The Weird Things That Work Teaches You

As with any job, there is certain knowledge you gain that you never would have gotten anywhere else. It’s part of the never-ending learning process, yadda, yadda… But what about those random bits of trivia that a job trains you with, but are also somewhat useful outside of work? In addition to the acronyms, and industry-specific jargon, I realized a few other random things that my job indirectly teaches me…

Holidays: I’ve never been great at remembering the specific dates of random holidays like Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, etc. But now that I work on an ad-supported website, I get plenty of advance warning for each one. Lo and behold there are Mother’s Day ads running on the site! I better look for a gift!

Thursdays: Did you know August 10th is a Thursday? How about October 5th? June 15th? Since all of our production release dates fall on Thursdays, I see these dates float around all the time in scheduling meetings. On rare occasion this random bit of knowledge has been helpful for figuring out dates outside of work.

Division/Multiplication by 1000: OK, so this one is super easy even without help from work. In web advertising everything is calculated by CPC (cost per 1000 clicks) or more commonly CPM (cost per 1000 impressions). This has taught me how to move a decimal point back and forth 3-places in my head like no other. There is little practical use for this in the real world.

I can also list a fairly big number of telephone service providers across the country, but that’s rather industry-specific and especially boring. I’m sure there are plenty of other little things that just aren’t coming to mind at the moment (see how meaningful this knowledge is!).

What kind of strange little talents has your job trained you with?

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