(Closed) hands on job that's easy to love?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
412 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@princess-pea:  I definitely read the title of this post as “hand job that’s easy to love” … whoops!!

My favorite thing to do is volunteering at an organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and trains horses. I guess it’s not a job, but it’s what I would do if I could do anything.

That being said… I work in digital marketing at an oil company, so that’s definitely NOT as hands on, fun, etc. But it’s a job that I really enjoy, and it allows me to have the money to do things like ride horses, take vacations, and indulge a little.

My goal is to move out to somewhere a little more rural so that we don’t need to be paying $3k/ month just to own a tiny house, get some horses, have a garden, and find a job that is a little more low key. 


Post # 5
3246 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@princess-pea:  I worked in a bakery for a while. I liked it for a time, but then, because I have strong career interests that have nothing to do with baking and some unusual specialized talents I wasn’t using, I got very tired of it. 

It usually takes 3 months to a year to realize how you really feel about a job. How long did you work as a florist? If I wasn’t on a science career track, that’s what I’d do for a living! 

Generally, if you pick the thing you like best, and it will pay decently and there is some opportunity around where you want to live, that’s a pretty good recipe for being happy with what you do. As long as you are sure you don’t want to do something that will require further education, it sounds like a florist job would make you happy!

My favorite hands-on job is botanical field work– being outside looking at wild plants and recording their numbers, health, and stuff about the plant community. That is my absolute favorite kind of work, and it’s what I’m in grad school for (not much opportunity in my field unless a person has a Masters of Science. . . sigh).

Post # 6
5881 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

I love to sew, but I’d hate to do it for my career. All that pressure, none of the fun. Some people are lucky to find a a job that they would do as a hobby, but most can’t. Find something that you don’t hate and use your free time to enjoy a creative hobby

Post # 7
6742 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

Hrm, if I could do anything, I’d probably open up a gym. 

Do you like dogs?  My friend loves dogs – really wanted to open up a doggy day care or doggy spa or something like that. 

What is it that you like to do for fun? 

I’m an attorney – there’s a ton of stress in my line of work, especially when I’m on trial, but there are good days and I enjoy it sometimes.  It’s great now because I love where I work – especially who I work with, just sometimes not the work I do, if that makes sense.  Sometimes you might not love what you do, but you’ll love the people you do it with – and that is really important!

Post # 8
491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’m not like…passionate about my job…but I clean new houses post-construction and just before possession. Sounds pretty lowly, I think, and a lot of, if not most people look down on me because I’m a cleaner. My family goes on and on that I should get an office job. They’re sooo happy when they learn I got an admin job, nevermind it pays less than half and admin is almost always the first to go in budget cuts *eye roll* 

Anyway, I’m detail oriented, like to keep moving, be in a different place all the time, and work independently. I walk into a dusty disaster and transform it into a pristine new home. I really like the end of the job where I look back just before closing the door, and seeing a beautiful clean house. 

Oh, and I make $35-$50/hr, and I will make about 3x more when I contract directly with builders. Surprised

Days go by so so so slowly when you’re doing something you hate. It affects every other aspect of your life, creeps into it like a nasty mold. If you can avoid it, do it. If you really like being a florist, go for it! I did it for a month, even took a class, and I tooootally sucked at it! I am not at all creative. 

Post # 9
377 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

How interesting! I am an equine (horse) vet, but whenever I am stressed about work I’ve always dreamed of being a florist…So much safer, cleaner, regular hours, and smells better!

Post # 10
480 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

I’m studying Early Childhood Education, and whenever I work in a centre or do my practicum placements I think” WOW, I get paid to do this?!” Tongue Out

Early Childhood is definitely hands on. You get to be creative all day (playing in the sandpit, baking, painting, playing dress ups) and each day is different. It has also taught me a lot (to notice the small things in life, and to notice how amazing and beautiful science, nature etc is) The day goes by so fast, and you never end up staring at the clock dying of boredom!

One day I might be a princess, a dinosaur, a firefighter, a dinner guest who drinks sand tea and coffee and eats playdough cake. It is all imaginative!

The cutest moment was a few weeks ago at a centre I relieve at when two little boys ( aged 2 and a half and 3) were playing with some old road cones in the outdoor area. They were sitting down with their legs in the road cone and were pretending to be mermaids. I was running after another group of children pretending to be a tiger and then the boys picked up the road cones and started shouting “Kill the fly!!!” and pretended that I was a fly and that the cones were cans of fly spray! 

I always go into work smiling, and end up with a stitch from laughing all day! I couldn’t imagine doing anything else Smile

Post # 12
6742 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@princess-pea:  I don’t think you’re needy, you just need to find a passion – you’re still really young.  I’m 28 and still reconsidering my career choice!  🙂

ETA:  Actually, if I really thought about it, I’d love to be a MUA.  Is there anything better than making another woman feel beautiful?  I get the most amazing feelings when I leave the hair salon or get my makeup done.  That’s what I would like to do! 

Post # 13
854 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I draw all day, and to be quite honest, I do giggle that I’m being paid to do this. because at the end of the day when I come home, in my spare time, I draw some more. for fun. hahahha

Post # 14
1714 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

My first thought was ‘being a surgeon’ lol (not helpful I know!). Many surgeons I know and have spoken to have said whilst the job IS stressful and boring at times, actual surgery is really really interesting and challenging, and they consider it to be ‘hand’s on’

Otherwise I would say pet groomer? I’d definitely be a pet groomer if I could! 

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