interesting jobs

Interviews with people with interesting jobs — including a matchmaker, prison librarian, and more.

interview with a haunted house cast member

For Halloween, I talked with someone who worked in haunted attractions for more than a decade, both as an actor and a makeup artist. Here’s our conversation. First, tell me a bit about the work you did. I started working for a large haunted house in my early teens and continued until my late 20’s […]

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interview with a decision coach

I recently talked with Nell McShane Wulfhart, who has one of the most interesting jobs I’ve heard about in a long time: she’s a decision coach, someone who helps people make big decisions. It’s a job she invented, and it’s fascinating! She’s also the author of The Great Stewardess Rebellion: How Women Launched a Workplace Revolution […]

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interesting jobs: interview with an ombuds

I was recently contacted by someone from the International Ombuds Association, suggesting that Ask a Manager readers might be interested in learning about the work that ombuds (previously called ombudsmen) do. I learned a little more, and it is fascinating! Ombuds help employees navigate workplace conflicts and organizational processes, including helping them identify their concerns […]

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interview with an employee at an employee assistance program (EAP)

We sometimes talk here about EAP (Employee Assistance Programs) but have never explored how they work. A reader, Em, who works for one, left an incredibly interesting comment about her work on a post last week, and generously agreed to talk with me more about what she does. Here’s our conversation. How would you describe an […]

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interview with an employee at a majority-autistic company

Symone is a regular reader here, and she works for a majority-autistic company and is autistic herself. I asked if she’d let me interview her about what working there is like, in advance of Autism Awareness Month (which starts tomorrow), and she generously agreed to talk with me. Some quick background: Her employer is auticon, a […]

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interview with an office admin in the adult industry

I recently started talking with someone on Twitter who sent me an amusing story about her work in the adult industry, and I of course had more questions I wanted answered so she kindly agreed to let me interview her, and here’s our conversation. (She also comments here as Carrie Oakie.) Tell us a little […]

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interview with a nanny for a famous psychic

Occasionally I do interviews here with people who have had particularly interesting jobs. Recently a commenter here mentioned that she used to be a nanny for a famous psychic, and I wanted to know more. She kindly agreed to be interviewed, and here’s our conversation. Note: This interview contains references to the interviewee’s spiritual beliefs, […]

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interview with a private investigator

Recently a commenter here, Seejay, mentioned that she used to be a private investigator, and I wanted to know more. She kindly agreed to be interviewed, and here’s our conversation. So tell us a bit about the work you did. My training and background is in Internet investigations and computer forensics. I initially got into […]

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interview with a budget and money coach

Lynne Somerman is a regular reader here, and she’s also a budget and money coach. I asked her if she’d do an interview here about her work, and she gracious agreed. Here’s our Q&A (and here’s her website). So you’re a budget and money coach! Tell us more about what that means — what kind of […]

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