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To ask how many of you really like your job?

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MrsPinkCock · 29/10/2018 20:38

Because I used to be one of those people and I’m not now.

Loved my career and the work. Hate where I’m working now. The people, the toxic environment, shit boss and downright unlawful practice. But it’s part time and flexible and I don’t know if it’s just one of those things and I’m expecting too much to find another job I love.

What I do is fairly niche and there’s nothing else at all in the region at the moment so my only options are stay and ride it out or quit and hope something comes up in the next few months. Just looking for other people’s experiences.

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ifeelsoextraordinary · 29/10/2018 20:50

I hate it and have spent my entire career (20 years) dreaming of doing “something else”. I just haven’t figured out what that something else is yet! I am well paid for what I do so makes it so much harder to quit as I am very used to the money. Now I’m just focused on early retirement!

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Henryismyfriend · 29/10/2018 20:52

I generally like my job, but I don't love it. I go because I have bills to pay, and I work hard because I respect and like my fellow employees and bosses and I don't want to let them down. My industry is renowned for poor pay and conditions, but I'm treated mostly fairly, by my workplace anyway.
I guess I can overlook a lot of stuff now that used to piss me off. I have left jobs where I was miserable, but only once I had another to go to.
I guess if I could have afforded to leave a job I wasn't happy in without having any income for a while I would have done. Life's too short to spend hours every day unhappy, but needs must when you need to pay the bills.

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babyarz · 29/10/2018 20:56

I love my job. I love my career and company. The only downside is the pay... but trying to get that up! X

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whifflesqueak · 29/10/2018 20:56

I absolutely love my job.

But it’s low paid, the hours are shite (i’m at work now, and will be until midnight at least) and there is zero prospect of progression without taking on a crippling amount of responsibility and anxiety.

So one day I will probably have to move on. Until then I have colleagues that I love and relative flexibility.

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pouraglasshalffull · 29/10/2018 20:58

I recently had a career change in the past few years and I am now a Head of Year at a large secondary school and I love it. It's bloody hard work and tiring, and sometimes very upsetting, but I absolutely love what I do

I used to work in a large corporate office working myself nicely up the career ladder earning a nice salary but I just didn't enjoy it. I hated waking up every Monday morning and couldn't wait for Friday afternoons to come round. I had to save up a few years to be able to afford my career change but it's the best decision I ever ever made for myself.

You spend most of your life at work, you need to make sure you spend it doing something you love

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ilovesooty · 29/10/2018 21:00

I've just dropped to four days because I want some time to develop other things and pay and progression is going nowhere, but on a day to day basis I love my job and the people I work with.

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Mummadeeze · 29/10/2018 21:01

Am so lucky. I love my job and my boss and my friends at work. I really look forward to going in every day. It is well paid, low pressure, creative and varied. And we laugh a great deal whilst getting on with our work. I have had jobs I hated too and I definitely count my blessings every day not to be tied to a job I don’t enjoy. Hope something better comes along for you soon. I took some side steps to get to where I am.

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Languageofkindness · 29/10/2018 21:01

I just quit my 20 year career. I loved it for a while but then ended up at an extremely toxic, unpleasant, completely incompetent senior management place. I am going to be much poorer but couldn’t stand it any longer.

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brownmouse · 29/10/2018 21:02

Gosh OP you sound like me. Very niche, nothing unless I travel, and it's convenient / work from home when I like and well paid.

But I hate it. I have done for months. I'm pretty senior now and feel as though I've "experted" myself into a corner.

I'm going to try to cut down my hours so I can at least think clearly. It's really such a niche skill and I can't think of a way out!!

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greendale17 · 29/10/2018 21:03

I love where I work, the people and company. But I get paid about £6k less than market rate

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Ohyesiam · 29/10/2018 21:05

I really like my job, and it can feel like a privilidge at times. It’s similar to psychotherapist/ psychologist working with traumatised people.

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Oblomov18 · 29/10/2018 21:06

I like my job. A lot. Best job I've ever had. I do accounts.

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yesyesyess · 29/10/2018 21:07

I used to love my job until some arrogant, toxic people came back and ruined it for the rest of us.

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FVFrog · 29/10/2018 21:09

I love my job. It’s not highly paid as I don’t work a lot of hours, but the hourly rate is good. I co run a Pilates matwork studio and teach private equipment Pilates from a small home studio. I used to be a teacher, huge admiration for people still doing that job!

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MoreCoffeePlease123 · 29/10/2018 21:10

I love my job. The pay is bad but I could get a second to supplement if I wanted.
I stumbled into the role and I’m so glad I did.

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itsboiledeggsagain · 29/10/2018 21:11

I love my job. Senior manager in a small public sector organisation. Shared values., lots of challenge and headroom to do it, avnd a lot of fun.

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DC2018 · 29/10/2018 21:13

I like it some days but it's not challenging anymore so I'm bored a lot now. That being said it's a decent wage and flexible hours so I can't complain too much. I volunteer with childline and a psychiatric ward so get satisfaction there

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keepitasecret · 29/10/2018 21:16

I've hated my job for years then towards the end of my maternity leave last year I found an amazing job, have absolutely loved it, great team, great boss, flexible around my LG.... BOOM I've been made redundant and finish is 4 weeks I'm gutted! And off job hunting again!!!
So there are fab jobs out there I guess just keep looking as one day you'll hit the jackpot x

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SittHakim · 29/10/2018 21:17

I love mine, and to my great good fortune it's paid enough to support a family reasonably comfortably, even in London. But I've had a previous job that I also loved, and that changed overnight when the head of the team resigned and was replaced by a toxic bully, so I don't count on it being like this for ever.

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Andro · 29/10/2018 21:19

Love my job, love where I work and love that I'm senior enough to make a difference and set the tone for an entire division.

The only thing I don't like is HR and it's split personality approach to inclusion at work (they're all for reasonable adjustments until you actually make the workplace accessible, at that point you're always doing something wrong - even when you've set things up exactly the way the staff member had requested and they're totally happy). They bug me on this issue, but not enough to dent my love of my job.

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ButDoYouAvocado · 29/10/2018 21:21

I used to hate my job. Did it for years and years. Stuck at it because the money was good. Now i work for myself doing something dnturely different. It does of course bring its own problems but generally i love it and i earn more.

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DeborahDowner · 29/10/2018 21:29

I absolutely loved my senior, well-paid, awesome job until multiple takeovers rendered it unrecognisable and I happily took voluntary redundancy. The next one was extremely promising but turned out to be less than ideal due to a very awful, very toxic work environment. I walked out on it two weeks ago without anywhere else to go. Life is too damn short to be unhappy. Who knows where I’ll end up, but I know I’ll work it out. I’m just past putting up with awful environments.

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NorthEndGal · 29/10/2018 21:31

I have 2 jobs, and I'm crazy in love with both.
5 days a week I get to be either at the beach, or working in the studio making stuff from what I've brought home from the beach.
Its brilliant, and it has grown from a hobby into an actual little business. I can't get enough beach timeGrin

2 days a week I provide childcare. I spend a huge amount of that time cuddling an adorable baby.
My children are grown, but Im not ready to be a grandmother yet, so this is a wonderful was to get my baby fix!
I don't think I could get a better balance, really.

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NoMudNoLotus · 29/10/2018 21:31

Im in nursing ... i am at a senior level, cant afford to change my job now and I absolutely hate it.
I mean really hate it.
Once upon a time I could come home feeling id made a difference to either my team or patients.

Now i spend my days splitting myself into a 100 pieces due to resources, not successfully supporting either my staff or the patients - it is making me ill , i have no quality of life im so exhausted and im digging myself into an early grave for nothing.

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LadyFidgetAndHerHandbag · 29/10/2018 21:37

80% of the time I love my job. The other 20% I hate it and everyone I work with. To be honest I'd probably love it 100% if I didn't have to deal with the wankers and bullies in my office.

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