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A conversation today (and the hilarious idea of Smyrna serving customers in The Works) got me started thinking...and from thinking, came a meme.

What if we actually were still in 24hr mode once we got home?  How would your characters fare in your OOC job?

For those who don't know, I work for a company that sells equipment that measures how powder flows (before you think that's ridiculous, consider than over 80% of all manufactured products spend at least some of their time as powder during the manufacturing process - it's a fricking immense industry).  I install the equipment, train users on how to make sense of it, then support them by email and telephone when they don't understand the results (which is often, and quite reasonable, which is why our applications support is free).  I am, essentially, a demonstrator in a university practical class, just with people who have already graduated.  My employee evaluations say I'm quite good at it.

So how would my characters do in the same role?

Gerrard
Anyone who saw him trying to deliver a lecture on the difference between round and square wood (seriously, that happened) will know Gerrard wouldn't have a clue. He's relatively clever, but he simply lacks the intelligence to grasp what the instrument does and how it works. He gets sacked when yet another attempt to build camaraderie in the office ends in him being overheard cracking a dirty joke about the MD's wife.

Thyrian
A natural showman, Thyrian wows trainees with his charisma and engaging personality, and flawlessly answers any question they pose to him with his razor sharp intellect.  In addition to applications support, he also offers pole dancing lessons, massage, and his world famous 'private webinars', during which it is said that he delivers the longest and hardest training many users have ever experienced. His career is long and successful, and when he finally retires, several client companies with large numbers of female staff are forced to temporarily close their offices and declare a week of mourning.

Arctus
Wonderfully confident and authoritative when he first meets his trainees, Arctus cannot understand how anything needs explaining more than once, and quickly becomes enraged at anyone who does not display a total grasp of what is going on at the first time of asking.  He gets sacked when he finally loses patience and, to their face, compares the head of research at a major multinational pharmaceutical company unfavourably with a child in swaddling clothes.

Vilnius
Bookish and diligent, Vilnius is quite good at the support, but regularly gets pulled up for being too verbose in his email responses, explaining things in far greater detail than the client needs.  Despite this, he is kept on because of his amazing ability to communicate in more than a dozen languages with the international client base, leading to exceptional customer feedback from clients simply glad to receive support in their own language for once.  His career is lengthy, but never really goes anywhere.

Starke
For those who don't know, before he was a Pathfinder, Starke was a bookworm.  He'd be brilliant at the job - his natural enthusiasm rubbing off on trainees, his dexterity making him excellent at demonstrating, and his politeness putting him in excellent stead when writing correspondence.  He would, however, soon become bored with doing the same thing, and run off to the circus to become and acrobat after no more than two to three years.

Nimbus
Hugely enigmatic, trainees would struggle to divine the important of Nimbus' pregnant pauses in his conversation.  Email support is also challenging, as his typing hovers at a steady fifty words per hour (though he can manage a hundred if it starts to rain).  He decides it is time for him to leave when, as a thunderstorm breaks and he suddenly starts to converse normally with the office, the shock of actually hearing his voice causes the aging but well-loved office administrator to have a heart attack.

Watcher
...I couldn't possibly comment, but he does become MD after five years, with no-one quite sure how.

How about you?

Date: 2016-04-07 06:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aralli.livejournal.com
I maintain that the lecture on Barony and Earldom wood was riveting!

(And I will now have to complete this meme myself because Koia the Process Technologist is just ... no. No no no xD)

Date: 2016-04-07 07:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greg-r.livejournal.com
This should be entertaining (mostly because off the top of my head everyone is awful). So who that I play does what as a PhD student.

Smithy: A nice person, hard-working and gets along with the rest of the office and academic staff with ease. However, he only really mastered literacy in the last few years. He can mask this reasonably well with typing that completely masks his primary school hand-writing, but gets kicked off the course for failing to submit a satisfactory literature review in first year because he can't understand the written material.

Wildmane: Has an explosive falling out with supervisors in the first few weeks. Here endeth the career.

Piglet: Even less intelligent than Smithy with none of his redeeming qualities. Who let a half-ogre in here? Get out.

Failhbe: Someone who doesn't suck at the academic side! This would be an interesting one. He certainly has the intelligence and thirst for knowledge to make it work. His problems would be entirely inter-personal and the reason the RPing him is hard work. It heavily depends on the supervising team here, assuming the same (ish) as my own then he'd do reasonably well as he'd agree with old-and-racist-supervisor.

Tirithon: Didn't really get to play him much, but he was in desperate need of an authority figure to latch onto. Depending which part of the supervisory team he latches onto most he has a 2/3s chance of coming out of the experience an arsehole, but having performed well academically.

Date: 2016-04-07 09:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kipperfish.livejournal.com
Support Helpdesk for a Software Company: How would Orchid, Kane and Simon fair?

Orchid
Orchid would probably survive the longest in the role - whilst occasionally taking on things he really shouldn't, just so that the job gets done, he'd take on as much as he could handle, but with a wary eye on taking on too much, and reporting up to his management when things were about to get overloaded. He'd be polite and courteous with the customers, and in the normal course of things would rarely react to rude or unprofessional comments. Of course, the moment he starts having a bad day, or feeling ill, that would all go out of the window, and the sulky brat that lies just under the surface would appear. Customer communication would be at a minimum on those occasions, so whilst it would be annoying for those around him in the office, there would be no real damage to the company reputation or customer relationships and he would simply be kept out of customer meetings, and told to ensure that someone checks over his e-mails before he sends them. This would of course lead to more sulking, but he'd follow the order.

Kane
In all honesty, he probably wouldn't last very long in the role for a variety of reasons. In between bouts of helpfulness, there would be scathing and brutally honest communications to customers, and anyone who made the same mistake more than once would be treated like an idiot. On Customer Site visits, he'd just glare at people and make them feel uncomfortable, but most of all, he'd be sacked for constantly being late in to work - he'd have to get up ridiculously early each morning to be able to have enough time to walk in.........

Simon
Simon would be exceptionally polite with everyone, ignoring any rude or unprofessional comment made towards him, or in communication with him. He'd try and communicate by written communication rather than speaking, so as to avoid as much confusion as possible, although when he is inevitably dragged onto conference calls, they last a lot longer than they really should as everyone from various countries around the world is trying to get past both a language barrier and a speech impediment. He'll also take on far too much work as he will want to try and help absolutely everyone with everything and go gung ho into every call without stopping to think about whether he should, or whether it was a sensible idea or not.
Management like his always say yes attitude, but will soon cotton on to the fact that not enough actually gets done, and promises that can't be kept are constantly being made, and he'll likely retire early due to stress related illnesses.

Date: 2016-04-07 02:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cheekychipmunk.livejournal.com
As a mother...

...Chanilsa would be loving and engaging; she would constantly come up with fun, creative and educational activities. However, she'd fall apart on the discipline side of things; as soon as toddler started crying, she would give in.

...Tully would actually do relatively well. She would be firm enough not to be swayed by tantrums, and protective and gentle enough when needed. She's used to family, so wouldn't be out of her depth at all.

...Barel wouldn't do too badly, although mentally, she's a bit young still for all it entails. I'm assuming we're just going on personality (but oh, wouldn't the freeze spell be useful?). She would probably struggle with relating to young children, but would do her best.

...Jane Doe would be conflicted. She would probably make a very good mother as things stand, but I can imagine her being too scared of What Ifs, and can imagine her trying to get out of the situation ASAP.

...Estelle would do well enough, though again she's a little on the younger side. She doesn't have much in the way of maternal longings, but she could quite happily manage two children for a short time. She'd not be ready for it to be permanent though.

Date: 2016-04-07 02:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aralli.livejournal.com
Life as a Process Technologist (aka Gloop Engineer) for my characters

Aniseed

Where is the helping people? Where are the guts and bandages and fixing things? Aniseed would try and plug away at the work, but there's way too much analytical thinking for her and she'd spend half her time sneakily googling how to become a paramedic or if studying medicine is still an option. She'd spend more time helping other people with problems than attending to her own tasks and would be part of all the societies and employee representation programs.

Thalassa

Non-customer-facing role with much analysis and little peopling? Thalassa would be fine working at my current level, and enjoy it quite a lot, though the recent management training would have been of dubious value as she would have left thoroughly unconvinced that she could ever be in charge of another person. She'd always be finding excuses to get away from the computer and go potter about in the lab and would consider asking for a demotion as she'd find the lower-band work more interesting.

Koia

For a start, she'd need a special risk assessment for being a seventeen year-old. Then another for being Koia. She'd probably last about half a day before breaking all the safety rules and being escorted off site.

Felicity

Neatest desk ever. Everything carefully filed. Categorised to-do lists. She'd be far more interested in the logistics side of things than the actual science, and spend most of her time hanging out in a different building with the Supply Planning people and trawling the Open Resourcing page for business-oriented roles to transfer to.

Corin

Her Balance upbringing and the nice salary/benefits would compel her to work hard, but she'd be grumpy all the while she was doing it. The open plan office would be even more of a nightmare for her than it is for me, and she would spend a lot of time making up a suitable medical condition/special need that requires her to work from home all the time.

Date: 2016-04-07 08:41 pm (UTC)
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I think they'd all take little bits of my job better (Senior Quality Technician - what does that even mean?) :

Lilium - Would enjoy the new product development side best. There's a desk under all of those papers and folders and bottles and... what even is that? It's all in chronological order though, so it's fine. Constantly feeling so very out of her depth though, and I'd imagine she'd end up wombling into a high level job without much effort until she woke up one day and went wtf?

Fran - Would enjoy training other people. There's a Quality Management System for a reason people! Follow it or she'll have to use the hard copy. It's a folder half a foot thick.

Dolly - Would "enjoy" the hygiene audit especially, and food safety and hygiene in general. The audit should take about 2 hours and I imagine it being more like 2 days. Still, the smell of bleach is the sign of a job well done. Caustic cleans don't really have as much of a smell.

Date: 2016-04-08 06:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aralli.livejournal.com
Life as a Process Technologist (aka Gloop Engineer) for my characters

Aniseed

Where is the helping people? Where are the guts and bandages and fixing things? Aniseed would try and plug away at the work, but there's way too much analytical thinking for her and she'd spend half her time sneakily googling how to become a paramedic or if studying medicine is still an option. She'd spend more time helping other people with problems than attending to her own tasks and would be part of all the societies and employee representation programs.

Thalassa

Non-customer-facing role with much analysis and little peopling? Thalassa would be fine working at my current level, and enjoy it quite a lot, though the recent management training would have been of dubious value as she would have left thoroughly unconvinced that she could ever be in charge of another person. She'd always be finding excuses to get away from the computer and go potter about in the lab and would consider asking for a demotion as she'd find the lower-band work more interesting.

Koia

For a start, she'd need a special risk assessment for being a seventeen year-old. Then another for being Koia. She'd probably last about half a day before breaking all the safety rules and being escorted off site.

Felicity

Neatest desk ever. Everything carefully filed. Categorised to-do lists. She'd be far more interested in the logistics side of things than the actual science, and spend most of her time hanging out in a different building with the Supply Planning people and trawling the Open Resourcing page for business-oriented roles to transfer to.

Corin

Her Balance upbringing and the nice salary/benefits would compel her to work hard, but she'd be grumpy all the while she was doing it. The open plan office would be even more of a nightmare for her than it is for me, and she would spend a lot of time making up a suitable medical condition/special need that requires her to work from home all the time.

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