Post # 1
I’m going through a bit of a professional identity crisis at the moment, so I’m interested to hear about people who are happy in their jobs/careers. So if you love (or even just like) your job, would you mind sharing what it is and what you like about it?
I feel like I could live with a crappy job if I knew it was inevitable. But as long as there are people in the world who truly like or love what they do, I don’t want to give up hope.
Post # 3
I work at Starbucks. I like it because I’m a talkative person and I like interacting with them on a daily basis. I like knowing I’m making people happy just by making their coffee right. And while there are definitely some high stress moments when it gets busy, working the rush is something I actually enjoy as it keeps me on my toes. The benefits are good (we get health insurance and such)/
Post # 4
In my experience, it’s the PEOPLE, environment, and company moral, more than the job tasks that makes it good or bad.
My current job (web developer) and previous job (database admin) were very similar as far as the job itself, but I really like my current job, I absolutely hated my previous job.
Post # 5
I LOVE skin care more though. its makes me feel great to be able to help others with bad skin and make them feel beautiful 🙂
Post # 6
@abbyful:exactly! There is another Starbucks right down the street from me but I pretty much refuse to work at that location because of the people. The people I work with are like my family.
Post # 7
I am a part time (sometimes full time) nanny while I am in school. Although of course the pay isn’t great and sometimes the kids are stressful, I love the boys I watch and I’m very happy at my job. 🙂
Post # 8
I have an engineering degree and am working at an entry-level project management kind of job, in the construction industry. I really like it! I am not really using my degree, but that’s a good thing for me.
I agree that the biggest factor is the environment and your coworkers.
Post # 9
I am a Business Analyst at a Financial firm.
I really like business analysis work because I get to make a noticeable difference for everyone in the firm and the work you do directly impacts making their daily working lives easier.
I serve as a liaison between the business people and the internal software developers. It is constantly interesting and challenging because I’m always learning about new business processes as well as being exposed to new technology.
I’m not technologically savvy at all, but through doing this for 4 years (2 at a financial firm and 2 at a retail company) I’ve started to pick up bits and pieces and being in this role has allowed me to take classes in the components I am interested in.
It is a position that is not industry specific so it provides a lot of comfort and job security in that even if a specific sector declines there will be a similar position in another sector (since companies need technology to function).
It also pays well and allows you to really see across an entire organization and understand how things work, find redundancies, and leverage other business area’s work for solutions.
So, it can be stressful at times but I really like my job and I get a lot of job satisfaction out of it.
ETA: I didn’t even know this position existed until after I graduated college. I started with a “class” at a retail firm wanting to do marketing and got placed in the “business analysis” department.
Also, I have a bio degree, so I’m not really using my degree but that’s ok.
I also agree with the coworker comment. My coworkers are great.
Post # 10
@abbyful: That’s a very good point. Even if the work sucks, it’s not so bad as long as the people are cool.
Post # 11
I’m an auditor and I like my job. I work for the corporate office of a popular retail chain and I deal with all of the sales processed in our stores. My favorite part of my job is the loss prevention aspect. I find and research both internal and external (customer) fraud that occurs in our stores.
You wouldn’t believe how many employees steal from their own company. I had an assistant manager fired on Christmas Eve a few years ago for stealing THOUSANDS of dollars worth of deposits. Not on my watch buddy!!
Post # 12
I worked in various office jobs before, mostly in accounting and HR, and was miserable because I felt I wanted to be creative and couldn’t be with those jobs. My degree is in Spanish so I did some freelance translation on the side, which I loved, but it wasn’t steady. Then I started a business almost a year ago and I LOVE working for myself. I design accessories, but I can’t say any more as I wouldn’t want to self-promote 🙂 I guess if you can’t find something you love, you can always do something you love on the side and build it up until it gets to the point where it’s full time. Or at the very least, it’s a great outlet to do something you do like in your spare time while working somewhere you don’t.
Post # 13
@UpstateCait: I used to work in retail too, it is CRAZY what people think they can get away with. I remember hearing the loss prevention reports. Ridiculous stuff.
Post # 14
@CaitMarae and @KatNYC2011, speaking of LP-have you seen the Say Yes to the Dress where the bride tries to shove an entire wedding gown in her purse while “trying on” gowns in the dressing room?! Ridiculous!
Post # 15
I am an Exercise Therapist. I basically work with every kind of person there is, injured, disabled, high risk (disease population), and general fitness just to name a few. Most days I love my job, today was not one of those days. It can be very demanding both mentally and physically. If i’m having a bad day, it’s really hard to listen to other people’s problems. But I get through it and keep it professional.
Post # 16
@eryepye:what?!?! this happened?!