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Everyone has good days and bad days, but in general...

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Do you love your job?
Yes, I love going to work.
No, I do not love going to work.
I love my chosen profession, but don't like my current employer.
I am retired.
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I've worked at the same company (its a Public School System)for 16 years. I really liked my job, but about 7 years ago my position was cut and I went to work for a different division. It was wretched. I did not like my boss, hated not being in the schools. It was torture. I finally managed to get another position and now I am back into the schools, with another boss, and every day of the last two years has been blissful. I would love to be independently wealthy and not have to work, but this is the next best thing.
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I am a CPA and have worked in auditing and/or management consulting for 24 years. I started out as a Broadcasting and Film major. Go figure.
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I don't love my job--it's not my reason for waking up each morning--but I do like it. Been on the same program for 5 years, I like the work, I like the people, and the commute is great. I'm hoping I can ride it straight into retirement.
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I learned *long* ago that if I don't like something, I don't do it anymore. If I had answered anything other than "Yes", you can bet I'd already be searching for a new job . . .

[I'm the Director of Finance at a non-profit children's summer camp, despite a liberal arts background . . .]
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MWChapel wrote:
I love my job and the company I work for. And yes, we are still hiring.
Again, I have no relevant skills (maybe no skills at all). Will you hire me?
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I'm just in a rut at the moment, wondering where it all went wrong. Not that I should be complaining, mind you - I'm lucky to have a job at all given how badly I did at school.
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Three months ago I would have definitely gone with "hating work and everyone in the building," but I have since changed positions and while I'm more busy it's so much better.
Being busy is good. Being overworked is bad, but being bored and trying to find something meaningful to do, just to avoid shitty busywork, is worse.
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MWChapel wrote:
futhee wrote:
MWChapel wrote:
I love my job and the company I work for. And yes, we are still hiring.
Again, I have no relevant skills (maybe no skills at all). Will you hire me?
If you don't have skills, you will not enjoy my job.
Well, I mean, I have some skills.
Here is a brief list of my skills:

- I can read.
- I can ride my bicycle fairly long distances.
- I'm really good at falling asleep anywhere, anytime.
- I can play the piano fairly well and a few other instruments decently.
- I'm amazing at eating large amounts of food.
- I am able to sing along to a large number of 80s pop songs.
- I once went two weeks without bathing.
- I'm pretty good at darts.
- I like cats. This may not seem like a skill, but believe me, I skillfully like cats.

What are my chances for employment?
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I don't love my job but yet, I do not hate it. It's all right.

I have been here 23 years. My boss is great and our coming and goings aren't monitored just as long as we get the job done and not complain if we have to work a full weekend. Benefits are solid and I don't mind what I do.

It's a job that I have never dreaded going into in all of the 23 years.
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At this point, I'm the only one to say "I love my profession; not my employer"

I'd love to do what I'm good at - what I've won awards doing in my past.

My current employer seems to not see the wisdom in that (neither letting me do that *nor* embracing the innovation that many other companies have already realized).

Is it shocking that I'm looking?
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futhee wrote:
MWChapel wrote:
futhee wrote:
MWChapel wrote:
I love my job and the company I work for. And yes, we are still hiring.
Again, I have no relevant skills (maybe no skills at all). Will you hire me?
If you don't have skills, you will not enjoy my job.
Well, I mean, I have some skills.
Here is a brief list of my skills:

- I can read.
- I can ride my bicycle fairly long distances.
- I'm really good at falling asleep anywhere, anytime.
- I can play the piano fairly well and a few other instruments decently.
- I'm amazing at eating large amounts of food.
- I am able to sing along to a large number of 80s pop songs.
- I once went two weeks without bathing.
- I'm pretty good at darts.
- I like cats. This may not seem like a skill, but believe me, I skillfully like cats.

What are my chances for employment?
I'm retired but have always wanted a lackey.

But it looks like you're overqualified. soblue
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Orangemoose wrote:
futhee wrote:
MWChapel wrote:
futhee wrote:
MWChapel wrote:
I love my job and the company I work for. And yes, we are still hiring.
Again, I have no relevant skills (maybe no skills at all). Will you hire me?
If you don't have skills, you will not enjoy my job.
Well, I mean, I have some skills.
Here is a brief list of my skills:

- I can read.
- I can ride my bicycle fairly long distances.
- I'm really good at falling asleep anywhere, anytime.
- I can play the piano fairly well and a few other instruments decently.
- I'm amazing at eating large amounts of food.
- I am able to sing along to a large number of 80s pop songs.
- I once went two weeks without bathing.
- I'm pretty good at darts.
- I like cats. This may not seem like a skill, but believe me, I skillfully like cats.

What are my chances for employment?
I'm retired but have always wanted a lackey.

But it looks like you're overqualified. soblue
Does the lackey position involve playing board games daily?
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My boss is a real asshole.

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I'm self-employed, and I have no employees...
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Well, the usual starting disclaimer - while I loved my job, I'd still rather be independently wealthy, and have a job doing things explicitly of my choosing, for as long as I feel like, with someone else hired to take care of the day to day.

That said, I loved my job. The environment was pretty amazing, work was fairly relaxed, my boss was my long time friend, I got great vacation, benefits, and fun work parties. The only reason it wasn't my best job ever is I've had a job where we played boardgames at lunch all the time. The only downside of my job was pay, which was a fairly big cut from my previous job - partially, I'm sure, due to the recession at the time.

Alas, the other downside was that they had to cut positions, and I got cut. On the plus side, I got lots of recommendations, and prospects currently look pretty good.

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I love my job and the company I work for! Feral kittens couldn't drag me away from this place.
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Lemur wrote:
At this point, I'm the only one to say "I love my profession; not my employer"
If I were not the only one checking "retired" at this time, I'd be with you in checking that choice.

I drove the big rigs for more than 33 years, and while it is a dangerous career and a very hard life, for me it was a good life. There was something deeply satisfying to me in being able to drive those twin trailers with a very high level of skill, I truly enjoyed the driving and didn't mind the long hours and long miles, and because most of my career was spent driving back and forth across or along the Blue Ridge Mountains, I found great peace and pleasure in just driving and enjoying the scenery and the coming and going of the seasons.

But the company that I drove for is infamous for their utter lack of respect and mistreatment of employees. A blind eye was turned toward drivers who worked quickly but badly or even unsafely, while drivers who were safe and conscientious were often subjected to great pressure and harassment, both regarded and treated as bad employees.

Just to cite only one example to give an idea how bad things were and the lengths to which this company will go, I was MANY times pressured to exceed the posted highway speed limits, and on numerous occasions was threatened with disciplinary action because I refused to do so. And that really is just one little example....

The great majority of days, I could get out of the office and then get my doubles built and get off the property with only minimal interaction with the bosses, but still the pressure added to the natural stress of the job itself until I simply couldn't take it anymore. I'd known that my retirement was locked in for a few years, and when the night came that I was sitting at home after a particularly bad day and realized that I couldn't take it anymore, I just never went back. I never even called to tell anyone I wasn't coming to work anymore, I simply stopped going. It was hardly on my mind at the time, but these days I get an extra laugh from the scene in Office Space when Peter says "I don't like my job, and I don't think I'm gonna go anymore".


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Today I do! During our organization's fundraiser I met former Texas Ranger Michael Young and got to hear him speak about the ball club.

Events such as that and the generous time off my job affords me are reasons why I like my job. The list of things I don't like about my job is much longer.
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It's been very nice hearing about all of you who enjoy your jobs. It's nice to know it happens! I'm happy for you.
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I love the company I work for, but my job is meh. If I had the choice each morning to go to work or stay home and play games, I'd choose the latter (money not withstanding).

A question you can ask yourself is "what do I seem to do without being prompted" and, in your case, you seem to enjoy posting on these forums. Maybe you should become a community manager for some company's online presence!
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I Love teaching. Don't like thereactionsnofnsome parents, though....
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I selected my career path, at 18, to pay the bills. It is working quite well. I work short hours, am paid well, and the job isn't terrible if a tad dull at times. It meets my needs well therefore I do not dislike it, but I do not like it either. It leaves plenty of time for my eclectic hobbies.
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I work short hours, am paid well, and the job isn't terrible if a tad dull at times.... It leaves plenty of time for my eclectic hobbies.
Oh, I know this one! Are you a hitman?
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I'm a GIS guy who regularly gets to weld, use a plasma cutter, run heavy equipment, review plans, plow snow, and deal with contractors and developers. I also teach math a couple of times a year.
It's usually pretty damn good.

[edit: my fine arts degree has sure come in handy shake]
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