What About Your Jobs Do You Love?

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What About Your Jobs Do You Love?

Post icon  Posted 24 September 2011 - 01:13 PM

This past week at work (I work as an Android developer), I went in and made a ton of progress on my project. I really felt like I was productive, and I loved that feeling of accomplishment. That's probably my favorite part of my job- going in and being able to knock stuff out. That, and I have a pretty relaxed development environment with the freedom to be creative and get things done.

So what do you all do for work? And what about your jobs do you love?

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Re: What About Your Jobs Do You Love?

Posted 24 September 2011 - 01:54 PM

Getting laid off.
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Posted 24 September 2011 - 01:59 PM

I began working for my employer in an outside position doing cable repair work. I now develop internal web applications (intranet) for their Billing Operations Group. I love that they were willing to give me a chance to do development work even though I had no previous professional development experience (and no degree).

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Posted 24 September 2011 - 02:37 PM

Well, I don't have a job, but I am a developer and I work on my own projects. Mac, I know that feeling you're talking about when you feel really productive. I love it, I love accomplishing things, no matter how small. Programming is the only thing that can give me that feeling. The problem I usually have though is that I lose the will to work or the will to learn new things since my confidence lowers due to stress at home and around what I'm capable of doing in a project. I'm the kind of person that will head right on into a project due to my tactile learning style. I learn best when I through myself into something or I use something interactive. Like, when I learn a language I watch videos and I read. The thing is that I get bored of them really quick. For example, I've technically been learning Python for half a year. I've been using a book to learn, I'm only on page 80 something and the book is 500 pages long. That's why a project like codeacademy has me intrigued. I did their Javascript interactive tutorials. Not only did I learn, but I had fun.
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Posted 24 September 2011 - 02:38 PM

Getting paid to interact and promote on social media all day. Can't beat that! Although I feel like a mindless drone sometimes...
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Re: What About Your Jobs Do You Love?

Posted 24 September 2011 - 02:48 PM

@NeoTifa: That sucks. Sorry to hear it! Good luck finding another job!

@Nakor: That's awesome news that your company gave you a job with no professional development experience to speak of! The same thing happened for me, though I really started with an internship.

@EnvXOwner: I know what you mean. I generally pick up a language faster when I have to use it than when I don't.
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Posted 24 September 2011 - 03:08 PM

there's nothing better for learning than being put in a sink or swim type situation, as long as you manage not to drown in the process
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Posted 24 September 2011 - 03:40 PM

What I liked when working as a PC technician is that you get to see a lot of cool stuff come across your bench. Also, every computer you look at is different. Never the same problem twice either, most of the time. Keeping up on all of the newest technology is interesting as well. You can some times get a case of computer envoy though when you're setting up a top of the line system with the latest and greatest come in to be set up. Fortunately I didn't get that at my last co-op because I had built up a pretty high end system over the winter.

I also like my work as an independent game developer. I like the to explore new ideas and try different things. I can also knock a lot of code out of the park in a day when I have a full day to devote to code and I get on a roll.
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Posted 24 September 2011 - 04:16 PM

@Nakor: Definitely! Those are the situations where there is the most to learn!

@SixOfEleven: I remember my help desk days. Unfortunately, we only had enough to do basic repairs. So we were more or less the complaints department. But that sounds like a lot of fun to get to tinker and learn about different machines every day!
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Posted 24 September 2011 - 04:30 PM

Where I was working I had a computer come in that was running Windows 98. It was like a blast from the past and dustier than you can image. There were dust rhinos, not dust bunnies, inside the case. Got to look inside of a netbook with a solid state drive in it, 160GB, the size of a credit card. The whole computer cost less than I paid for my first 1GB+ hard drive. Pretty interesting stuff.
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Re: What About Your Jobs Do You Love?

Posted 24 September 2011 - 06:28 PM

hot interns I really like discovering a way to use some sort of math in my programming to make it cleaner, more efficient, or more "woah". Or all of the above.
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Re: What About Your Jobs Do You Love?

Posted 24 September 2011 - 06:31 PM

I know you're all thinking it, but I'll be the one to do it.

View PostNeoTifa, on 24 September 2011 - 04:54 PM, said:

Getting laid off.


My favorite part about my job is doing something that others said was not possible. Fixing peoples problems, that others either don't have the knowledge or the ability to fix.

Also, ever day is payday ;)
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Re: What About Your Jobs Do You Love?

Posted 24 September 2011 - 07:00 PM

View Postno2pencil, on 24 September 2011 - 09:31 PM, said:

My favorite part about my job is doing something that others said was not possible.

View PostNeoTifa, on 24 September 2011 - 04:54 PM, said:

Getting laid off.


FTFY.
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Re: What About Your Jobs Do You Love?

Posted 24 September 2011 - 08:34 PM

I'm supposedly supervising a team of 4 that are entering a huge about of data into a database. The most action we see on a daily basis is our boss cursing some employee in another room.
What do I love about my job? Let's see. There's air condition... that's about it.
My freelance jobs are a lot more exciting nonetheless.
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Re: What About Your Jobs Do You Love?

Posted 25 September 2011 - 03:06 AM

The thing I love about my job is the project managers.

Oh, you just have to love the 'Rudi, is X done? I need it doing by 3pm this is urgent!'.

Me: Is 'X' in the spec? I've been focussing on getting Y done.

PM: No it's not in the spec but we spoke about it 3 months ago!

Me: That's not really helpful though is it when you keep telling me to work to the spec?

*PM gets annoyed that I'm doing my job and working to the spec*

Boss: Rudi you need to get X done by 3pm.

Me: But it's not in the spec..

PM: But we discussed it so it needs doing.

At the end of all that I get forced to do X and somehow it's my fault that it's not in the spec and I should have done X at the start because I should remember every little small thing that I talk about with the PMs. Of course, this pushes the project behind, I have to work weekends, etc. etc.

Hey - That's exactly what's happening this weekend. I love my job :wub:
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