I want to write a little about my weird job.  My title is Graphic Operator, which means, technically, that I operate a graphic producing machine (i.e. a laptop with PowerPoint).  But that doesn’t explain anything really.  For those who work in corporate america, you’ve probably been to a big meeting, usually held in a hotel ballroom, and some corporate mucky-muck stands up on a stage and talks about how great the company is doing, or not, as the case may be.

me at work
Me at work – I’m all the way to the left – we wear black so that no one can see us. 🙂

If the presenter on stage is using PowerPoint slides, and there is no laptop visible, then there is a Graphics Op somewhere, usually behind the curtain, running the PowerPoint slides for the presenter

If you don’t work in corporate america, then go watch a TED video.  It is basically the same set up:  A stage, video and audio equipment, stage crew with headsets on talking to each other about what a pain in the butt the presenter is, and lastly, a presenter.

If you haven’t ever seen a TED video, then go watch one, they’re amazing.  (Start with this one, http://www.ted.com/talks/michael_shermer_on_believing_strange_things.html)

My job is to make the presenters look like they know how to use PowerPoint.  They can’t.  It is the easiest software in the world to use, and these people make a thousand times the money I make, but they don’t know how to draw a box or do the most basic animation.  And forget making the text legible.

Here is some free advice – if you are ever going to give a presentation, don’t use any text. Just use pictures.  The second the audience starts reading something on the screen, they’ve stopped listening to you.

I found this funny video on youtube that describes my job perfectly:

(NSFW – be careful, there is a lot of cursing in it)

I’ve done this job for more than ten years now.  I’m starting to get tired of it, but I don’t know what else I should do to make money. Anyone got any ideas?

My qualifications: I’m a hard worker, if the work is interesting and relevant.   I get along with other people, as long as I can respect them.  I’m smart, but I have a bad memory.  I’m really fast, but not particularly accurate.   I’m task oriented which means I have no patience for vague corporate speak.

Tried to do a search with all those qualifiers on Monster.com – No Results.

Oh well,  I guess I should stick with what I have.


5 thoughts on “My Weird Job

  1. Ha! I used to do all the PP and films for work once – and yes, so many big-wig-wank-houses would make you spend a fortnight creating film, photo, music whoopee slide-shows, and then arrive an hour before and just hand over a brand-new-script!! This is so horribly accurate!
    Thanks for the sweary reminder and chuckle 🙂


    1. I know – I really just wrote the whole post as a way to share that video – I love knowing there are people out there who understand my pain. =)


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