Post # 1
I’ve been thinking a lot lately… About what I want to do for the rest of my life. I’m a teacher right now and it has been tough. I think to myself, can I really do this for another 28 years?
It’s hard to get out of bed in the mornings, knowing that I’m going to be dealing with over 100 teenagers who couldn’t care less about learning. To be fair, it definitely is not every student but it is the majority. I teach at a very low-income area and though I think that has a lot to do with it, I also know that this is happening across the country – from talking to other teachers who have been teaching for over 20 years, they say that this year has been the toughest and it has been getting worse.
My question is this: Are you happy with your job? I just find myself thinking that it’s so important to LOVE your job and look forward to working. I don’t see that happening with me at the moment. I don’t hate my job but I want to love it. Whether or not it’s teaching, that’s what I want to figure out. I don’t want to waste my whole life figuring it out though.
Thoughts? Advice? What work do you do?
Post # 3
@alotlikelove: i’m currently a student, so I just have a silly part-time job that I kind of hate, but I think it’s really important to love what you do. You spend so much time working! It’s a waste of life to do something you don’t love. But at the same time, it’s not really always possible or practical to do so, and changing careers isn’t exactly easy. I think the real solution is making whatever life or job or career you have the best you can, and then learning to love it or finding ways to love it.
Post # 4
I’m an general/vascular ultrasound tech (read: i dont scan babies all day) I love my job but my hours suck. Do I see myself lasting another 20 years? Nope. It’s emotionally and physically draining. Im already having shoulder pains and im only 5 years in. Hopefully one day ill switch to teaching ultrasound.
Post # 5
As a full-time student, I work part time as an assistant coordinator for an after school program. I never thought I would like kids, and I never wanted to work with kids. After being at my job for 7 months, I really like it! I wish it had better hours, ie full time because I could use the money. Also, the job ends in the summer – so I wish that wasn’t the case. I can definitely see myself working with kids for the next 20 years, just not sure in what avenue yet.
Post # 6
@alotlikelove: I currently work at a low-income, minority, at-risk charter school. I absolutely love it. I am not, however, a teacher (though I teach Spanish a few days a week). I do student recruiting, marketing and work with parents. Is it frustrating, tiring and sometimes crazy working with parents? Yes, yes and yes. But I believe in my school’s mission and could not imagine doing anything else right now. I just got promoted/a raise, so that makes it a lot better too!
Now, I do not see myself working at this school for the next 28 years, more like the next 4-6 years. I honestly do not think most people these days consider doing something for 20+ years. I will consider staying in education, but if not, I will return to the nonprofit sector (where I was before).
I know it’s hard and sometimes you feel your student’s don’t care (trust me, we have lots of students like that, and their parents usually aren’t much better). But remember getting through to just a few students can have a dramatic effect on their lives!
ETA: Of note, I have had 7 different jobs and have yet to have one that I truly hated (with the exception of 1 that I disliked). It’s not that I have been super lucky to have awesome jobs, but I have always found something I enjoy about it. I have worked at a grocery store (strong disliked that one), libraries, at nonprofits, abroad, for a grant-making foundation and now at a school. All of them have had aspects I disliked, got bored with or struggled through, but I usually aire on the side of finding opportunities to grow and develop myself. I focus on the good more often than not.
Post # 7
I do love my job, but what I want most is to be a stay at home wife. We just need the extra income right now, so that’s not going to happen. When we have kids I’m not going to work though! 🙂
Post # 8
I used to be a secondary school teacher, and I really didn’t enjoy it. I would have been somewhere in between “I don’t like it and I wish I had a different job” and “I absolutely HATE it”. Probably more towards the hating it end of the spectrum.
One day I bought a lotto ticket and thought “what would I actually do if I won ten million dollars?” The answer was obvious to me – firstly, I would quit teaching, and then I would go back to uni, get into med school, and become a doctor. So, after a lot of thinking and investigating and considering my options, I did just that. No, I didn’t win lotto, and yes, I have a HUGE student loan (our government in NZ is very helpful and lends us money to pay for uni, however I will be paying that back for a long time after I graduate), but I finally feel like I’m doing what I want to be doing for the rest of my life, and that’s such a nice feeling!
Post # 9
I’m a residential care worker for homeless teenagers and children/young adults on child protection orders. So on a good day, I might get paid to play xbox, go bowling, or just hang out with some very strong kids who have had some pretty tough experiences.
On a bad day, I might be nearly stabbed, punched, strangled, thrown up on, have shit thrown at me (in the literal and figurative sense), deal with drug/alcohol addiction, be verbally abused, and have to clean up after teenagers that have never been taught basic life skills.
On the one hand, I love the good days and the difference that we make for the kids, on the other hand, I hate the bad days and the hours (sleepover shifts suck arse). Most of all, I hate not knowing if it’s going to be a good day or not – driving to work can be absolute torture wondering if you’re going to walk into a happy home or a war zone.
Post # 10
A lot of bees who work with children on here!
I work part-time at an education center. It’s not terrible, but I don’t like it. It’s very boring, not intellectually stimulating, and repetitive. I’ve been actively looking for another job for a year, but the openings are few and far between.
I’m a full-time student, which takes up a lot of my time, but I would still jump at the chance to take a full-time job. If I don’t get another job by the time I’m married (in June), I’m going to move to a bigger city where there are more job opportunities.
Post # 11
I work at a kennels and cattery
Just started at a new one last few weeks, the last one I hated because how it was run, this one I like doing the job, though early starts and I have to work 2 weekends on 2 weekends off so its just the hours I hate..
Post # 12
I like-and-sometimes-love my job.
I’m a ‘Nanny’ to three boys (4.5, 3 and 18 months) but this year, I am teaching the eldest his first year of primary. I’m also completing my ECE degree, but honestly, I’m not sure if I will continue.
I started a Psychology/Criminology degree straight after I left school, then defered to work as nanny and travel, and am now doing the ECE degree. I’m not really sure what I want to do/be at this point.
I’d love to work in event management (something almost everyone who knows me thinks I would be perfect for) but I’m not sure of that either.
For now, I’m happy with my job (and my pay!) so I’ll keep nannying/teaching for a few more years, travelling and saving money – hopefully in a few years we’ll move back home and I’ll be a SAHW and then a SAHM!
Post # 13
I dislike my job, but love my career.
I am a substance abuse therapist (career) working at the state’s women’s prion (job.)
As you can guess the job has it’s crappy moments and it often outweights any pros. I am doing some project on the side I really hope takes off down the road as I don’t see myself at my current job for more than another year (or 2 max.) We also talk about moving all the time.
I am only sticking around because we are TTC soon and you need to be at a job for 1 year before you can get FMLA and his mom will watch the kid while we work (she’s a nanny) and it’s 10mins from both of our job so I can breastfeed during lunch and have family time. I have great benefits, make lower scale income and it’s somewhat flexible. If it wasn’t for the TTC I would have left by now.
Post # 14
I voted “Other”.
I am so grateful for my job and so happy to be working for my company, but I hate my collegues.
I get great pay, brilliant perks, I do whatever the hell I want most of the time (provided I meet my work targets), two RDOs a month and a month of annual leave.
Two of my colleagues suck though. My creepy old boss makes perverted comments and if I get caught by him eating inside the building I get told “you’ll get fat. Men don’t like looking at fat women” or “I thought carbs/dairy/gluten/whatever were out of fashion”. I’m all of 130lbs and he always says things about me eating and has suggested I skip the occasional meal because he likes a more “youthful” body. He frequently points out young teenagers bodies as examples. He has also suggested that if I wanted to get ahead in the company I should “probably sleep with someone in management” (i.e him).
Unfortunately he says this when there are no witnesses and he has made it abundantly clear that it is my word against his and that I wouldn’t be the first person to lose my job for even trying to report him.
Then there’s the office b**** he used to harrass before I was hired, who got jealous that his attention shifted elsewhere (take the attention back, PLEASE!!!) who makes my life hell. Every time I complain about her bullying my boss either says that there’s nothing he can do about it (because she actually did once get documented proof of his sexual harrassment and he doesn’t want her to sue) or he suggests I f*** him and then he’ll stop her.
Thankfully I have other great colleagues and a six figure annual, otherwise I’d leave.
It’s amazing how two idiots can ruin what is otherwise perfect.
Post # 15
I do like my job most of the time, it can be stressful, but mostly good. However I would like it to be more stable and permanent, I am only a casual employee, and from month to month don’t know when I will be working. Some months I am not needed and some I am, so I would like it to be more permanent and steady.
Post # 16
- Wedding: December 2017 - Baltimore. MD.
I don’t hate it but I wish i could get something better!