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how many of you actually enjoy your job?
i can enjoy a cheese and pickle sandwich but i can think of a dozen things i'd rather eat. in a (not very) similar way, i enjoy by job but I'd rather be elsewhere.
at the final line payoff
It's much better than yours.
Having said that, I can't imagine any other job I would want that wouldn't require 4 years re-training, and even then the chances are that the reality of the job would bear no resemblance to my romanticised conceptions of it.
Probably best job I've ever had. There are some dull moments (when I post on here) but there are some fab ones too.
Have to agree with Carlos up there ^ People who complain they 'would be bored at home', 'I wouldn't know what to do with myeslf' etc probably need to kill themselves.
the job is ok I dont mind it and if i do cos im at home i just take a break
After a year, I'm starting to see the fairly repetitious nature of it. But I'm a junior positiona and no one usally does what I do for more than a couple of years without moving on, so it's to be expected really. Next year, I do hope to move in a slightly different direction.
but in the past my job's given me the odd moment that I can't help but be chuffed about - travelling, meeting heroes etc. That sort of shit.
Generally though, I spend a lot of time daydreaming about what the moolah will help me achieve when I clock off.
the management bit: not yet (though i hope to get to a stage where i do, or a least feel capable of doing the job competently).
Yup, my job can be fun. We get away with a fair amount due to the "stressful" nature of the job
and are you hiring?
Monitor supplies of something to power stations that may or not be nuclear
I'm frustrated with the job and the people I work with. I'm normal like that.
I can think of loads of jobs I would be happier doing but I'm guessing they will each have their low points.
but I definitely prefer it to all other jobs I've had.
I like what it is that I'm supposed to be doing, but people and circumstances around me mean I've ended up not enjoying it as much as I should, and consequently I waste swathes of time on here to avoid that fact.
but i hope to leave next year and do a half arsed teaching job abroad and get that out of my system.
I'd like to run a sandwich shop i reckon, or some sort of caff but i'm no entrepreneur.
I think I'd go a bit mental without work, to be honest. There, I said it.
Got everything I could possibly want from a job, I think.
I'm not one of these goons who's like "I just LOVE my job!!! It's my DREAM to be doing this!!!" but I don't see the point of not enjoying your job because you spend so much of your life doing it so... as much as it's not perfect - for the most part I enjoy it.
For me though - work is a means to an end to pay for the life that happens outside of it. Nothing more. Always has been; always will be. So long as I'm not too stressed.
YAY NEW JOB YAYAYAYAY.
this one: no, i hate it. it's boring and the people are all backstabby bitches. the last one was the same. the one before that was nice but boring.
generally i haven't had a job which has challenged me mentally yet. but the new job is the best one yet. TRANSLATION WORK! can't wait.
I'm terribly lonely. It wouldn't be too bad if there was someone here but there isn't and I only work with men that I never see so I only speak to men all day on the phone in this 80% male industry and its a bit rubbish. The men I work with aren't good enough for me. They're all a bit....male thinking. I do get to chill out for large chunks of the day without anyone noticing so its okay.
if i was working 20 hours a week for the same money then i would be very happy. i think i'd feel the same way about most jobs.
but i pretty much imagine i'll be stuck in some writing hack job for the rest of my life, unless i pull together money for a masters.
it's horrible, and i'm not sure getting paid what it's actually worth would make it something i want to do for the rest of my life.
and I am not working for that evil twat anymore...
I love my job.
Travel and lunch aren't paid for, but you do get to work with me and we just got some wine and a box of Haribo delivered.
THE DROWNEDINSOUND JOBS VACANT BOARD.
May I please apply for this job, it's what I'd like to do and I hate my job. I'd be DEAD good and would buy Bamos lunch at least once a week.
It's a simple plan.
I'm currently eating Quality Street.
I will send you my CV. In fact I'm going to regardless of how not serious you are.
p.s. I have to travel from Newcastle everyday, is that okay?
p.p.s. I can only eat caviar
-meet new people
-Goodshifts, work 5-45 minutes, then bout hour off
The day to day things can be pretty tedious (it’s certainly not all pen sketches and model making), but at the end of a project it’s great to see people using a building you’ve designed or on which you’ve worked. I had a rough period of about a year in which I was working every evening and weekend, which I genuinely hated, but it’s eased off now and I think I’ve got the balance right.
It’s going to make me sound lame, but I do feel a sense of pride when people talk about, for example, how nice a station now looks and how well it works, and it’s one that I’ve done.
You can cut out a lot of it by turning left if you're dropping down from Kings Cross.
As they divert all the tourists who use Kings Cross whilst the old routes are still open.
When one is static and you can go down, shaving about 20 minutes off your journey time, it's like discovering a double yolked egg or something. Fucking ace.
I find this helps
of the architecture/construction/engineering industry is pretty satisfying.
I'd imagine it'd be similar for manufacturing or whatever, but there's not so much of that about.
I can walk into a shop and see the work I've done on sale, with thousands of people buying it.
I can't imagine working in some nebulous consultancy or acctuarial firm and not being able to answer "what to do actually do?"
I'd struggle to give an answer to the question "what to do actually do?"
This sort of constant humour ON TAP.
that good enough?
We are a curious generation in that we seem to have hang ups like "I want to do a job that's worthwhile" and "I want to have a job that I bounce out of bed in the morning with a stonk-on full of excitement about!!!".
Our parents never had that. My Dad worked 32 years in a job that he HATED because it allowed him to pay for his freedoms and a build a family outside of it. Ok, his family ultimately fell apart but, still, he worked because of his duties to his "life" not because of duties to his "career".
The quality of life for most people exists outside of their careers; not within them. I will never understand people who fail to understand this...
want to enjoy something they do for 35 hours a week (at the least for some people), especially when they're stuck in one place all day. Everyone knows that liberating feeling when you have a day off and you spend it mooching around cafes, or going to the cinema or a gallery or whatever. THAT'S what life is about in my opinion.
Also, the relationship between work and life is a whole lot different from parents, maybe as different as how people approach personal life and choices.
There aren't the same financial securities, so it's no wonder that people start obsessing from an early age about how to find the right job and experience greater levels of dissatisfaction in what might have been a perfectly acceptable job 30 years ago.
in addition to this, most people have desk-bound jobs. Hell, most jobs involve spending most of your time interacting with a machine. I'm not saying this isn't good, but I think the quality/ways in which we work are far less healthy now than before which makes having a shit job more dispiriting than it would have been for our parents' generation.
The vast majority of jobs have involved working with machines for generations and generations. From typewriters to industrial lathes. We have a much higher quality of life AT work now than we ever have, surely? And what's wrong with working with computers? Bit safer than working with industrial machinery of the 1950's and a bit more efficient than working with primitive typewriters of that era too...
Sorry but the modern workplace has never had it so good. We just moan about it more because we've lost the older generation's ability to just "shut up and get on with it".
there are a lot of factors, in terms of mobility and expectation. we do work much longer hours than ever before, we have a much bigger range of personal choices over how we live our lifestyles, no-one (rightly) feels that 9 to 5 makes them a more respectable person
Yes, things have improved, but we also expect a lot more, which I think is a natural consequence of things improving - if people didn't have higher expectations and DIDN'T moan about things, we'd just become obsolescent.
that's an abstract answer really
Stress is higher but the rewards are greater etc. etc. But that's always been the case. It's the fact that we expect a lot more which is probably the root of my dissatisfaction with all of this. Lower expectations = happier life. SIMPLE.
But you make a fair point and yes it is understandable. Although there is plenty to be enjoyed in the modern workplace just by appreciating the benefits it brings you and by making sensible choices about where you want to work. It's not hard. If you want to work in media and be a runner for 5 years, not get paid anything, have dreadful job security and fucking hate it then more fool you. It's about making sensible choices.
not everyone wants a boring job. if everyone was fixated on their pension, a site like this wouldn't even exist.
And that's fine.
But most of the people who don't want a boring job should probably accept the fact that they will end up in one and deal with it accordingly. I learnt this fact when I was 8 years old.
Makes me happy now though so... all's well.
i'm imagining you emanating with some Ready Brek glow of self-satisfaction now
My life is brilliant
My love is pure
I’m a fucking LEGEND
Of that I’m sure
I had one for a year where I'd sometimes look forward to it on Sundays.
I think it helps to have worked a lot of really shit jobs when you're younger, and I have worked some REALLY shit jobs. I've been a cleaner, done 3 months of just sanding down roofs for a painter, and worst of all, 14 hour shifts as a warehouse storeman when I was 15 - you haven't had a shit job until you've unloaded metric tonne pallettes that are realistically far too big for your as yet underdeveloped teenaged muscles, delivered by grizzled truck drivers who think you look like a homo, in a windowless warehouse, for 14 hours, on a Saturday, hungover. The only way is up from there, which is why I think I really don’t have a problem with what I do now
but i've hoovered up live rats from 'neath a grain store. which was grim, to say the least. i'm still struggling to believe it actually happened. only lasted a day though. still, as you say, that and other shitty jobs mean i'm pretty grateful for what i've got.
I'd totally quit today if my manager was in. And if I wasn't a coward.
but I can think of 10,000 things I'd rather be doing. Just a shame I would be able to eat if I did them instead.
But yeah generally, you enjoy something you know you're good at.
Interesting, stimulating work
Ridiculously good benefits and perks
I only wish I had a little more control over the hours, but that will always be driven by those who keep me in the job (i.e. the clients).
I find my days are often divided into busy, stressful days or more relaxing days.
Generally though it's all good my role seems to be changing a lot at the moment so if I'm asked this question in a few months the answer could be pretty different.
playing the diplomacy game with clients and essential skill no doubt and probably explains why my manager is the manager but still incredibly tedious at times.
sounds like a job I could DEFINITELY get behind.
but I'll let it SLIDE for now.
when I weigh up the positives and negatives, it's pretty decent really.
And I have enough quiet periods to sort out my life admin, book holidays, do Christmas shopping etc. so I don't have to do that in my spare time.
then i'd probably enjoy it
I'm very lucky in that sense.
It's good fun for the most part and not exactly challenging
I relish the excitement of the crunch period before deadlines
Everyone in my office is someone I don't mind spending time with
I work with two very close mates from school
If ever I need to leave early for football match related reasons it is always fine
I have got to play at Vicarage Road and play against Marcus Gayle as a result of my job
The pay is poor
I have had to work ludicrously long days and weekends for the last couple of months
Very little chance of career progression
No way of not sounding like a massive nerd when asked "What do you do then?"
Pretty good all in all really.
shame we're being shut down and I have to find a new one :(
I get to work offshore, get to wear high visibility jackets, ride on a helicopter, climb massive ladders and scaffolding. I also get to work all over the world (ya, Houston) and meet loads of different nationalities. plus, it speaks to my skill set as an engineering person. maths and talking work for me.
so i like it. PLUS i get paid very well in return.
(I haven't actually read the thread yet, so there might well be)
I have a potentially amazing job; its in a great sector, a great place, great perks, no two days are the same and I work with some great people.
However, it is all but ruined by my line manager, who is spiteful, relentlessly micromanaging, manipulative, massively cautious, borderline OCD and seems to have had it in for me from day one.
It fucking sucks, but I try to keep some perspective on things. Could be much, much worse.
though a job is still a job and if I didn't have to do it, I don't think I would.
even if it was nothing fancy, the people were nice and the pay was good and i enjoyed just the feeling of actually doing something with my time. as opposed to when i'm a student and just feel that i'm not ever doing anything constructive to make my life any better. GOD I MISS HAVING A JOB
+ Get to meet some absolute nutters
+ Get to meet some very nice people
+ Every day someone says/does something that is storyworthy (that's a word)
- If i'm being shit and running behind it becomes a bit stressful
- It's pretty relentless and I don't get enough time to read my book or think of funny things to put on twitter anymo
- Sometimes I have to work SATURDAY MORNINGS ARGHHHHH
Its only retail, while I finish my degree, but most of my customers are lovely old ladies who just want to buy a nice pair of trousers with an elasticated waistband. And they're actually nice to you when you help them, so the day's gone before I know it.
that'll do for now.
quietly sobbing at the memories.