What's your dream job?

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Been slowly working towards my dream job for years now of being a full time Audio Engineer.

Right now, I do it part time along with working part time with people who have mental/physical disabilities to make up my 40+ hour work week. I honestly love doing both of them and have been doing this for 5 years now, however, as I continue to get my name out there as an Audio Engineer, I hope I can full transition to that soon, 2020 has been my best year yet! I've had consistent work all year long, I've mixed and mastered 2 full length albums so far along with mixing/mastering some other singles for bands here and there.

Wish me luck!
 

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One that literally pays for doing nothing.
I don't mean to sound... well... mean x65... but if you want to be an artist, then why you chose med school when art school is cheaper? Just curious/thinking it's fine I guess.

Welp... what can I say? I think I've lived your dream then.

I too thought: "Someone paying me for doing art? HELL YEAH" ... until... you realize that's a lot harder and less fulfilling than doing "art" for yourself.

I mean, sure is nice when you get paid for doing what you love, but it looses it's charm quickly, when you realize that, customers might be fucking a**holes... like not paying on time, paying less, or not paying at all (I've had many of each flavour)

Then I became art director on an indie comic company but ran into the bad luck of having "co-workers" that won't do what I said.

Then there's the other way around, where you get bossed around all the time. Like... literally saying "can you change that?" "can you be any more faster?" "would you accept shared profit/credits?" "I will give you exposure"

The last customer I had was in 2018... the guy literally told me this:
"Can you design a dude that has the powers and the logo of Captain Marvel? But change the design a little"
"Then make it brown skined, and he's going to be a cleric fighting demons and ghosts"

Nowadays, attempting to land as a designer/penciler/inker requires you to be WOMAN (80% of the time) or be into the LGBT community doing LGBT art about special snowflakes... not kidding.

And then, there's times when you realize that no matter how much you study and practice anatomy, gesture, composition, color theory, fashion design, architecture drawing, perspective... and everything in between... fucking mandalas, furries and ugly anime style portraits are better than what you do.
 
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While CNC is probably going to reduce the need for a lot of machinist skills I can't see grinding necessarily going away any time soon
yeah, but probably it will go away before im old enough to retire, and i didnt mean grinding literally, i meant it as in a simple task repeated over and over
 

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yeah, but probably it will go away before im old enough to retire, and i didnt mean grinding literally, i meant it as in a simple task repeated over and over
I know you did not mean it literally. I just like to take things as such to wind people up.

Also CNC is very good for making things and increasingly larger batches of things (even more so if the world tells China et al to do one and tries to inhouse things). It is not so good at fixing things; CNC fixturing is mostly a 3d printer making a raft or support, the idea of a CNC mill being able to read a 3d scan (or doing one) or any random object and generating its own fixtures to mount it to mill a surface or something is way out. Even with the rate of advancement of tech you probably have enough time to be at retirement or suffering with the rest of the world.
 
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None really - I would like being an electrician or tech support, but I can't see myself holding any single position for multiple years, I feel like it would be too boring
For most IT and trades these days then you are either reinventing yourself every 10 years (what was hot 10 years ago in IT is pointless today or so saturated as to not bother) or gaining more specialities/crossover; start off either as a basic domestic or industrial electrician running wires and putting in sockets/switches and you can find yourself say doing inspections, installing solar (which might also make you a half decent roofer, assuming you don't outright cross skill -- dual trades can be quite lucrative as everybody likes not having to call another person in to sort out the previous one's mess), or rewinding motors/transformers on the industrial side, or speccing out new buildings/workshops (ask your average architect about phase balancing and they will probably think you mean project management, which is another skill you might pick up), or repairing say a big industrial furnace... All of that while nominally having not left the basic umbrella, to say nothing of new tech coming online. If you get bored during that working for someone else then it is almost the default to go work by yourself, or maybe start a shop, which also means you get to play businessman.
 
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I would love to work on cars and motorcycles. Especially with all good tools in a nice environment to make my cars great again. I delivered my car this morning for it's yearly MOT. It passed and now it's getting new oil/filter/plugs etc. I could do all this myself but I lack the tools, a garage and time. I also don't know what to do with the old fluids/oil etc. That said, I work as a data-analyst: If I was a mechanic I would definitely be missing excising this part of my brain.
 

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I would love to work on cars and motorcycles. Especially with all good tools in a nice environment to make my cars great again. I delivered my car this morning for it's yearly MOT. It passed and now it's getting new oil/filter/plugs etc. I could do all this myself but I lack the tools, a garage and time. I also don't know what to do with the old fluids/oil etc. That said, I work as a data-analyst: If I was a mechanic I would definitely be missing excising this part of my brain.

Heh guy with motorbike name as a username wants to do that...

There is a line of thought that says making a hobby your job is a dubious path.
You can do some things to work around this -- I know plenty of car mechanics that love motorbikes but will never do paid work for a motorbike just to keep a separation.

Also modern car makers do all the analytics -- fleet support, service lifetimes, dealer vetting, general warranty parts number crunching (they are the ones to see lawsuits arising and head it off at the pass) and should you rock up knowing the difference between a carburettor and a fuel injector you might well find yourself helping out on the juicy cases (most people in dealers have nice scan tools that can be remote controlled by those with the private specs/datasheets there).

Also nobody got a garage you can rent off them for a little bit of cash a week? Might not even need power these days if you are just doing it on the weekend as modern battery powered electric impact stuff does pretty well (as in shop I was in last most were using them despite all having all the nice mac/snap off air line stuff, air lines everywhere and a rotary screw compressor to power it all).
Tools wise is there really that much that a 1/2 inch socket set, bunch of screwdrivers, torque wrench, some trim tools, drill, screw/bolt extraction, multimeter and power delivery probe, axle stands, jack, bearing puller and (ball joint) splitter, pipe flaring tool, filter wrench, oil/drip tray, snips, pliers, engine hoist, vice, and soldering iron can't do? I can put together a set of that brand new half decent for less than 1000 Euros (the hoist probably being the bulk of that and largely unnecessary), go second hand and way less than that, buy most of that as you need it for jobs and you can spread that further.
 
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