Submitted by polpotisevil2 in AskRaddle

How do you scrape by in this capitalist society? I'm curious

I'm a mechanic, trying to build up experience right now for some higher pay. Not sure how much of a chance I have of getting a raise at my current workplace though, some of the people there have worked there years with no raise. One worked there for eight years and got two raises. They weren't significant. Another has worked there seven and makes less than me and has never gotten a raise.

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zddy wrote (edited )

I work at a warehouse driving forklift and unloading trailers. We hold food hostage!

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masque wrote (edited )

I'm a grad student doing research in machine learning, as well as TAing undergrad courses.

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ordinaryDrain wrote

undergrad student so im broke and work at a grocery store

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jouissance wrote

Grocery store zek. I lost the will to live a long time ago.

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lastfutures wrote (edited )

I used to brew beer. That industry's a nightmare. Before that I was a technician for an ISP company, which was a worse nightmare. Now I am in school for a minor bureaucrat job (don't want to be specific), probably a different sort of nightmare.

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_caspar_ wrote

ha, Ive wondered if brewing was a bearable way to make money, but never got into it. I imagine every way to make money is a nightmare.

what are the less-nightmarish jobs out there>?!

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lastfutures wrote (edited )

The actual job itself isn't bad, it can be pretty enjoyable if you don't mind manual labor and like having to problem solve & work with recipes. Get to work independently for the most part. Plus you get all the free beer you can drink.

However, labor conditions in most places are dogshit, like every other manual labor job. It's always shift work. The last place I worked for was continental shifts, which sounds fine at first cause you get more days off, but switching back and forth from 12 hour day shifts to 12 hour night shifts takes it's toll. Five 12 hour night shifts in a week is brutal and destroys the rest of your life (and your health over time). Low pay unless you work your way into a managing / brewmaster position. Way too low for the responsibility you have in a small brewery. Usually understaffed which is made up for by stressing the shit out of workers. Lots of smaller places do seasonal type stuff here because beer only sells in the summer, it's slow as fuck in the winter.

If you can get in at one of the huge places it might be okay, depending which one. Brewing is generally non-unionized unless you work for one of the huge companies, and even then they abuse temp workers so it takes years & years to even get in the union proper. The giant unionized company I worked for did have a crazy good union for that kind of work once you got in (although it's being chipped away at over time), but if you're getting into it cause you care about beer those companies suck, it's just like any factory job.

The shift work is the real reason I'm getting out of manual labor, I can't deal with it. "Unskilled" 9-5 manual labor jobs are pretty rare as far as I can tell. If you're working a shift job already and just want a better one tho, breweries are better than the other options in my experience, and it's not like all these problems don't exist everywhere else.

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KendrickLamar wrote

Was unemployed. Moving to a remote island to work for the local government.

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KendrickLamar wrote

Working with the municipal town government to help develop and implement its 5-year plan. Mind you, I'm not a consultant or anything. I'm a recent college grad and this town is in the middle of no where with ~1200 residents.

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_caspar_ wrote

have done remodeling/carpentry/handyman work much of my life. was in academia for a number of years, but the typical route of: hustling for adjunct positions that pay next to nothing, with no guarantee of work semester to semester, in the hopes of getting a full time position after a few years, didnt appeal to me. Ive also done some audiovisual work, which was bearable, but didnt make much where I was living. couldve made more had I worked in a different and/or larger city. not sure how much decent pay av work there is post-covid though, since it relies mainly on live events.

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ziq wrote

Warehouse.

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Kinshavo wrote

Office job, and before waiter (a clumsy one)

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koegefngeo wrote (edited )

  • Medical trial volunteering (big pharma tests new drugs on me)
  • Stealing
  • Trying to build up a stable income from tattoos
  • (These are the ones that make $money$, I do other things that help me survive too)
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transvot wrote

I thought about doing a medical trial before, how bad is it? The money seemed pretty good assuming the drugs didn't make my weiner explode or something

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_rose wrote

Not the user you asked, but I have looked into this. You usually need to be healthy first - or willing to lie about being healthy, but that could cause problems with the trial data, possibly preventing other people getting medicine they need. Often you need to commit to being followed up at regular intervals and taking the medication or whatever as prescribed, which can be difficult for people without stable accommodation. Clinical trials can go for a long time and there is always a risk of side effects or even allergic reactions to the drug.

If it all sounds too difficult but you're otherwise healthy and located in the USA, consider selling plasma.

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GermyCovid444 wrote

I am a human rights lawyer. I made more money writing songs, I still get royalties, so I really do human rights stuff on the side.

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Bezotcovschina wrote

Worked for years as a cashier, then got a job in IT when demand for such "workers" highly exceeded supply (I had no higher or professional education). Now mostly slacking.

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bloodrose wrote

Accountant. The type that deals with publicly traded companies and compliance with accounting standards. I do not recommend this line of work. It steals your brain power so you have very little left for thinking about stuff you would rather think about.

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transvot wrote

i was doing random temp jobs before covid and now ive been unemployed for a while and may be too feral to hold down a job

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HelpOthers wrote

Biology PhD student studying neuroscience of addiction and other psychiatric disorders

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schming1312 wrote

nothing yo!

living in a squatted place, going dumpsterdiving and stealing for food. traveling by hitchhiking when theres shit going on somewhere. if i really need money for whatever i go busking/begging.

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shmoz wrote

Software dev. Worked for a big corporation before I quit due to how shitty the work environment was. Got my Masters and now work for a company that specializes in developing educational resources for the incarcerated and ex-felons.

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isvarahparamahkrsnah wrote

I did services for free.
I prefer to do things that I love for work, even if I don't get paid.

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_rose wrote

I'm a professional at getting doxxed.

Just kidding. I work in healthcare.

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MHC wrote

Cost control.

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