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What is a typical day like in your job.


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Spencer’s Answer

I will wake up around 7:30 or 8am, get ready, and walk to work. I live in San Francisco. Then I commute by walking to the train, and my commute takes about 20 minutes via train. Lots of people in the Bay Area commute longer times - sometimes an hour. I think the longest commute I'd be willing to do is 40 minutes (so you can choose where to live strategically by looking to live closer to work). At my old apartment, it was too small, but I was able to walk 20 minutes to work - it was great exercise.

Then, I get to work, and when working in tech, there are lots of free snacks. I'll make some avocado toast, granola with yogurt, coffee, matcha, etc.

I will typically have 2-3 hours of meetings. In the Fall and Spring, it can be mostly meetings some days. I enjoy this since I am a people-person/extrovert a bit.

I check my google calendar allllll the time and often to see if I have time for a coffee break and to plan/prepare my thoughts and speaking points for my future meetings. I also will check my email maybe 3-5 times a day.

Lots of my time will be spent on Google Chat and Slack messaging coworkers about life in general or work related stuff. Attachments/documents and notes are passed back and forth during the day related to ongoing projects.

My day typically ends around 6pm. During covid however, I will wake up around 7, have more free time to myself in the mornings, and end at 5 since I get my work done faster now and am able to focus easier at home.

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Rachel’s Answer

I am a colon and rectal surgeon in practice. The days of surgical residency tend to be longer than those of surgeons out in practice. As a surgical resident you arrive at the hospital between 5 and 6 am. You make rounds on your hospitalized patients and make sure they are doing well. You then report to the operating room and spend the rest of the day operating on your patients. About twice per week you will go to clinic instead of the operating room in order to see patients who need surgery or have recently undergone surgery. During training, the hours are long and you will work about 80 hours a week. Once you have completed residency, you will have more flexibility. However, you will still most likely need to take night and weekend call.

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Gloria’s Answer

Hi Abizail,

I am an Instructional Designer. That means that I create training that is either taught by someone or shown in video or web-based training form. The job has a lot of components to it. There are five phases in creating training that make up an acronym ADDIE. Depending on how many projects that you have, you may touch each part of ADDIE on any given day.

A is for Analysis. This is basically learning about the training. You will talk with the client about what the problem is, why it's a problem, and start thinking about how to solve it using training. What does this translate to in the workplace? Meetings. And it is usually more than one. There is also some looking at data and metrics. I also need to learn about the students for the training, so I will sometimes do interviews or job shadow people to see how the job is done.

The first D is Design. Once I have a sense of the problem, I have to outline the solution. This is time on my own or with my peers to determine the plan for the training. This is the creative part. It can also involve scheduling. When you create training that has an instructor, you need to make sure you know when the training will be ready and have the trainer scheduled in advance. If it is web-based training, it is a different kind of scheduling with more technical issues to be planned for.

The second D is Development. This is the longest part of the process and the most fun. You get to create the training. This can be a bunch of different things. I often spend a lot of time creating web-based training. This can require the creation of videos, the need to write scripts for audio recording, even the creation of images specific for the training. This can sometimes be lonely work as I am often the only designer doing the training creation. It is also nice for creative people who like to work alone. There is a lot of trial and error here as you work with the client to get the right information out in the right way. So more meetings as well, especially as you get close to be done with the development. You have to make sure to test the product before the large scale training effort.

The I is Implementation. Training starts and then ends. There is just a lot of watching and running reports here. You will be handling any technology issues that may come up.

The E is Evaluation. Once a training event is over, there are surveys to review and more meetings. You and the client take a look at the results. Did the students learn what they needed to? Is it positively impacting the business? You see what works and what didn't. This may result in more training if something was missed. And the cycle starts over.

Gloria

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Olivier’s Answer

I worked as VP Finance in a small startup. When you work in Finance you quickly have a routine with :

  • Invoice processing
  • Tax submissions
  • Monthly/Quarterly/Yearly
  • Forecasts/Budget...

That being said, every day is a bit different and what you know is that even if you planned perfectly your next day and have your to-do list ready, you know some urgent and random questions will have to be dealt with. In my case a typical day starts with :

  • Reading my emails in the morning before going to work so I can think about how to prioritize them while commuting to work.
  • Re-do my to-do list
  • Check the cash level of the company and ensure all payments are ready
  • Catch-up with my team to ensure we are aligned on the top priorities
  • Schedule calls/meetings
  • Get the to do list done in between which includes working the forecast with the different business owners, analyzing discrepancies and take corrective actions, reviewing the accounts and book journal entries

I would say the key thing is to have fun and enjoy whatever you do.


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Don’s Answer

At the colleges where I work, on a given day, I teach 2 to 3 classes comprised of 20 students. Classes meet once a week for 3 hours. I have to have lessons planned; I try to have lessons based on in-class tasks, often done in pairs or small groups. During class, I assist pairs and groups with writing. After classes, I use my free time to grade papers. I love what I do because I love seeing students progress and become adept at writing.

Don recommends the following next steps:

Practice writing and be open to suggestions on how to improve. A good teacher is always open to learning, so it is helpful to read, read, read.
Think about the teachers that really helped you and what they did to help you learn.
Learn everything you can about using computers because more classes are now being offered online.

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Michael’s Answer

I'm a corporate tax lawyer and advise clients on how to structure corporate acquisitions in the US and foreign countries. Tax laws in the US and foreign countries can be very complicated. In a typical day, I meet with clients and explain tax laws to them in a simple way to enable them to understand the tax costs and potential tax savings that can be achieved depending on how the transaction is structured. I can them summarize my advice in a memo to the client. If the transaction is implemented, I review the legal documents that are prepared to execute the acquisition in order to make sure the transaction is structured as designed.


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Justin’s Answer

I am an internal audit consultant, and my daily routine varies based on my assigned client. On a typical day, I wake up from my hotel and drive to my current client. I will then meet with my team and set goals for the day and answer any questions the team has. I will then usually meet with the client for various meetings, including to walk through a business process, ask follow-up questions, present observations from our testing, etc. I will then spend some time coaching more junior members of my team, reviewing their work, or etc. I then spend some time completing various administrative tasks, including updating the project budget, booking travel and hotels, submitting expenses, etc. At the end the end of the day I will go to dinner with my team.


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John’s Answer

In the simplest way:

Morning meeting
Daily tasks delegated
Project management (Future projects)
Status on tasks communicated up to leadership
Lunch
Calendar sync to properly coordinate and communicate concerns for future events
Remainder of the day is reserved for administrative concerns and tying up loose ends.

This is a very generic way of describing the job of a manager/supervisor.

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Frances’s Answer

I work in an admin environment and my days tend to vary. Most days involve a lot of critical thinking and problem solving. Also, working as a team is essential. Our environment is almost 100% virtual which can be challenging sometimes.


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Blake’s Answer

Hey Abizail,

I know this isn't the best answer but it's different everyday! However, team interactions are consistent every day.

Thanks,
Blake

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Dr. Ronald’s Answer

Hi Abizqil,
Having ongoing privileges and opportunities to learn and practice skill sets, based upon my qualifications as accepted by management and peers. Dr. Ronald

Hi Dr Ronald, this is a good overview of what you do but would you be willing to expand on the details of what your day to day looks like? It would help Abizqil and future students have a better understanding of what you do. Gurpreet Lally

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