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What would be the most BORING industry you could imagine working in?

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MrsMerryHenry Tue 28-Jul-09 23:09:31

In my efforts to get my freelance career off the ground I am doing a writing project and am searching for ideas.

Your suggestions much appreciated!

GentleOtter Tue 28-Jul-09 23:10:57

I once met a chap who sold only nuts and bolts. That was a bit of a conversation killer.

MitchyInge Tue 28-Jul-09 23:13:22

there are 'thrust-boring' machines you can drive, oh dear I feel a new thread coming on

Niecie Tue 28-Jul-09 23:13:37


And pensions.


GypsyMoth Tue 28-Jul-09 23:14:51

childcare! ugh! don't know if its an industry though..

LyraSilvertongue Tue 28-Jul-09 23:19:11

Insurance. No contest.

DjangoTheDjinn Tue 28-Jul-09 23:19:50

Not industries per se.

But wouldn't want to sell anything. Or buy anything. Or help anybody else buy or sell anything. Or have any kind of 'consultancy' role. Or wear a uniform. Or ever have to attend anything entitled 'office drinks'.

Actually, I'd rather not work at all. grin

SoupDragon Tue 28-Jul-09 23:21:37

Life insurance. I have worked with actuaries. I know what I am talking about.

MrsMerryHenry Tue 28-Jul-09 23:25:05

Nuts and bolts!!!


dilemma456 Wed 29-Jul-09 12:15:28

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Chevre Wed 29-Jul-09 12:19:51


slug Wed 29-Jul-09 12:40:53

I once worked in a knitting woll factory. My job consisted of taking spun balls of wool off the machine, putting ten in a celephane bag and putting a sticker on the end. <<yawn>>

QueenEagle Wed 29-Jul-09 12:44:20

Security guard - There is a rather posh jewellers in town near me. For some reason their doors are always locked but have a full time security guard who literally stands at the door and when people want to go in he rings the bell and lets them in. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

LovelyTinOfSpam Wed 29-Jul-09 13:59:58

Blood lab/checking smears etc.

Basically like working on a production line making something but even more boring and with the added bonus that if you cock it up someone might die.

shock at all the insurance ones! I loved it for 10 years or more - so much drinking and casual sex grin And actuaries are soooo nice, best drinking partners ever. Oh and yes the work - well it's just office work innit same as any other office job really.

So ner grin

dilemma456 Wed 29-Jul-09 15:20:51

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SoccerMum Wed 29-Jul-09 15:22:47

Cold Call stationery selling hmm or in the P&L account balance team at Wickes. All day every day doing the same calculations until the account balanced!

Sidge Wed 29-Jul-09 15:45:22


I'd be crap at sales.

Do you want to buy this product?


Ok, thanks, bye.

Blackduck Wed 29-Jul-09 15:46:58

Ohh actuaries - aren't they people who find
accountancy too exciting grin

Cold calling of any kind, selling of any kind. Filing - I once did a temp job that involved filing 6 months worth of paper - I was catatonic bu the end of every day...

Swedes Wed 29-Jul-09 15:50:55

I was once hitching home from a party at age 16 and got a lift from a bloke who was an artificial inseminator.

I think logistics, IT and Human Resources would be me idea of job hell.

MikeStand Wed 29-Jul-09 15:54:09

I couldn't work in a carpet shop.

Swedes Wed 29-Jul-09 15:55:24

Chevre - I could be interested in packaging.

SoccerMum Wed 29-Jul-09 15:56:02

Post office on giro day? Not boring, but I think id be ready to kill by 1400!

moondog Wed 29-Jul-09 15:57:12

Whatever that is

When we lived in Russia a fewyears ago [doing worthy jobs],one of the fewexpats there represented Wrigleys.His job basically was to get Russians to buy chewing gum.
I'm amazed he even admitted it to anyone.

BonsoirAnna Wed 29-Jul-09 15:57:20

Car windscreen replacement.

jumpingbeans Wed 29-Jul-09 15:58:00

In a kitchen, boiling hot, and everything turning out wrong and someone shouting at you,i just know i would throw a complete taz

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