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do you enjoy your current job?

  • yes, enjoy it very much

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  • well, so-so (please explain more below)

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  • no, i hate it!

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I'm currently in somewhat a confusing dilemma, as usual, with the whole dream-career versus reality of current "real job" & other 'family/parents' obligations/expectations' I seemingly have to oblige.. hence I want to ask this simple question:

what do u guys think of ur current job?
do you guys enjoy it?
or, not so much?
or (if you're like me), hate it so much,..but unfortunately still trapped in it and constantly looking for ways out, in a hope to pursue that 'dream-career' ?
(then my 'NP' endlessly thought if the 'dream-career', in Reality, would turn out to be less than enjoyable too..o_O)

if you answer the 2nd, especially the 3rd choice, then what's ur current plan for it?

let's discuss.
 
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I said so-so because I'm Unemployed :tongue:

Obviously unemployment has some perks I uh get a lot of time to myself,I watch a lot of t.v I realax a lot.

Oh but I have no income and I need and search for work a lot.

So yeah I like being unemployed but it's not good for this world we live in so I need to get a job and join the 'real' world soon.

Good thing I'm going to college in 19 Days.
 

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I still haven't worked out what I want as a "career" (more money and thus stress is about as appealing as a day in a torture chamber) so I temped, got given a contract in payroll which wasn't so bad then got moved to the technical side of payroll, which means instead of helping people on the phone all day I sit and work. Couldn't be any more boring or pointless!

What am I doing about it? Nothing, yet. It's still easy money and great working conditions (15 minute walk there, arrive by 10 and leave at 3 any day - just make the hours up, nearby park for lunch...) I'd like to try a non office job and briefly considered being a fireman until I noticed they run round in coats all year round while I wear short sleeves :crazy:

Everything in my life is changing rapidly now, something will appear soon and I've switched off all worry and fear and will just go for it.
 

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Well as this is kinda similar to my thread.

I currently work in a convenience store part time.

I quite enjoy it, as much as you can enjoy a job anyways. The days go pretty fast, faster than when I was at college.

I'm supposed to be doing an Art & Design foundation course in about a month but I got to thinking and I'm pretty sure I don't want to do that for a living.

I've been thinking hard over the past couple of days and I think I want to follow in my mum's footsteps and be some kind of teaching assistant. Or somebody who works in learning support. I would REALLY enjoy doing that for a living. Female dominated environment (a male dominated environment is my worst nightmare), check, helping people, check, decent hours check.
 

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That sounds like a great idea Graice. It's really fun working with children, very rewarding and interesting. No two days are ever the same! The pay isn't great but if you found you liked it so much and wanted to take it further you can do on-the-job training to be a teacher. Or even a specialist TA working with children with special needs, I went to visit a special needs school for an interview and it was such a lovely supportive atmosphere and you can become quite highly paid in those circumstances. Not that money is my everything or owt, but it's a means to an end and I know the TAs at my school love their jobs but they do get a bit arsey with the teachers sometimes cos of the pay difference.
 

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Well my job is okay. It pays pretty well and I have good benefits but it's so mundane and boring. I do the same things every month. I've always wanted to study anthropology but I chose to do accounting because it was a more "practical" choice. But these days I've been questioning my choice...
 
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I don't enjoy my job. All day, every day I dream of what could have been and what could be and what won't be if I stay.

Its a customer service job where when I'm not standing like a wall against a catapult barrage of customer's ego's complaints or bad jokes I'm trying to achieve good stats, all so I can stave off the spectre of being fired when you don't make enough sales for an overpriced company. Half the time my company are on my back, half the time they are not. I asked someone else why they continue to hassle someone when they think they're a sinking ship and they responded that they think there's still something left to salvage. It's not easy to have people believe in you when you are more focused on salvaging your life than your sales stats. But my job has a comfort zone: When you're feeling detached or stubborn from criticism then the work is an extremely easy job and hard to break away from, when there's comforting around you and anxiety in front of you.

So I try and find "that little something" I look for in life to lead to a life of fulfilment. By avoiding relationships and keeping my social circle small all this time I could essentially cut myself loose at any moment and follow my dreams, leaving only a family who would be glad to have me out from under their feet. However, I procrastinate A LOT and I'm very afraid of taking the necessary steps which is why I'm still sitting here when I was even considering going to live in a Buddhist monastery way back in 2007 yet I'm still sitting here on the computer under the staircase.

I hope to look back one day and see everything thats happen, good and bad as if it was like a dream (no matter how naive that may be.) I don't know what my ideal life would be but I guess I should go travelling in the hope it would provide key insight into finding what is right for me.
 

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I voted so-so. I work doing clerical stuff part-time (technically I'm a temp, but I've been there two years D:), but I'm currently looking for something else. Issues with the new boss aside, it's kind of boring, which we all know is a double-edged sword. I can only stand being online so many hours a day!

If wishes were riches, I'd pay off my 6-figure student loans from undergrad and do social work or nutrition, which are two things that mean a hell of a lot more to me than my undergrad degree, which I don't ever plan to use. But since riches are not, right now I'll take what I can get. All I want from life is the time to run nice trails and the food to fuel it. :)

To tell you the truth, the more realistic side of me has been toying on and off with the idea of going to my community college to get licensed as a pharmacy tech. It's a muuuuch smaller investment than another degree and I volunteered doing that in college and found it pretty fun and fast-paced. I wish vocations got a better rep than they do so I would have considered that sooner, but colleges are so in your face because they need to feast on money and souls to live, ahhhh!

but that's a topic for another forum. ;)
 

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I don't enjoy my job. All day, every day I dream of what could have been and what could be and what won't be if I stay.

Its a customer service job where when I'm not standing like a wall against a catapult barrage of customer's ego's complaints or bad jokes I'm trying to achieve good stats, all so I can stave off the spectre of being fired when you don't make enough sales for an overpriced company. Half the time my company are on my back, half the time they are not. I asked someone else why they continue to hassle someone when they think they're a sinking ship and they responded that they think there's still something left to salvage. It's not easy to have people believe in you when you are more focused on salvaging your life than your sales stats. But my job has a comfort zone: When you're feeling detached or stubborn from criticism then the work is an extremely easy job and hard to break away from, when there's comfort around you and anxiety in front of you.

So I try and find "that little something" I look for in life to lead to a life of fulfilment. By avoiding relationships and keeping my social circle small all this time I could essentially cut myself loose at any moment and follow my dreams, leaving only a family who would be glad to have me out from under their feet. However, I procrastinate A LOT and I'm very afraid of taking the necessary steps which is why I'm still sitting here when I was even considering going to live in a Buddhist monastery way back in 2007 yet I'm still sitting here on the computer under the staircase.

I hope to look back one day and see everything thats happen, good and bad as if it was like a dream (no matter how naive that may be.) I don't know what my ideal life would be but I guess I should go travelling in the hope it would provide key insight into finding what is right for me.
 

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That sounds like a great idea Graice. It's really fun working with children, very rewarding and interesting. No two days are ever the same! The pay isn't great but if you found you liked it so much and wanted to take it further you can do on-the-job training to be a teacher. Or even a specialist TA working with children with special needs, I went to visit a special needs school for an interview and it was such a lovely supportive atmosphere and you can become quite highly paid in those circumstances. Not that money is my everything or owt, but it's a means to an end and I know the TAs at my school love their jobs but they do get a bit arsey with the teachers sometimes cos of the pay difference.
But to be fair the TAs don't have to do any planning or marking or proper talking to the whole class teaching.

But yeah, money doesn't matter that much to me. As long as I can afford somewhere to live, be able to save some money and have some spare for a few leisure activities I''ll be fine. And if I'm living with someone else I'm sure the pay wont be as much of an issue anyways.
 

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I hate my job! I load trailers every day. It sucks! Two years been doing this. 15% unemployment, and can't find another job. Imagine lifting and loading 20-30+ thousand pounds a day in a trailer where it's about 100+ degrees constantly during summer. Feels like you fell in a pool with all your clothes on.. all day. Oh well, sorry for venting.. I just really hate that shady company. Much worse to say, but don't wanna go into much more detail. In short, don't Ever work for UPS.
 

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I voted so-so.

I work with people with developmental disabilities. I originally started as a part time job to help pay for textbooks and gasoline to get to school. When I graduated (BA in Psychology, focused more on research) I ended up having a full time position open up and took it while hoping to look for something else. I bounced around between sites, and found an easy going house that is really not bad to work at, all things considered. I worked as an evening aide for a year or so and when a day position opened handling medical appointments I jumped at it. I handle medical documentation, scheduling of appointments and things like that. I'm a bit disillusioned lately, since I am beginning to see the corporate cogs behind the veil of caring. That, and I don't really feel like developmental disabilities are a critical social issue. I'm more interested in sustainable transportation and safeguarding our planet to keep from losing the precious life we have. All in all, it isn't bad. I work with a great manager (though that is changing for a few months...I hope it's not permanent). The upside is, the manager is from our sister site, so I know her a bit. She's a nice lady and used to do my job, so I can't see that being too bad. Some of the socializing with my residents gets to be taxing, although it's more due to particular people who disregard boundaries. For most, it isn't there fault and I can't blame them, so it's just a part of the job. I feel like upper management doesn't really respect me most times, although the supervisors I deal with on a regular basis are quite nice when I do see them. In the grand scheme of things, I shouldn't really complain much. It just kind of sucks to be promised that "The world is your oyster!" and then be unable to chase your dreams due to a savage economy. It's alright though, because I know I'll pull through it eventually. Even in the direst of situations, I know I can still be a good person, and that's what counts.

I'd also like to say, that the limited social interaction with my residents makes it much more special when I do see them. In fact, it's made my day and I have tons of stories of kind things they've done. Really, the people make it worth it. There's frustrations and I would almost say that I am burned out sometimes, but one of my guys can come home with a huge grin on his face and say "Welcome back man!" and I just can't help but smile. Sometimes, you just have to take the little things for what they're worth.
So, it's alright. I'm biding my time until I can build up skills to transfer into a career in sustainable transport or something. Still need to make my mind up on that too. Heh.
 

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Hmm, I'd say I like my job but it's not something I would like to stay for long.

I have a nocturnal job at a receptive call center for a health plan, while it sounds really bad (call center), being nocturnal makes everything really awesome, because I don't see a lot of people and it's a really easy job (I mean I can sleep there or play videogame, watch series, etc). It pays really well and I have a lot of free time during the day!
 

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I voted so-so because of a few different factors. I can't truly say I HATE my job, but the main aspect of it is less than ideal for me, to put it lightly. Working in customer service call center is very stressful for me. The first month there, all the negative emotional energy from the customers really got to me and I would cry in the bathroom on break or at home almost every night. Think about it; the only reason someone calls customer service is to talk about a problem, and some customers react to problems by getting loud and angry. On really bad calls I would actually start crying on the phone and have to put the customer on hold. Thankfully, after the third month I was able to build up an emotional shell and get used to it, and now I don't have problems with random weeping. But still.

Anyways, some benefits are that I like the work environment, my boss and coworkers are nice (although I am kind of shy and don't actually interact with them much, I still made some great friends there), and the pay is good enough that I keep going to work every day. Plus, they let us browse the internet and listen to music, so that's great. But talking to customers? NOT GREAT.

Ironically, in my high school years, if the phone ever rang, even if I was right there, I wouldn't answer it. I would just run around the house (or even outside) until 1. I found someone that would answer the phone instead or 2. the phone stopped ringing. No one ever called asking for me, and I have never liked talking on the phone. :/
 
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My job could be boring at times, but I absolutely love it. Not just because it pays good and I get free stuff, but just because it's a good atmosphere to be around. If I'm having a bad day at school or something has just been bothering me, I know I have something to look toward too. I am very thankful to have great co workers who always are there to help even with personal issues. They care a lot and are a lot of fun and that's what is great about the job, is having fun. We always joke around and even though I'm more of the quiet one, I know who I can trust and talk to.
 

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I gave up on trying to apply my Napoleon Dynamite-like skills to the business world a while back. I work a dead-end job, and I feel so-so about it. I do kind of wish I worked somewhere more trendy like a bookstore or coffee shop but it may not actually be the best thing because I'd probably be so distracted by all the tomfoolery that I wouldn't do well. As of right now, I guess I'm cool with where I am.
 

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I'm currently in somewhat a confusing dilemma, as usual, with the whole dream-career versus reality of current "real job" & other 'family/parents' obligations/expectations' I seemingly have to oblige.. hence I want to ask this simple question:

what do u guys think of ur current job?
do you guys enjoy it?
or, not so much?
or (if you're like me), hate it so much,..but unfortunately still trapped in it and constantly looking for ways out, in a hope to pursue that 'dream-career' ?
(then my 'NP' endlessly thought if the 'dream-career', in Reality, would turn out to be less than enjoyable too..o_O)

if you answer the 2nd, especially the 3rd choice, then what's ur current plan for it?

let's discuss.
I have a love/hate relationship with my job. There are times when I enjoy it because I have had a meaningful interaction with someone. I hate chaos and conflict and sometimes there is no shortage of it. I sometimes feel I'm crazy for choosing some of the professions I have. They definitely don't make the Meyers-Briggs lists of jobs for an INFP. I realize that conflict and chaos are part of real life and I'm learning to just have a healthier way of looking at the unpleasantness of life. I think at this point I am trapped by choice. The choice is to pay the bills and provide for my family. I am in a second long-term career. I force myself to look at what elements of the job fit in with my ideals. There are a few. As far as change, that will come with a third career. It will be one that aligns with my values and will only be guided by my own input. I am still trying to figure out what to do when I grow up.
 

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95% of the time I love my job. There's always the threat of subbing for a terrible class. Also, I don't get enough hours, which sucks. Hoping next summer I can get a classroom job...
 

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I'm not a worker by any stretch of the imagination. I manage to sometimes stay in a job for around 6 months where by the end I am literally scratching at the walls to get out. The maximum I've actually stayed in a job was for 3 years part time as a playworker. I may do it again if I can't find another profession I like. I've worked in retail, admin, customer service, warehouse, education and childcare. I haven't liked any of them. I'm currently at a school where I have no desire to stay and will be trying to get out as soon as possible. It's surprising that I've kept my relationship with Mrs Davie but I think she knows me enough to accept me as the free spirit I am. I don't care about money as long as there's enough to live on. I don't care about career progression. I just want freedom and time to myself.
 
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