Put the kettle on
By Sarah Oates
29 May 2008
What's your profession? Please describe it.
I am a general dogsbody for an importing company. Most of the time I'm in the office dealing with harrased customers on the phone, the rest of the time I'm inputting orders, mucking around in photoshop to create catalogues, or helping out downstairs in the warehouse when it's really busy.
Where do you do this?
Currently I am on a working holiday in Australia.
Do you enjoy what you do?
My job isn't particularly stressful and I like that aspect of it, however it also isn't very challenging. I enjoy it about 50% of the time, which is a lot more than many of the jobs I have done in the past. Also I get to wear what I want to work which is a huge bonus.
When you were young, what did you want to "be" when you grew up?
When I was younger I wanted to be a lot of things, a doctor, a fashion designer, a mermaid! In the end I went to University to study Genetics and got my degree but whilst there decided I'd rather learn photography.
I suppose I still haven't really decided what I want to do but I would like it to involve some level of creativity.
Do you feel stuck doing what you are doing?
I do feel a little bit stuck in the world of administration or hospitality. It tends to be easiest for me to get a job in these fields despite having gone to University. I don't think I could handle being stuck in a laboratory all day though despite the pay being a bit better.
What are the most and least satisfying parts of your job?
The most satifying part of my job is when everything runs smoothly and I do not have to spend the day running around fixing problems. The least satifying part is when I have to deal with irate customers who think that I am resposible for company policies.
How do you combine photography with your job?
I bring my camera into work a lot of the time. As part of my job I take photos of the stock we sell and create catalogues using photoshop.
Having my camera on me is useful as I can sneak down to the warehouse to take photos on my break. These are usually self portraits,but sometimes I drag my coworkers away from what they are doing to pose for me. The warehouse is great as it's full of fun things to use as props and is just generally a great location. I'd really like to do some artistic nude work down there but I don't think that would really be feasible!