Post # 1
What do you do? What do you love about it? I’m a litigation associate in NYC. Since staring practice in 2009 I feel burned out. I’m tired of billable hours and the “it’s every man for himself” mentality of law firms. I need a career change ASAP!
Post # 2
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I work in public policy and have several attorneys on staff. One is a former Navy JAG, one was in house council for a large insurance entity, and one practiced in a law firm. The JAG and firm attorneys seems to enjoy the far less frantic pace of policy and the better hours, but my in house counsel misses the days of being able to really dig into the law and get things done on her own. A lot of happiness in my career comes down to temprament. If you are a person who needs to see timely results for hard work, don’t go into policy. I can work on the same project for a decade before it ever sees the light of day. If I needed to see results for all of that work, I’d be out of luck. But I can take it on faith that sooner or later, if I just keep pushing and churning and working, something will happen to make it all worthwhile. Happiness in my career also requires that I forefit any sense of personal ownership in any project that I work on. I am not the owner of the project. I am simply its steward for the time in which I am working on it. Work shifts, organizational priorities shift, people move, roles change, and that’s the way it goes.
Post # 3
4everafter: I was in an outside sales position since I graduated college and loved the flexibility my schedule allowed. I too got burned out though with the company constantly screwing me out of money. ive switched into a nursing program and I couldn’t be happier. Seriously don’t wait find a new career and switCh! It’s so not worth being unhappy!
Post # 4
4everafter: I love what I do but don’t like the pay… or the people sometimes.
I process consumer loans and 2nd mortgages for a credit union. I do really enjoy it, but the pay isn’t that great. It does have great benefits though. There is alot of BS that goes on, but I still can’t see myself doing a full career change.
Post # 5
I’m a technical writer at a medical device company. It has just the right blend of meetings and independent work time that my introverted self can handle. I enjoy keeping things organized and understanding quality systems. I like being part of developing new products to create minimally invasive procedures. Plus, I have fun formatting/editing documents (which is odd, I’m told).
Post # 6
I had a “fun” career doing costuming for theatre, film, touring, opera, summer stock, ect… But ended up being burnt out with how fickle jobs can be, internal politics, sexual harassment, and lack luster pay compared to every other department. Wardrobe is considered “womens work” so the pay is usually much lower (except for union houses that have negotiated pay raises, i am just generally speaking from my experience) than for props, carpentry, lighting, and audio.
I have switched to hotel management and although I don’t love it, I like it better because it is structured. I know that if I start a job it won’t end in a matter of months. I feel like my time is better used and valued. I am probably cynical but I no longer believe in a perfect job, but if you can find one you enjoy, uses your strengths, challanges you to keep growing and has decent pay then you are pretty darn lucky!
Post # 7
4everafter: I love my job! I’m a songwriter, voice actor, and miscellaneous audio professional. I work from home whenever I want, as much or as little as I want!
Only downside is when I’m sick like now.. I make no money. :'(
Post # 8
I love mine! I work as a photographer and photo retoucher for Dick’s Sporting Goods. i just started about a month ago but its awesome!
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2015 - Ruby Princess
I am an RN and I do user support for our hospital’s computerized charting/medical record system. It’s very easy most of the time and I work for an awesome level 1 trauma center/ teaching hospital in a university. I love working a normal schedule (save for occasional night shift support when we launch something new). It’s kind of scary sometimes when I have to help a doctor and tell them they’re doing something wrong. Usually, though, they appreciate my help. I have a lot of free time when I just wander around the hospital (rounding), or just sitting at the computer waiting for a call for help. It can get boring, but after working at the bedside for 12 years, boring is good. Also, I get all holidays and weekends off. I missed so many holidays with family for so many years! I am so grateful that I landed this unique job.
Post # 10
I work in healthcare. The system is flawed, but I enjoy using my knowledge base to take care of people. I like being busy, but I’m glad my specialty has good work life balance.
Post # 11
Why don’t you try to switch to in house counsel? Less politics.
I love my job but I don’t make a lot. I work in production doing custom pieces for a jewelry company. I love working with my hands and sparkly things so it’s a dream. Before this I was a prop/wardrobe stylist for film and tv and that was great. I made bank (when I was working) but I prefer the 9-5 steady hours and paycheck, even if it’s lower.
Post # 12
I’m an in-house securities and corporate governance lawyer, and I do love it even though the stress may kill me and some days (like today) I want to tear my hair out. I certainly empathize with you, though. I was in your shoes for many years before I finally found my groove in my legal career and started to like it. I like working for a company. I feel like part of a team and it’s easier to feel like I’m working for something/someone that I can believe in than it did when I was an associate at a law firm. I’ve also reached a level in my career now where I’m more confident in my abilities and knowledge and have more access to those in very senior positions so it does truly feel like I am making a difference. But I practiced for about ten years before I reached this level of happiness with the law, and I thought of bailing many, many times during that period. Good luck to you in finding the niche that makes you happy!
Post # 13
4everafter: I’m a nanny and I love it! It can be frustrating because people don’t consider it a “career” and I know people expect that one day I’ll get a “real job” but I don’t care. I used to teach preschool and I much prefer being a nanny. It’s not a job I do because it’s all I can do, it’s what I want to do. I have a degree and do professional development just like people with more traditional jobs. It doesnt hurt that if I’m having an off day, I can wear sweats to work and run around the playground to blow off steam lol
Post # 14
- Wedding: March 2016 - Modern, Classic, Fun
I’m a counselor who works with children and adolescents and I do love it, money is fairly good and stable too. However, my industry is hard with heavy emotional burnout. I have to make sure I practice self care and don’t take my work home with me. That’s why I indulge in frivolous things like the bee 🙂 I also watch a lot of stupid and mindless reality tv. sometimes I wish I was in a more creative field in the arts, but I love how my works makes me feel like in actually doing something important. Plus those rare moments when you have someone tell you you’ve changed their life… That’s pretty awesome.
But to get my creative juices flowing, I also run a life and style blog for fun. It brings in a little money and it’s just a fun hobby for me too!
Post # 15
I’m a teacher who works with special needs kids. I absolutely ADORE working with my students! I keep them for two years in my room, and in small groups, so I really get to know them well. I love hearing about their lives and all the silly things they say!
I try to stay out of the gossip/politics that you find in any school (and my school has 100 teachers so theres a lot!) and since I teach a specialized program, I’m really kind of in my own little world in a way (one other teacher in my building teaches it and shes a delight to work with). That said, our governor hates teachers so that makes things a bit difficult at times!