What Do You Actually Do for Work?

Hello all,

Currently finding myself in a position for where I feel "stuck" in the corporate world.

Purpose of this post is to find out what other roles are out there, and just spark dialogue RE: different professions.

Without the fluff, and without trying to sell your job, knowing this is an anonymous forum and you've no pride to protect, what really is your job…what does it require you to do? And if you're comfortable disclosing, roughly what do you earn?

I feel like when I ask my colleagues/friends/network, they're all always hyping up their role in an attempt to "sell" how happy they are.

I'll kick us off - I work as an Auditor at a B4 firm. My job requires me to go on-site to where my clients are located, to "test" their financial statements. i.e. The annual report that they release each year, and the numbers within it…their integrity is the responsibility of my team.

It involves a lot of reperforming, and recalculating what the client has calculated. i.e. if they say they have a couple hundred mil in a bank account, we call their bank/s and double check that the balance is indeed correct.

It's a pretty boring job because it's pretty repetitive. Plenty of menial/robot-like work.

What about you?

Edit: me, $60-$70k approx



    • Do you actually want to do accounting as a profession? If you do, then probably good idea to get CPA/CA. If not, then there are other areas for growth that isn't a traditional accountant.

      By what you described, you are not a business analyst per se. You are more a office all rounder

      • Yes I quite like management accounting & operational finance. What are other areas are there?

        • I found it most powerful is when you are able to combine disciplines together. e.g I leveraged accounting and IT to fill an area that is in demand in helping automate a lot of accounting tasks.

  • Without the fluff, and without trying to sell your job, knowing this is an anonymous forum and you've no pride to protect, what really is your job

    Like you, I'm also a uni student but I work as a sugar baby at night (or escort or prostitute whatever you want to call it).

    what does it require you to do?

    Mainly keeping older men company. Sometimes it involves being intimate, but a lot of the times, my clients just want the girlfriend experience (handholding, watching a movie together etc) because it's something they never had for whatever reason.

    And if you're comfortable disclosing, roughly what do you earn?

    It depends on how many clients I go through and how generous on the tips they are so it's hard to put an hourly rate like most jobs have. But let's put it this way: my student debt has already been paid for (and then some). There's honestly no shortage of money-rich but lonely men out there and it will get worse in the future. Worse as in there will be an increase of lonely men (demand) but from a supplier point of view, it will get even more lucrative. Sorry, didn't mean to sell my job, just telling it like it is!

    • -1

      They want the "girlfriend experience" from a dude?

  • +2

    High School D&T teacher. I love my job. I have free reign to teach any subject I want to offer in the technology stream, and make up all my own projects. Work 8-4 and have 12 weeks vacation a year. Downside to teaching is no choice on when you can take leave. 7 years in the job and $110k salary. Hoping to get promoted in the next year or two with more management time, and will probably top out at $130k in 2021.
    Downside with teaching is that usually you hit the peak in salary on about 10yrs and there is not much past that.

    • Such a noble and important job. I admire teachers.

    • Actually a lot of people don't realize how easy it is to get in the first level for teaching and the big plus is 2/12 ( 16.67% ) extra holidays with full pay vs other jobs . Another big plus is it up to the individual how far they want to go with further studies for higher positions .

      • From my experience and observations across both public and private schools you can ascent to a director role without further education. That's essentially the level below vice principal. But I think I would like to explore educational consulting once I've plateaud.

  • +7

    Happy to be alive. Alive to be happy.

    All the best, and be grateful for what you have.

  • +1

    I work in the manufacturing industry managing inventory and forecasting. I don't feel it's a secure job as fluctuations in the economy have impacts on the business which effect our revenue.

    If I could go back, I most likely would have chosen another career which offers more security.

    • Would you say it's a more of accounts / admin role or supply chain management role?

  • +4

    Run a website/software app.

    Day to day, well some days it's just surfing and mountain biking. Other days it's programming, managing server infrastructure and marketing, a real mixed bag.

    Lucky enough to have a few customers and bring in ~90k

    • The dream. Who you doing this for?

  • I fly plane for a shitty salary.

    • +1

      @tomleonhart at least you aren't P2F

      • Wasn't that long ago I was P2F :-S

  • +2

    I'm a funeral insurance ad extra specialising in throwing beachballs. Business is booming, and when the time comes, I know my family won't be left out of pocket.

  • +2

    Slob in sector 7G

  • +1

    Newly graduated construction engineer. Mainly dealing with design issues onsite, ordering materials and dealing with subbies. Pretty good fun when it's busy and cant complain with the pay for my first year (70-80k)

  • +14

    I'm a contractor for an ammunitions company. They pay me to fly around the airport so people will waste bullets trying to shoot me. No special qualifications involved other than that I'm a pigeon.

  • I'm in telecommunications. I travel a lot but am home most weekends. The pay isn't bad considering how long I've been in the field. My travel allowance can boost my income somewhat. Because it is tax exempt, it can mean a great deal more than overtime if I travel sparingly. I've slept in tents instead of motels (which some people do for recreation, I guess) for instance. Due to the tax thing, I often clear the same or a little more than what the ATO says I've grossed. Pretty sure I'm doing better than my manager in that regard. The work itself isn't glamourous but it is challenging, but my company doesn't value it's employees or their sacrifice. I don't bother making plans anymore because chances are, I won't be available. I am being vague for a reason.

  • -2

    I'm a high investment yielder who works for Westpac.

    My bosses all tell me my AMG is awesome.

  • +3

    I own a chicken shop. Ask away what you wanna know

    • How long did it take to actually make profit?

      • +2

        I bought a working business. So profit on day one. Took me a year and abit to get all the capital back.

        • Are you an active worker at the store, or do you let someone else manage it?

          • +1

            @SlowCarSlow: I work at the store with my partner. We both do about 50 ~ 60 hours a week. We also employ about 12 people working at the store. Age range from 15 year old to 60 year old. Full time, part time and casuals.

        • What due diligence did you undertake before buying? What were the risks of the venture (e.g. they staff with unpaid family members)?

          • +1

            @ihbh: The most important one was the turnover(sale). We had to make sure the store takes in whatever they advertised it as with the agent. I had to go and sit in the parking lot and do customer counts for 2 weeks straight. By knowing the customer count, you can easily work out the take it. Average customer spend about $10.

            Keep in mind I did all that before I declared interest.

            And yes the shop was staffed with underpaid workers. As soon as I took over I bumped everyone to the correct wage. Keep in mind that the staff are mostly australians students.

        • A price earnings multiple of almost 1:1 is astounding - was this maintaining existing trade or did you somehow increase it?

          • +1

            @DisabledUser122802: We increased it. We are almost at 2x the original turnover. We introduced ubereats, meanulog and deliveoo. These alone upped our sale by 20%. All we did was put our shop on the app and orders keep flowing in.

    • Franchise or your own?

      • +1

        My own. Never ever ever ever buy a franchise. You will be working for the franchise and not for yourself

        • Buying a franchise = buying a job.

  • Commercial Insurance Broker :) Just passed the 2yr mark now.

    Studied Teaching, worked in Hospitality (more specifically, Burger Project and 8Bit), was getting the government "free money" for a year, and worked for various charities. Needless to say, I have a lot of experience in all kinds of things :')

    • +1

      Why did my shop insurance premium gone up by $300. I think my broker is messing with us.

      • @michaelTito That depends on a lot of factors, most of which I can't really explain without a bunch of information.

        Commercial insurance is a bit of a different beast to your home and car insurance. Everything can be a factor, especially things outside your control (e.g. how the Insurer weighed up the type of risk you have in comparison to the rest of the businesses out there).

        Definitely have a chat with your broker and if they can't explain the situation, you're free to change brokers.

  • Investigating and resolving financial complaints and disputes, $140-$150k depending on bonus plus super. Work 2 days a week from home, in the office the other 3.

    • What type of financial complaints? From consumers? Of banking products?

      • From customers/clients of financial advisers. I deal with mainly disputes referred to the financial ombudsman, now known as AFCA.

        The royal commission means it is now boom time in complaints! This is unlikely to change anytime soon and AFCA is even doing a national roadshow soon to raise awareness among consumers. Also, tighter timeframes for responding to complaints may be introduced by the regulator next year, meaning more staff needed and upward pressure on salaries, which has already happened.

        Its not for everyone. You have to be quite resilient in the face of a sea of negative feedback and have the technical knowledge to be able to review financial advice and assess whether it was appropriate.

      • Salaries.

    • I never heard of bonus for public sector..You must be well over executive level?

    • -1

      Your salery should be 68000 something odd there.

  • +1

    Ground service in SYD airport. 65k, thinking of leave now as the industry is going downhill

    • How come? I thought people are flying more and more these days and the number of flights around the world have never been higher?

      • All the airlines have been cutting down routes

  • +16

    I am a garbologist, or commonly known as your local garbage truck driver.

    Most of you really appreciate me, even though you never see me. All you hear are my brakes once a week. But I know you love what I do even if you dont realise it, and that gives me job satisfaction.

    • +2

      A good garbologist is a treasure. Finding my bins in the exact place where I wheeled them out to is priceless.

    • How many houses before you have to go and drop off the trash at the dump?

    • How do you aim the bin pickup arms from the cabin? Is there a camera and do you have to stop the whole truck in exactly the right spot?

      • +2

        Skills bro

    • Thank you for your service. Esp on public holidays when collection day happens. Not many people understand the importance of gargabe collection.
      Look what happened in Naples Italy.

  • Plenty of menial/robot-like work.

    Thats why I prefer working in larger projects, than smaller projects which can become repetitive and boring. Tasks which require more time, are more complicated, more open to changes and keep the job interesting.

  • +1

    I get paid $100k a year to run a single report and then cleanse the data. It takes about 4 days. Then I have nothing to do until the next month. It sounds great but it really is killing me. I should be getting paid about $60k to do it.

    • Why is it killing you? You're sitting in the office doing nothing for the other days of the month?

      • +1

        Doing nothing is not fun. Killing me is probably an overstatement.

        • Time for a side hustle!

          One of my relatives was in a similar situation, getting paid even more, but didn't find satisfaction in the work. Eventually left for a much busier role, but they're happier for it.

    • +1

      Enjoy it while you can, because it won't last.

    • The system wasn't set up to be fair mate, don't beat yourself up. Give back if you can.

      • I do. On a foundation that raises money and disperses it amongst state based charities.

        Keen on the side hustle, just gotta figure out what that is.

  • I am a senior investigator in a federal enforcement agency (not criminal). Work involves responding to complaints and taking witness statements. Job keeps me out and about. Very satisfying work.

    $85k a year.

  • i am a doctor. I make around 400-450k a year. am i happy ? is a whole different story

  • I'm in an architect, predominately in the high end single residential market, I'm a contractor, work 3-4 days a week for some one and the rest of the time for my self.
    Ask away any questions

    • Do you project manage the build as well?

      • Yes generally almost all the projects I do we administer the contract, I also do tendering, negotiations, defects, etc. One of the better aspects of doing residential work is that your not working under/novated to the builder, it also means we are more accountable.

    • What's the general pay for architects?

      • +1

        80k generally. Start 50k 10 years later 90-100k.

  • I run the Marketing at the organisation i work at, and I did similarly at my previous workplace. Currently in software/tech. Previously in 4wd/camping.

    My day-to-day involves managing reporting, writing a lot, coordinating other staff members and making changes to our website. I work with a number of 3rd parties to help deliver the projects I have and manage and mentor grads and interns along the way.

    Without going too hard into the selling element, most of the day-to-day is repetitive, but i enjoy the strategic side and seeing the results delivered.

    Some notable "cooler" things i've done - particularly in my last role include going on photoshoots and magazine article trips where you'd be away for up to a week 4wding, camping and generally just hanging out with colleagues in the wilderness whilst setting up for photos, writing a bit of content/ideas for articles when you're back in the office, and learning the tips and tricks from more experienced campers and outdoorsmen than you.

    $ Range is pretty bloody wide and depends on the size of your org, the amount of experience you have etc. Salaries sit generally between $75-130k

  • I believe the environment you work in is critical to your success.

    IMO Job satisfaction is key to growth. You will perform and excel if you happy.

    I'm a data analyst and I love what I do. A lot of parts are routine / repetitive. But there are those days that are more challenging…

    • I've seen mushrooms of data analysts these days…people from various of study backgrounds.
      What are the requirements for your positions?

  • Not directly related to you op. But here you go.
    Couple of months ago I started working as a post-doctoral research fellow in a uni and make around 90k per year.
    Am I happy? Probably not. Constant pressure to publish, acquire funding and job insecurity (post-docs are employed on contracts, maximum for three years) are why I feel this way. Wanted to be a uni lecturer, ideally around 50/50 research and teaching. But I would definitely settle with a teaching-only lecturer job now.

  • I also started as an external auditor in the big 4. I only lasted a year. I hated working 50-60 hours like a slave for 49.5k (excluding super since big 4 like to include it to give an illusion it’s more).

    I’m now a system admin looking after the ERP, TechnologyOne for my company. I’ve working there for a year and earn 81k (excluding super).

    My current responsibilities involve monitoring the system, actioning any bugs/ things broken, system improvements and upgrades which involves liaising with vendors and business owners. Any of the harder stuff, my more senior team members deal with. Work from home 1-2 days and work no more than 37 hours a week.

  • +2

    Firefighter. 5 years in. Pay rising steadily due to overtime/promotion. 120k+. Two 10 hr days, two 14 hr nights then four days off (but I work overtime on my days off to support the fam.)

    The job involves rocking up to work and having a laugh at handover with the previous shift, then taking care of the days most important decision - what's for lunch or dinner. Check the trucks are ready for operations, conduct varied training, conduct admin tasks eg clean trucks or visit a school to provide a safety presentation to kids or visit a high risk premise to confirm we are across their businesses' nuances. (These admin tasks are a large part of the job.) Respond to emergencies as they arise.

    In terms of the emergencies we respond to fires are a small piece of the pie, it's often cardiac arrests/drug overdoses supporting the ambulance service as well as car accidents, HAZMAT response, trench rescue, steep angle rescue and 100 other benign or tragic events.

    Fantastic job with great conditions, colleagues and sense of accomplishment if you don't mind confined spaces, exposure to heat, heights, manual labour, an elevated occupational rate of cancer due to exposure to carcinogens and trying to resuscitate those near death and then notifying their families if it doesn't work out.

    • +1

      elevated occupational rate of cancer

      How do you feel about it? Too long term and nebulous vs short term benefits?

      • Good question. My dad died a year shy of retirement from an extremely rare and aggressive cancer and he was an office worker with no increased risk factors - so I figure it's roulette and not worth worrying about. That said I follow best practice safety protocols to limit my exposure and I balance living in the moment with planning for a long relaxing retirement :)

    • +1

      Do you ever just drive the trucks around for something to do? The local guys here seem to do it pretty often.

      • Lol. To a certain extent but normally there's some purpose to a drive even if it's area familiarisation.

  • I go around doing paper work 4 hrs a day.

    Prescribe laxatives for 1 hr per day

    Get yelled at both my superiors and patients for 2 hrs a day

    Suck up to those superiors who yell and belittle me for 10 hrs a day

    If i'm lucky cut heads open 1hr per day

    If i'm super duper lucky poke peoples brains 15 mins a day

    24/7 adrenaline rush of feeling i'm making a difference in someones life. Irrespective of all the shit we have to put up with. The immense satisfaction of someone genuinely thanking you for helping them diminishes all the sh*t.

    I currently make ~110k , ~50 - 60 hr wk + Study ~10hrs

    • NeuroSx unaccredited (accredited?) reg What's the path like for getting on the program at the moment?

      • starting unaccredsited next year

        tbh, it's, for a lack of a better word, f**king horrendous. I got extremeely lucky getting into the streamlined pathway through PGY1 and 2, but that's only because my specific hospital has the program.

        I think one of the biggest problems is the unacredited:acredited ratio, at my hospital it's 8:1, with 2 NeuroSx theatres a day leads to choas between the trainees. Add to that the ridiculous egos of most of them, and it all just goes to sh*t. Which is really sad to be honest. It got to the point, were i almost gave up my position in the streamlined program and to ortho instead (they have a great lifetyle, great hours and life style), but the one nice consultant convinced me it'll all be worth it (we'll see about that i guess lol)

  • +2

    Hospital doctor. Got tired trying to make it as a webdev in the early 2000s and all that went along with that, had a few family members die and decided to change careers. Almost finished training, pay varies wildly depending on what my roster is but the bills are paid and the kids get birthday presents which is all I care about. The most interesting part of my job is trying to work with families of patients who are trying to safely navigate a beast of a health system. Best thing about my job is seeing people get better, making sure that if not getting better, they're comfortable and families feel supported, and most importantly my colleagues. Get to work with people from all walks of life and it's like a big family.

    Would not recommend as a career change these days until structural issues sorted out - too many junior doctors, not enough specialty training places, problem getting worse and worse every year, suicide rate increasing. I think the advice given by other people who've been in a similar position to you is really good and I'll just add, find your tribe. Your passion is meaningless if the people you have to work with are awful. If you like a job but love the people, you're in the right room. The place that you go to where you just click with people is the right place for you, it can be very very hard to find but if you keep trying you will.

  • +1

    I’m a strategy Advisor for a big 4 bank. I analyse options and provide strategic recommendations for the bank’s internal property requirements (ie what buildings we put people in).

    It’s actually a very fun and rewarding role - I work with key internal colleagues, and external consultants (landlords, leasing agents, architects, builders, technology), to define an end to end property solution. Anything from 30 people to 10,000 people requirement, anyway in Australia and overseas.

    The rewarding part is I work closely with the head of our division (who reports to the CFO), who looks to me for strategic advice. I also regularly produce papers/packs to present to CFO/CEO/ sometimes board.

    Note, a lot of my time is spent analysing and synthesising data in excel, and pulling together in PowerPoint, then presenting to internal forums.

    I have a Bachelor of commerce, majors in finance and Property development (graduated in 2010) and an MBA (graduated in 2018). I’ve been in this role for 3 years, and earn mid 100’s.

    • Impressive! Did you stick with bank all the way through your career? What was your starting position?

      • I did, I started in a call centre in early 2011, was a team leader within 12 months, stayed there for about 2-3 years, then moved onto a business analyst role for 2-3 years also. All at the same company :)

        • +1

          Looks like I'm travelling in a near identical path as you so far.

          Bachelor of Commerce, worked in a call centre as well and was also promoted to a team leader within the year. Currently at the 2.5 year mark and will be applying for some internal BA roles soon.

  • Interesting thread

  • +2

    Babysitter… I mean relief teacher.

    I graduated with a finance degree many many years ago but was very bored with the terrible government job I got. I found out that once you have a degree it was only a 1 year grad dip to become a school teacher so decided to do that.

    I really enjoyed being a primary school teacher for a few years but the every increasing demands on teachers got too much. There was so much emphasis on reporting and testing and anything involving data and very little on actual learning or the fun of school. Combined with the poor support for special need student and those with severe behavioral problems I decided to leave.

    However, I recently returned to teaching in a relief teaching capacity and am quite enjoying that at the moment.
    It is a lot less fulfilling as you are often only there for a day, so you cant make the connections with the kids and are often just doing busy work rather than teaching meaningful things.
    But its great to arrive at 8am and be out the door by 2.30pm and avoid all the planning, testing, marking, reporting, assembly items, parent teacher interviews, observing other teachers, being observed, decorating rooms, cleaning, etc. etc.

    Pays about 400 a day, however, it is casual work so no holiday or sick day pay.

    Biggest problem for me is I am not an overly motivated person to work and it is far too easy to just ignore my phone ringing in the morning as schools chase me to cover their sick teachers

  • Senior Officer Customer Service and Practical Professional Specialist

  • +1

    Worked in the Big 4 for five years in IT, hated everything about it, took a go at becoming a cop and here I am five years later.

    Two basic kinds of day, being inside the watch house which means general enquiries, signing documents, taking reports and fixing up briefs of evidence for court.

    Being outside means driving around, responding to jobs as they occur, general traffic enforcement and drinking coffee from McDonald's.

    The shift work can be hard but it's pretty rewarding work. I'm on around 95k but hoping to do upgrading as a sarge soon.

  • -1

    Social media troller…..the world is short of bad people…

  • CRM roll-out $100k

  • +1

    In this day and age of iOS, Android, IOT and Cloud, currently I am working as a VBA Developer. For the uninitiated, I write macros for Excel & Access to automate many tasks. Officially my title is Business Analyst (BA) and although I perform some BA related tasks in my role, I spend majority of my time looking after VBA code.

    Shout out to those who are still proud to wield this powerful but often overlooked tool.

    Edit: Pays about 700 a day

    • Nice! What industry are you in?

      • sorry just saw your reply. I'm in Transportation industry but needless to say, this can be used anywhere i'm in.

    • Awesome! I’ve used VBA a lot when working in Big 4 to build models for clients. Tend to try and steer clear of it now, but can appreciate the power of it.

  • You are in a good position, learn as much as you can in 3 years —> 3 years out of Big 4 and you should be able to apply for Senior/Manager roles for 100-120k. Thats what I did.

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