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Medical Social Worker
Health Services
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Informing

I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker working in a major hospital. In the social worker profession there are certainly many duds, but I am happy here. I work with families who have a hard time navigating the health system, whether it be due to mental health or substance abuse issues, lack of transportation to get to the hospital, or being overwhelmed at everything there is to do regarding being a caregiver or patient. My job consists of in person and phone support. Most people think of social workers as children services workers, who investigate abuse — and although there are many of those as well — there are a ton of other social workers out there.

Operations Manager
Technology
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Venting

I worked at a Y Combinator-funded tech startup and its two co-founders are simply bad. While the CEO is very talented technically, they both have poor communication skills. Their management style is one of extreme control when it comes to how they want their employees to do their jobs, while the co-founders have no professional experience, training, or education in this field. They demand superior performance by everyone, while paying $13 per hour in many cases, without offering any health or retirement benefits. There's a lot of employee turnover. It's not uncommon for new employees to leave or be fired within their first 3 months. And many people who've been here longer than that have quit.

Digital Media Evidence Specialist
Legal & Safety
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Informing

I work for a Police Department in the Records Services division. My basic daily job functions involve reviewing DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) cases and finding all of the relevant dash camera and officer body camera footage for that case. Then when I have all the footage, I get it downloaded and ready to go to court. Then I write up a supplement on my findings and record everything into an Access database.

TV News Reporter
Media
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Informing

Your friends may post whatever they want on social media, but as a reporter, you need to exercise good judgement, such as keeping your (e.g. political) opinions to yourself because reporters have to be unbiased. You can be fired immediately for making inappropriate or unprofessional comments online or on-air.

Chocolatier
Food & Hospitality
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Venting

I made a chocolate high heel today, which took a few hours to perfect by airbrushing on different color cocoa butter. While the finished product looked great, it took too long to make. So back to the drawing board to try to develop a new product.

Security Consultant
Technology
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Venting

Dear software developers, please take security seriously. I came across yet another application today that stores its passwords in plaintext. Stop doing that!

Paramedic/EMT
Health Services
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Happy

I'm new, but today I had an interesting call. It was a car vs. motorcycle accident. The guy on the motorcycle was rear ended and bounced head first off the car. He was unconscious and had snoring respiration. We had to get him air lifted out. The scene was chaotic and intense. But our lead paramedic finally broke the tension and said "he has snoring respirations, but I hear a patent airway." And immediately, the entire crews' nerves seemed to calm down and it got easy. It really made me want to become the best paramedic I could possibly be, so I could learn to handle an intense situation the way that medic did. Every day I feel like I'm just a kid that got a shot at joining the Justice League.

Buying Coordinator
Fashion
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Venting

I didn't sleep at all last night, maybe 30 minutes at most. I had to drive down to our warehouse in the morning and traffic sucked! Thankfully, I get to work from home when I get back. But now I have the worst headache ever. Ughhhh. Might be nap time...

Background Actor
Entertainment
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Happy

I was a background actor in New York for a couple months. At the time, I didn’t really know what a background actor was or did, but after meeting someone at Central Park one day who told me that I could probably get immediate work through an agency, I decided to check it out. It turns out background acting (and I think acting in general) involves a lot of standing around, sometimes for several hours without breaks. The amount of time, effort, and planning that goes into creating TV shows, movies, and commercials is astounding. The experience made me have a lot of respect for those in the industry; especially for those who aren't getting rich — they seem to be pursuing acting for the love of it.

Fixed Asset Analyst
Retail
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Venting

This was my first job out of college. I got the job through a friend. It was in the accounting department at a F500 retail company. I studied finance, but had never worked in an accounting job before. While I really enjoyed the people I worked with, I really hated the job. Staring at a computer for 40 hours per week was a huge shock to me. I just hated it. And I also didn't enjoy the work, as it mostly dealt with categorizing items in an archaic software system. I was pulling my hair out after only a few months, and I quit after 6 months total.