What job/career would you not advise someone to enter into?

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11/09/2013 at 21:08

Nobody even understands what my job is.  Not even my boss!  You will never see it in a careers centre or a job centre and it very rarely comes up even in the jobs sections of specialist magazines.

But there are 100's, possibly 1000's of us throughout the country.

No way anyone would ever chose to go into my profession. You tend to stumble in and then discover that it can be quite rewarding.

11/09/2013 at 21:13

We didn't say you were better of as a prostitute Snap. Just that there is more dignity in being a prostitute. It's a much more honest profession and does not prey on old people in their homes. 

11/09/2013 at 21:15

No, it catches them out in the street instead

11/09/2013 at 21:31

I bow to your superior knowledge on the subject Caz

11/09/2013 at 22:12

ignore school career advisers who tell you 'do something you enjoy'.

yes thanks for that.

11/09/2013 at 23:08
the dude abides wrote (see)

ignore school career advisers who tell you 'do something you enjoy'.

yes thanks for that.

Agree with that, I thought I loved my profession and was doing well at it, then I didn't like it so I changed my job, then I found I didn't like that either.

What I realised was I didn't like working anymore, so I just do the job that gives me the most money, now I work 30 hours a week (which I still hate) but I get more than enough money so in the end I can do what I please, I guess I have found that I hate working but I love having money to do with as I would like.

12/09/2013 at 07:59

Call centre.

12/09/2013 at 08:28

I would advise against going into graphic design for print. When we advertise a vacancy in my business, we get absolutely inundated with CV's, hundreds from school-leavers & graduates who are generally at a disadvantage as they have not built up experience.  There is massive competition for the scarce jobs available.  Two designers I know are now changing careers as they are fed up with it.

12/09/2013 at 11:02

How about being asked kindly by God? lol Don't become a Priest (Just incase you were thinking it) 60 hour weeks and have to get up early sunday mornings

12/09/2013 at 15:53

Free wine?

12/09/2013 at 16:17

Yes and usually top quality stuff. Plus silly bits of bread that get stuck to your tongue like skips

12/09/2013 at 19:49

Absolutely do not get into the printing trade in any way shape or form. it is dying a very slow painful death & I'm hanging in there for retirement - if I make it. I've seen good times but they were very long ago, I wouldn't recommend it as a career choice to my worst enemy or even a Spurs fan. I started two days after leaving school & know nothing else but it's really s*it now, I hate it.

12/09/2013 at 22:01

Kittenkat - the GD's are fed up with the intense competition for work/projects, sorry if unclear.  They are finding they now have to basically do the work 'on approval' and may not get paid if client prefers another design shown on spec.

Andy x - I have a print business, but it is growing and never been busier.  However, have had to adapt and change business model massively over last 10 years.  Litho definitely dying.


13/09/2013 at 09:35


1. You'll spend your life dealing with people who don't understand how to do the simplest of computing tasks.

2. You'll get to work with project managers who think coding anything takes five minutes and is done by magic fairies and pixie dust. They will ignore all comments from technical staff that their deadlines are in fact mythical and then blame developers for deadlines being missed.

3. You'll find almost all software is specified by the wrong people and thus you'll build the wrong product. This once again will be your fault, even though it matches the specifications.

4. You'll see the test department on the verge of suicide after their time gets slashed again and people are shocked when bugs make it through, despite the original six months of planned validation being slashed to six weeks.

5. Every employer you ever work for will be trying to outsource your work to India or China.

6. Expect to work mandatory unpaid overtime regularly and give up on anything resembling a life in the final few months before a new product launch.

Edited: 13/09/2013 at 09:38
13/09/2013 at 10:51

Public Sector - everybody thinks you are sucking the life out of the economy, on gold plated pensions and have little old ladies walking around with trollies doling out tea and biscuits every 5 minutes whilst dealing with all the problem people that society spews out who know their rights and drag in liberal trendy TV reporters to report on their plight as the most vulnerable members of society.

Teaching - terrific if you get a good school but if a sink school see above - undisciplined chav offspring who know their rights and don't see how educayshun will help them become DJs or reality TV stars and God forbid you even raise your voice to them and their parents i.e. mum and whatever bloke is her life at the moment will be hammering on your desk and telling their MP/newspaper about how you are victimising their little cherub

Accountant - counting other people's money!!!

Sales - everyone is suspicious of you especially on social occassions and wary that you will sell them something over coffee and after 8 mints at the gym dinner dance

Legal - avaricious and will toady up to criminal scum as if they are best mates so that they can get the legal aid and when behind closed doors have domestos showers to get rid of the filth - cf prostitution

Better leave it at that ... in cynical overdrive at the moment.

Go for something that is interesting that you can go to party and talk about proudly and with passion, might not get you rich but there are a lot of miserable buggers driving those BMW and Merc 4x4s and living in those mock Georgian detatched houses.

17/09/2013 at 07:34

Miss Slow, glad to hear you're doing ok! Our business is solely litho - our 'Blue Chip' clients are all print management companies who force you to spend lots of time & money printing to a certain standard, then they smash the prices so you are doing it for zero profit, or worse quite often. There's no money for investment in any department as over the last five years the company has made a total profit of £80,000, with the last two years an overall loss & a projected break even this year. This is with a turnover of approx £5.5-6 million. As you say litho is dying but we're hanging in there - just, 47 jobs depend on it.

17/09/2013 at 09:54

NW4 -- On any project, IT or other, if it isn't possible to hold individuals to account then that indicates a (project) management failure...  Perhaps the most charmed existence is lead by those with ultimate responsibility for these failings but never seem to lose their jobs when things go wrong.

17/09/2013 at 20:55

I work for a printing company and it is thriving

17/09/2013 at 21:16

andy x - sorry to hear that.  We have managed to grow by investing heavily in digital & large format.  We still have a couple of litho presses but would not bother replacing them if they need uneconomical repairs, just using them until they die really.  The press minders are on borrowed time with us too - one guy is retraining for digital though. Hope you manage to hang in there until retirement, print has certainly been through some big changes over last 10 years.

18/09/2013 at 19:04

MS - I'm in the Repro so looking forward to the company investing in digital, press minders at our place think the whole world revolves around them, and like us in Repro, they'll get hammered by technology very soon. I used to love my job too when repro was all done by hand & skillful, now I sit in front of a mac & get bored senseless.

SuperCaz - lucky you! I'm sure some are thriving but purely litho companies aren't generally.

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