interesting jobs

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

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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interview with a 16-year-old working her first summer job

My 16-year-old niece, M., has appeared here before — when she was 12, she and her sister helped me answer this letter about a boss who was always making out with his girlfriend in his office, and when she was 14, they helped me answer this letter about a boss stopping up a toilet and asking someone […]

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interview with a professional belly dancer

Recently a commenter here mentioned that she used to be a professional belly dancer, and I wanted to know more. She kindly agreed to be interviewed, and here’s our conversation. So you were a professional belly dancer! How did you get into that line of work?  I started belly dancing classes on a whim at […]

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interview with a children’s entertainer

Recently, a reader mentioned that she works as a magician for kids, and I wanted to know more. The reader, Karen Climer, runs this entertainment business for kids, and she graciously agreed to do an interview for us. Here’s the Q&A, and here are some photos of some amazing balloon sculptures she’s done. So you’re a […]

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interview with a prison librarian

Recently, a commenter, Oryx, mentioned that she used to work as a prison librarian, and I wanted to learn more. She graciously agreed to do an interview for us, and here’s the Q&A. How did you end up in the job? And how long were you there? I answered an ad I found through Indeed.com, but […]

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