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What do you do in the real world?

Post by Daravel » May 20th, 2012, 12:22 am

I couldn't find a topic similar to this and my interest has been piqued.
I have been wondering what everyone does in the real world, what exciting lives does everyone lead?

I shall start (and I'm boring, so we can build from this!).
I am just finishing my masters in Forensic Psychology and hope to begin working for the Ministry of Defence or as an assistant psychologist in a prison/hospital (interview on wednesday!).

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Re: What do you do in the real world?

Post by Sapient » May 20th, 2012, 3:30 am

As for me, in the "real world" I am also a programmer. With my last job I supported business software for field technicians who use handheld computers, but this year I started work for a medical software company and I'm finally in an official developer role! Also I am a Christian, not the fake kind, but I really follow and spread Jesus's teachings. I mention that because it is a full time job and far more important than anything else I do.


Good luck on the interview. I read that a lot more people are interested in forensic work nowadays due to the popularity of TV shows such as CSI. What made you want to work in that field?
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Re: What do you do in the real world?

Post by Daravel » May 20th, 2012, 12:22 pm

Why thank you! :)
I haven't seen any of the forensic/crime series that are popular these days (apart from half an hour of "lie to me" which is the least factual crime show I know of - none of what he does is possible). CSI is more forensic scientists, who are far cleverer than I am!
Forensic psychologists tend to work in prisons, secure prisons (for mental health offenders) and the community; their focus is on identifying causes of offending and developing interventions to combat those. We deal with the most severe types of offenders. We don't solve crimes, we can't tell if you're lying and we definitely can't read your mind! My personal goal is to work in preventing young people from offeding or re-offending in a community role.

Not to devolve this into relgious discussion, but does that mean you are a creationist? I work with a couple of creationists and we had some good debates on various topics!

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Re: What do you do in the real world?

Post by Dunno » May 20th, 2012, 12:45 pm

Well, I'm currently very excited about upcoming Euro 2012 in Poland. I signed up for a volunteer, and got qualified. It's gonna be something new for me, finally I'll be able to test my skillz of engrish in real life, without my old pal, Google Translate. I'm also very curious how everything will come out, I truly hope it won't be a total disaster. Hopefully Poland will make a good impression on guests.
Finally, Russians will find decent parters to get drunk with, and Germans will learn the meaning of beautiful women :D

And about christianity and creationism, I myself believe that God did create the universe, but not in seven days. If we assume that God created universe, it's easy to imagine he knew/invented physics and there was no need for Him to break the laws He set himself just to speed up the evolution. That would be irrational.
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Re: What do you do in the real world?

Post by Dixie » May 20th, 2012, 1:25 pm

I personally have a degree in jazz trumpet and am doing a master's degree as trumpet teacher. I play in a swing/dixieland band and teach trumpet part-time in a college.

As far as religion goes, I got apostasied this year. While I understand the need/necessity of a certain form spirituality, I'm generally an independent guy and am allergic to the whole concept of religion. Although I believe in some form of soul and afterlife and that Jesus might have existed (although not exactly as related in the bible imho) I don't believe in a sentient god or in paradise (or even worse, hell). So to be brief, I consider myself an agnostic.

Hope this doesn't get dragged into a religious topic and locked, I guess I shouldn't have added to it.
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Re: What do you do in the real world?

Post by The_Other » May 20th, 2012, 2:01 pm

I'm a writer (fiction for magazines, mainly) and parent of a two-year-old daughter.

On religion, I'm pretty agnostic (though I lean slightly in favour of the existence of some kind of deity). I don't accept a literal interpretation of Genesis, but I'm happy with the idea that God (or, potentially, Gods), may have caused and to some extent directed the Big Bang (perhaps tweaking certain parameters to ensure a universe where life was likely to arise)
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Re: What do you do in the real world?

Post by Valinor » May 20th, 2012, 2:18 pm

Present occupation: Student (Studying computer networking)

Also: Christian, literal 7-day, young earth, creationist.

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Re: What do you do in the real world?

Post by ancestral » May 20th, 2012, 3:15 pm

Occupation: Computer Technician
(My actual job title is pretty damn awesome, but I can’t reveal it.) It’s actually a hybrid technician/customer service role, so most of the time I talk to people with computer issues. Diagnosis and consultation is free, and any software work is free too, which is amazing for our customers. The company I work with is highly innovative and an industry leader. I’ve been there over 6 years, and on the whole it’s good, I’m compensated well, though I’m considering a change in the future. My girlfriend also works at the same place, and I can easily commute by light rail.
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Re: What do you do in the real world?

Post by Mountain_King » May 20th, 2012, 4:24 pm

Occupation: Assistant'sAssistant/Secondary Gopher/Special Operations/Grunt Worker
So, it's basically a fancy name for "works on vegetable farm, but is not too skilled at picking leeks, so they send him to get things and bring them places, or to do anything that can be done without picking leeks." :D I'm also taking some college classes so for this quarter I'm also a journalist. And on the secondary one, something like Sapient's plus valinor's minus the full time job part, at least it sounds like that if I explain it.
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Re: What do you do in the real world?

Post by lipk » May 20th, 2012, 5:00 pm

I personally have a degree in jazz trumpet and am doing a master's degree as trumpet teacher. I play in a swing/dixieland band and teach trumpet part-time in a college.
I play the trumpet, too! However, I hate jazz :P

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Re: What do you do in the real world?

Post by Dugi » May 20th, 2012, 9:06 pm

I am studying theoretical physics.

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Re: What do you do in the real world?

Post by Crow_T » May 20th, 2012, 10:51 pm

"works on vegetable farm, but is not too skilled at picking leeks, so they send him to get things and bring them places, or to do anything that can be done without picking leeks."
I have recently grown to love leeks.

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Re: What do you do in the real world?

Post by alexanderthegre » May 20th, 2012, 11:49 pm

lipk wrote: However, I hate jazz :P
*gasp* :shock:

Anyway, I'm a student who does bass gigs every once in a while.

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Re: What do you do in the real world?

Post by Crow_T » May 20th, 2012, 11:54 pm

I have to say, "hating jazz" would be like saying you "hate rock," jazz is pretty varied from corny garden variety jazz to crazy experimental stuff. It's a pretty far-reaching genre.

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Re: What do you do in the real world?

Post by Mountain_King » May 21st, 2012, 1:26 am

Crow_T wrote: I have recently grown to love leeks.
I know, right?! They're great in everything, and don't give you as bad of breath as onions.
Crow_T wrote:I have to say, "hating jazz" would be like saying you "hate rock," jazz is pretty varied from corny garden variety jazz to crazy experimental stuff. It's a pretty far-reaching genre.
I don't know, I seriously have met people who hate rock. As in, every single kind. Though that could just be because they have no musical taste (I can't say). :hmm:
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