Post # 1
Anyone who works with people knows that it can be both rewarding and challenging. Lately I haven’t felt very ‘rewarded’ and was sort of wondering if I’m better cut out for less focus on people in my next job, or if I’m just getting burnt out w my the population I currently work with.
So just wanted to hear other bees thoughts on their own experiences of challenge, satisfaction, boredom, etc. when it comes to working with people. Do you love some settings/populations and not others? Did you feel one way once and then it changed? Did you ever feel burnt out? Did you make a career switch to/from working with people? Any sort of thing like that!
Post # 3
- Wedding: March 2012 - Father's Vineyard Church/ A Touch of Class Banquet Center
I absolutely feel that you can get burnt-out on a job. I’m probably already there in mine, but will be staying at it for at least 10 more months. I work in an elementary school in classrooms that are Autism based. for the last four years I have been working with kiddos that are 10-12 and while I love the kids, it can get very tiring. This year I was moved to the preschool Autism room due to my pregnancy (lower behaviors and much smaller kiddos), so I’m hoping that this is the change I needed to keep going in my current job, if not I will probably be leaving after the school year and looking for a new job.
Post # 4
I can completely relate to your feelings! From the age of 20 to 25, I lived and worked with learning disabled adults. It was both challenging and rewarding and some days I absolutely didn’t want to go to work cause it would have meant hearing the same stories of the same residents for the billionth time. Then, I moved back home, started working at a research institute where I had limited contact to stranger. We were a really good, but small team. I absolutely missed working with people. It was just so boring analyzing data day in and day out. Since the beginning of the year, I am working in a mental health hospital with mostly chronic schizophrenic patients. Sometimes, I am remiinded of my old job with the learning disabled adults…I still have to listen to the same stories every day. BUT there is a high turnover in patients….most of them are there for 3-8 weeks, so it differs every week (since we have roughly 30 patients on the ward). Also sometimes, like today, when it gets really really stressful, you get one of the patients (who normally is totally nerve wrecking, since he is talking CONSTANTLY, even if you are talking to someone else), rips off a flower from a flower pot and says in response to you saying “mr. such and such, I really do not have time at all!”, “But you sure do have time to take this!” and hands you the ripped off flower. Moments like these are absolutely rewarding and confirming, that this is the job, I want to do! Even though I get home and all I can do is lie on the sofa not moving all night. I feel that working with people is way more rewarding than sitting in front of a pc screen all day.
Post # 5
@chillinchillin: If you mean working with people as in retail/customer service, I could not do that. If you mean working with people in an office setting, then I do that sometimes. Generally I work from home by myself (3 weeks out of the month), and then I’m in the office sometimes (1 week out of the month). I get a lot more done when I don’t have people around me to bother me 😛
Post # 6
Definitely. Recently I worked for a year as an adult support worker, working with mentally ill individuals in their homes (helping with their day-to-day lives). It was a really thankless job, and I was often sort of at the mercy of my client in terms of whether I would have a good day or a bad day. It was especially difficult for me because it was one-on-one, and often with people who didn’t converse much, and I felt a lot of pressure to carry the conversation and such, and as an introvert, this was very difficult. During the same year I also worked as a relief worker for a group home (again, with mentally ill individuals). I found this much easier on me because I didn’t have to constantly interact with people – I could work on chores around the house that had to be done, etc. By the end of my year doing these jobs though, I was definitely burnt-out. Even now, a year after leaving, I can feel that it had a lasting impact on me; I feel my energy and focus is less now than it was before doing that job.