Tell me what you do for a living? Do you like it?

(117 Posts)
Sp3849 Sat 05-Jun-21 20:49:11

So I am 34 this year and have a degree in public health spent my whole working life in health care and I am just exhausted and fed up. I hate working in this field now have done for a good 2 years. I want a different career. So many choices I just don't know what to pick?!

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Zarene Sat 05-Jun-21 20:54:01

Policy development.

I currently work in banking, but I used to work in a government affairs agency where several people had public health backgrounds. They worked on policy and lobbying for pharma companies.

Zarene Sat 05-Jun-21 20:54:32

(I love it, btw. Missed that but if the question).

TeddingtonTrashbag Sat 05-Jun-21 20:57:07

Secondary teacher. Love it! Pay 💰 okay but obviously are fantastic and good pension.

NowhereNearTheHighSt Sat 05-Jun-21 20:57:49

I am a chandler ( candle maker) . Love it , fell into it by accident, was an interior designer before.

abbw Sat 05-Jun-21 20:59:05

I work in communications and media for a formula 1 team. Absolutely love it. I haven't traveled with the team this season yet due to an injury, but when I was traveling it was the best!

elQuintoConyo Sat 05-Jun-21 21:07:47

I teach English to anyone aged 9-adult, my oldest this year is 62. Lots of teens to get through exams, they're mostly well-behaved and keen, all but a handful have been delightful.

I've been doing it 23 years and I still love it.

Shit pay, but I can see many kilometres of the Mediterranean from my house, the town feels as safe as the '50s, the locals are lovely, DD is trilingual.

I wouldn't do anything else.


mygee Sat 05-Jun-21 21:13:11

I'm a nursery nurse. I enjoy it but the money is awful and we're massively undervalued.

MyNameForToday1980 Sat 05-Jun-21 21:13:15

I'm on the executive leadership team of a tech company, I worked my way up (at various companies) from:

Project manager
Project director
Delivery director
Head of programmes
VP Business Programmes
Chief operations officer (COO)

I have been lucky, I have always LOVED my jobs.

StarryStarrySocks Sat 05-Jun-21 21:19:26

I'm an user experience designer. Basically, I look at how users interact with websites and apps and try to make it as simple and straightforward as possible. I love it, it's challenging but fascinating - you think you've designed something really clear, and then you test it with users and they're like confused so you have to change it and test it again until you get it right.
I'm not techy at all, I don't do any coding. I came into this from communications and writing work.

Hoppinggreen Sun 06-Jun-21 19:23:52

Regulatory Affairs in Pharma, business side rather than technical.
Yes, I love it it’s well paid and very interesting plus it’s really flexible and my boss is great

Bovrilly Sun 06-Jun-21 19:28:59

I am a freelance tv director, I really enjoy it but it's been a bit unreliable lately confused

SallyOMalley Sun 06-Jun-21 19:32:53

University admissions - lots of marketing and events as well as enquiry handling and outreach for my department's academic subject. Absolutely love it.

ISeeTheLight Sun 06-Jun-21 19:36:49

Online advertising at an agency. I love it. Very international, lovely clients and 100% remote. Good pay. You never stop learning.

lucy6058 Sun 06-Jun-21 19:42:28

I’m a sample machinist (seamstress) I work freelance for various different companies and also as a sewing technician at a college. I really like it, the pay is ok and being able to work from home the majority of the time fits in well with school drops and pick ups

christinarossetti19 Mon 07-Jun-21 08:58:46

Following. I'm much older than you OP and still love the field I've been in for 25 years, but am struggling to find a role. Have been self-employed for half of those years, so likely not desirable candidate for any job!

Changing fields completely is a possibility but, like you, I don't know what to.

DonLewis Mon 07-Jun-21 09:02:01

Public health? Why not retrain to be a food inspector? 1 year at uni, 1 year placement and ta-da, new career! A friend of mine did this from a similar background to yours and LOVES it!

BertieBotts Mon 07-Jun-21 09:13:59

Ooh Starry can you tell me more? So many things seem to be telling me at the moment that I need to go into UX design.

Do you spend all day in front of a computer alone, or is there quite a mix with client interaction? What would you say the percentage is?

Is it really really OK not to do coding? I have always hated coding. I'm reasonably techy but that's a total blind spot for me.

I have history in graphic design and customer service, would those things be useful?

Lastly is it only about websites and apps or does it spill it into anything else as well?

BertieBotts Mon 07-Jun-21 09:20:30

And teaching (adults) background too so a bit of communications stuff.

Cruddles Mon 07-Jun-21 09:38:08

I work in The City in operations for a well known British financial firm. The work is very dry but the pay is great, there is little stress, a decent amount of flexibility and i don't work long hours. Suits my lifestyle perfectly

QuimReaper Mon 07-Jun-21 09:41:22


Cheeseycheeseycheesecheese Mon 07-Jun-21 09:46:50

I'm a service administrator looking to move into engineer controller in the next 6 months, absolutely love it, plays to my strengths as an individual, money is average, but high for the area and role.

Was a self employed virtual pa before which was interesting, would highly recommend it for the flexibility and choosing your own hours and who you deal with, but I much prefer an office with people to being in home office alone.

Firstbornunicorn Mon 07-Jun-21 09:48:55

Following as my job has had me borderline suicidal in the past and I need out of it.

vaishalinarayan Mon 07-Jun-21 10:44:39


I am in IT and working as senior developer (website development/coding etc).

Give me shout if anyone need any help.


NannyAndJohn Mon 07-Jun-21 10:57:24

Manager of a small (mostly young) team in financial services.

Spent most of my career on the more technical mathsy side of the table before moving into management ~10 years ago for more of a work life balance.

Pays mega £££, get to meet (virtually now of course!) a lot of interesting people, and really enjoy getting to see my younger staff develop.

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