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follow up question: is it a good job for you?
So, yes. On both counts.
but i am unmotivated by a complete disregard in the hierarchy for the importance of accurate numbers and, as a result, i don't do much. it's not a good job for me. i am currently job hunting to find something where data is valued.
i'd be better if i didn't get distracted and go on the internet though
it's a great job for me, though. MAPS. i love maps
because I'm the only one here that does it. And if I left, they'd fall apart. This also means I can't really have time off. I had Monday off and came back to about 90 emails in one day.
Its not a good job for me though as I'm lonely and want to do something more craft/creative but not sure how to get into something like that. My ideal job would be working for Molly Makes magazine.
Easy to get comfortable, being the only one who knows it, but leaves you exposed if something happens...
I really only took the job because I was unemployed and the money was better than my old job. They're gonna get someone to help me out soon which would improve things and hopefully I'd get promoted a bit and eventually be a team leader when the company gets bigger. I'm just plodding now because I know I can and its easy.
I'm going through a phase of looking for something else. Which seems sill, really. I dunno.
is to get to a point where you can take credit for anything anyone does well, but pass the blame for anything that isn't.
I think i'm at that level.
it really irritates me. I think of good ideas and she passes them on like their her own....then waits for me to get in trouble about not doing something...then conveniently sends a memo about it 2 minutes later.
...but i bet she has no trouble spending all the extra money.
and I work in the city.
then I get a memo.
It's a terrible job for me though.
but it's an office job on Excel and alike and completely detached from what I'm interested in, in any way. So I'm ok, but I'll never be great because I begrudge it too much and I'm bored too much.
Work to live and all that.
i think i still manage it though.
and it's shit.
so good i barely do anything and still get praised
i used to be really good - but then it changed a bit and now i do stuff i'm not as good at and don't acre about
i'm trying to leave
No - it was. Its not now
really need to step my game up
And not so great on the legal/office droney side of things.
It'd be better overall if the balance was the other way around, but... effort.
Keeps me learning, mostly keeps my mind occupied, the odd run of tedious tasks but not more than I can handle.
Plus it's strictly 9-5 and keeps me in rent money, sweeties and comic books without making me hate my life out have that sinking Sunday evening feeling, so pretty happy with it.
The meat of the job is learning a lot about an invention/new technology in a short space of time then arguing with patent offices about why it's new and a step up from what's already known. Sometimes meeting inventors etc to discuss their work in more detail.
I'm an argumentative pedant at heart so I might as well make money out of it. Also makes use of the ludicrous amount of time I spent learning about chemistry, which is good.
So there would need to be a shit hot inventive concept to be a patentable app.
Don't know why I'm giving out this great advice for free. Please insert megabucks to continue.
Never mind. I don't need any more info from you.
it's a fine job for me at the moment but not forever - i reckon it's got another 12-18 months shelf-life before i need a new challenge.
If I put my mind to it, I can do it very well. But I got bored quite a long time ago and I hardly try anymore, so I make silly mistakes.
Luckily I've got a new job to go to soon, so I've only got a couple of weeks left here. I hope I'll be good at my new job. I'm pretty certain it'll be more interesting, so that'll help.
And absolutely not.
There are some elements of my job that I could maybe do better at and some that I'm absoultely brilliant at. I'd round it off at being "very good".
And yes, it's a great job for me, I love it.
But I'm really lazy and they hate me for it, and they could probably sack me for it eventually. If they want me to work harder they're going to have to pay me more.
See above for (b).
the hours are good but the management isn't / aren't. plus i'm underpaid.
My students tend to get good results, which tells you more about them than about me as a teacher tbh, but loads of my GCSE lot go on to take English for A Level, which I take as an endorsement that I'm doing something right.
It's a great job for me cos I get paid to wave my arms around and talk about Macbeth: living the dream.
School management sucked balls though, well out of that.
however large corps and their relations often have blockers to many workers just getting on with what needs to be done.
If I am working and am allowed to be projectcentric....i.e. all parties want the project to suceed if it can and that is what we should all primarily be working toward then I can be in my element.
I was particularly happy that in one project 1 million customers were to be offered half a billion in unattributable revenues that had built up and were neither usable by the company or the customers as over performance had not been factored in. I worked closely with the actuaries and was able to mathematically PROVE that every person who was eligible, had their ammount calculated correctly (according to the documented rules), these rules and proof were used as evidence in the high court case which was with the policyholder advocates office, the FSA, the treasury and the company.
Particularly pleasing was that previously another corporation had tried something similar but on a smaller scale but failed to convince the court with proof.
Actuaries are like mathmos who work for financial corps. I had to work with them until it could be proven that the IT solution met the rules with the ammounts calculated (they all had to be done together not piecemeal) there were many different rules and lots of algorithms and many exceptions, we proved it to 2dp of a penny for about 1 million.
I also used to be assigned to any auditors to let them see what we were doing.
I think I excelled in that, because we had to devise ways to prove things and how to measure them, and when I had devised some technique to measure it I had to then prove that that measurement was accurate, I even observed a kind of mathematical distribution that I had not seen before, when I reversed trends/graphs and layered it over its non inverse self and then noted the variances in the mean of them (this was in various granularity of grades of values of policies of different types....)
However the converse of this is that I don't like boring or routine testing.
Oh and I can always break bespoke IT systems and spot holes in them (once I get to grips with the solution and requirement), although as is often later pointed out, some of these might be rather specialist situations and the risk is not worth the money protecting against.
So I could often have a lot of unresolved RAID log entries that are dismissed
the lead Business analyst, the lead solution designer, and the database designer, and we all liked/respected/trusted each other which makes a lead testers job so much easier.
Project management can often involve just be a matter of who sits where
One tester to another. As in the salary thread, I worry that when I'm a proper grown up with a wife and kids and responsibilities and everything I'm not going to be able to get away with testing a game for money but I don't really have that many transferable skills or qualifications to be able to get a proper grown up job at this stage in my life so testing something else seems logical to me...
resource to do the testing. and its on bespoke systems/solutions.
I would like to be able to make other recommendations when I see em, like on penetrative testing, like when I see a hole or weakness, but they tend not to be interested because its outside the scope.
Most bread and butter stuff, like that of screens and stuff is done offshore, currently Im testing sort of mainframey stuff behind it and writing test plans.
If you get yourself an ISEB certification in testing then it would help as it is sometimes a requirement from big corps that someone has this. Getting yourself a government security clearance will help as well.
Otherwise specialisations like experiance in automated test tools (especially for performance testing), would help. Of course you might enjoy penetrative testing (it sounds glamourous and spy like, but unfortunately I dont think they often give them carte blanche to just <give it a go>, I think its more mundane.
Continuous Linked Settlement, which is where most of the currency dealing is done, CLS was to make trading possible when all the (major) currencies RTGS's were open for instance there is only a two hour period when Japans yen can actually be traded safely (because of the time zones)
Previously there was danger if there was a time lag between the two halves of a currency sale e.g. two banks in very different time zones want to exchange different currencies of their countrys, then when the one countries currency is open for trade the one bank gives over their currancy to the other bank.......but before the other countries currency is open for trade, the other company has gone bust and cant pay the other currency to the other bank.....whoopsie.......
cls meant that only when each bank has got the (electronic money ,in different currencies in their CLS accounts) can the swap actually happen.
(its actually quite a bit more complex than that.....but the idea is that there is a two hour period when japanese currency deals can be made with the US (both JPY and USD are open for trading) and so these are done first then AUD etc. When I was involved at the initial set up, the chinese currency was not on the system, it has since been added.
Several TRILLION dollars worth of trades are done each day (although this is net, not gross and involves a bit of tooing and froing to ensure there is enough liquidity to lubricate the settlement process)
The hardware was pretty hyper, and was the latest developement of a platform whose kit was used by a famous supercomputer.
It was multiplexed in case of <incidents> I actually got to press the button to switch one off to test the failover.
I mostly designed the testing for Fund management currency trades.
When you hear on the news , the pound is Up .2 of a cent on the dollar but down blah de blah on the euro......this is a result of these currency transactions
it wasn't too difficult but I put the effort in too
right now I'm working on a literature review in my current position which isn't so tough but I imagine things get hard fast around here
Leaving in T minus 12 working days.
I am pretty good at my job I think. I've progressed pretty quickly, but my general rate of progress has plateaued a few times. Recently though I've made a conscious effort to get a lot better at it.
It is a pretty good job for me I think, it's a small company with big ambitions so I have got to do a massive amount of stuff that people at my level in other (bigger) companies wouldn't get close to.
Trouble is, I do have an opportunity coming up at one of these bigger companies so I will have a really difficult decision to make I think.
That said, I work in probation. In my area there's an average of 13 sick days per employee or something ridiculous like that. I've never had a day off sick, due to that my boss likes me as I don't fuck him over at short notice like many of my colleagues.
Nobody really notices in the grand scheme of things though, on the plus side I get first offer of all of the overtime shifts and coin it in the summer/Christmas time. The self-same lazy fuckers who are off sick every months then moan that they weren't offered any.
but I often come into contact with people who are a lot worse
To the point there was rarely any challenge and I'd mostly spend my time either on here spouting shite and over-sharing due to boredom or finding stuff that was fucked or rubbish and fixing it or asking other teams and departments if they wanted a hand with anything. Volunteered for so many projects and working groups in the last year it was ridiculous.
It wasn't a good job for me as I was bored (and frustrated) most of the time I was there and didn't fear the fund managers and it caused friction when I shouted at them for being fuckwitted.