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People talking candidly about their jobs, that s what this book is all about Some of the interviews are a bit dated copyright 2001 , like all the people in the tech sector talking about how their businesses are taking off, but overall, the people interviewed are interesting and you get a good survey of the fundamental questions about other people s jobs how they got into it, why they re doing it, how they feel about it, etc The book is especially good because it covers a diverse array of careers temp to CEO, telephone pot dealer to police officer, pornstar to minister , an array of people men and women in jobs traditionally for the other sex, different races and ethnicities , and from different parts of the US I won t say all 50 states, but at least half.Overall, the book reinforced a lot of common sense about jobs nobody s job is perfect everyone has special problems to deal with for some people, that s a deal breaker, but most adapt plenty of people would rather be doing something else for people that are lucky and driven, they get to that something else And as for the funniest The cake goes to the UPS Delivery Man those brown shorts get him a lot of dates , the Housewife the single funniest line is her talking about the teletubbies , and the Congressman Barney Frank, any questions. Wow This book was an Experience If you re like me and you love seeing a window into strangers lives and gaining insight on the world as a whole, I definitely recommend.With the scope of professions and people interviewed, it opened my eyes to a lot of different perspectives and experiences in America and all these nuances to social issues I live in a very liberal bubble and like many other youths of today, I m passionate about social justice And there are so many small things that I saw that are just so unfair and frustrating but there really is nothing to make it all change because of all these different aspects and complexities of each situation.Another thing I enjoyed was just the blatant honesty and opinions in each interview It wasn t a bunch of boring essays just describing only the job, but rather like somebody was just talking to you in a conversation There were no filters, and while there were definitely people for whom I was dismayed at their casual bigotry, it definitely showed that this was a true representation of America and nobody was lying to convince people to join the job.All in all, I m very grateful I was recommended this book and if it s remotely interesting to you, I encourage you to try it out. Books like this need to be required high school reading Seriously I would make this required Senior year reading Everyone has to pick five 5 jobs that sound interesting, and another five 5 that would be the least interesting to them Final project would be a short 5 10 pages essay and what the students feel are the pros and cons of each of their choices, and maybe describe what they think a typical day might be like for them in their most interested and least interested career picks The point would be to get young adults a basic comprehension of what a typical working day is, from real working people, in a wide array of career fields In the book, most of the interviews have what each interviewee feels are the good and bad of their chosen careers If I had read this book 30 years ago, I think I would have had a much better understanding of what moms and dads are actually all day the amount of hard work and hours some people especially self employed put into their jobs. This book is interesting to me on a lot of levels It is essentially a series of interviews about what people do for a living It may very well be the first book developed from a website I d be curious if anyone is aware of an earlier one Unlike the current craze of personal memoir blog books, or coffee table LOLz books, this is actually very journalistic in nature These stories seem like they were collected by audio interviews, and it s hard to imagine any website doing that today The fact that it was collected during the dotcom craze influences the interviews, and increases the value of the book as a sociological commentary I m curious now to read Studs Terkel s Working, which was the inspiration for this book Simply fascinating. This book was fascinating to read it s a bunch of people talking candidly about their jobs Some of them are shocking, some uplifting, some downright depressing But all of them were very interesting My favorites were the florist because I ve always had a secret desire to be florist , the software engineer because he had fabulous insights on the differences in lifestyle between socialist nations and capitalist ones , and the McDonald s crew member her uplifting spirit and sense of self is infectious The scariest one was the Wal Mart greeter why Because he s a retired teacher and I kept thinking oh god I m a teacher, is that what s going to happen to me This is the sort of book you can pick up and read and put down again, and a great one to have around if you just need someone short to pass the time Not that it s short, it s very long, but each story is brief And note to self don t let the UPS guys use your bathroom. I picked this book up at a point when I was a little bored of the fictional characters in the novel that I was reading Because the characters were pretty unrealistic and unrelatable, I was looking for somethingauthentic,vivid,true to life This is a compilation of interviews of over 120 Americans talking candidly about their jobs An insider s views on occupations like slaughterhouse human resources director, crime scene cleaner, palm reader etc were very intriguing, and I was completely engrossed throughout.Each person explains what an average workday is like, advantages disadvantages of their jobs, and their prospects for the future By reading their stories, I was totally amazed at the diversity of the world we live in, and was reminded that there is a captivating story behind every person on the face of this earth.Also, I felt so indebted to everyone for what they do as their jobs, because without their efforts, either directly or indirectly, I probably won t be where I am now By simply giving a thought to the people involved in bringing meat to my dinner table, and what each and every one of them have gone through to make that possible, a feeling of gratitude swept over me, and made me think that the world isn t such a bad place after all. |READ PDF ⚖ Gig: Americans Talk About Their Jobs ☪ More ThanPeople In Common And Unusual Occupations Talk About Their Lives And Work In The New Economy, Encompassing The Human Experience From A Labor Support Doula To A Funeral Home DirectorFor The Last Several Years, The Editors Of Word, The Pioneering Web Magazine, Have Been Sending Interviewers Nearly Forty In All Across America To Talk To People About Their Jobs They Wanted To Document Reality, Not To Advance Any Overarching Thesis Or Political Agenda Their Sole Position On Work Was That It S A Fascinating Topic And An Elemental Part Of Nearly Everyone S Life They Were Certainly Not Disappointed With What They Found This Wide Ranging Survey Of The American Economy At The Turn Of The Millennium Is Stunning, Surprising, And Always Entertaining It Gives Us An Unflinching View Of The Fabric Of This Country From The Point Of View Of The People Who Keep It All MovingRecalling Studs Terkel SClassic Best Seller, Working, The ThanRoughly Textured Monologues That Make Up Gig Beautifully Capture The Voices Of Our Fast Paced And Diverse Economy The Selections Demonstrate How Much Our World Has Changed And Stayed The Same In The Last Three Decades If You Think Things Have Speeded Up, Become Complicated And Technological, You Re RightBut People S Attitudes About Their Jobs, Their Hopes And Goals And Disappointments, Endure Gig S Soul Isn T Sociological It S Emotional The Wholehearted Diligence That People Bring To Their Work Is Deeply, Inexplicably Moving People Speak In These Pages Of The Constant And Complex Stresses Nearly All Of Them Confront On The Job, But, Nearly Universally, They Throw Themselves Without Reservation Into Coping With Them Instead Of Resisting Work, We Seem To Adapt To It Some Of Us Love Our Jobs, Some Of Us Don T, But Almost All Of Us Are Not Quite Sure What We Would Do Without OneWith All The Hallmarks Of Another Classic On This Subject, Gig Is A Fabulous Read, Filled With Indelible Voices From Coast To Coast After Hearing Them, You Ll Never Again Feel Quite The Same About How We Work This book was fascinating to me it illustrated that the reasons why people choose the kind of work they do and how they feel towards it are as numerous and unique as the people themselves The book covers the occupations you d expect, but also sheds light on lesser known occupations like moving huge pieces of art, or supervising workers at a chicken slaughtering facility, to give two examples After I read this book, I felt I had learnedabout the US s economy, demography, regional differences, and people in general. After reading the Interview of the teacher I realized that this book did not accurately represent the typical experience of people in their jobs I found some of the interviews ridiculous and appalling I just couldn t get past some of it. This is a book of unstructured interviews with Americans, about their jobs It is transcribed in their own words though with all the annoying um s and uh s helpful edited out , so it preserves the diversity of regional accents, educational levels, and idiosyncratic speech patterns for a down to earth flavor At first glance, you would think this was a book about employment, about the ways we make money But it is really about how we live, and what we live for The book is organized by profession, so you hear from a Walmart greeter about purpose, from a record executive about selling out, from a transvestite prostitute about what it means to be loved and lovable You learn about how to run a successful business from a drug dealer, read with morbid fascination about the difficulty in separating fiction from reality, as discussed by an FBI agent pretending to be a child to catch pedophiles You hear about what makes people happy from a taxidermist and about morals from a paparazzi photographer Most of the stories bring up money, and they all talk about time It s a very important book for anyone to read, and absolutely, can t look away fascinating But what surprised me is that thestories I read, theI realized work isn t about making a living It s about making meaning Jobs are the part of our lives where we are the most objectively valued We are given our score in dollars, in promotions, in compliments and reprimands In stockholder values and customer satisfaction surveys And we need that In every single story throughout the book, I was shocked and frequently horrified at the number of hours a day and days a week that people were working America is not on the 40 hour a week plan any, folks That is obvious But the further I read, theI realized it wasn t really because the bosses were forcing their workers into these hours I mean, yes, in some cases it was, but even in those cases the workers were complicit, for one simple reason We need to be needed Work is a place where we can be useful, where we can do something we are good at, and do our part to keep society functioning And now I hope you re sitting down, because this is the part where I m going to get really revolutionary and offensive.I found that to the vast majority of the people in this book, the satisfaction they got from work wasnecessary to them than time with their families The love, support and companionship they got from their families, hobbies, friends and personal life just couldn t compete with the rush of being indispensible Of providing a service no one else could provide Most of the interviewees didn t say as much in words, but their actions spoke clearly and in direct contrast to what I suspect most of them believe their values to be In the end, they chose to spendof their time working than at home Over and over and over again Now, to most of us, this is a hard conclusion to swallow.To someone like me, who has made serious sacrifices to have the freedom to work only when I please, it sounds flat out crazy But maybe it s not that they re choosing work over love Maybe they re simply choosing purpose over pleasure Considered that way, it s easier to sympathize, and perhaps painfully easy to see the parallels in our own lives However, since this is a book about jobs, we should probably also look at the day to day, not just the philosophical Having gobbled my way through 126 interviews from people in different professions, I have drawn a few overall lessons about how to choose a good vs bad career, whether you re sweeping the floors at McDonalds or managing a hedge fund So here it is, folks, the bulleted list you should give your kids when they start debating fireman vs ballerina The list you should look at when you come home on that one particular Wednesday and you just know you cannot go back to that place for even oneday, but you don t know where you should send your resume next In the world of work, pay matters, benefits matter, schedule definitely matters, but these things matter .When you have a good job, you should have A sense that even if you are not the only one doing this job, there are ways in which you are particularly suited for it Ways in which you do the job better because of who you are An understanding of the overall importance of the job, and why it needs to be done Visible, measurable results of your labor, whether it is the smile of a customer, one less person in prison, a profit and loss statement, an embalmed corpse, a healthy baby, or a buffalo A boss that treats you with respect and measures your performance with fair, objective standards An acceptable level of physical danger Many people get hurt at work Choose a job where the possibilities for getting hurt are only as high as you feel comfortable with No, really A sense that your job makes youproud of who you are, not less.This editor also did another book called Us Americans Talk About Love, in which he asked Americans aged 5 to 85 one question Tell me about the love of your life After reading both, I have to say that Us and Gig are two books so relevant to the contemporary human condition that they should both grace every bookshelf in America.