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How an IT specialist automated his own job.

January 20, 2022
Reading time 2 min.

🌈 A quick taster for you:  

  • Automate monotonous jobs.
  • Noone notices because of home office. 
  • $90,000 for putting your feet up!

🧐 Why do I care?

Since the beginning of time, mankind has strived to become more efficient and minimize the amount of work we need to do. This shows up throughout our history — all the way from the agricultural revolution to the digital one. But we haven’t yet managed to put our work completely behind us! Although there is one exception, and it's told to us by an IT specialist via a post on Reddit.  

🔍 What exactly is happening here?

  • Automation steals jobs? Yeah right!
    With technical progress and rising automation, more and more jobs are becoming obsolete and replaced by machines. That's exactly what one employee thought, who worked as an IT specialist for a law firm where he digitally assigned documents and evidence for court hearings. At first glance, it seemed like a monotonous job. But, on second glance, he saw it held a lot of potential — he recognized the clear structures of the work and began to automate them. Under the post "I automated my job over a year ago and haven't told anyone" he described on Reddit exactly how he automated his job and therefore no longer had to put in any work himself.
  • Step by step
    The IT specialist had sole admin rights for the cloud, to which he transferred the entire evidence management system. Since nothing else was expected of him during his 8-hour shift other than to digitally organize these documents, he wrote a script that automated all of his work. Due to the pandemic he could easily ‘work’ from home and continue earning his annual salary of $90,000. He also wrote on Reddit that if his company were to ever fire him, he would simply delete the script thereby creating the ‘job’ once again. We’re not sure if that part of the plan is as well thought out as his script, but other than that it all sounds pretty smart!
  • Subscription as a service
    In the comments on the Reddit post, people have been enjoying thinking of what this new work-life balance model should be called. A great suggestion from one person: "Just think of your salary as a subscription service for your automated program. Big companies love subscription services, right?"

🤓 What does this mean for me?

This week we just wanted to throw a current topic out there, and potentially motivate you to think outside the box! At worst, it’s hopefully a fun fact to share with your friends over the weekend — especially anyone who isn’t already subscribed to The Briefing or hasn’t joined the waiting list for OWWN. And hey, if you know some of those people then feel free to recommend us so they can become part of the community too!

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