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This is a discussion on Jobs. Not Careers, Jobs. within the Type 4 Forum - The Individualist forums, part of the Heart Triad - Types 2,3,4 category; Do you guys tend to move from job to job? I'm 26 and I've had about 30. Granted I've moved ...

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    Type 4w5

    Jobs. Not Careers, Jobs.

    Do you guys tend to move from job to job? I'm 26 and I've had about 30. Granted I've moved a few times and I started early, but I can't honestly say I've enjoyed any of them. They all felt like tremendous life sucking burdens. Anybody ever have a job they like? Keep in mind I'm not talking about careers. I'm talking about waiting tables, pouring coffee, stacking boxes, selling TVs. You get the idea.
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    Oy. I cannot imagine having 30 jobs, dude.. I feel that would just kill me. I've worked in retail and at a movie theater and it was tremendously soul sucking.

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    Type 4w5

    I'm the same. I'm 20 and I've had 7 jobs already. Working at a department store, a carnival, a supermarket, in bakeries, a chicken store, babysitting... I hated most of them. I wonder if it's a 4 thing to find the complete soul-suckingness of it to be too much, hence why we change so much?
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    Does anyone ever enjoy a job that is just a job and not a career?

    By definition, that means that whatever you're doing isn't what you're planning on doing for the rest of your life, or even for a long period of time. With that said, it's probably not what you want to be doing. Knowing that, is it possible to actually be happy with the job?

    (This is a semi-rhetorical question.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by viva View Post
    Does anyone ever enjoy a job that is just a job and not a career?

    By definition, that means that whatever you're doing isn't what you're planning on doing for the rest of your life, or even for a long period of time. With that said, it's probably not what you want to be doing. Knowing that, is it possible to actually be happy with the job?

    (This is a semi-rhetorical question.)
    Thats a good point. The majority of my co-workers express similar sentiments at most of these jobs. I tend to think that we are probably more sensitive too it though.
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    Type 4w5


    Quote Originally Posted by viva View Post
    Does anyone ever enjoy a job that is just a job and not a career?

    By definition, that means that whatever you're doing isn't what you're planning on doing for the rest of your life, or even for a long period of time. With that said, it's probably not what you want to be doing. Knowing that, is it possible to actually be happy with the job?

    (This is a semi-rhetorical question.)
    Yeh, that makes sense.. but I know some people can be content with it. I think with 4s, it's more that if the work is not emotionally engaging, it tends to be totally draining. I feel meaningless doing work just to get by. I guess I just don't have the practical mindset or something to not feel miserable.
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    I've only babysat, and worked in two retail stores since I was 15. I'm 21. o_o

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    This is why I study.

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    I had a summer job last year which I despised...unfortunately I'll have to get (a different) one next summer again and I'll also have to work through university. I'll probably be tempted to quit, but if I do I won't be able to afford uni. :(

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    Type 4

    Yes! Emphatically yes. I'm 23 and I've had 18 jobs, including a total of over 2 years not working at all.

    I've mostly done service and retail industry jobs. I've hosted and served at 8 or so restaurants, been a receptionist, a hair stylist at many different salons and a salesperson. The progression of each job goes the same, no matter where I've worked. Everything's ok for a few weeks until I'm asked if I hate working there, have a personal problem with the manager, etc. (I have an angry expression when my face is relaxed and I'm daydreaming, which is all the time!!!) I say no of course not, and I always feel sad and rejected - though not surprised.
    If the job's really going against the grain - constant demands to be perky or smile from management, write-ups or warnings for oddball things, alienation from coworkers - I'll quit in the form of a no-call, no-show within 2 months. This accounts for 75% of the jobs I've had.
    If I'm connecting with people, left on my own more - I do much better. The boss always gets to me eventually though with one or more of the above. I always have a ton of friction with the boss.
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