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OT: Does anyone here LOVE their job?

I hate my job and need to figure out a career change. Does anyone here truly love their job, and if so what do you do and why do you love it?

Tue. Feb 5, 2:23pm

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Yup. Love my job.

I work as an Art Director at an advertising agency. I love it because it's a new challenge every day- no two projects are the same. I love it because it requires me to learn new stuff every day. It's never static. I love it because I love solving problems, and that's what I get paid to do. I also love it because my agency has a locker room and showers, so I can ride my bike to work. My employers treat me with respect and openness. I return the favor.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 2:32 PM

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i'm a pro bono attorney. i get to develop projects and recruit volunteers. i love my work since i not only help people, i also get to inspire the next generation of attorneys to do more volunteer legal work.

if you hate your job, then there is no better reason to get motivated to find something new. i always recommend networking, doing 'informational interviews', and researching what is available. best of luck. but i know the feeling. it stinks...

Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 2:38 PM

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Me too...

I work for a drug testing laboratory and the owners are great. It's interesting work and it gets the bills paid. The owners, 2 brothers are awesome to work for. I've been here 5 years and look forward to the next 5. You really need to find something you love or pays more money than your worth to be happy.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 2:42 PM

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I hate the process of becoming a teacher. i am doing it now, and it is stressful. Ok..i dont hate it, i just highly dislike the process. Anyways....teaching on the other hand, I LOVE IT! I love my stduents and my job. Awesome!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 2:59 PM

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2:42, LOL--I recognize the feelings!

I'm a professional subsitute teacher and when I don't hate my job (like last Tuesday when I had three classes full of kids who don't deserve the education we have to fight them to give them), I love my job. Fortunately that's most of the time--but partly because I'm a professiona substitute and not a professional classroom teacher.

Why I love relief teaching:
No supervisor hanging over me and very little in the way of politics.
Everyone is SO happy to see me show up. Okay, not always the kids. But the adults.
I get tons of variation--different schools, different kids, different subjects, different ages. Never, ever stagnant.
If I have a real problem kid in my class, well--I'll be in a different class tomorrow.
If I screw up in any way short of drawing blood, I'm quickly forgiven by other staff who are just glad I'm willing to come and teach under such circumstances (which include having back-to-back 88 minute class periods in a band room with lots of doors and sub notes that begin "Because of testing you will have each group of kids for two periods--that's three hours, but I have absolutely nothing for them to do...")
I'm good at thinking on my feet and at striking the right balance between control and flexibility, most of the time.
I don't have to deal with gradebooks, parents, admin, lesson planning, or correlation.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 3:25 PM

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Forgot one--

Oh, and if they call one morning and I just don't feel like working, all I have to say is, "No." No penalty, no problem.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 3:26 PM

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Yes I am a stay at home better love of work then this!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 3:47 PM

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medical admin clerk

I'm trained as a physio assistant I currently work as a medical admin clerk in a physio clinic. As previous posters I like who I work with and helping people and I still get to do some clinical stuff.
It beats previous jobs of terrible hours, bad shifts, weird - hormonal bosses and picking up horse crap.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 3:55 PM

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I am a project manager for a small online company. There is variety and creativity in my work, the boss is fantastic and I contribute to the success of the company. It can be stressful and hectic. But I can laugh with an amazing team of people to relieve the stress.

It took me a long time to get to this point. I've had all kinds of jobs. Boring ones, high stress ones, soulless ones. I'm not a quitter. But I know when it is time to leave and try something new for the sake of my happiness and sometimes my health.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 4:54 PM

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Not A Job

Stay at home mom does not qualify as a job unless you also have a daycare in your home.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 4:59 PM

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Well, being a SAHM sounds like a lot of work to me!

I love love love my job, but it took 10 years of grad school and 7 of postdoc, so probably not the kind of thing one would enter into easily. Good luck, though, OP! At one point I thought about entering a different field and considered becoming a physical therapist. All the physical therapists I've met seem to have insanely high job satisfaction.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 5:12 PM

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Being a mom is work, but it's not a job.
Like being a volunteer. It's unpaid work.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 6:14 PM

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So if you're a full time volunteer, that's not a job?

Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 6:21 PM

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Nope. Job = income. No income? Not a job.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 6:23 PM

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Stay At Home Mom is NOT a job

Job is defined as "A regular activity performed in exchange for payment, especially as one's trade, occupation, or profession.
2. A position in which one is employed"

Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 6:32 PM

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Not trying to start an argument...but in my dictionary the second definition iof job is

"anything one has to do; task; chore; duty"

Anyway, since the OP is looking for career suggestions I'm guessing he or she is looking for some sort of income, and as a SAHM myself I can tell you I don't make much. :)

I think a good job really has more to do with who you're working with than the actually job your doing.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 7:05 PM

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Yes, I LOVE my job! Here's why: I work full time - but make my own hours, I have complete autonomy over my schedule, I get plenty of paid vacation, my office is only 4 miles from my house, I can work from home, I'm able to be creative, it complements my skills, and my employer is fabulous!

OP - the key is to find something that truly interests you and all aspects of the job are a good match for your life. For me the benefits of my current job far outweighed another job I could've taken for a lot more money that involved a long commute and rigid hours - including on-call (NO thanks!)

Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 7:13 PM

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A Mom is a job w/ totally the best pay and investments possible I get get payed w/ every smile and all the unconditional love there could possibly be. This job like many is done w/ love and devotion and truly is hard work. Pay day is everyday... especially the ones that are full of all the beneifits of creataing a better tomorrow and a greater today by raising our young... A job is not always in exchange for money but other payments a hug will due fine for me, and an occassional unprompted thank you

Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 8:46 PM

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I am an on-site nanny. I absolutely love my job! I get to play with an amazing little person all day! I take her to classes, feed her, change her, and teach her about her world. Then, when her older sisters get home, I help them with their homework, help make dinner for them, play with them, help them get ready for bed, read to them, and talk about their day.
I help plan family meals, organize clothes and toys, look into vacations and camps, stay on-top of toy recalls, and read up on child raising philosophies.
I am moral support for the parents, and am in constant communication with them about their priorities and preferred style of parenting.
I also direct other employees on the families property.
I have several vacations a year and go on vacation with the family as well.
They pay me very well and gave me an apartment that I live in for free.

This is my dream job! I'll only leave when it's time to start my own family :)

I agree with one of the PP-Find something you love!

PS: To the poster who said being a stay at home mom is not a job-You, obviously, heard wrong! You never punch out when you are a mom. I, at least, get to go home at night and have my weekends off! Moms are the hardest working people I know!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 9:34 PM

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Okay, SAHMs, we've got some cute answers here, and I was a SAHM for 18 years (I'm the relief teacher above, started when my youngest was in 1st grade). It was worth every draining day, every frustration, every professional who looked right past me, every stupid remark from someone who had no idea what it was about. But you can't eat smiles, and the OP was talking about a money-earning job. So hard as we work, no overtime, no vacation, being a mother isn't the kind of thing the OP was after.

That said: Because I was a SAHM, the money my husband made went further. He brought it home; I made it count. Now that I'm back at work, I'm so used to all the cost-saving stuff I did for 18 years that I can do that most days and my teaching job too. So I'm still making his money (and mine) go further than it ever would without me. :^ ) Still not a job in the sense the OP meant...

Wednesday, February 06, 2008, 1:09 AM

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ok understood!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008, 8:08 AM

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SAHM is not a job

Sorry, it just doesn't count.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008, 10:10 AM

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Hi Everyone - I'm the OP. Thanks for all the thoughtful responses. I spent some time as a SAHM when my kids were young, so I totally value & respect that as work. My question was geared toward the workplace though. I'm in finance now and though the money's great, the work itself doesn't bring me joy & I'm feeling bored and ready to try something new. Probably something either more creative or more useful to others. I was curious to see what kind of careers had a lot of inherent satisfaction. Thanks everyone - OP

Wednesday, February 06, 2008, 11:09 AM

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I am a school counselor and have worked at both the middle school and high school levels. I LOVE my job. I enjoy working with kids, helping them solve problems, and helping them plan their futures. I also enjoy collaborating with teacher, administrators and specialists, which happens daily. Having a good administrator who will advocate for faculty is very important and I am lucky to have a principal who is extremely supportive!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008, 11:26 AM

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i love my job - I'm a technology consultant for a startup consulting firm. Its very challenging but most of the time, not over the top, lots of changes, working with really smart people and great pay.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008, 3:31 PM

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I have two jobs; I'm a massage therapist and I work as a customer service rep at a big chain retail store.

I love massage therapy because, to be frank, I love helping people. And even those few clients whose medical condition I cannot help at all, the fact that they leave feeling better anyway is so rewarding.

As for being a CSR, I mostly love it because I love the people I work with. The job is a bit tedious and can get frustrating with people yelling at me and making personal attacks, but my co-workers make it worth it.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008, 3:38 PM

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Do you do CSR because you have to supplement income due to few clients in massage therapy. Just wondering because I considered massage therapy, but was worried I would not make enough?

Wednesday, February 06, 2008, 4:04 PM

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I do CS to supplement my income, not because massage therapy clients are hard to come by, but because I'm in college. If I weren't in school, I'm sure my primary income would be enough, but factor in tuition and I'm pretty much living pay check to pay check, client to client.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008, 7:46 PM

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I get to play with dogs all day!

I love my summer job working at a dog kennel. If I didn't have to leave for college I would stay there for the rest of my LIFE! Imagine playing with happy dogs all day at a 15 acre ranch!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008, 11:08 PM

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Most days I love my job.

I am in management for a security company at a huge factory and most days I love it. I get to teach new hires the ropes, and I am also certified in CPR, Confined space rescue and Hazmat. It's great because I feel like I'm actually doing something. I've helped 2 guys this year that were having heartattack symptoms. We got them to the hospital, and so they were in the right place when the actual attack occured. Nothing feels better than helping someone out. It's a thankless job, but at the sametime it feels great to know I'm doing something to help others out. And the pay as management is pretty great too.

Thursday, February 07, 2008, 11:23 AM

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physio assistant

I too am a physio assistant tech 3, but I work mainly with the elderly in the community. I love my job. Its hard work at times, but most times i am made more than welcome into peoples homes to help them with thier rehab after a hip op, or other medical conditions. Its very rewarding, and I meet the nicest people! I have 5 bosses...(2 ot's and 3 physios ) and I totaly get the hormonal thing! horse crap though!

Friday, February 29, 2008, 5:27 PM

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Up until about a week ago I didn't think I loved my job. I was on a job hunt and was offered another position that paid about $1,000 more a year. I make great money now but I moved from up north to down south and the income levels are very different. I really didn't think I'd find another job with the same income but I did. After all that I turned the job down when I weighed the pros and cons. I am a Liaison between Sales and Operations for a national document solution company (competitor of Xerox if that helps to clarify) and I manage several "mini me's" all around the region I work in. I realized that I get to travel to some great places (perk - alone time away from husband and kids. love them to death but sometimes the alone time is definately a perk) I get to work from my home several days a week, I am in high demand all the time - not always a perk-especially when on vacation! I have 5 weeks vac., am fully vested in their 401k plan etc. and I'm busy, no watching that dang clock! So it's not the most glamorous job in the world but I'm not looking anymore. The grass is definately NOT always greener, the whole process made me appreciate my job that much more!

Friday, February 29, 2008, 5:55 PM

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Yes, I'm a landscape architect working with a state agency and I love my job. Although it can be very frustrating at times because we often deal with poor conditions for plants and challenging circumstances, the work varies widely from project to project and we often have the opportunity to bring real benefits to both the public and the environment.

Saturday, March 01, 2008, 10:32 AM

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Xray Tech

I absouteley love my job, but not just what i do but who i work with too, i think that makes the biggest difference

Saturday, March 01, 2008, 2:44 PM

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Love my job

I have my own personal training business and really love what I do. Have you thought of talking to a life coach? If you had your choice of jobs that you didn't have to worry about money/how much you made, what would you want to do?

Saturday, March 01, 2008, 6:13 PM

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I'm another teacher - and I LOVE my job. My degree is in construction, I've worked as a project manager on construction sites, worked for coffee companies as a manager, owned my own coffee business, and now a teacher. I LOVE it. And I have to admit - the vacations can't be beat! I went into high school teaching, but really didn't want to deal with teens. Now that I'm there, I can't imagine teaching anything else.

I started with volunteering and working weekend jobs. I used to work weekends at small coffee places before I bought a coffee shop, and I volunteered as a tutor before I taught.

My advice - think of what you want to do and volunteer. You can volunteer damn near anywhere. Call a company, let them know what you want to do, send over your resume, and chances are, the will let you come volunteer a day a week or something. They get free labor, you get to check out your next job. And - if you decide to do it, then you have an "in" or a reference if you go someplace else.

Sunday, March 02, 2008, 9:29 AM

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love, love my job - I sometimes feel like the luckiest person in the world - and I get paid - paid well!

Monday, March 03, 2008, 2:37 PM

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Stay at home mums... Job = Income?????

I think you should go and look up the meaning of "Job" in the dictionary. You will find more entries pertaining to a duty or responsibility and the execution or performance of a task rather than the completion of such duties for the reward of a salary. If you are suggesting that all stay at home mums sit and watch TV all day and no house work gets done then, yeah, you're on the right track but I would suggest you keep you identity hidden unless you want a little backlash from some very tired, stressed, and completely over worked stay at home Mums out there.

Monday, March 16, 2009, 8:32 PM

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I love my job... in a million years, and with everyone else in the world, my job would never be tops, but I love it.

I work with emotionally disabled high school students... this are kids with bi-polar disorder, clinical depression, social disorders and so on, so I am not changing diapers, or feeding them.. they all have average IQs they just... freak out sometimes. I have built amazing bonds with each one of them and they depend on me. I also have what I could refer to as "the best boss ever" and not be far off.

Working for a school district, I get paid poorly, but I know I would never find something I love more.

Monday, March 16, 2009, 11:14 PM

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Oh yes. I'm a webmaster for a municipal government and find it very rewarding.

Monday, March 16, 2009, 11:21 PM

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to 3:25, or the professional substitute teacher

i'm a substitute teacher as well, attempting to worm my way into the hearts of the school district by the time i'm done my teaching degree, LOL. i'm one of those people that's just never satisfied. i'll decide i'll want something, i'll get it, and then i'll immediately want the next thing up. i was like that with teaching. i was SO HAPPY when i got substitute certified and started subbing, and after doing it for only 6 months now, i'm SO envious of all the teachers i hear talking about their jobs all day. i absolutely can't wait to have my own preschool classroom.

BUT... your post gave me the reminder i needed to be patient and appreciate what i have. i DO love my job, all the pointers you listed were absolutely right - i love the appreciation you receive as a substitute for going the extra mile.

but anyway, i just wanted to thank you for posting that, it made me appreciate my job a little bit more. =)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 9:12 PM

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Does anyone here LOVE their job?

Yes i love my job because i am satisfy with my work. But if you are not happy with your job then you should change your career. You can take help from career coach also for changing a career.
Career coach

Thursday, May 24, 2012, 1:44 AM

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