Careers

So, what do you all want to/are going to do for a living? This is something I’ve really been thinking about lately, and I’m interested what kind of guidelines you guys use to decide just what it is you want to do.

I’m looking for a few things, but its mainly being free to do what I want on my terms and being able to do that in a part of the world that I like. Salary isn’t something that worries me much. I want my job to offer me diversity.

ROCK BAND :smiley: :smiley: :smiley:

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I didn’t realize Harmonix had professional gamers now.

I’m currently shooting for absolutely anything I can do with a degree in Music Technology from UAB once I finish up at my current college.

They also have a degree in performance, so I might become inspired to take my playing to a higher level if shown the right person or pointed the right way.

I didn’t realize Harmonix had professional gamers now.
You learn something new every day. Several things if you’re The 984.

Kagato: What instrument do you play?

I aspire to teach.

I play sax. Baritone, chiefly. Some piano for compositional purposes and an occasional jazz combo. I also play with minds.

You play guitar, don’tcha Hades? How is it in comparison to playing/learning piano?

Something that wouldn’t make me want to shoot myself every single day after work. Both of my parents griped about how much they hated their jobs, and I don’t want to waste my time doing something I don’t like. v_v;

No idea really. It was originally to teach but recent events have made me reconsider, maybe something to do with ancient languages, history or archeology, or all three, I’m not picky.

Go on, employ me Time Team!

I’m looking into various things right now, but I’m pretty much always branching out from my working experiences in tourist information. My university studies have been fascinating, but unless I get a doctorate they won’t bring me monies.

A PhD in lit won’t really get you money though o_o. Why and what did you want to teach Nulani? What happened?

I’m with Sin on this one, job satisfaction is far more important to me than salary. At one point I wanted to teach in high school- and was even going for a post-grad certificate in it- but I recently realised I loathe and despise kids- and even worse, the job would swallow up just about all of my spare time to boot. So, screw that. I’d love to be able to write full-time- having just finished the first draft of my first novel- but I’m realistic enough to know that’s highly unlikely to ever happen. So, at the moment, I’m drifting, looking for something that’ll keep me fed but won’t make me clinically depressed. :slight_smile:

I’ll get back to you on this in a year or two.

English, history and maybe Norwegian. I realized how they treat teachers here and that I haven’t really got the energy for that. That and I’m not sure if I’d fit as one anymore.

The only thing I know is that I reaaally don’t want to end up in IT as a career. Beyond that I guess I’ll know more in a few years.

Hard:

-It’s more strength and dexterity based because of the way you have to stretch and contort your left hand to fret notes. Strings are also a lot smaller and more awkward to hit than keys and it usually takes two hands doing two different things to make one note.

-You only get 6 strings on a guitar which means you have to modify their lengths to hit the right pitch. A piano has a string for every note, it’s just a matter of hitting them. This means that on guitar you have to worry more about muting and how it can fuck up a legato passage, especially since you don’t have a sustain pedal.

-Changing the lengths of strings also changes their length/width ratio, which has an effect on tone. If you play high on the fretboard you get a foggier tone because the string is relatively fatter and less flexible, which means the harmonics are less distinct and you get a hell of a lot less sustain. Getting consistent tone out of your guitar playing is always an uphill battle.

-On guitar you have the option of using a pick or your fingers. Fingers are faster and more accurate. A pick is more durable and explosive, you can play harder and get that really heavy chug-a-dug chord sound. Picks are also better at what most people call tremolo picking. Fingers are better at playing fast arpeggios and fast complex songs. Fingers are also better at what most people call sweep picking, although technically it can only be done with a pick. I’m pretty sure most guitarists use both at different times.

-Piano has about 5 more octaves of notes than guitar, I think.

By hard, I don’t mean guitar is inherently harder to play than piano. What I mean is that it’s harder to play the same song on guitar than it would be on piano. Obviously, they have different material written for them, and some things that are possible on piano just aren’t on guitar. What it comes down to is that when you decide to take up guitar, you’re sacrificing playability for portability.

Wow this post took a long time to write :open_mouth:

I’m working as a software developer/IT specialist for IBM. I really enjoy my job, it’s interesting and challenging and the hours are good.

It would make it possible for me to become a university teacher. In Sweden you don’t need to have studied to become a teacher to teach in higher education… which explains a lot about several teachers I’ve had… but I’m not sure it’s what I want to work with anyway. I like helping people along, anyway. Information jobs of various kinds would suit me fine.

Same in Canada. Some of my professors could barely speak English.