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View Poll Results: Do you like your Job?
I love it, it fits me perfectly. 28 41.18%
I think about changing jobs but overall I'm happy. 14 20.59%
It pays the bills and I can tolerate it 15 22.06%
I feel like the OP and will go crazy one day if something doesn't change. 11 16.18%
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Old 09-24-08, 06:56 PM   #1
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How many people really like their jobs?

First Foo thread, take it easy on me.

So, I'm 23 and a reimbursement analyst at a large hospital. Sometimes my job is tolerable but overall I despise it / cubelife / the business world. I'm debating moving home to save up for a bit, quitting my job and going cross country via bike. I hope during that time I can meet myself and realize a life path I can be happy with. I will go back to school if need be when I return.

Anyway, I just wanted to throw a poll up there to see how many Foo folks really like there jobs.

If you feel inclined please state your job and why you do or do not like it.

I'll start:
I'm a financial analyst that doesn't really even remember how I got to be where I am. I don't like the super competitive, back stabbing, fight your way to the top nature of the business world. The physical organization of human beings in my job even sickens me. I'm a member of my cube cluster belonging to the xth floor of building X in city Y. It really reminds me of those egg things the people are stored in while the machines suck power out of them in the matrix. Finally, I really can't take it when you don't have anything to do, if you ask your boss for work they will be inconvenienced and give you busy work, you've already been to the edge of the internet twice that day and its only 10:30am. Something just doesn't seem right, humans weren't designed to act in such a manner.

Jobs I've thought could be better:
Park Ranger
Nurse
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Old 09-24-08, 06:59 PM   #2
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I love my job, but I ahve probably had 25 trying to find what I like. Takes a while sometimes. At 23 with no kids or wife if you wanna chuck it all an persue adventure, Just do it. I am a clinical instructor and work at a hospital. I am an RN.
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Old 09-24-08, 07:00 PM   #3
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I'll add that sometimes the thing that gets me through work is knowing that so many people there feel the same way I do. Were all kinda stuck in it together, a sort of beautiful tragedy.

Biking to work has made it much easier to deal with as well.
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Old 09-24-08, 07:10 PM   #4
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I love my job. I've been an engineer for 20+ years. I've worked in various different industries (computers, wireless telecom, medical equip.) so it hasn't been boring for me. Quite a few years ago I was promoted to management and quickly realized that path was not for me - too much like babysitting adults. I went back to doing hands-on engineering and am much happier. And my manager loves me because he knows I'm not scheming after his job.
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It isn't so bad that I can't bear it. I actually get paid reasonably well, and I have bills to pay, so I won't chuck it all, but yeah - I'd rather do something else.
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Old 09-24-08, 07:22 PM   #6
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I'm a tutor for my old community college, and though sometimes I fantasize about throttling some of my students, on the whole they are a great bunch and are really committed to learning. I really admire people who have the drive to learn and will use their own time to work hard on learning, which is why I like my job. I don't love it, as I sometimes have to tutor subjects that I'm good at but not necessarily ones that I actually like teaching or going over.

I get paid reasonably well, but sometimes I wish I was paid as much as private tutors, who get paid $5-20 more than I do per hour.
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Old 09-24-08, 07:59 PM   #7
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I'm 26, have no bills, am on a month to month lease, and I really really would love to do some long(er) distance touring, not just weekend trips.

I guess I must like it, cause I haven't left, yet.
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Old 09-24-08, 08:12 PM   #8
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After twenty years as a news photographer I started working for the state as a cameraman and now have great benefits, albeit with a low salary.

I have met kings, presidents, queens......all types of queens, and have only been in one helicopter with the door on it. This year I passed on going to the conventions saying it was time to pass the torch. It has been an interesting ride but for many years tv wasn't what I did, it was who I was. I have had two knee jobs, cortisone shots and am researching hip replacements.

All this and I didn't graduate until I was 28 years old. Currently I am trying to get regular hours so I can go back to school at age 57.

To me the key to life is balance and for many years there has not been balance in my life.

Not to be snippy, but if I can start over at this age, then starting over at 23 with a family for support doesn't sound too difficult. You are young enough to recover from almost anything at this point so you may as well be happy. Just don't wear out your body for some suit being paid three time as much.

If you don't understand yet.....save money until next summer, take a long ride, and either get a new job or start school then.

And ask your parents if I can move in with them for a while.......
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Old 09-24-08, 08:18 PM   #9
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Love my job (civil engineer), just hate my current location.
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I build and repair computers. It pays good, but I'd rather be in a bike shop.

I like computers, but I love bikes.
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I love my job. I'm doing consulting work for the same thing I did throughout my government job. I've been a worker, manager, and senior executive. Now I'm a subject matter expert and just advise. It's the subject I like and know about and people listen whenI talk
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After twenty years as a news photographer I started working for the state as a cameraman and now have great benefits, albeit with a low salary.

I have met kings, presidents, queens......all types of queens, and have only been in one helicopter with the door on it. This year I passed on going to the conventions saying it was time to pass the torch. It has been an interesting ride but for many years tv wasn't what I did, it was who I was. I have had two knee jobs, cortisone shots and am researching hip replacements.
I worked for news photo agencies for almost 10 yrs...I don't know how you guys do it....tremendous respect, whether dodging bullets or red carpet divas.
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Old 09-24-08, 08:34 PM   #13
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I have enjoyed my last few jobs

motorcycle mech
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Just accepted life guard and a few freelance writing assignments
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My job is being retired, and I absolutely love it!
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I am an ambulance dispatcher. I love dispatching! I can't believe someone not only allows me, but *pays* me, to tell the ambulances where to go. It's not an easy job by any means, and there are days that I want to run screaming from the dispatch center...but I wouldn't change it for the world.

I might change companies at some point if the one I'm working for goes totally stupid, but I don't anticipate that.
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Just accepted life guard and a few freelance writing assignments
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That seems like it would be interesting, as well. Stressful at times, I'm sure, but ultimately quite rewarding.
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I'm an editor forced to work on high school text books that are beyond deplorable. I sometimes feel like I'm actively doing harm to children.

I have a degree in the field I'm in (mathematics), but most of my time is spent determining whether that horizontal rule is 1p6 or 1p3 from the gutter (1p6 = 1 pica, 6 points), whether the grayscale in the graph should be at 40% or 35%, and a hundred other bits of meaningless minutiae I couldn't give two sh*ts about.

Only rarely do I get the chance to affect our products in what I feel is a positive way. I'm not high up enough in the hierarchy to make any substantive changes, and I'm certainly not willing to compromise my values enough to get there.

I give myself one more year, tops.
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I've had a lot of different jobs over my career, and never had a job I didn't love - while I was doing it! There were some I would never go back to!

The best job I EVER had, is the one I have now. Retirement is, in fact, the best job I ever had!

Don't wish your life away, or toil in a job you don't love - your life will end soon enuf!
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I guess my job is being a student, for the last ....hmm....6 years or so. I'm slowly working on my BS in geology, minor in GIS. I graduate in May 2009.

I do have a p/t job while I'm in school this semester. I'm a GIS intern at the local Bureau of Land Management Field Office (federal). I'm still learning a lot about GIS and I mostly do boring tasks like editing and updating data. But it's a great place to work. The work atmosphere is great. The people there are all very outdoor oriented and friendly. I know it's the "Bureau of Livestock and Mining," but folks that work in the field are quite concerned about the land, even if the higher-ups decide otherwise. I hope to get a permanant job there someday.
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I like my job, it pays the bills and allows me to keep an eye on Craigslist for any bargains. I'm a code enforcement inspector and I get to meet lots of interesting and good people on my job. I'm always on the lookout for an opportunity for advancement. The job would be almost perfect if we didn't have unqualified managers who keep trying to place division policy over what is written in the ordinance books.
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I'd comment if I had a job. I just got my M. S. in chemistry specializing in biochemist and molecular biology. I got my M. S. because I couldn't stand grad school anymore and saw no prospect of getting a Ph. D. out of it. I've been job searching since may and I don't care how crummy your job is, if it pays decent it's better than job searching which totally blows and in this economy it blows like an F5 tornado.
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I manage a bike shop and should own it by next year.

Yeah, I'm happy.
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I work as a translator and I work at home...also do editing, proofreading. All kinds of stuff, websites you name it. Right now I'm working on a music magazine. I've also edited textbooks for ESL...i really like it, like working at home on my own and not having to get dressed up to go to work! i'd like to have more money but I really like being my own boss.
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I'd comment if I had a job. I just got my M. S. in chemistry specializing in biochemist and molecular biology. I got my M. S. because I couldn't stand grad school anymore and saw no prospect of getting a Ph. D. out of it. I've been job searching since may and I don't care how crummy your job is, if it pays decent it's better than job searching which totally blows and in this economy it blows like an F5 tornado.
good reality check...when I was about 20 I was working two crappy jobs to get through school...felt pretty sorry for myself, blah blah blah. One night I watched The Grapes of Wrath...that chilled my sh8t pretty quick.

next morning I was at work bright and early, whistling while I worked.
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I manage a bike shop and should own it by next year.

Yeah, I'm happy.
that's awesome. I'd love to have a shop.
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