I was little), and my grandmother (who was a teacher).
- Have you ever had to choose between having a career and having a family?
Nope. Of course, I've never wanted to have kids, so that might have something to do with it.
- In your opinion, what is the easiest job in the world? What is the hardest? Why?
I can't really answer that. I mean, there are things that I find trivially easy that other people find very difficult (which is one of the reasons I have the job I have). Many of my good friends are astonishingly good at thing that I have spent years trying to wrap my brain around to no avail. Who's to say what's easy and what's hard? Are jobs that require physical strength but no real mental aptitude easy? Jobs that require no formal education bot lots of on-the-job training? Jobs that require lots of mental exertion but no physical exertion?