Tell Us About Your Job and We'll Guess What Decade You Were Born In

By: Zoe Samuel
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Tell Us About Your Job and We'll Guess What Decade You Were Born In
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About This Quiz

The idea of work and home lives being two separate things that require two distinct skill sets and personas is a product of the Industrial Revolution. Before that, the vast majority of people lived on the land and everyone had to contribute whatever they could to stay afloat while hoping their feudal lord did not show up and take all their property and praying for a good harvest. Life actually got a lot worse for a lot of people from about 1750 onward, as everyone rushed to the cities and ended up trapped in what today we would call a sweatshop environment, where very long hours in loud, hot, dangerous conditions were considered the norm and pay was typically absolutely terrible.

Fast forward a couple of centuries and a combination of rising wealth, civil and workers' rights movements and changes in technology have transformed the workplace repeatedly, with no two decades the same anymore. While this has some enormous downsides, like entire industries being automated out of existence and the death of job security and pensions, it also has some upsides. Worker deaths are at historic lows and discrimination and workplace abuse are finally being exposed and rooted out. Of course, how you experienced these changes is hugely influenced by when you were born, so tell us about your job and we'll guess just when that was!

Have you ever stayed in a job for more than 10 years?
Yes, more than once
Yes, I only ever had one job
LOL, no!
Once

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Can you support a family of four on just your income?
Yes
I could support six!
Definitely not
Mostly yes, except I couldn't pay 100 percent of college costs for both kids.

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Does your boss listen to your ideas?
If my boss was planning to steal them, sure
No, that's absurd.
Yes, that is why she hired me.
Once in a while

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Are you allowed to personalize your workspace?
A couple of items were allowed.
Definitely not
Of course
Yes, but doing it is frowned upon.

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Is your work very meaningful to you?
Not really
No
Yes
Occasionally

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How essential was a degree to your job?
I don't have a degree.
I never finished high school.
Just one degree? That's cute!
Fairly

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Do you ever work from home?
Only in cases of severe illness
I don't know how that's possible.
Yes, twice a week
Once in a while

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What's the male-to-female ratio in your workplace?
70/30
90/10
45/55
60/40

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Do you wear a uniform?
Yes - for, well, uniformity
Yes - partly for safety
No
No, but there's a dress code.

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Have you ever made minimum wage?
Yes, I got by just fine.
No, that didn't exist for me.
Yes, but you cannot really live properly on it.
Yes, and I scraped by.

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If you have a complaint at work, what do you do?
Mutter about it
Nothing
Tweet about it
Try HR, even if it is a long shot.

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Would you be rewarded for taking initiative?
No, that would be ridiculed.
No, that would be actively punished.
Yes
Depends if it worked out or not!

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Are there many opportunities to be creative in your job?
A few
None whatsoever
That's the whole job.
Sometimes

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Do you listen to music at work?
No, you couldn't hear it over the machines.
No, you need to listen for warning sounds.
Sure, on my headphones
Yes, there is a radio in the office.

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What sort of hours do you put in?
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday
Eight-hour​ rotating shifts
All of them. I put in all the hours!
9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday

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Are you expected to be available outside of working hours?
Only in rare emergencies
No
Of course
If there is a deadline

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At what age will you retire?
65
60
LOL
72

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Do you think the benefits at work are good?
They are quite good.
Yes, I am very satisfied.
There are no benefits.
They're adequate.

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Do you worry that your job might be automated?
Elements of it will be
I just missed that, thankfully.
No, I am too adaptable.
Yes, it's happening now.

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Do you know anyone who has been injured in the workplace?
Quite a few people - it's grim!
Yes, nearly everyone has some sort of long-term issue.
Nothing worse than a stubbed toe
A few people

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Do you make enough to buy a three-bedroom home?
Yes, and I can still go on vacation.
I have four bedrooms!
Wait, they make homes with three bedrooms in them?
Just about

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How do you get to work?
Car
Cycle
Subway and/or scooter
Bus

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How long is your commute?
45 minutes
30 minutes
Depends which of my three jobs you mean
An hour

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Do you have casual Fridays?
I've heard of this but have never seen it.
No, you could be fired for not wearing a tie.
It's always pretty casual.
Yes

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Has anyone at your workplace ever gotten pregnant, taken leave, come back and not had their career severely impaired?
That would be very rare.
No, that would be ridiculous.
Yes, this is slowly getting more common.
It happened once or twice.

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Does your employer have any corporate responsibility or charitable involvement?
Yes, they have an annual Christmas collection.
No, a company is not a charity.
Yes, they have an entire division for that.
They give to a couple of foundations.​

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Do you feel like you have to be "one of the boys" to get ahead in your office?
Yes, and it sucks.
Yes, as it should be!
No, thank God!
Only if you are willing to sell your soul!

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Do you get to use the knowledge you acquired from your degree?
If I had a degree, I would get to use it.
I don't have a degree, nor would I be able to use it.
Once in a while
I use it all the time. That is why I got a degree.

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How do you get promoted in your field without changing companies?
Someone dies
You don't
You leverage a rival offer from another company
You make a powerful friend

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How often do you have to reskill or upskill to stay current in your field?
Every 10 years
Never
Constantly
Every five yeras

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