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To not be able to think of a job I could really love?

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LessStress Tue 01-Dec-15 23:46:01

I didn't want to hijack the other AIBU thread about hating work, but I'm genuinely interested in the jobs that people who really love their work do.

I'm a project manager and quite enjoy it most of the time but can't imagine choosing to work indefinitely if I didn't have to.

So do you love yor job and if so, why, and what do you do?

OddSocksHighHeels Tue 01-Dec-15 23:49:00

I'll place mark for ideas too. I have no idea what I'd like to do either.

LoveMILbut Tue 01-Dec-15 23:49:59


LoveMILbut Tue 01-Dec-15 23:50:52

(Yes I love it 85% of the time or more)

Epilepsyhelp Tue 01-Dec-15 23:51:30

I wanted to ask that too! I'm so jealous, genuinely. I hated being unemployed when I was studying part time but I hate working and always have .. What am I missing?!

ilovesooty Tue 01-Dec-15 23:52:48

I work with offenders and substance misusers and deliver equality and diversity training to staff.

I'm also a counsellor in private practice and management chair of a bereavement charity (unpaid).

ilovesooty Tue 01-Dec-15 23:53:54

Sorry I forgot - absolutely love all my different jobs.

hellhasnofurylikeahungrywoman Tue 01-Dec-15 23:54:30

Carer in a children's hospice, absolutely bloody loved it. Unbearably sad at times but so, so rewarding.

sooperdooper Tue 01-Dec-15 23:54:59

I'm an event manager, I enjoy now but it can be quite stressful and include quite a bit of travel so I can't see me doing it indefinitely

Bunbaker Tue 01-Dec-15 23:56:38

I love my job. It isn't just the work, it's the people. My team is a mixture of people ranging from early 20s to late 50s, and from all walks of life. We gel together well as a team. We get a lot of work done and have a laugh along the way.

We are copywriters.

Mmmmcake123 Tue 01-Dec-15 23:59:56

Once saw Chris Rock live on stage and he said the difference between working and having a profession is identifiable by the clock. Workers can't stop looking at the clock in anticipation of home time. Professionals don't notice the clock and never have enough time in their day. They look at the clock and wish it was earlier!
Am sure this is of no real help, but no outsider can tell you what would interest you so much that you wouldn't be looking at the clock.

FeliciaJollygoodfellow Wed 02-Dec-15 00:04:58

Sorry to hijack but I feel the same - and I'm a PM (sort of, totally untrained) and have seen an events planner job I like the look of.

I need a job because being a SAHM is not for me, but I think my ideal job would be working for myself, for more money but fewer hours.

If anyone can tell me what that would be I'd be grateful!

Preciousxbane Wed 02-Dec-15 00:08:18

I worked in library services for many years and ran a small specialist library at one point. It was wonderful but that career is on the skids now due to massive cuts.

OddSocksHighHeels Wed 02-Dec-15 00:09:11

I'd really like to be self employed as well. I just have no idea what I can do, I'm so stuck for ideas.

Busyworkingmum71 Wed 02-Dec-15 00:19:02

Sales manager in vet products. Mmmcake123 makes a good point, often find I don't have enough hours in the day, and look at the clock and wish it was earlier so I could get more done.

Think it's because I love my job, but tbh It might just be because I have too much work and not enough resources. grin

Try lots of different things, temping or volunteering are good ways to see other industries/jobs you might enjoy. It's tough to find, many don't.

Epilepsyhelp Wed 02-Dec-15 00:26:49

I have a profession, I'm a lawyer. Doesn't mean I'm not really wishing it was 6 so I could respectably leave my desk (not in London thank god!). I do hate it less when I'm more busy.

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Wed 02-Dec-15 00:28:46

I think you'd be a good counsellor OddSocks.

You're a good listener and you are thoughtful and empathetic.

Maybe LifeCoach? Counsellor without portfolio grin

RB68 Wed 02-Dec-15 00:29:38

I would love to be a business trouble shooter - parashooted in to sort out failing businesses or working with small to medium businesses to get things back on the straight and narrow or even just working with small top teams to improve a business. Dealing with all the change management stuff too - it can be difficult but in the end if its the right thing for the business and keeps it in business then it gives great job satisfaction

I have done things similar but not quite what I want and loved it and the clock never came into it - I just never looked.

I spent some time out of the work environment trying a couple of other things that weren't quite right but am moving back again and enjoying it so far.

RB68 Wed 02-Dec-15 00:32:30

Odd socks

start by writing down what you think your skill sets are and what you like doing and what you don't. Rope in people close to you and see what the say. Then start to think about what sort of interaction you want with others, what sort of outcomes, what gives you satisfaction. Try joining some local networking groups and see what others do and or what sort of markets are out there. Then look at how you might help resolve market issues.

toffeeboffin Wed 02-Dec-15 00:34:30

I think my ideal job would be a travel writer or as a researcher for the BBC Good Food website.

I work in accounts and can say that I do NOT love my job.

toffeeboffin Wed 02-Dec-15 00:35:33

I could never work for myself - I'd be skint in a month, not enough self discipline.

OddSocksHighHeels Wed 02-Dec-15 00:38:33

Counsellor without portfolio grin

RB68 thanks, I'll try and give that a go. I always wanted to write and loved the idea of journalism but the industry seems to be dying now with everything moving online.

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Wed 02-Dec-15 00:50:55

Glad you liked that smile

So move online.

You could do a fabulous blog.

(I don't really get what the definition of one of those is, but I think you could do one)

Um, you know what I mean.

I hope wine

DPotter Wed 02-Dec-15 01:08:22

I teach adults - I get a real buzz from seeing the concentration and determination on people faces and the delight when they 'get' something.

GeneandFred Wed 02-Dec-15 01:19:09

I'm self employed and love it. Hard work but very rewarding. Doing a job I had planned out from the age of 9. I was a strange child. hmm

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