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To think most people don't do jobs they love?

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LardLizard Wed 11-Oct-17 23:42:55

I'm sure thousands do but I'm talkingmost people

MrsHathaway Wed 11-Oct-17 23:47:10

Even people who love their jobs don't love the whole thing.

Like Hollywood actors go "ugh, twenty-seven hours on a plane for three days' filming?" Or Prem footballers hate a certain drill.

All jobs have their shit bits. You've found your vocation if you don't mind the shit bits.

LardLizard Wed 11-Oct-17 23:53:58

There's this weird sorta pressure these days that you have to be perfect

echt Thu 12-Oct-17 00:48:53

Perfect in what way? Loving your job perfectly or the perfect job being on the same list as the perfect home, OH, etc.?

StarlightExpresso Thu 12-Oct-17 02:33:40

I love my job. It's the sort of job a lot of people say wow you seriously get paid to do that you are so lucky. I frequently get asked can I have your job.

Yet I still have average days and shit days I think that's normal.

MrsTerryPratchett Thu 12-Oct-17 02:38:20

There was a brilliant study (twin study for those that care) that found that job satisfaction is quite heritable. Meaning there is a genetic component to whether you like your job regardless of what the job is. So if you’d hate being movie star, you’d probably hate collecting the bins too.

I’ve always mostly liked most jobs, even the almighty shit ones (call centres and poorly run homeless shelters). So it works for me.

troodiedoo Thu 12-Oct-17 02:41:09

Agree OP. Someone has to do the boring and shit jobs, not everyone wants or is lucky enough to follow their dreams. Some people are happy just to pay the bills.

I think people in menial jobs should get a lot more respect.

Atenco Thu 12-Oct-17 03:39:20

Most people don't even try to get jobs they love. I used to teach teenagers and it was so sad to here their limited aspirations. "I would like to study architecture but am going to study accounting"; "I hate studying and love being with horses but I couldn't possibly work with horses", etc. etc.

My ex, who is now a happy doctor of psychology loved being a bin-man.

NoMapOfMyHead Thu 12-Oct-17 05:53:00

I love my job, I work outside, but I didn't enjoy it so much yesterday in the pissing Cumbrian rain

ILoveMillhousesDad Thu 12-Oct-17 05:56:23

I do love my job, but I only work in an office, but I am involved daily with something I am passionate about.

I love the people I work with. I never have that feeling of dread going back after holidays/the weekend etc., but some days it is totally boring.

TheEagle Thu 12-Oct-17 05:57:45

I love my job, it's my second career and I did NOT love my old job.

mrstp, that's an interesting hypothesis.

It seems to be kind of cool in a meme-worthy way to dislike your job.

parrotonmyshoulder Thu 12-Oct-17 06:07:33

I love my job, but as a PP said, there are bits of it I don’t like (a bit like being a parent!).
I don’t like, for example, getting up at sodding 6am and not ever getting home before 6pm. I don’t like having to work at home (teacher). But the job itself - I mostly love!

parrotonmyshoulder Thu 12-Oct-17 06:08:59

And if I didn’t love it, I’d leave and do another job.
But I have that choice so am lucky, which I guess is the point of the thread. My job is to enable others to eventually have those choices.

toomuchtooold Thu 12-Oct-17 06:10:20

I think there's an element of class to this. I think middle class people feel/put pressure on to do something they love, whereas working class are happier to say they don't like their job. Im working class background and I liked my job (SAHM now) most of the time but I found the pressure to appear constantly enthusiastic really unpleasant.

barefootinkitchen Thu 12-Oct-17 06:19:07

Yes agree with pp. In certain circles it seems to be the thing to complain about going to work and say you hate it - in other groups people are expected, by a certain age maybe, to be doing something they feel passionate about. So I don't know if it's most people or not. I'm mid 40s , enjoy my work at last and keep meeting others lately who feel the same.

U2HasTheEdge Thu 12-Oct-17 06:24:27

I love my job. I feel privileged that I get to do it. Doesn't mean that when I'm up at 5.30 I don't groan and want to go back to bed and stay there.

I thought I really liked my old job but then I started waking up dreading going in. I never dread going in to my current job. Whilst I obviously have days where I would prefer to be at home I don't dread it and after my AL I was looking forward to going back.

allthingsred Thu 12-Oct-17 06:25:53

I hate my job. (I'm a cleaner)
I did get offered a job where I would have been much happier (being a teen support worker) but turned it down as job I do now offered more family friendly hours & better money.

deepestdarkestperu Thu 12-Oct-17 06:27:43

I love my job, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have bad days where I come home and moan that x pissed me off or that I’m fed up of y. You can love what you do but still hate certain parts of it.

allthingsred Thu 12-Oct-17 06:29:15

Sorry posted to soon.
So I'm content in choice I put my family first! But actual job... no its not the most fulfilling

lizzieoak Thu 12-Oct-17 06:30:53

I think it's largely a class thing. If you have a job where you have very little decision-making power, even over little things like when you take your break, or which side of the keyboard you like your mouse, well, that kind of job is going to leave most people rather frustrated.

I've had a series of jobs with crap managers, people who don't realise what a motivator - and a free one at that - it is to tell your staff when you're doing a good job. So no, I don't like the work I do. I'm thinking about changing fields, even though it would mean a pay cut, because I'm so sick of the soulless tasks and the office politics.

Timefortea99 Thu 12-Oct-17 06:33:44

I cannot abide my job but it is flexible which I appreciate. Not only is it dull, unstimulating, I work in an environment riddled with office politics and egos. Whilst I am good at what I do I cannot blow smoke up people's arses and my working experience is all the worse for it, because it is what is expected.

I know I can do much more. Every now and then I try and reframe the way I view it and try to look for opportunities to work in a more positive way, but unfortunately it is futile where I work. I know that sounds defeatist but a recently appointed manager who had that new person enthusiasm said to me recently - that it (the place) is what it is. She was beaten down by the cynicism in such a short time.

So, no, I don't like any aspect of my job apart from the flexibility. I would give up the flexibility but I will struggle to get another job due to age.

ASauvignonADay Thu 12-Oct-17 06:34:56

I love my job, even though it is stressful and there are elements I don’t like.

Ifailed Thu 12-Oct-17 06:35:24

we live in a society where everyone is expected to work (bar the wealthy), so many people are forced into jobs that they would not choose to do.
To anyone who claims to love their job, I'd ask: "would you do it for free and for the same hours if you had another income that covered you?"

lidoshuffle Thu 12-Oct-17 06:35:36

I think there's four parts to any job; the tasks, colleagues, environment and the money. If you're happy with 2 out of the 4 you're OK, 3 and you're doing great. 4 is working heaven!

Magicnumbers Thu 12-Oct-17 06:39:18

I think social media has a lot to answer for here. I moved frequently over the past 20 years, so my feed includes people I still meet up with sometimes but often have no clue whether they are still in the same type of job, because it's not relevant and they don't talk about it.

A very small number use SM to talk about how amazingly efficient or clever they are at their jobs. I usually unfollow as

A small number of others genuinely have brilliant days at work and post things about it- it's great to see but they definitely have rubbish days too.

Then friend is into one of these stupid

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