||[Apr. 14th, 2008|01:34 am]
So I was thinking about work.
Of all the jobs I enjoyed the most, it was being a QA engineer in Sun. That's also partially because it was the longest I was in a job, and also because I got to exercise my thinking muscles. But there was one thing I severely missed, and I think it's something that's persisted through all my other jobs - dealing with the public.
I worked in the public service for a grand total of 13 months, dealing with the public and the gardai. Door to door work brought me in contact with various members of society, allowing me to see tiny glimpses of real neighbourhoods. Working in the shop in Oxfam meant customers. One way or the other, I wasn't entirely sure who I would be working with next. In Sun, I dealt with different people within the organisation, but they were just names on an email header. I'm sure those that have public-facing jobs are looking at this and thinking "What the hell are you thinking? Why would you want this pile of steaming dung?". To be honest, I do like social interaction, and I realise that computer-based activities are severely lacking in such things.
I know it sounds weird, but I miss the public. There is a downside, however. Most of the time, people who deal with the public, outside of politics, really do not seem to be the ones that get decent amounts of pay, yet it's recognised that dealing with the public can be counted among the more stressful workplace activities. I don't quite get that one.
The thought just occurs to me that perhaps a "stressful activity" such as dealing with the public isn't the best course of action at the moment, however, it strikes me as being a different sort. You get the odd difficult bunny, and then you're over and done with it. There's a certain fire-and-forget element to it (probably explaining the low pay).
Overall, I think I might want one of those jobs again for a short while.
Now, if you've read through all that, here's something random I've found on Youtube - it involves a disturbingly well-trained collie, although I do wonder if the owner walking like that is down to having a collie in the first place (both of ours were incredibly adept at being exactly where you want your feet to be at the most inopportune time).