Post # 1
I actually recall a similar thread being posted ages ago but I thought I’d start my own. I started my career very young and started my masters at 20. This meant I had to choose what I wanted to do forever really early. While I think it’s great that I was able to do that, I feel so confused… 🙁 Everyone praises me for my ‘dedication’ but I think they are confusing ‘success’ with actually knowing what the hell I am doing.
I am 21 now, a few months away from graduating and already working in my field as a HR lady since beginning of this yr. I just feel so… unfulfilled. The work is easy and mindless as it is really just administrative stuff. Part of that is to be expected since I am so early in my career but part of it is really just the job too. Obviously it would be better if I were higher up but I can’t expect to do that straight away- You’ve got to build up the experience first. And I’d be okay with that if I knew I’d enjoy it. I was so successful academically and now I am in the workforce I am struggling. Uni is great because I can see results and kick butt and know I am doing well and I get a sense of accomplishment from that that I just don’t get from my work. The ladies I work with are lovely and the pay is pretty good too… but I feel so underaccomplished? IDK. I feel like I want more from work but I don’t know what! I don’t know if I want something more challenging or something with more measurable results or something that helps people or…
My undergrad was in psych and I have been tossing about the idea of doing something more related to that, like welfare or something but the burnout is crazy and turnover is high. I thought of being a teacher too, back in my undergrad days, as I did lots of volunteer work in schools. I absolutely loved it but the kids were terrors and just had no respect for the teachers. They loved me as I was close to their age but practically bullied the teachers. Serious kudos to any bees out there who do that every day :O
Sorry for the long post. I’m just having a bad day and kind of needed to vent :/ Bees who like their job- why? What is it that makes you enjoy it? I know most will probably apply but just pick the biggest factor. Also, if you could post what you do and how you got into it, I’d really appreciate it 🙂
Post # 2
I am a teacher and once you find the right fit school for your strengths/experience – it is amazing! 🙂
Post # 3
rsquared: Thank you! The school I worked in was admittedly very low SES which was probably a contributing factor. It was so rewarding though… I just don’t know if I could do it every day.
What do you teach?
Post # 4
outofideas: I love my job for more than reason.
I am a bookkeeper for a Property Management company. I love my job bc I have always loved being organized, especially with numbers. My company owns about 60 to 70 buildings in Manhattan. So not only do we have operating accounts where I deposit the rent checks in, but then there is the tenant security accounts. And I have to maintain thousands of tenant accounts. I also process new leases and enter renewals. The other reason I love my job is bc the owners of the company and nice and respect their employees. Working in Manhattan for so many years, I have had my fair share of asshole bosses, but these guys work with you, they don’t dictate or micromange. Its a great company to work for. I have had my stressful days but in the time I have been there I don’t wake up with that feeling of “ugh, its monday” or “i dont wanna go to work” I enjoy my job, and I cant say Ive had a bad day, super busy? Yes but never bad
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY
Daizy914: Wow you must be SO organized! I can’t imagine handling people’s money all day. props to you!
I teach high school Spanish, upper levels. I love it. My kids are motivated, highly intelligent and well-behaved for the most part. 10 years in and I still love going in towork every day.
Post # 6
lealorali: Wow! Not many responses yet but surprising that 2 of 3 are happy teacher-bees 🙂
When I worked in the schools, the teachers I spoke to were so burnt out and specifically told me to stay far away from teaching. So sad 🙁 One even said he cried his first day at that school when he realised what he’d gotten himself into.
Also, @Daizy- My SO sounds like you! He is studying accounting and I tease him all the time that he seems like a true accountant at heart 😛 So organised, unlike me!
Post # 7
I work in retail in a pet Supply store. I love most of my customers and coworkers. Its fun seeing all the dogs people have! But this is just a job until I finish my bachelor and get my dream job in marine biology.
Post # 8
I love my job! I’m a stylist (props, wardrobe, set) / production designer for commercials, digital video, tv and film
I love it because it’s creatively rewarding and fun, I’m always working with great people, I’m project to project so I get breaks in between which is AWESOME, and I essentially shop and make things pretty for a living.
Working on a website relaunch, LLC and all new branding to debut in the fall where I will officially be my own boss!
Post # 9
I teach kindergarten and I love it! The pay is good (it goes up with education and experience), the hours are good, vacation time is great, I love my students and I make a difference in their lives. I really love how each day and each year is different from the last. It’s never boring.
Post # 10
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I’m an Environmental Molecular-Microbiologist and I love my job. The hours, pay, coworkers are all good and I work at the local level so I can see my work directly impacting the city I work for and the people in it.
I got into my field by majoring in Molecular Biology as an undergrad, then in graduate school got an internship to do work on recreational water quality monitoring with the local public health department. That ended up being the focus of my graduate work. Since then I’ve worked on national and local projects to help improve water quality monitoring techniques. I also work to do routine monitoring of various water sources. I love the scientific work, working independently, getting to do both research and routine work. Plus seeing my work make an impact locally and nationally is great.
Post # 11
I’ve only been in my current job for just over a month but I absolutely love it!!!
I’d worked as a hairdresser/barber for almost a decade and never really enjoyed it, the last year I totally hated it and it put a lot of strain on my home life too, due to stresses over job security, finances and just how damn exhausted I was! Now I finally have a full time job with a fair wage, in a beautiful ancient hall in the countryside selling wedding dresses!!! I feel like I am living in some sort of fairytale at the moment, it is amazing! My boss is such a lovely lady and is more than reasonable! Just pinch me!!!!!
Post # 12
I work in sales, and while most people do not like it– and there’s a huge turnover rate– I really enjoy it. The company I work for is Grade A awesome, my coworkers are some of my very good friends, the pay is actually really good and fair (for the most part) and the work is very measurable. Everything is done by the numbers, which I find a weird sort of comfort in.
That said, working downtown in a bustling city isn’t for me long term, so I have spent the last year or so developing a plan of starting my own business. I’m really excited about it because things recently have started falling into place, and I am hoping by 2016 I will be self employed.
Post # 13
I started my Master’s right after I turned 21 so I can relate. I entered ungrad in Bio-chemistry planning to go into pharmacy but changed my mind. I’m getting my master’s in speech pathology and have been doing clinicals at a Head Start and it has been one of the most fulfilling things. I have a kid that would not speak at all and he’s now saying many words and that was awesome. If you’re not happy you have time to go back, but I know wasting the time and money sucks.
Post # 14
outofideas: Yea lol, I have to make sure I am focused every morning. I noticed that I don’t go out Mon-Thurs for happy hours because I can’t handle being tired from the night before and then going into the office and seeing numbers all day long. But I love it.
Post # 15
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
I’m a grad student in bioengineering, but I’m not sure if I want to go into academia or industry yet. So far I love grad school through. It’s both challenging and rewarding, and I feel like my research may one day help a lot of people. My hours are super flexible, so as long as I keep myself motivated and meet my advisor’s requirements, I usually finish up work around 2 or 3 everyday. I’ve got an undergraduate worker that I’m mentoring and it’s really rewarding being able to teach her new things every day. In the past 4 months I’ve gotten to travel to NYC, Cleveland and Boston to present my research at conferences, so the travel aspect is really cool too (and great for networking!).