Saturday, September 13, 2008

Whistle While You Work

september 13 2008

We are talking about jobs today.
Pick any job of your career.
Tell us when and where it was.

1. Tell us which job your are telling us about, and when you had it.

Mmm, let's see.
When I was a student I worked to pay for my studies.
I became the youngest member of staff, lecturing research methodes and intepretation.
So that was teaching in large halls with 365 students, conducting exams and the whole lot.

2. Where do/did you work?

At the university.

3. Tell us about that boss.

Well, my direct boss was a kind man. A bit peculiar.
He gave me all the freedom in the world do do my job, ofcourse within the limits of the curriculum.

4. Do/Did you find your work creative? If yes how?

At first I thought it would be boring, as almost everyone thought it to be the most boring subject. Me included.
But it turned out to be one of the best and most interesting jobs I've ever had.
It was a challenge to teach the subject in such a way that the students started to like it and wanted to invest time and energy in it.
It was fun to make them understand how it all worked and to show how important it is to be able to value a scientific publication. No need to depend on the conclusions of others. Drawing your own conclusions can be very important, so you won't rely anymore on those who want to tell you what you need to do.

Working with all the students of the year was fun.
All those different people.

5. Tell us about your favorite co-worker.

It was one of the group leaders I had to coach.
He was nice.
Often we saw each other in town and then drank a beer at his favorite café.
10 years after I left the job I caught a glimpse of him sitting in a corner there.
Still smiling the same way.

6. Tell us about the biggest jerk in that job.

It was a woman.
She thought I was far too young for the job.
At the time I agreed with her.

She wasn't able to get along with the students she had in her group and as her coach I had to take over when she stopped.
They were awful!

So I simply told them that it was not me who needed to take the exams, but they themselves.
I went for coffee in the restaurant and told them they could ask me to come back, but only if they wanted to work as well as they could.

Turned out they tested me because the woman before me behaved so terribly in that group.

7. Where do/did you see yourself with this job in five years?

At the time it was keeping a job for 5 full years and then it was a job for life.
10 days before the end I was called in at the big boss's office and was told that there was not enough money to keep all employers.
They had the choice between me and a man with a family. He got my job.

I expected to work therw with pleasure for a long time.
It wasn't to be.

8. Tell us about your commute.

Haha...I lived near the university all the years I worked there.

9. What hours of the day do/did you work?
Mainly morning hours for lecturing, and afternoon hours for the rest.
Sometimes I had special hours in the evening, and I slipped in at saturdays to display the results of the exams.

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  1. Your new layout looks great, I almost did not 'recognize" you when I stopped by.


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