What's your job?

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wojtek
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Jan 15 2020 14:49
What's your job?

Out of curiosity, looking for a career change...

zugzwang
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Jan 16 2020 06:40

Don't think there is a job I could tolerate for 40+ years, which is why co-living, off-grid type stuff (where are all the libcom communes?!) etc. appeal to me. Obviously getting out of the rat race/9 to 5 isn't overthrowing capitalism, or even an option for most people, but I have no interest in surrendering more than a third of my life to fattening other people's pockets performing alienating wage labour etc.

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Craftwork
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Jan 15 2020 23:47

My job involves selling my labour-power for a wage.

zugzwang
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Jan 20 2020 23:40

So nobody has worked here... with the exception of Craftwerk? I thought it was an interesting/helpful topic how anarchists/communists survive, which could maybe assist other comrades, but apparently not... Though I guess it's understandable people don't want to give too much info about themselves.

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Jan 21 2020 08:49

I work freelance in the construction sector but my particular skills are pretty rare and mostly only required by extremely wealthy end users. I’m mostly subcontracted but occasionally work directly for the client.
I actually really enjoy the actual work I do, but I hate the fact that the things I craft are often never used or even seen as I work in houses so large that most of the rooms are never used, indeed they are often only occupied occasionally by the owner but instead are occupied by a team of staff that run the place in readiness for the occasional visit. These people often have places like this all around the world, certainly it’s very common that they live in London but have a country estate that they only use on the occasional weekend. Yeah, I know, sickening, right.
The good things about my job is that I work in all sorts of places and make or restore lots of beautiful architectural features and that I get paid extremely well for it. It’s also great that I don’t have a boss as such. On the other hand, there’s zero security in the work and often there’s a delay on site and I often find myself unexpectedly idle and as often happens, last year there was just very little work around and I worked less than six months of the year which has caused a whole load of financial stress. Added to that, sometimes I don’t get paid for months even though it’s been agreed that I’ll be paid for my work on completion. Also, coz of the transient nature of my work there’s no opportunity for organising.
I’ve also worked full time for specialist companies but it always ends up with them trying to get me to organise everything for them without paying me extra for it and of course I can earn more as a freelancer.
All in all though, I’m pretty fortunate to do what I do - I fell into this trade quite by accident and it’s loads better than any other job I did before.