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Fictional Job Scenario
You have been offered a job at a remote research facility.

The facility is very remote and apart from your facility no signs of human life exist within 1000km. Its is inland and only accessible by a runway.

The job consists of monitoring some equipment, making occasional repairs and sending reports back to home base. It is not particularly physically or mentally challenging however the tasks are spread out throughout the day and have to be completed when needed. You can leave the facility but cannot go too far incase you miss completing a task.

The facility itself its not huge but has everything you could need. You have a sleeping quarter, bathroom, gym, cooking area, TV, living area and full internet access. Supplies like food are delivered via airdrop every two weeks. You can request whatever ingredients you like but you have to cook for yourself.

You can also request items like books, DVDs, tools, clothing etc. Nothing too big or expensive though. These items will be included in your airdrops.

You live alone at the facility but can contact people by phone or internet as much as you please. Once you are dropped off by plane you will not make human contact again till your job is completed.

In your free time you can whatever you want (write a book, work out, learn spanish, run an online business etc.) as long as it does not interfere with running the facility.

Unless of an emergency you cannot leave and noone is allowed visit.

The job is for 4 years and pays two million US dollars (no tax).

Would you take it?
(This post was last modified: 08-06-2013 12:46 AM by Atlantic.)
08-06-2013 12:38 AM
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Could you describe the surroundings more? Something exotic like tropical rainforest or with things like cliff faces/valleys/mountains/caves to explore during downtime? I've spent extended time by myself trekking in the wilderness in Oregon & Washington, have rudimentary cooking skills and assuming some basic medical supplies were available, I'd consider it.

4 years is a long time though. Tough question. For me, the above consideration would likely sway my decision.

Edit: OK, I saw this:

"Unless of an emergency you cannot leave and noone is allowed visit." and "You can leave the facility but cannot go too far incase you miss completing a task.".

That is harsh, you're effectively confined to that place, and due to the continuous nature of the work you can't risk going off-site for very long. There may be potential to reinvent yourself Count of Monte Christo-style for your return to society, but I'd probably say no.
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08-06-2013 12:56 AM
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Boy. Tough call. You'd never have to work again, but then you'd have some serious social issues to work out when you got home.

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08-06-2013 01:37 AM
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RE: Fictional Job Scenario
Is this a college paradigm? For a college where there is no partying and sex, only studying, but at the end you're guaranteed a job? (i. e. the exact opposite of colleges today).

It's the 4 year limit that gets to me... why that number?
08-06-2013 02:05 AM
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(08-06-2013 12:56 AM)CactusCat589 Wrote:  Could you describe the surroundings more?

[Image: HAARP-3.jpg]

Quote:Is this a college paradigm?

No
08-06-2013 02:18 AM
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I'd definitely take it unless you already have a steady job that pays $500,000/yr.
08-06-2013 02:28 AM
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It's HAARP? I thought more than one person worked there at a time.

And don't they have open houses and tours?
08-06-2013 02:29 AM
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I wouldn't. I missed out on enough stuff already. I don't need to waste another 4 years for naught.
08-06-2013 02:30 AM
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$2 mil isn't exactly naught
08-06-2013 02:30 AM
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(08-06-2013 02:29 AM)pump_and_romance Wrote:  It's HAARP? I thought more than one person worked there at a time.

And don't they have open houses and tours?

That is just the picture I used. Its for a no-name company doing nothing important.
08-06-2013 02:41 AM
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(08-06-2013 02:30 AM)pump_and_romance Wrote:  $2 mil isn't exactly naught

I'd rather be a vagrant on the street than be enslaved to yet another hallow occupation.
08-06-2013 02:42 AM
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Yikes. the question for me would be how can I get enough social interaction to stay sane.

I'd be able to keep myself occupied otherwise - learning languages, reading, working out... it's just the interaction. Not sure I could do four years, even with things like Skype etc.

That's a tough one.
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Well put it this way, if you say no, can i pass you my resume so i can get the job?
08-06-2013 03:20 AM
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A PhD is basically 4-5 years of isolation, except you get no money in the end and the work is way harder. Yet people sign up for a PhD in droves (and not all of them are stupid).

Men used to do crap like this (living out in the wilderness for years) before the internet, or skype, or supply airdrops. Imagine an alpha male figure complaining that he didn't get enough social interaction when he was living out in the wilderness.

It's not just a good deal. It's a freaking amazing deal, and there are many people who would gladly sign up if you're not willing to do it.
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Yes, absolutely, I'd take it.

Four years of my life is currently worth 2 million USD.

The isolation would be tough, for a social guy like me, but I'm pretty good at finding ways to entertain myself when there is no one around.

Heck, after four years of not needing to put up with stupid people, I might wanna stick around for a second contract.

If I did wanna leave after four years, I'd buy a sailboat and float around the globe until that got boring. And I'd party like a ************.
08-06-2013 03:30 AM
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Just to confirm because I got some PMs: this is completely fictional. This job does not actual exist.

It is just to see peoples views on time/money and dealing with isolation.
08-06-2013 07:02 AM
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I would do it for 1.2m. Could focus on getting jacked for 4 years.
08-06-2013 08:28 AM
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sounds like a regular forestry job with no breaks and 800x times the pay so yes.

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08-06-2013 03:35 PM
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I'd hire a company to drop in some pussy and booze. Whose gonna know?
08-06-2013 03:43 PM
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I'd pass on it. Isolation does weird things to you.

And while the thought of having all of that communication at your disposal, i wouldn't really reach out to people. I tend to be come a loaner on my own and get lost in my thoughts.

I like social interaction. But I like new social interaction with new people.
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I'm 33, so my time is running out. So it's a harder decision for me. If I were 23, HELL YES.

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(08-06-2013 07:02 AM)Irishman Wrote:  Just to confirm because I got some PMs: this is completely fictional. This job does not actual exist.

I'm guessing some folks believed that you may be covertly recruiting.

I'd be cool if this job existed, but economically speaking, there is no way it could.
08-06-2013 04:15 PM
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I know a bunch of complete anti-social guys. I'd start the job then sub-contract them to switch places. They would do it all day on for $50K year and free food/accommodations. They be begging me for a slot.
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lol could be HARP. Their employees arent allowed to talk to each other.

If your sub 30 id def say DO IT! But your 30s are your best years so best to find other opportunities even though less pay. Then again, Im sub 30 so maybe I dont know what im talking about.
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Yes, but 2 conditions:

-Make it 2 years and 2 mil today's dollars after tax, adjusted for real (as opposed to official) inflation.
-Wait until i get laid off from my current job or get too sick of it.
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