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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Draiglas Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Feb 2021 at 1:53pm
I'm a tax lawyer, specialising in a niche area of employment tax. People who have met me in real life always seem surprised by this. Apparently I act far less seriously than they expect a tax lawyer to act.

Edit: I'm willing to bet I will win the award for most boring sounding job ...though I really do love employment tax...


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Oh wow - this is even more fascinating than I expected! Thanks for all the answers and keep it coming!
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Originally posted by ihavenoprocess ihavenoprocess wrote:

I'm curious what everyone does for a living. Is there a trend, or will it just be all across the board? I feel pretty certain most of us here have a "day job." Butcher, baker, candlestick maker. What's yours?  


College professor, Electrical Engineering.  Post tenure.  I love my job!  

ihavenoprocess, I may have missed it in the thread, but it wasn't in the opening post - just curious (if you don't mind sharing) what is your job?
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Unfortunately, I am unemployed. 

I went to University in 2014 as a non-traditional student. I’m still there. Luckily and thankfully, my institution awarded me a scholarship to continue my studies from masters to PhD level, just eighteen months or thereabouts left before my doctorate. I hoped to visit UB as a visiting scholar in 2019-20. I now expect this to happen in 2022 (touch wood).

Would I like a job? Of course, however, times are tough for everyone. I’m glad I have the opportunity and funds to continue my studies. Otherwise, it would not be possible. My youngest son is eighteen tomorrow and I’m tutoring him for his Leaving Cert year because of you know what.

Also, creative writing is a welcome break from the more academic writing. 

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Originally posted by jennifer.quail jennifer.quail wrote:

Originally posted by pennypeaches pennypeaches wrote:

I manage a mushroom substrate and spawn production company. We make our own supplemented growing medium, inoculate it with spawn we've created from tissue samples, incubate for the proper amount of time, then send "blocks" out to customers all over the US and Canada who grow and harvest gourmet mushrooms. 

That is the single most interest thing I've ever heard when someone asks what do you do. 

(And what you're telling me is there is zero chance that, if I order a grow-your-own-mushroom kit, I'd accidentally grow something dangerous?)

Yeah, I will agree, it is really interesting! I came here after working in a doctor's office for 10 years, so it was a major switch for me.

Just look for something like oysters (blue, white, yellow, king), shiitake, or lions mane, and you should be all set! I'm not sure the rules on advertising, but I can shoot you a PM with some suggestions (not me, just for the record, but we work with tons of farms who do the kit thing!).


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Middle school English teacher here (this year I'm 100% distance learning, which has not been fun). Cry
I also teach US History (not my favorite) and our Creative Writing elective. I don't know what they're going to do with the Creative Writing class when I retire next year, since I'm the only teacher with the credential to teach it.
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I have a Telecommunications degree, but took a promotion after graduation instead of doing the dream-pursuing thing. I'm now a training supervisor for a QSR franchise. I design and coordinate hiring and training practices and oversee roughly 500 employees, and do one-on-one coaching with incoming management trainees. Worked my up from one of those "burger-flipping" teenagers all those years ago. :P
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Originally posted by LyndaD LyndaD wrote:

Middle school English teacher here (this year I'm 100% distance learning, which has not been fun). Cry
I also teach US History (not my favorite) and our Creative Writing elective. I don't know what they're going to do with the Creative Writing class when I retire next year, since I'm the only teacher with the credential to teach it.
I'm also an English teacher - though I teach high school. I'm also 100% online, which I'm grateful for, though I expect high school students are easier to work with online than younger grades. 

This year it's sophomores and seniors and I can't get them all books and I cannot WAIT for this ding-dang pandemic to end.
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I own and operate a fast-casual restaurant. We do melt-style sandwiches, soup, and mac n cheese. So even though we were officially in lock-down, we've been open and working the whole year. I feel grateful that we are still thriving. 

I want to give a shout-out to all the teachers on here who have had to pivot and teach remotely or in a hybrid form. We still have two home (out of 8!) in high school and it has been pretty rough. So THANK YOU!!
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Originally posted by Reasonably_Crazy Reasonably_Crazy wrote:

Originally posted by LyndaD LyndaD wrote:

Middle school English teacher here (this year I'm 100% distance learning, which has not been fun). Cry
I also teach US History (not my favorite) and our Creative Writing elective. I don't know what they're going to do with the Creative Writing class when I retire next year, since I'm the only teacher with the credential to teach it.
I'm also an English teacher - though I teach high school. I'm also 100% online, which I'm grateful for, though I expect high school students are easier to work with online than younger grades. 

This year it's sophomores and seniors and I can't get them all books and I cannot WAIT for this ding-dang pandemic to end.


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