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Do you enjoy your job/degree/profession?

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  • 22-05-2012 8:56pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 22,477 ✭✭✭✭Knex*


    Does anyone out there get enjoyment or fulfillment from their chosen job, college degree or profession? Or are all lines of work soul destroying means of earning a wage?

    Myself, I'm nearing my final year in college and currently half way through a 6 month internship, the result of which leaves me with no idea as to whether this is the avenue I want to go and kick off my career in.

    You hear the rich and succesfull people, who truely excel in their respective fields, saying you gotta find something you love, but is that all pie in the sky talk?

    Well AH? Hit me with yer insightful advice :D


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 22,559 ✭✭✭✭AnonoBoy


    Yes. Thanks for asking.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,431 ✭✭✭Sky King


    No its boring.

    I wish I was a lighthouse keeper.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,427 ✭✭✭SafeSurfer


    My boss is a lazy ****e who no one gets on with - I am self employed.

    Multo autem ad rem magis pertinet quallis tibi vide aris quam allis



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,427 ✭✭✭SafeSurfer


    Sky King wrote: »
    No its boring.

    I wish I was a lighthouse keeper.

    You wouldn't mind working nights?

    Multo autem ad rem magis pertinet quallis tibi vide aris quam allis



  • Registered Users Posts: 9,204 ✭✭✭dodderangler


    Loved my job but was made redundant before my time was over


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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,159 ✭✭✭✭phasers


    I want a well paid job where attendance is optional. Is that a thing?


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 22,559 ✭✭✭✭AnonoBoy


    SafeSurfer wrote: »
    You wouldn't mind working nights?

    Duh! Day shift Lighthouse Keeper of course!

    Cushy number!


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 22,559 ✭✭✭✭AnonoBoy


    phasers wrote: »
    I want a well paid job where attendance is optional. Is that a thing?

    TD.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 16,096 ✭✭✭✭the groutch


    phasers wrote: »
    I want a well paid job where attendance is optional. Is that a thing?

    yeah, it's called being on the dole


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 5,455 ✭✭✭Where To


    It's what I get out of bed for in the morning :)

    because I can't do it lying down


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,598 ✭✭✭boomkatalog


    I'm awesome at my job and I love it, its just a shame we're not paid for the hard work we put in. I'm a preschool teacher btw. No long holidays, crap wages, lots of children.


  • Registered Users Posts: 18,159 ✭✭✭✭phasers


    yeah, it's called being on the dole
    No it isn't. The dole isn't well paid, it isn't a job, and the ony thing you have to attend is signing on and that is not optional.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,564 ✭✭✭✭whiskeyman


    I don't really enjoy my job, but I don't hate it either.
    The main thing is, I love the people I work with, and I get paid enough to have a very enjoyable lifestyle out of work!
    I'd rather that than love my job but not be happy outside of work.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,657 ✭✭✭brandon_flowers


    Yes primarily because I work for an oil and gas company who never give a s**** about salaries. Ask and thou shall receive.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,495 ✭✭✭✭eviltwin


    Yep I love it. I kinda fell into it after losing what I thought was my dream job but I would never go back to it now. I can't really see what I loved about it. Now I'm working in social care with vulnerable people, really helping people get out of dangerous situations and start over, its a great feeling to come out of work and know you made a difference. It also means no matter how crap my own life seems to be going a day in the office and I realise just how blessed I am.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,788 ✭✭✭✭BattleCorp


    You poor naive student.

    Work isn't there to be enjoyed or feel satisfied, it's all about the money.




  • In general, yes. I was just thinking about this today.

    I'm an EFL teacher and during my afternoon class, I thought, "wow, I'm actually getting paid for this?" I had a lovely class with bright and interesting students. They were really keen on the activity I'd prepared and the time just flew by. I often feel lucky to have this job. I can wear more or less what I like, I often finish early (2pm) or start late, I can decide what I want to teach, it can be very rewarding and generally interesting. There are loads of positives.

    That said, it annoys me when people who don't do this job go on about how easy it is. It's not easy. You're never really off work, you always have prep or marking, you can have really unpleasant or difficult students, you can't hide behind a desk if you're feeling sad/sick/down, you have loads of unpaid working time (training, meetings, prep), you don't get paid for bank holidays or when the school closes at Christmas/Easter, you don't get paid when you're sick or at the doctor or on holiday. There are basically no benefits at all (pension, maternity leave...) The pay isn't that good and doesn't really go up that much with time and there are none of the 'dossy' moments you might get in an office. You get paid for time in class and that's it.

    All in all, I really like my job.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,787 ✭✭✭xflyer


    Despite it being my dream job, which I achieved after years of struggle. No.

    Still it's better than all but one of my previous jobs and it's easily the worst paid. But the time off is great. I don't know if I could ever go back to a real job though. It's like being long term unemployed without the stigma.;) Having to get out of bed five days a week all year round again would kill me:D


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,547 ✭✭✭Agricola


    Nope. I went into my degree course because I had and still have a genuine interest in the area. But the interest isnt really career orientated. Now the idea of sitting in an office dealing with people who work in offices for the rest of my life makes me feel ill.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,342 ✭✭✭✭starlit


    I would if I had a job to talk about that is! :/ But would hope I would enjoy what ever profession i'd end up in in the meantime!:cool:


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,986 ✭✭✭Red Hand


    It's a job, it pays the bills. It's drudgery, but then without it, I probably wouldn't get out of bed in the morning.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 8,884 ✭✭✭Eve_Dublin


    In general, yes. I was just thinking about this today.

    I'm an EFL teacher and during my afternoon class, I thought, "wow, I'm actually getting paid for this?" I had a lovely class with bright and interesting students. They were really keen on the activity I'd prepared and the time just flew by. I often feel lucky to have this job. I can wear more or less what I like, I often finish early (2pm) or start late, I can decide what I want to teach, it can be very rewarding and generally interesting. There are loads of positives.

    That said, it annoys me when people who don't do this job go on about how easy it is. It's not easy. You're never really off work, you always have prep or marking, you can have really unpleasant or difficult students, you can't hide behind a desk if you're feeling sad/sick/down, you have loads of unpaid working time (training, meetings, prep), you don't get paid for bank holidays or when the school closes at Christmas/Easter, you don't get paid when you're sick or at the doctor or on holiday. There are basically no benefits at all (pension, maternity leave...) The pay isn't that good and doesn't really go up that much with time and there are none of the 'dossy' moments you might get in an office. You get paid for time in class and that's it.

    All in all, I really like my job.


    Agree with everything you say above. I like my job as well and it bugs me too when people say it's easy. I suppose the hardest part is having to be "on" all the time. You can't have a bad day and I've had some bad days when I just wanted to curl up behind a monitor and pretend I was working for the day. And as you said, the lack of holiday pay is really tough.

    Saying that though, I've often gone into class in a grump and come out in great form. I'm blessed with lovely students and I've only ever had one I didn't like. My students often become my friends, so it's like getting paid for hanging out with a bunch of mates most of the time. Teaching the Spanish is great craic and I find as long as you can make them laugh, they're happy and it's a great feeling when you see an improvement in their language skills.

    Probably not what I'll do long-term as the money is atrocious and I can't save but for now, it suits me...


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,033 ✭✭✭✭Richard Hillman


    Sky King wrote: »
    No its boring.

    I wish I was a lighthouse keeper.

    A pal of mine did it before Irish Lights started letting a lot of people go. They used to drink on the job because all they basically had to do were to be in attendance just in case something went wrong.


  • Registered Users Posts: 81,310 CMod ✭✭✭✭coffee_cake


    I sure do


  • Registered Users Posts: 378 ✭✭cade


    Yea, I really enjoyed my degree job, I'd always a lot to learn, was on decent money and had great fun doing what to me anyway was a really easy job. So after the whole industry died I went back to college and did another course. I'm now working away in that field and loving it too, once again I've a lot to learn and it's always rewarding when I can be of benefit to my team or when the new guys/girls single me out as the go to guy to get the right answers off.

    All that being said I won't stop taking steps torwards the other professions I'd dreamed of pursuing in my youth; those being a Tailor, a Chef and a Martial arts stunts man :D


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 12,395 ✭✭✭✭mikemac1


    Nobody is cooler or can party harder then an accountant :cool:


  • Registered Users Posts: 81,310 CMod ✭✭✭✭coffee_cake


    mikemac1 wrote: »
    Nobody is cooler or can party harder then an accountant :cool:

    actuary plz


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,294 ✭✭✭hairyprincess


    Ask me in three to four years! Heading into a degree course in September, fingers and legs crossed :pac:


  • Registered Users Posts: 644 ✭✭✭Pauleeeeeeee


    People pay me money to put nice images on their skin for the rest of their lives.

    I love it.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,892 ✭✭✭megaten


    Nope, but I have little ambition or desire so I keep doing it anyways.


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