(Closed) Do you actually LOVE your job or not? Love it so much you'd do it for free?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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LuluInLove:I’m a teacher and I would do the classroom part for free. The paperwork, PD, parent conferences, PLCs, staff meetings, lunch duties, after school committees, etc.? No freaking way. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I work in FOI for the Australian government, in a department I previously refused to work for for philosophical/moral reasons, yet here I am. 

What I spend my time doing is a lot of collecting people’s files and reading them, then working out if the people should have them – though I mostly manage people who do that stuff and don’t do it so much myself.

It’s hard to imagine why I do the job sometimes when I’m basically ashamed to work for the place I work for. I get some solace in that my work does actually help people, so there’s that. And I’m probably quite good at what I do and get satisfaction from doing it properly. The work is also interesting most of the time and I get autonomy to make decisions, which I like.

There’s no way I’d do it for free. If I didn’t need the money I’d probably work in retail, maybe even in bridal – or run my own bookshop/cafe/cat rescue business LOL.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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carolinabelle:  I’m married to a teacher so I totally hear you on that one. Add report writing and marking to this list of “no way” for my husband!

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m a grunt (not giving details) while working through Grad school so I am not in terrible debt, only minor debt. Quit? Would LOVE to! I had a great job in entertainment that I did love. Then the recession hit and I was laid off, hense further education. I recently shadowed a few people for a class that are in entertainment and also the field that I am studying. It was so much fun. I see the stress and challanges they go through but that would be ideal. Fingers crossed. Once I graduate that can be my new love. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’m a Forest Tech, and absolutely (you know… If I didn’t have bills and stuff). I get to romp around in the bush all day with my dog! 

Hard times: Those days where it’s sleeting and the precip is going sideways in the wind and I still have 9 hours of hauling myself through the wet and cold forest while going up 70% grades. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m a DJ at my college’s radio station… not getting paid for it but still happy to do it! one cool perk is that I can burn all the music I want for free. It’s not too difficult of a job once you get the hang of it. Doing 6am shifts suck because I’m not a morning person. I love doing the talk shows though. I’d like to try to work in radio once I graduate (a talk show would be a dream), but who knows. My passion really is in music (even though I can’t actually create any on my own), and I love discovering new music that I wouldn’t have heard of otherwise.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I do love my job! I’m the comms officer for a nonprofit housing provider. I manage our website and social media, design all our print materials (brochures, signs, reports, posters, newspaper ads), help run media events, that sort of thing. I love my coworkers and the fact that I’m doing really action-oriented social justice work. I can absolutely see myself volunteering in a similar role if I didn’t need to pay bills 🙂

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Of course not! That’s why it’s called a job and that’s what I get paid to do it. Mind you, I do like it very much, but no, I wouldn’t do it for free.

 

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Post # 10
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Busy bee

I did work for a call center, but now I’m a consultant for Pure Romance. I get to host parties and demo great products and try new things for half the price. The only thing I don’t love is the paperwork, lol. I would do it for free if it was just the meeting new people and showing off the products.

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Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I’m a nurse and I work at a private surgical hospital owned by doctors. I do love my job! My patient demographic is made up of generally pleasant people, which is great. Everyone here is happy because we have superb management and they treat us well. Not to mention benefits and bonuses. 

I recognize that I’m definitely lucky! But no, I still wouldn’t do it for free 😉 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Malibou Lake Mountain Club

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LuluInLove:  im a therapist/social worker. I would totally continue to help families for free. I love volunteering and just hearing out and linking families to resources, and providing therapy.

paperwork, and 24/7 crisis (which i use to do) i would not do for free.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’m an ER doctor and I love my job but I would not continue to work full time in it if I won the lottery and didn’t need the money.  I work in the inner city and our patient population is difficult and sometimes downright abusive.  In my last two shifts I’ve been called a “f—- b—-” (because I wouldn’t pull up a patient’s pants after he had clearly demonstrated he could pull them up), had my face coughed in by a patient with a virus after I politely asked him to turn his face away when he coughed (so I will probably be sick within the next few days…can’t wait).  I can see myself cutting way back but I dont’ think I’d ever do it for free.  There are too many day-to-day hassles (paperwork) and long term concerns (malpractice suits).

Post # 14
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Worker bee

I interned for three years for free, and never complained once. I LOVED it, and felt extremely fortunate just to be allowed through the door. However as I got older my priorities changed. It’s now more important to me to pay my bills than to have fancy names on my resume. 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

Certainly wouldn’t do it for free, but I do like my job a lot. Great team, great company, and I’m making impactful decisions and improvements just a few months out of school. But it’s stressful! I’m still getting used to it since I graduated in May, but when I think about what else I would do I realize there’s nowhere else I could be doing this sort of work with this awesome of a work environment. 

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