I think that a stigma on the job you do is important to tackle. No one should be ashamed for the way they make money. Say you do clean toilets like you mentioned in your example cool, I love you. It is a job that is required. Others then have to make a choice on how to respond: demonize the position for attempted laughs, or thank the position because you like clean public toilets. You can’t demonize a position that you demand.
I cant speak for others, but I didnt reply sooner because I have had some busy days. I went to visit a large winter/christmas market with my family, which we extended with tours through historic sites over the course of a few days, so my focus was not here.
Over the past few years I have had a few jobs, so I’ll run past a few of those of how mnemonics have helped me do them, both before and after I decided to actively train them. Each job starts with a little description of what I do, then how I use mnemonics.
Currently the best term to describe what I do is Operations Supervisor. Generally it is my task to know everyone that the company has contacts with and make sure the right people are put on the right projects, while also maintaining contacts with every related company. Everything that comes along with that is also tossed on my plate (education of our own employees, assisting workplace safety checks, etc.)
I use mnemonics to learn the names of everyone I meet. Knowing one’s name is a time thing that gets you a long way. I don’t want it to matter if I met someone two days or two years ago, I set a bar of a 95% recall rate for the names of people I met. Aside from that, it is mainly small tasks. A lot is done by the systems we use, but occasionally I need to actually memorize something.
Red Cross Emergency Medical Team & Event Team
In my spare time, I work for the Red Cross in two teams. The Emergency Medical Team is called when there is an emergency where they expect 30 or more injured, we have to do the checks to make sure that (bluntly put) those who die in minutes are seen by the on-site medical professionals before those who will die in hours. For the event team I am placed at large events (usually large sports or music events) where it is my job to again do checks to see what is going on, then treat if possible or send them to medical professionals at the local hospital.
I have memorized a few checklists, so I can start to do my measurements at all times. I also memorize the results if my partner at that time is not ready to write them down. I also have palaces for human biology, mainly large-scale anatomy and effects of various substances.
For one day every two weeks, I teach. I have been a teacher for more days in the past, teaching math, but it is not what I want to do. Currently I teach adults with severe mental disabilities to help them get the lowest of the lowest grade. This helps them get jobs that actually pay minimum wage. I teach them the basics of math. Think along the lines of “this is a circle, this is a square, this is the 20 euros that you can spend, but if you rip it in half it does not mean that you have two notes of 10 euros.”
I again use mnemonics for names, but for everything else I use images or basic writing. My students need to see things, so I right away make them. We have a huge board with all grades, and only two things are important. Is it green or is it red? Those are their grades. I make things visible to them, so why memorize it myself? I do sometimes plan classes, but I rarely put those in palaces. In the past I have memorized more for regular students. Who are fast? who need more help? who are capable of helping? Stuff like that.
A company where I also had my internship didn’t have a position as HR-manager, so I got called an assistant-manager. Everything people related was my job. Hiring and firing, tough talks and boosting morale, all my job.
When I started, I didnt have mnemonics but I did want to memorize a lot. Again, especially names. I would repeat them in my head. I would mumble their name if I saw them walking by. Anything to never forget a name. I also had every phone number inside the company memorized (which were only like 15 numbers where only the last three differed), it seemed professional to me to know them by heart.
Lets shatter the wall that might stop others from posting their not-so-fancy jobs. To pay for my education, I have been an escort. Not the sexual kind, just the simple kind of escort that is basically payed company to rich folk who don’t want to arrive at places without company. Basically I would give them an arm while walking in, look pretty for pictures, and then enjoy whatever party I was at. I would also get hired to small things like dinners or theater shows when someone just didn’t want to go alone. At those times it was less about looking pretty for someone’s image, but just let someone have an evening that they enjoy. Once I even got hired to join someone to a funeral. It was a close friend of his, but he knew no one there so he felt incredibly guilty for having to cling to others who were mourning for support. He just wanted to show up, have someone to hold, squeeze and stick to, leave and be done with it.
Sometimes I would be asked to portray a certain role on the fancy event because my client didn’t want others to know he bought some company. I would be a new assistant at a branch of the rich guys company, intern-of-the-month that is rewarded with a visit to the party, or even just play family. So I had to memorize a few things that I could say if someone asked. I would make a little story in my head, like a play, which could help me remember.