(Closed) Be honest… Are you happy with your job/career right now?

posted 8 years ago in Career
  • poll: How do you feel about your job/career?

    I absolutely love it! I look forward to working!

    I like it but it could be better

    Undecided

    I don't like it and I wish I had a different job

    I absolutely HATE it

    Other

  • Post # 17
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    13094 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I love my job!

    After spending 2.5 years in an office job that I hated (I dreaded getting out of bed in the morning and the whole situation led to a battle with anxiety and depression), I’ve now been at my new job in a research lab for over a year and I am so much happier.  I was telling DH just the other weekend how nice it is to actually enjoy going to work in the mornings.

    Post # 18
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Sometimes I love it and sometimes I loath it.

    Overall I like it.  The work is fulfilling and I enjoy the people I work with.  I don’t like the company or the policies that seem to pile up to try to prevent any kind of actual progress (I wish this was a joke, but it’s true), or the corporate culture (which is dreadful).

    Post # 19
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @alotlikelove:  I have a good job, it pays well, I generally really like my coworkers, I get to use my brain, have a good commute.. it’s fairly ideal in that regard.

    As far as 9-5 goes it is definitely a good fit, and I take pride in my work.

    I wouldn’t say it’s my passion, though.

    Post # 20
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I voted that I absolutely hate my job. I love my career, however. I work in higher education and I love the benefits and rewards that my job has but the university that I work for is small, highly political, and incredibly change resistant. Since my job is new for the university and is completely centered around change, I have found it incredibly difficult to work here and deal with those who don’t believe that my job is necessary. To top that off, I don’t work with nice people and have found it very hard to fit in (which has never been a problem in my working life). I’m under incredible pressure right now to find something different and there are just no jobs in my field out there.

    Post # 21
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    9123 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    I like my job right now (wildlife biologist for a small environmental consulting company) but I worry about the future.  I travel for most of the week, 4-5 months a year, so there’s no way I can do this with a family.  But a job in my field is quite hard to find, especially if you’re trying to stay in a certain area.  So after a BS, MS, and many many years of seasonal work necessary to land a “real job” – I don’t know if I’ll be able to work in my field  🙁

    Post # 23
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    2129 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

    I kind of like my job- the benefits and work environment are great but I can do the job with my eyes close, I don’t really want to do what I’m currently doing and there is no room for growth. I need to be challenged, I need growth and I want a career doing what I went to college for (HR).

    Post # 24
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    1722 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 1998

    I’m a freelance writer and have been for a few years. I also worked as a search engine evaluator for a company contracting with Google years ago – basically making sure that sponsored ads were relevant to a user’s search terms. That job was cool.

    I live in a low-cost-of-living area. I could really coast by on $30k for the household a year…pay for everything (heck, we have $10 – $15k houses here. THey’re small and a little rundown, but probably need less than $5k in work). Assuming I had a house paid off, I could easily survive on $20k a year. And in this field, you don’t tend to make a whole lot of money until you can break into the big leagues. I’ll probably never make more than $50k.

    But I’m happy. I get to research. I write for several parenting/family web sites. I really don’t have a ‘boss’ so to speak. I set my own hours and write when I want. As long as work is available, I can make as much or as little as I want. I don’t have to schedule vacations. I can just disappear. When I have kids, I can still continue to work part-time, so I won’t have any gaps in employment.

    I’m a self-motivated person. Many, many people can’t work from home. When they’re home, they aren’t disciplined. They want to eat…talk on the phone…do a bunch of housework…etc. I’m in my element and I’m ready to go.

     

     

    Post # 25
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    6105 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I absolutely HATE my job. However, I love my coworkers, if it wasn’t for them I’m pretty sure I would have jumped out of the closest window by now. My job is extremely boring every.single.day. Even when I’m busy, it’s boring monotonous work and I feel like I never learn anything useful. I have a busniess degree so I could essentially work in any business related job but mine sucks. Ideally, I think I would love to work in HR (recruiting or something) or own my own business (I love wedding planning but I feel in order to make a decent living off this business you need to work in a large city and have high profile clients and big cities aren’t for me). I pretty much just stay where I am because of the job security…although with the budget cuts that might not be so relevent anymore. 

    Post # 26
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @alotlikelove:  I am in the exact same boat as you. I’m a teacher, and I don’t know if I can do this for another 30 years.

    My biggest problem is that I love love love teaching middle school. But my certification (physics) generally places me in a high school setting. I’m not ready to leave teaching because I know I can be happy there, but I just don’t want to teach juniors and seniors anymore.

    I will probably go back to school for a middle school only certification, but I want to wait until Fiance and I are settled in one state (he currently “rotates” for work, and we move every 18 months – not great for teaching!)

    I am also teaching out of my certification right now. I’m teaching a course I haven’t taken since high school, and its so hard. I’m really struggling and I feel like I’m not getting supported. So that makes going to work even harder.

    But, my last day is two weeks from today, because Fiance was transferred and we are moving across the country. So maybe I will have better luck there!

    Post # 27
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2016

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    @IzzyBear:  “it’s boring monotonous work and I feel like I never learn anything useful.  I have a busniess degree so I could essentially work in any business  related job but mine sucks.”

     I can relate…don’t you feel like you’re just wasting away, I HAVE to make a change.

    Post # 28
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    6105 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

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    @MrsWe:  ughhh, yes. I feel like I’m wasting my life away. My Fiance always tells me “well majority of people don’t like their jobs” and I’m always like “well, I hate my job. I don’t even remotely like it” lol

    Post # 29
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    8469 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Not at all.  I’m a teacher too, 11 years now, and I’ve never been more miserable.  I went to grad school for school counseling, so hopefully I’ll get that position soon. 

    It really isn’t worth staying in a job you hate.  But it’s tough out there.  Have you considered a career change?  Are you going to school or taking classes for anything else?

    Post # 30
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    247 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @new_york_bride_13 and @alotlikelove:

     

    I can definitely relate to both of you. I, too, am a high school teacher. This is only my second year, and I already find myself worn down. I am upset that I work so hard and my students are so apathetic. Some of them really want to learn, but most don’t care or try and THEN it is my fault when they fail. I have days when I feel like I’m doing something worthwhile, but most of the time I feel like this is just a wrong fit. I don’t love going to work everyday and I dread it most mornings. I don’t hate it by any means, but I don’t know if I can do this for 30 more years.

    Fiance and I will be moving after we get married. I’m hoping maybe a job in a different state, different school will be different. Or maybe I’ll go back to school and do something else. Really hoping that the move will bring the opportunity for some positive transitions for me. I just don’t know what to do. My dream would be to work with Non-Profit organizations. The grad school we’re moving so Fiance can attend actually has a MA program in non-profit business that I would qualify for, but I’m not sure it would be smart to go back to school.

    It is hard to feel this way in your job though. I understand.

    Post # 31
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    469 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    I got a degree in Education, worked about 6 months teaching, and ended up leacing because I serously hated it and it made me miserable. I worked in a low-income district, pay was so bad that I HAD to reply on my Fiance (so whats the point of working if you cant survive on your own, might as well stay at home IMO). Now, I am considering going back to school for an MBA. Everyone thinks teaching is such a fun and rewarding field, its not..its draining and at the end of the day, you are exhausted from putting everyone elses needs ahead of your own. 

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