So, everybody hates market researchers don’t they? You know how it goes… You come out of a shop, see someone with a clipboard (or an iPad these days) and do that staring at the floor swerve while walking in a huge circle around them. They call ‘Two minutes of your time?’ hopefully, and you studiously avoid hearing or seeing them. Yeah, we’ve all been there.
Except, once, I had my own experience and it changed my perspective. I got a job after I had just moved area and in all honesty, I didn’t intend to stay long, but I needed an income and it paid quite well so I took it. It was working on the phone and computer to allocate work to market researchers in different parts of the country. As you can imagine, it doesn’t take a huge amount of brain skill. If you’re researching bread, most people can take on that job, whereas if it’s tampons, the researchers do better if they are women.
I didn’t like the job much, I wasn’t used to having to adhere to such strict practices and – believe me – you had to raise your hand if you wanted to go to the toilet and ask to be excused. However, little did I know that the worst was yet to come. They told me that in order to understand the work of the market researchers and to evaluate their performance, that we had to go out ourselves and do one day of market research with an established researcher.
We were told to dress in warm and comfortable clothes and thusly, I arrived outside my local John Lewis store to meet my contact at 8am one morning. The actual day passed in a blur and by that, I do not mean quickly. It passed so very slowly you wouldn’t believe it. It was cold, it was colder than I’d ever been. The cold passed up through the pavement into my boots, through my socks, into my feet and up my legs. My hands were numb through my gloves, my back and front and.. well, everywhere, hurt. People were rude, mostly, and you had to smile anyway.
I finally got home at 6.30pm that night and fell straight into bed. I shivered and shuddered for several hours, trying to re-establish a normal body temperature and then I slept and when I woke the next morning, I felt like I’d run a marathon.
Fact is, these people have to get a certain amount of responses a day, without that they don’t achieve the campaign aims and so they don’t get paid. Now, knowing a tiny bit of their pain, I stop if I’m asked. I know that by stopping, I can save them another hour perhaps of standing there in the gripping cold. It was certainly one of the worst jobs I’ve tried.
So, do you please have two minutes?
What to wear in Second Life today?
Visit | London Mayfair
Pose | [pose+ivity] Hippie 3 (pose+ivity Mainstore)
Hair | *Besom – Sierra – Blondes HUD (N21, til 12 Mar)
Shoes | N-Core Zoe White (Kustom9, til 10 Mar)
Outfit | [Cynful] Take Note Set & Tie [Mait/2Sli/3Bell] (Kinky Monthly, til 19 Mar)
Cynful’s Take Note Set is certainly not what I’d recommend you wear if you were undertaking market research, but luckily, in SL, there is no foot and back pain, no terrible temperatures, so you can wear it whenever you like! It comprises the outfit as shown with optional tie, plus you can wear the corset top without the matching skirt. You can expect 20 colour options for each changeable part, plus an addition 7 exclusive to the fatpack. There are handy optional built in panties which you can colour change too.
Besom’s Sierra hair is lurvely. It’s resizeable (handy for mesh head lovers) and is available at N21 until the 12th of March. Can you believe we’re almost in March? This year is flying so far.
Here’s a few more pics I took, including a ‘well lit, no shit’ shot.
And finally, here is the jigging for the rigging video. Let’s shake it up and see if it all stays put 🙂