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#335128 - Fri Dec 08 2006 10:58 AM Why would anyone want that job?
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In two weeks time I will be having a visit from the old bat from Hong Kong (heaven help me). I know for a fact that she has bought herself some white cotton gloves in order to check for dust and grime - well I have news for her, I am leaving it for her to clean.

Anyway I was discussing the forthcoming royal visit with my hairdresser yesterday and told her that the old boot (I mean kindly soul) would never get my oven clean. My hairdresser promptly produced the telephone directory and showed me the number of some people who clean ovens! They are coming on the 20th.

I cannot think why anyone would want a job cleaning dirty ovens, in fact I can think of lots of occupations that I would positively hate but some people really want to do, as opposed to having to do work of some kind and that is what is available. I doubt if anyone really wants to work cleaning public toilets for instance so I don't mean those types of job.

What amazes you when it comes to career choices, dentists and chiropodists spring to mind for me, and oven cleaners!


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#335129 - Fri Dec 08 2006 12:39 PM Re: Why would anyone want that job?
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In no particular order - prison guards, secondary school teachers and childminders. Any medical speciality involving the area between navel and kneecaps!

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#335130 - Fri Dec 08 2006 12:56 PM Re: Why would anyone want that job?
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Any medical speciality involving the area between navel and kneecaps!




I often wonder about doctors choosing a field in which to specialise. My son-in-law is a paediatrician, brave man, but who on earth thinks to themself "I want to be an urologist"? More to the point, why? As for gynaecologists, the mind boggles as to why any man would wish to to specialise in that field, ewk.
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#335131 - Fri Dec 08 2006 01:23 PM Re: Why would anyone want that job?
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Well, then you think about when you've had something particularly excruciating and embarrassing that needed taking care of, in medicine in particular, and you've had the good fortune of finding a gentle caring person...who actually seems to care about helping you feel better.
I've had a few dentists who made me rethink this whole thing.

In America, I can tell you that not only does a good dentist do it for the sake of helping people, but, the income level is so high that it's gotta be worth a little gross stuff.

I know that dentists in other countries don't make as much.

I watched a show that showed a team of people who cleaned up after heinous crimes or desperate acts. Now that was horrible, and yet, they found that it was actually a dignified profession as they were able to help people regain their homes and get through a horrid crime or event by cleaning up things.

Cleaning ovens is probably an excellent niche to be in, because, people must be very grateful to have it done, and cleaning in general for people isn't quite as satisfying. If they devote themselves to one efficient technique or product that works well, imagine the satisfaction and referrals they'll get!

I used to think Shoe Repair a little icky, but, it's a pretty noble profession and frankly, my mother keeps her Birkenstocks resoled over and over and has no back troubles or other things plaguing her with those shoes.

I think that making cold calls to people in their homes for mortgage refinancing is probably worse to me than cleaning someone's oven. I only wish that inspired me to go clean mine up but, it's malfunctioned now for the past month and even on Thanksgiving with a big turkey in there, so, I'm not wasting my breath.

There is a hemorroid surgeon on my spouse's side of the family, and, besides financial security, you must have to think that you're relieving people of their suffering in order to do that day in and day out!
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#335132 - Fri Dec 08 2006 04:30 PM Re: Why would anyone want that job?
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Anyone who teaches has to be a complete looney, especially at this time of year(well any time really) My mum who also taught, used to stagger home and say to me , "Whatever you do, NEVER teach"!
On the other hand, second to that, what about the baby nappy laundry collection service?Anyone collecting bags full of unspeakably revolting towelling nappies had to be just a masochist. No wonder so many people use disposable ones now, no one wanted that job.Plumber? No wonder there aren't any of those around. Also,I agree with the people posting here, anything to do with the human body and its functions deserves huge rewards... Yuk!
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#335133 - Fri Dec 08 2006 06:50 PM Re: Why would anyone want that job?
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I often wonder how the people who do pedicures can handle touching so many strange feet and toes? The thought just gives me the shivers.
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#335134 - Sun Dec 10 2006 08:21 PM Re: Why would anyone want that job?
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Hmm...as a teacher I have to say that I am crazy, but I like to think that those who teach elementary (I teach high school) are crazier than I am. I know I couldn't deal with thirty 5 year olds!

When I think of this post, I think of the show 'Dirty Jobs'. There are so many jobs that I never knew existed, especially so many dirty ones!
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#335135 - Mon Dec 11 2006 12:52 AM Re: Why would anyone want that job?
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I watched a TV programme earlier this year which featured a UK company which specialises in clearing old graveyards and old, mass burial sites. Some of the latter date back hundreds of years, and were originally used for victims of epidemics. Apparently, some diseases can remain contagious even 200 years after death, so clearing these sites is highly specialised, as well as being physically arduous, and the company had considerable difficulty in recruiting suitable staff.
They had solved the problem by recruiting from Chechnya, where most people are still vaccinated against diseases regarded as being almost eradicated. The staff recruited were generally young, and physically strong too, and the company management had nothing but praise for them!
The attraction for the workers was living in the UK, and earning very good wages!

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#335136 - Mon Dec 11 2006 10:48 PM Re: Why would anyone want that job?
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Graveyard Specialist. Sounds interesting to say the least. Vaccinate me and I'd do it just for the adventure.
Sounds better than some stuffy boring job where everything is routine and benign.
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#335137 - Sat Dec 30 2006 04:06 PM Re: Why would anyone want that job?
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I've always wondered what made people want to become morticians or anything else involving working with dead bodies. I'd never really thought about until last year when my dad died. As we drove up to the funeral home, I shouted out "good GOD why would anyone want to work with this for a living?" I mean, your clients are dead. The people you're dealing with are NOT happy, and if they are.... watch your back.
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#335138 - Sat Dec 30 2006 04:25 PM Re: Why would anyone want that job?
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Pediatrics (I couldn't deal with kids who are on their death beds...waaaay too sad) optomotrists, foot doctors (forget the appropriate name ) orthdontists... chimney sweeps, carpet cleaners...anything that has to do with cleaning lol.

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#335139 - Sat Dec 30 2006 09:13 PM Re: Why would anyone want that job?
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A foot doc is a Podiatrist. Not all Pediatricians deal with kids on their deathbeds. More specifically, I'd think that would be a Pediatric Oncologist. (Don't mind me, I'm involved with the medical field...office staff).

I can't imagine how anyone can work in a nursing home. How depressing is that? I personally can't even stomach hospitals. Just the smell of them gives me nausea. I work in an office--no patients, just know-it-all nurses. UGH.

Along with king-house cleaners. My cousin cleans houses for a living. I can't imagine CLEANING for a living. I don't even like to clean my room.

Landscapers--CUT YOUR OWN LAWN!! My brother in law is a landscaper. He also plows snow in the winter. Awful, thankless jobs, both of them.

And my other brother in law is a custodian--in a college! Oh, the horror stories he has about cleaning up vomit from the previous night's frat party. Another awful, thankless job. They, like teachers, don't get paid enough to do what they do.

Crime scene photographers, any kind of servant..maid, butler, etc. And finally, those people who give piercings. It's not just ears anymore! EEWWW...
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#335140 - Sun Dec 31 2006 03:56 AM Re: Why would anyone want that job?
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My son-in-law is a paediatrician and when I told my daughter that I thought it must be soul destroying to see sick and dying kids she said he thinks of it as helping them.

I think most fields of paediatrics sees very sick anmd dying children, not just oncology.
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#335141 - Sun Dec 31 2006 09:20 AM Re: Why would anyone want that job?
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Years ago my baby sister was quite ill and in hospital for almost a month. My poor mother trudged up there every day on the bus (she didn't drive then) while trying to cope with three more of us at home...however I digress.
She saw a lot of very sick kids come and go in that hospital over that month, kids who had been burned, had drunk bleach and who needed all manner corrective surgeries. Each night she would come home saddened to her soul by what she'd seen.
She finally asked one of the doctors how he could stand working with little ones who were so badly hurt or sick, and he replied that he would far rather work with kids than with adults. He said that kids did what they had to do to get well, and didn't waste time moping around feeling sorry for themselves. If they had to learn how to walk again after major surgery to a leg or their spines, for example, they got on with it and did it without complaining, recovering far quicker than any adult would do.
Mom didn't have the heart to ask him about working with dying children though.
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#335142 - Sun Dec 31 2006 10:31 AM Re: Why would anyone want that job?
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What did upset him was when he was a senior student he went to Africa (Pretoria) and also to the far east, Thailand I think, and in one of those places he came across a child with a condition he had seen treated easily and successfully in England but this child died through lack of supplies and equipment. That did upset him as the procedure to save that child was so simple he could have done it, it didn't take expertise, just the correct equipment and supplies.
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#335143 - Tue Jan 02 2007 08:45 PM Re: Why would anyone want that job?
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In regards to the original question, I figure someone has got to do it, and like you've said, some people don't mind it. Over here in the US, there is a show on the Discovery Channel that shows the "World's Dirtiest Jobs". I haven't watched it, but I've seen previews. All I can say is thank goodness for the people that either want to do those kind of jobs, or at least don't mind doing them!
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#335144 - Tue Jan 02 2007 10:28 PM Re: Why would anyone want that job?
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I was just thinking of this one the other day: Rural volunteer firefighter. Once you leave the city limits, it's all rural here for an hour until you reach the next big city. Within that hour's-drive radius, all the communities are small, a lot of the roads are gravel with blind intersections amidst the corn fields, and the small communities host entirely unpaid volunteer firefighters who may have to respond to emergencies as much as 20 minutes away in the middle of nowhere. Another aspect is that a LOT of the teenagers from these small communities go to school together at a consolidated high school, and so they travel pretty good distances on unlit gravel roads just to hang out for an evening.

One of the guys I work with, a young kid, volunteers at his local firehouse in a small town about 45 minutes north of the city. He went through EMT training and firefighting training, and he is understandably proud to do what he does. But I can't imagine.. it must be terrible. In just over six months, he's been on three calls where teenagers, people he went to school with, died in car accidents out on those gravel roads. I know that being a firefighter is a noble thing, and this is a really good guy, and I'm proud of him, but it must be terrible sometimes. I can't imagine.
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