There's an article on the main Yahoo page titled "10 hot home-office jobs". I figured I'd take a look to see what kind of jobs they said could be done at home. #2 is Computer Systems Analyst. That's what I do! It is a good thing I wasn't drinking anything at the time or my monitor would be wet right now. It makes me wonder if all such Yahoo articles are similarly wrong. The writer probably just looks things up on other websites or thinks "I heard someone say that that job could be done at home" and writes it up. Sure, I could do my job at home, but most companies still want you to come in. Managers figure if you're not right there it'll look like they have nothing to do (they don't) and they'll be fired. Some jobs will let you work at home occasionally, but as a regular thing? No.
As I was walking to North Station yesterday, I was about a block away, waiting to cross a street when a guy next to me started talking to me. He said "That's a good company" and nodded up at a banner hanging from the building across the street. I don't remember what company, but they had a website on the sign. He continued "They're hiring! You can get a good sales job with them." He must have worked for them, maybe as a recruiter, but who says things like this to complete strangers on the street? I was wearing business clothes and my leather jacket. Did I look like I needed a job?
I replied "I don't do sales." The guy chortles (yes he actually chortled, I don't know that I've frequently heard such obvious chortling) and says "We're all salesmen, right?" The walk signal changed at that point and as I started across the street I said "No. I'm a systems analyst. I don't sell anything." He didn't try to talk to me after that, though he was behind me for the rest of the block. (I was only around a block from North Station when this all happened.)
There was a guy on the other side of me during this whole thing and when I said "Systems Analyst" he whipped his head around to gawk at me as though he'd either never heard of such a thing or he couldn't believe that's what I did.
An odd incident indeed.