In a bit of a lull at the moment. I was hoping to hear from people - either people who love their job, what is it and what do you love so much about it and people who don't, what is it and what don't you like about it?
Really great topic, Nicole!
Not working at the moment but with my previous job I absolutely loved the location (in the heart of Sydney CBD in a great building), loved the atmosphere and I adored interacting with all the wonderful customers (99.9% were so sweet and lovely). I loved the job and was always excited go in and give it my all. Unfortunately what ruined the job for me were some of my co-workers - they were the biggest condescending b#tches that tried to belittle you at every opportunity they had and treated you like an 8-year old. There were lots of nights where I would go home in tears. I had a chance to talk to previous employees and they also brought up the exact same thing. You could always feel that tension in the air and the dirties they give you no matter how nice you try to be. They basically didn't make new employees welcome and just wanted them out ASAP. So fake and obnoxious. I owe it to the amazing customers who kept me sane.
I used to love my job (now a sahm & ironing lady) as a barista in the Sydney CBD. I didn't mind the early starts because I loved my job so much. I really miss doing this and can't wait till in a few more years I can get back to it.
I love my job but I'm responsible for EVERYTHING (admin, marketing, publicity, book keeping, invoicing- and that's before I actually do my job!) so it can be very constant.
It's physically demanding as well so I'm already having to face the fact that even after devoting my life to it I will probably have to walk away one day because I simply won't be able to physically keep doing it.
And that makes me sad. Plus I have NO idea what else I could do!
I LOVE MY JOB!
I work in a very large cosmetic company and it is so amazing! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!
I love my job :)
Been working at JBHI-FI since October and the people there are lovely!
Of course, because it's retail there are the usual grumpy annoying customers that get you down but the staff are brilliant and supportive.
I have a few friends that work at JBHI-FI and they love it too! That's awesome!
I love my current job. I used to be a legal secretary, and that was awesome, but draining. Now I'm a music teacher and can work from home. I'm also a concert master and mum to a very busy toddler and teenagers.
I love that I can set my own hours, I can teach in bare feet if I want to and share my knowledge on to others who really want to learn. Love it!
I LOVE my job! I teach yoga. Every day I witness transformation & courage! Beyond inspiring! Plus I get to practice for free every day! Best!
Yes! Same =D
I love my job! I'm a butcher and I love that I get to work to make a positive change in the way people look at food. I am lucky to work with people who care about the welfare of their animals, the health of their environment (talk to me about rotational grazing and farming kangaroo sometime! <3 ) and the quality of what they put in their bodies.
I know eating meat isn't for everyone, but I love that I have the power to change my tiny corner of the world; to persuade the committed carnivores to buy ethical, sustainably grown meat and to stop eating cheap, mass-produced, factory-farmed animals that have no quality of life. We should all eat LESS meat, but eat BETTER meat.
I get to have such wonderful conversations with all sorts of people and get to provide them with something that brings so much (admittedly simple) happiness. Tell me you're not happy when your mum cooks a lamb roast. ;) I'm part of a really cool community of foodies who care about the quality of their food, who are creative, amazing cooks who are generous with their time and their knowledge and who value my skills as well. I get to support farmers who do the right thing by their stock and by their land and I get to work with my hands.
I also really love being a woman in a man's trade. I love giving expectations a red-lipsticked middle finger and I love the surprise when people ask to talk to the butcher and they realise they're already talking to her. Old ladies usually react with complete delight and I love it!
Sorry for the essay! ;)
Interesting perspective Stickyskip! I'm too squeamish to cook red meat, but if I eat it (providing it's cooked by someone else) I feel fantastic! Vegetarianism isn't for everyone.
I remember threatening my nieces when they were younger that I was going to dance like Sam Neill eating red meat at their birthday parties.
I was actually a vegetarian for years. Started out because I had vego housemates and it was just easier. But I have crap iron levels and no amount of spinach or supplements etc made me feel as good as a piece of very rare scotch fillet steak did. ;) Vegetarianism/Veganism work wonderfully for some people, but I just felt tired all the time.
Read a book called the Omnivores Dilemma by a guy called Michael Pollan and it was brilliant. Made me realise that there have to be more ethical ways to eat meat out there and that it's important that meat eaters make a committed choice and support producers that do the right thing by their animals and their land. Vegans and vegetarians do their part, so us committed carnivores need to as well.
So I started buying ethically raised meat and it kind of planted the seed. And here I am, a butcher with an art degree. haha. Funny how life can drag you in directions you didn't expect.
I completely understand feeling a bit squeamish cooking red meat. It can get a bit messy.
But here's a handy fact for you: the "blood" isn't actually blood. It's the water content in the meat (our bodies have a high water content too, it's what keeps us functioning. Cows etc are the same) and the red colour comes from a protein called Myoglobin which binds oxygen and iron. So you're not actually eating blood. ;) Definitely made me feel less icky when I found that one out.
Sam Neill is a national hero! <3
(sorry for the long reply! I got a bit excited...)
Love this sticky I wanted to be a mechanic but no one would give me a start because I am female. I ended up in hospitality because I needed to pay rent but still am a big car person, have stripped and rebuilt a few cars, another one in the go in the garage with the husband.
I love that you were given the break, you speak with so much passion it's clear how happy and fulfilled you are.
Lady Tradies! high five
There are very few of us out there and it frustrates me that "I don't hire girls" is still something that goes on. I'm so sorry to hear that it meant you didn't get the chance to be a mechanic. If I had the choice between a bum-crack-showing grease monkey guy and a lady who knows her stuff, it's such a no brainer of a choice!
Glad to hear you still found a way to do what you love! What kind of baby are you and hubby rebuilding atm? (My other half is an engine reconditioner and there's a VG Valiant in our garage that needs a new clutch.)
It's a 1985 Peugeot 205 GTI. Husband nearly wet himself when I said we could buy it to reco
I would really like to work in a different industry but I have no idea what or where!
It's so frustrating being an 'adult' and to not know what you want to 'do' when you grow up!
I know the feeling emma. I think we have all been there.
I think there's always too much pressure to "adult". Sure, have some goals and stuff, but enjoy exploring stuff until you find the right fit. ;) No rush.
And even if your job is only a job, dont forget that we work to live (eat, pay bills and stuff), we don't live to work. ;)
Hope you find the thing that feels good!
What a great thread and posts.
I am so thankful to be passionate about what I do even after so long. I have been a psychologist for about 20 years plus about 10 years prior to that doing youth work and related jobs.
I get to meet so many people and sometimes get to see them make some really fantastic progress or changes in their life.
I also volunteer with a group in Perth called the First Nations Homelessness Project and my role as a psych is to work with families to prevent child protection from removing babies and kids from their families or if they have to, ensuring they first check if extended family can take them in.
I didn't realise before this that if someone who was removed from their home by the department becomes pregnant, their unborn baby is immediately listed as potentially having to be removed, even if the mum is over 18, stable life, no addictions etc.
My other ole is in providing support to those who are suicidal, bereaved by suicide or have attempted suicide. This can be really tough work and again, I love it. My little brother died yesterday suicide 17 years ago so I have a real understanding of the impact on the loved ones and find that people maybe open up to me a bit more because they can see that I understand.
I work for myself which means I can manage my hours and I work part time because I live with my own mental health stuff so balance is vital for me.
Having said that, I spent two and a half hours with a client last night lol and tend to be very available to my clients in the evenings and weekends as distress doesn't generally choose 9-5 hours to appear haha. :)
Oh panda the anniversary must have been hard for you, hugs xx
I'm doing a few different things at the moment...I work part time as a lab assistant for my father-in-law's forestry business, but also work in a corporate centre. Technically I'm a receptionist there but we also do secretarial work for the tenants. It's very interesting sending off letters to the lawyer's clients!
This is a great thread! Glad to hear about everyone's jobs!
I'm in my second week of a new job in Sydney CBD. I work in the share market and looks like my dream of a 9-5 job is gone down the drain! Whilst I do love the job and the people, coming home so late is already affecting my health.
Definately need to make a plan on healthy eating!
I'm about to head into a new role in about 3 weeks (handed in my notice yesterday) and so atm I'm seconded into another department same place until I finish up in 2 weeks. My secondment is somewhat related to what I am studying in terms of setting i.e communty health program which is an upside :). I'll miss that secondment though when I leave.
I was working in the same field (health records) for 5 years, 2 different places though. It got to the point where I wasn't growing anymore and I really needed to go. It was mentally draining at my current place within the past year and I've already copped enough of it. Honestly, I felt like a change was needed from where I was working before the secondment and last month I went for 6 interviews and that time has finally come :). Colleagues wise, I'm neutral but being in different stages of life is what is another driving factor for me to leave the place.
I am also studying part time (public health) right now and that department doesn't align with my future goals. Hoping this new job will give me the skills to help me with my future goal.
My 2c :)
I've had to stop working due to illness. I used to have a senior management role. I loved it. I was good at it, I was helping to improve people's lives, and there was a fair bit of variety.
wishing you a speedy recovery.
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