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#1 Alex F

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Posted 13 February 2015 - 09:43 PM

I see a lot of cool sounding job titles on here.

 

I work in the water industry as a risk analyst - my role is to analyse the risk involved with isolating high-pressure water mains when they burst and need to be repaired, and to mitigate this impact by re-routing water from elsewhere in the network. I love it! My work environment kind of resembles CTU in 24, but without the terrorist threat :)

 


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Posted 13 February 2015 - 09:58 PM

Im the cofounder of edc! My job mainly consists of making sure the site runs correctly and trying to balance the needs of editorial vs advertising. I mainly deal with development, which means building new features on the site as well as making sure things keep running. We are very much a startup so we run things very close to the chest. Ive done a few other startups, but EDC is without a doubt my favorte, hands down.



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Posted 13 February 2015 - 11:01 PM

By day I'm a Technical Services Specialist working for an Australian company and providing hardware, software, training, and support for contact centres across the globe. While that sounds highfalutin, on a day-to-day basis I install software and put out fires when users break it.

 

By afternoon, I'm a staff writer for this very site, sometimes worrying if my recommendations, advice, and research are received well by the community.

 

By night I am trying to make a career from writing about, streaming, and producing [video] game-related content.

 

I don't get much sleep.


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#4 Joe Moffatt

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Posted 14 February 2015 - 06:46 AM

I'm a Senior Aircraft Maintenance Technician for a little company called FedEx, I keep the planes flying so that yawls new stuff shows up at your door. 


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Posted 14 February 2015 - 08:50 AM

Great topic Alex! This is the EDC that we don't see.

I'm a Financial Advisor. On paper, this means that I have several licenses to practice: stockbroker, investment advisor, insurance agent. In practice, this means that I'm hired by individuals and small businesses to help plan for life's future needs. For most people, that can include retirement planning, investment management, future needs planning for your children (like education funding), risk management strategies (what happens to your family when you die? What happens to you if you are injured or ill and can't work?), budget & cash flow management, etc.

As you can probably tell, I could go on all day about this! I enjoy my work, it's very rewarding to be able to positively impact people's financial lives. Also, I'm self employed, so it has it's perks...I only answer to myself and clients. This offers me both complete flexibility but crazy schedules!
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Posted 14 February 2015 - 12:10 PM

Great topic Alex! This is the EDC that we don't see.

I'm a Financial Advisor. On paper, this means that I have several licenses to practice: stockbroker, investment advisor, insurance agent. In practice, this means that I'm hired by individuals and small businesses to help plan for life's future needs. For most people, that can include retirement planning, investment management, future needs planning for your children (like education funding), risk management strategies (what happens to your family when you die? What happens to you if you are injured or ill and can't work?), budget & cash flow management, etc.

As you can probably tell, I could go on all day about this! I enjoy my work, it's very rewarding to be able to positively impact people's financial lives. Also, I'm self employed, so it has it's perks...I only answer to myself and clients. This offers me both complete flexibility but crazy schedules!

Do you work for a firm, or did you make your own? Very cool!



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Posted 14 February 2015 - 12:51 PM

Do you work for a firm, or did you make your own? Very cool!


Thanks Dan. I do work for a firm...it's a small, local firm which handles all of the regulatory and compliance requirements. It's a major burden that is advantageous for me to have the firm deal with it. Otherwise, I'm an independent contractor (best of both worlds).
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Posted 14 February 2015 - 01:21 PM

Im the cofounder of edc! My job mainly consists of making sure the site runs correctly and trying to balance the needs of editorial vs advertising. I mainly deal with development, which means building new features on the site as well as making sure things keep running. We are very much a startup so we run things very close to the chest. Ive done a few other startups, but EDC is without a doubt my favorte, hands down.

 

I wish I could like this, Dan.

 

By afternoon, I'm a staff writer for this very site, sometimes worrying if my recommendations, advice, and research are received well by the community.

 

It's all very well received, Mikey!


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Posted 14 February 2015 - 02:06 PM

I work in the communication industry for a major US mobile carrier.  My job is mostly training and designing training for groups of technical support representatives within the company.  It's a lot of soft skills and systems management training.  I get to travel a lot, which means I get to see different places (some better than others) and meet new people (some better than others), but there's no place like home.  As a matter of fact, I'm MUCH happier sitting at the desk in my home office whenever I'm messin' around on everydaycarry.com than on my laptop in a hotel room.  

 

While this is most certainly not a dream job scenario for me, it's a career that allows for a level of flexibility in my day-to-day that I might not enjoy otherwise.  Plus, I do enjoy gadgetry and being an early adopter of new technology...that's a privilege.  

 

If I had my way, I'd make a living either playing the drums (which still happens occasionally, but not nearly enough to support my wife and I), or I would lead guided hiking tours, most likely for weight loss and healthy living.  My wife's a dietitian and we've discussed the potential for starting our own healthy living through diet and exercise business many, many times, but it would be a huge investment and mean a huge up front sacrifice of time and effort. 


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Posted 14 February 2015 - 03:32 PM

I worked as the Athletic Trainer for a 3 A high school for 2 years. I LOVED it, I got to go into work about 2 o'clock, drive a gator around all afternoon, be outside, and watch games for free everyday. I am now in graduate school working towards a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree.
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#11 Bernard Capulong

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Posted 14 February 2015 - 10:14 PM

Great topic Alex! This is the EDC that we don't see.

 

We do try to present profession as a key complement to the gear posted on this site! After all, without knowing what the gear is used for, it's hard to appreciate it to its fullest. Do you feel that component of the site's content could be improved upon? Because that leads into my full-time job as og founder and editor-in-chief of this site!

 

I wear a lot of hats here — but almost everything you see content-wise goes through my hands in one way or another. I provide a general creative direction for the site. Within the site itself that involves brainstorming and planning new articles (most recently, revamping the Carry Smarters series of posts for more informational/how-to type content), curating the best submissions, and scoping out cool new products to cover. So to produce that content I need to write, edit, shoot photos, do graphic design stuff, some html… It's tough and I can't do it alone, I have a small but growing number of contributors helping me out, so that means I also have to manage, direct, edit, and provide feedback for those guys so we can keep pumping out fire content.

 

But the work doesn't end there, as co-founder I also play community manager, managing/planning/producing all social media content on twitter, instagram, tumblr, vine, etc., as well as doing email newsletters throughout the week. On top of that, I communicate with brands and other important people for research purposes, creating opportunities for new content and reviews for the site, or new interviews too.

 

There's plenty more but aside from all that I also play that little voice in the corner that can relay information about what our readers are responding to back to Dan and his tech development team, or to our other cofounder about how to market and spread EDC to more and more people. It's challenging, but that's how a startup is — and I thank all of you for helping us get this far. I'm grateful every day to see what a little tumblr blog has turned into!


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Posted 15 February 2015 - 02:41 AM

I am a school counselor and assisstant baseball/football coach. I am licensed to work in a kindergarten through 12th grade setting, but for now, I am a counselor to 308 middle school students grades 6-8.

I wear many hats each day as students, teachers, adminstration, and parents look to me for keeping those students' social, emotional, and academic wellbeing in check.

I spend a lot of time listening to girl drama..."Susie looked at me in the hallway!"....exhausting, but hey, it's my job. I'm also in charge of making sure state testing goes off without a hitch...even more exhausting. On a more serious note, I talk with kids who have told me or someone else that they want to kill themselves. I talk to kids who cut themselves...some that want to run away from home...some that just want to escape their reality whatever it may be. At times, my job is downright depressing, but at the end of the day, I love my job. I love helping these young people and I hope to be an encouragement to them.

You're probably wondering what kind of gear I carry each day since being on campus doesn't allow for most of the cool gadgets that we all drool over to be carried, e.g. pistols, pocket knives, multi-tools, etc...For school, my EDC is simple...pen, wallet, keys, ID badge, phone, watch, and maybe a pack of gum.

It's after school and on the weekends when I get to enjoy my EDC a little more.
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#13 Mikey Bautista

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Posted 15 February 2015 - 04:25 AM

While this is most certainly not a dream job scenario for me, it's a career that allows for a level of flexibility in my day-to-day that I might not enjoy otherwise.

 

As I like to call it: "The 9 to 5 pays for the 24/7." -- Not everyone gets to do what they love and still get by day to day. :)

 

If I had my way, I'd make a living either playing the drums (which still happens occasionally, but not nearly enough to support my wife and I), or I would lead guided hiking tours, most likely for weight loss and healthy living.  My wife's a dietitian and we've discussed the potential for starting our own healthy living through diet and exercise business many, many times, but it would be a huge investment and mean a huge up front sacrifice of time and effort. 

 

I actually just literally finished being a guinea pig / lab rat for a 12-week fitness/health program a local drug company was trying out. Instead of fad diets or any sort of restrictions, it was plain and simple information and the help of nutritionists and competent trainers to design a plan and discuss my diet for 12 weeks. After this program they collate all the testing data and results and build a package they could sell to the public, so quite similar to the goal you seem to be describing.

 

It's helped me tremendously, so I hope it works out!


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Posted 15 February 2015 - 08:46 AM

As I like to call it: "The 9 to 5 pays for the 24/7." -- Not everyone gets to do what they love and still get by day to day. :)

 

 

I actually just literally finished being a guinea pig / lab rat for a 12-week fitness/health program a local drug company was trying out. Instead of fad diets or any sort of restrictions, it was plain and simple information and the help of nutritionists and competent trainers to design a plan and discuss my diet for 12 weeks. After this program they collate all the testing data and results and build a package they could sell to the public, so quite similar to the goal you seem to be describing.

 

It's helped me tremendously, so I hope it works out!

 

Thanks, Mikey!



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Posted 16 February 2015 - 10:53 AM

I'm a general purpose computer geek, for a neighbourhood renewal and regeneration non-profit, which operates in a deprived area of Belfast.  My duties reflect my skill set - I'm definitely more of a Leatherman than a dedicated tool.  I design, develop, maintain and author content for websites; shoot and edit videos, look after a fleet of iPads and iMacs for an education initiative, process and produce documents, some graphic design, IT procurement, mass communications, a bit of research, multimedia presentations and usually some tech support for colleagues.

 

I'll have a go at anything electronic (or otherwise for that matter); it used to bother me that I don't have a speciality, but I'm learning to embrace it.  My EDC includes a bag with a lot of electronics and leads, and a few simple tools.


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Posted 16 February 2015 - 12:03 PM

I'm a general purpose computer geek, for a neighbourhood renewal and regeneration non-profit, which operates in a deprived area of Belfast.  My duties reflect my skill set - I'm definitely more of a Leatherman than a dedicated tool.  I design, develop, maintain and author content for websites; shoot and edit videos, look after a fleet of iPads and iMacs for an education initiative, process and produce documents, some graphic design, IT procurement, mass communications, a bit of research, multimedia presentations and usually some tech support for colleagues.
 
I'll have a go at anything electronic (or otherwise for that matter); it used to bother me that I don't have a speciality, but I'm learning to embrace it.  My EDC includes a bag with a lot of electronics and leads, and a few simple tools.


Nice Glen! Your analogy of being a Leatherman is great.
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Posted 16 February 2015 - 12:53 PM

I'm a general purpose computer geek, for a neighbourhood renewal and regeneration non-profit, which operates in a deprived area of Belfast.  My duties reflect my skill set - I'm definitely more of a Leatherman than a dedicated tool.  I design, develop, maintain and author content for websites; shoot and edit videos, look after a fleet of iPads and iMacs for an education initiative, process and produce documents, some graphic design, IT procurement, mass communications, a bit of research, multimedia presentations and usually some tech support for colleagues.

 

I'll have a go at anything electronic (or otherwise for that matter); it used to bother me that I don't have a speciality, but I'm learning to embrace it.  My EDC includes a bag with a lot of electronics and leads, and a few simple tools.

Sounds like my perfect job! What is your Job title?

 

Reece.


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Posted 16 February 2015 - 03:05 PM

Sounds like my perfect job! What is your Job title?


It is nice to have a different focus most months; one month I was organising and digitally archiving 20 year old cards. Great for my compulsive side lol.

My actual job title is just 'web design and communications', I don't know what a more accurate one would be. It's just a byproduct of being the only person in the organisation with my kind of background. The community sector doesn't pay the best, but offers great flexibility.
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Posted 16 February 2015 - 03:40 PM

It is nice to have a different focus most months; one month I was organising and digitally archiving 20 year old cards. Great for my compulsive side lol.
My actual job title is just 'web design and communications', I don't know what a more accurate one would be. It's just a byproduct of being the only person in the organisation with my kind of background. The community sector doesn't pay the best, but offers great flexibility.


Sounds great Glen, it's the exact kind of roll I'm currently looking for, I'm finding that the job usually comes under web administrator, I'm an IT & e-commerce manager at a large wholesalers but I really miss being hands on with projects. How long have you been into design & development?

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Posted 17 February 2015 - 07:16 AM

Sounds great Glen, it's the exact kind of roll I'm currently looking for, I'm finding that the job usually comes under web administrator, I'm an IT & e-commerce manager at a large wholesalers but I really miss being hands on with projects. How long have you been into design & development?

 

I've been tinkering with websites on and off for about 15 years (wow, nearly half of my life lol).  A lot of the time the web work takes a back-seat to other stuff that comes up, which means it's hard to keep those skills sharp - especially as web technologies and best practices evolve.  I try to keep in the loop, but sometimes it's hard to get back into.  I'll typically use a CMS like WordPress or Joomla! on new projects to do a lot of the heavy lifting, then customise a template that suits the project needs; I realistically don't have time to build something from the ground up, especially if I need to re-learn technologies.  That's the downside of being a jack of all trades, but a master of none.  When I do build something 'from scratch' it'll typically be using HTML, CSS, images and a little JavaScript if I'm feeling brave - even then I'll use a framework like Twitter Bootstrap for cross browser and responsive functions etc.


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