The official "I don't like my job anymore" thread.

Discussion in 'Community' started by iGary, May 16, 2005.

  1. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    Are you happy with your job? Do you go in to work in the morning and like it?

    I've realized over the last two months that I am burned out here. But it's five minutes from home, I have a waterfront view, get paid decent money and generally get left alone. Doesn't do anything to "fulfill" me, though.

    Anyone else in the same position, or similar?

    Vent here.
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    That's no good iGary. Can you throw it all in and live off your freelancing?

    I'm in a reasonably similar conundrum in that I'm a medical student but I can't ever actually see myself as a doctor. I've only just started it after dabbling about with mechanical engineering (what was I thinking!) so it's not like I'm gonna throw it in and start another degree With psychology, that'd bring it up to four. :(

    I think I'm gonna just slug it out for a few more years and see how it goes. From my experience, the first few years of a degree are pretty lame anyway. Each successive year gets more relevant and subsequently more enjoyable. Well, hopefully...
  3. iGary thread starter Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    I'm actually in the process of doing that. Been steadily picking up writing and photography clients, but not making enough yet to throw away this job here. That, and I get most of my freelance clients from my associations with this company.

    Don't get me wrong, I don't dread coming in here, but it's just not with the same pizazz that I used to. I update four books every year. Same process every year. Now on my third revision. Boring.
  4. WinterMute Moderator emeritus


    Jan 19, 2003
    London, England
    Move on mate, no point in it being an easy gig if you are getting bored and stale.

    I love my job some days, hate it on others, but overall it's cool, the pay-off is when graduates come back and tell you how well they are doing or you see them in the industry mags or the charts. It's cool.

    I think variety is important, I lecture in 4 different subjects, so I'm moving across technique and theory constantly.

    For now I'm happy to stay here, but things change, often quickly.
  5. Applespider macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    Count me in; I seem to have spent much of the past few years test-driving roles for other people (not jobs I'd want to do full-time but proving there was a need for them). I was trying to get a job in another part of the company to escape but it fell through (partly due to politics I suspect). The trouble is that my current boss then started phasing me out of various projects so I was left with little to do (tho that means I can spend lots of time here! :p ). Most frustrating is that the business is so busy there are people with too much to do...

    The good news is that I spent much of last week jumping up and down and now have a few interim projects to work on which in many ways I'd prefer. I like adapting to lots of short-term projects than doing routine data analysis that doesn't change week on week.

    Can you jump up and down in front of a few people and see if there are any 'extra' projects that might kickstart your enthusiasm again?
  6. swy32x macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2005
    As a teenager with a part-time job I'm not happy.

    However I'm scouring, looking for a job at a coffee shop :)

    The thing is I can't turn the money away, and even though the job is monotonous it's stress free, a no-strings attached sort of thing.
  7. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    I'm still happy in my job and go to work in the morning looking forward to the day ahead... I also often take work home and think of work-related stuff on the tube.
  8. iGav macrumors G3

    Mar 9, 2002
    I love what I do... :)

    Come to think of it, I don't actually see what I do as a job. :)

    I can't imagine ever doing someting I didn't enjoy or like, I'm surprised that people do.
  9. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    When I was in 2nd year Uni, I was in Medical Physics and wanted to switch to business because it was easier, because I had a general interest in business and marketing, and because I was naturally quite bril with numbers and accounting was a breeze for me. I also didn't find accounting boring, believe it or not, so I thought about becoming a Chartered Accountant.

    Anyway, 3 years later, I'm doing a PhD in Medical Radiation Physics (the same degree), and I still have my doubts sometimes, but everyone does, and eventually it gets better. Its like a rollercoaster ride....up and down......and up again.
  10. apple2991 macrumors 6502

    May 20, 2004
    For me, a "I never liked my job to begin with" thread would be more pertinent.
  11. emw macrumors G4


    Aug 2, 2004
    It's definitely been a bit of a challenge lately getting "up" for the job. Not so much because the job is bad - it really isn't - but I travel extensively for work, which can get old, and I'm in the midst of a project that currently doesn't excite me all that much.

    But all that can change in a month, since I'll be on to something new. Plus it will be summer, so I tend to get re-energized when the weather's nice.
  12. joecool85 macrumors 65816


    Mar 9, 2005
    I get energized in the winter when I can start up my '89 mach 1 and tear through the snow with 110hp and no abandon...

    anyway, back on topic

    I'm a college student, paying my rent and all my bills myself (parents are poor), and I work at a pet store. It's ok, I definetly don't get excited about it, but it pays well ($8.70 an hour) and a lot of places I'd be getting minimum wage or a little over ($6.50 an hour).
  13. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
  14. Kingsnapped macrumors 6502a


    Oct 16, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'm not enjoying my job anyomore.

    I'm working as a barback/security at a local nightclub. I was working 40+ hours, which I don't mind.. but they were all between 5pm and 4am. Balancing this with being a full time student is rough. I managed to cut my hours down to a couple nights a week, but I hope I can get out of there and start doing something in the industry soon.
  15. evilernie macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2005

    You took the words right out of my mouth.
  16. cpjakes macrumors 6502

    Aug 15, 2003
    Buffalo, NY
    Maybe it's the day (week/month/year...), but I feel a little burned out at work. I'm the audio engineer/tech support person in a music department. It's a great job at a state university (very stable, great benefits, etc.) but it's my first "real" job. Before that, I was seasonal in what I do, working summer concerts and winter shows while I was in school. I went through all the years of school (bachelor's and master's included) without a break and then started this job. So I haven't had a break, but at the same time I've never done any one thing for this long.

    In my case, it's not so much about what I do, it's who I work with and what they're doing it for. The university has several great programs and things that are very cutting edge and important to society (cancer research, medical schools, engineering, etc.) and while technically our music department is focused on new music, the extent to which many of the faculty go out of their way to talk about how important it is drives me crazy. I don't mean to sound like I don't appreciate music or what they're doing, the schooling and work of the last eight years of my life has been dedicated to it. But in the grand scheme of things, I wish they'd realize that rotating crash cymbals in the air very slowly for 5 minutes while the air flow in the concert hall changes is not the most important thing going on.

    I suppose I could keep going, but I'll make my last thought that we should have summers off... Students and faculty are gone, yet the support staff stays on...
  17. joetronic macrumors 6502

    Dec 9, 2004
    New Oxford, PA
    Same thing here. I work for the local school system as a Systems Specialist. I mainly work in Novell *throws up a little in mouth* and I hate it. I liked it for the first fe wyears but have been recently getting burned out. On the side I breed and sell Tarantuals and reptiles, and have a pretty good online bussiness, but its not enough for live off of. My wife is going to school for forestry, so I'm pretty much the bread maker in the house. If the reptile business gets going a little better and when Shannon is done her school and gets a forestry job I might stop this whole tech support gig and just work with what I love. Also, the dog rescue Shannon is working on is getting pricey. So I guess I have to work doing this novell crap for a few more years untill we can get on our feet again.

    But....there are times I love my job too. I work alot with special needs children with Assistive Technology. That job is very rewarding. If I can do this every day I would love it.

    Its better to do a job you like that pay little then a job you hate that pays a lot. Hang in there Gary. I have seen yoru work and you are very good at what you and know the freelancing will pay off in the long run.

    What type of freelancing photography do you do. I have a few clients in the Annapolis area that are looking for a photoagrapher for there business. Do you do any desing work as well? PM me if you would like is contact info.
  18. Sugaku macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2003
    London, Canada
    I've just gone through a similar thing. I'm still a (undergrad) student, but it has always been clear that I would go into academia and become a prof in pure math. I have been devoting basically all of my time towards this goal, and am almost guaranteed top scholarship at harvard or princeton. I've had many ups and downs about this lately, but always returned to academia... until now.

    I'm switching to pure math+computer science, focusing on CS now, and planning on taking a job once I finish undergrad in two years. I was doing computers before I got into math, and I've done a lot in it on the side. I've decided that I would enjoy it more, that I do not have the right personality for research, and that it would not be worth the sacrifices I would have to make. I'm going to speak with google and yahoo about an internship, I have contacts through competitions like TopCoder.

    In one moment by future has completely changed, and I have never felt more at peace.

    Unfortunately Apple does not accept Canadian interns :(
  19. ziwi macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2004
    Right back where I started...
    How many people are happy at their job? ;) - oops, I said job and not career.
    I feel this way as well, but as my work is not what I consider to be central to my life but more of a means to a way of life. I get paid good and the commute is good, the work is boring. Why do I not move? Well, I have thought of this and the answer is complacency - My life has changed since I began this job, - I was married prior to it and had 3 or 4 jobs prior to this one. Having children made me feel this way and stop the job hopping - I have a good reputation here and the company allows me the flexibility to do what I need to do and create a good work life balance. I can get home and spend time with my family - which is the core of my life - work is just an attribute to me so that is the way I deal with it. <-- I rationalized that my family is my life and work is something I do that allows me to put my energy into my family.
    I also believe that there are a lucky few - maybe 1% of the people in the world that are doing what the love to do and making a living off of it. Most of us would go hungry if we followed what it is we want to do. So we can do what we want to do in our spare time as a hobby or something and dream of the day it will all work out and you are doing what you want and love all of the time and maintaining your standard of living too.
    I never believed in the I work therfore I am philosophy - more of I am, and I want crap for me and my family, therfore I work :)
  20. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    i just quit my last job at Wilsons Leather because they are a horrible mismanaged company that has no clue what they are doing, most likely they will be gone in five or six years time.....its a long long story about them so i wont bore you all.

    i am now moving on to a new job at Navy Pier, i used to work for this company in their warehouse, but now im working at the actual store, should be fun, and they are paying me much more. mind you this is all just work to pay the bills while i take a year off of school before going to a creative writing program and an hopefully moving on to an eventual doctorate degree because i would love to teach at the college/university level.
  21. stubeeef macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2004
    Hey man, don't drop it, instead add on.

    Unless you are financially set (could retire today) just add a job on, work your self hard on something worth-while. Volunteer for a group or cause that would help you get satisfaction. Don't regret a mid-life crisis decision, your job is not bad-you just have it down. Pile on something fun and cool and enjoy, keep collecting checks from the present job though.
  22. kgarner macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2004
    I think there are two options that make sense as far as careers. You either get yourself a job that you love and find fulfilling, or you get a job that allows you pursue what you love in your free-time. For example, I am actually doing the very stuff I love to do when I have free time which I didn't think I could actually do as a career. On the other hand, my boss's passion is travel. He works here to pay for his traveling, he goes somewhere new every weekend. That said, you have to be somewhat satisfied with your job as well. Maybe you need a vacation to relax and then get back to work.
  23. Roger1 macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2002
    If your not satisfied with your job, or don't like what you do, it can affect everything you do. I hated my last job, and try as I might, it affected my off hours as well. The best thing I ever did was find another job.
  24. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    I was bored at my job(s) for 20 years. I held various positions in the business world - from secretary to Vice-President of a small company. I realized the competition wasn't my cup of tea. I've been a part-time or volunteer youth minister for that same 20 years. So along the lines of working with kids, I've gone back to school to get certified to teach secondary English. I'm about as inspired as I've ever been!!! In this day and time there's no reason to not find a job you'll enjoy.
  25. mpw Guest

    Jun 18, 2004
    I’d be gone in a second if my numbers would just come up in the Lotto.

    I joined the company I’m with because I thought I could make a real difference as it was being woefully mismanaged for years but I believe it had potential to be really great.

    After less than a year of working from the bottom to prove myself I was given an opportunity to take a management role that handed me the reins of retail/wholesale operation and left the accountant who had be screwing it up back at head office dealing with the accounts.

    With hard work and a bit of talent I turned the fortunes round from loss making to profit making with a 20% increase in sales in the first year and another 20% increase in year two. The board gave me, quite out of the blue a 30% pay increase which was great but then 6months later accepted an offer from our competitors to buy the retail/wholesale business for +£10m.

    Now the company I joined has taken a completely different route in a different industry and upped my salary another 17% with the offer to increase it by yet another 15% in a couple of years and put me on the board once I’ve passed my professional exams.

    Trouble is I can’t stand the work but will never find work I enjoy at the same wage. Which wouldn’t be a huge issue if it were just me but I’ve got a wife and kids along with a hefty debt to pay-off.

    I also hate studying and I’ve got at least another year of it ahead.

    To top all that I had an idea to go self employed but it was a risk I couldn’t take on my family’s behalf and as it was a seize the moment idea wouldn’t keep so I gladly shared it with a couple of friends with no ties, debts anything better to do and had to watch them pull in four times my annual salary in profit in their first six months.

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