Post # 1
I currently work a typical desk job from the comfort of my home. Sure this sounds nice and can be pretty convenient, but I’ve found I’m a lot more depressed as most of my friends are busy and I live in a small town with not much to do. I do some volunteer work to get out of the house but this is only for a few days out of the month. I’ve been thinking about either staying in my current field of work but finding a job in an office, or going back to school for a more hands-on job that is rewarding. I’ve been looking into OTA/PTA or LPN/RN type jobs as I currently work in the medical field. I can’t really see myself as a teacher but I used to work at a bank during college and then I worked on site at a hospital and found both of these jobs to be fulfilling/rewarding. I just don’t get that sense of fulfillment now but I make more money than I would if I found a local job on site. I have a ton of credit hours from college that I didn’t finish (I was studying accounting) but the only business-type job I might like would be HR type job and living in a small town jobs like that aren’t always available unless with a long commute.
So what do you do aside from an all-the-time desk job and do you find it fulfilling/rewarding?
Post # 2
I’m a correctional officer. I work in juvenile detention. Rewarding? Yes. Can it be depressing, not feel fulfilling, not paid enough? Yes to all those questions. It depends on the day and the kids that we have at the time. We also work in partners so kiss “independent work evaluations” goodbye. Everything depends on your partner. Your safety and your partner’s safety is number. It is not an easy job and we also have the desk work part ofnthe job where we do more documentation than you can imagine while being responsible for the lives of all these different kids. Some days I wish I had a desk job.
Post # 3
I help families with disabilities get services. It’s super rewarding and every day is different. I love it.
Post # 4
I’m a restaurant manager. It’s more physical than people expect it to be (heavy lifting, running in heels for 9 hours, meeting needs of guests and employees ect…). I wouldn’t say it’s the most rewarding job but I enjoy the regular guests. I do plan on going back to school for something with animals. If I didn’t work swing shift I’d be volunteering more often at my local pet shelter.
Post # 5
English professor! Extremely fulfilling.
Post # 6
I know you said you don’t see yourself as a teacher but that’s what I do and it certainly keeps me moving!
I worked briefly in marketing right after college and one of the reasons I couldn’t stand it was that it was too much time at my desk in front of the computer, so I could definitely see how you might feel depressed. Before I went back to school for teaching I worked as a ski instructor and a park ranger – both kept me super active. Good luck!
Post # 7
Diagnostic radiographer. Medical field, patient interaction, and if you go into an emergency setting, you certainly do not know what you will be met with each day. Most of the time, the xray room is where the patient first gets a brief period of piece and quiet on their own, and with the rooms being typically darker, you are the first sight of calm in what will have been a traumatic period. So sometimes you need to handle very raw emotions. Physically you are up and about, high mental stimulation as you are continually adapting your knowledge around each patient and their limitations to get the highest quality images you can. I love it 😊
Post # 8
- Wedding: June 2017 - A Historic Inn
I’m a middle school teacher. I’m always on the move at work! My best friend is an OTA at an elementary school, and she LOVES it. Plus, she qualifies for the public service loan forgiveness program because she works in a school.
Post # 9
I am a high school teacher, in my school the students stay mainly in one classroom and teachers move around from grade to grade, I am always on my feet. I love it most of the time!
Post # 10
I’m a speech language pathologist. I currently work in the schools but have also worked in nursing homes. Definitely rewarding and you are constantly on the go! Some states allow SLP-As to practice (slp assistants kind of like an OTA or PTA), but it’s still kind of new, so check it out!
Post # 11
I teach 1st grade. It’s fulfilling and I love my kids. First grade is amazing because so many “light bulbs” come on. I also taught K last year so I have my same kids from kindergarten and seeing how much they’ve grown is incredible. However, the paperwork, meetings, low pay, general disregard/hate by politicians and the public, and evil, entitled parents can be demoralizing. I would never recommend this job to someone who didn’t truly feel it was their calling.
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2016 - Virmond Park
katmaekat : I work 1 day a week as a floor manager at a local hardware store. I mostly keep the job for the discount because we just bought a house. However, I do love being able to help people and blow their minds aways that a *gasp* female knows anything about hardware. FWIW, I’ve been working in hardware stores since 2006.
My other job (3 days a week) is an Art and Custom Framing Specialist. I really enjoy this job. The part I dislike is the commute. Alas, I get to use my creative talents in some pretty awesome ways. I’ve been custom framing for 6 years. I’m learning the art selling side of it now and the total production side (from cutting and building the frame to finishing it). I get to use a lot of my hardware knowledge here as well! I’m also considering getting my professional certification.
Post # 13
I’m an early childhood teacher (Birth to 2nd grade). I have been working for 3 and 4 yr olds for over 15 yrs. I can’t even begin to describe how rewarding and fun it’s. Yes, it gets challenging at times. But it’s part of it. And every single day is a “new day”. money? “We make a difference”
Post # 14
I work in a variety of museums, in a variety of roles (such is the curse of part-time work), but I enjoy every second of it. I care for museum collections and inform visitors about history (in 19th century costume). It’s incredibly rewarding because it is work in my field, and because I get to share my passions and interests with museum visitors. I like going: “isn’t this cool?” (while showing them an artifact, or doing a demonstration), and them responding with: “yeah, it is cool! Tell me more.” 🙂
Post # 15
- Wedding: May 2016 - St. John's Lutheran Church
I’m a costume designer. 🙂 It’s extremely rewarding in that I get to be creative all day and make beautiful things. Plus I get to meet new people all the time. It is definitely not financially rewarding. Unless I reach the top 1% of my field, I’ll be barely making ends meet for the rest of my life. But on my deathbed, I want to be able to say that I followed my dreams!