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danaekitty
March 12th, 2008, 11:44 AM
I work for an auto dealership. I work 8-5 with a half hour lunch. I was hired to be the receptionist in a new location for the dealership, as the old dirty one was closing down. They expanded into the new place by hiring a receptionist (me), a parts manager, a business manager, two more salesguys and two more mechanics.

My boss, a man who ran the old dealership for thirty years:
- Refuses to give up a lot of the responsibilities that the extra people were hired for.
- Refuses to adhere to the new procedures of doing things, goes over people's heads and therefore confuses everyone.
- When something goes wrong because he didn't follow procedure, mutters "too many cooks..." and storms off, angry.
- Gets PMS-like symptoms for a few days at a time, muttering under his breath and refusing to listen to explanations.
:wall:
I, a smart and efficient Girl Friday hired to do all sorts of busywork:
- sit at my desk all day doing nothing but answer the phone. This is one of my few responsibilities.
- ask repeatedly for more work. The boss looks at me and tells me to find more people to buy cars.
- try hard to explain to the boss the way things would be most efficient, only to hear "too many cooks..." before an angry storm-off and ensuing PMS.
- cover up my boss's mistakes regularly, the mistakes that happen because he isn't following procedure.
- don't get credit for anything technological I do because the boss still lives in the ice age and doesn't understand computers (watching him send an email is like pulling teeth).
- spend my work hours shopping online, posting incessantly to forums, making lists and doing research that will organize my personal life, work on my photos (I'm a photog and installed photoshop on my work comp because I was so bored).
- am the ONLY woman in the building.:yell:

The worst part about it is that I need to be making more money. They promised me a raise at some point, but I don't feel right following up on it because I don't really actually DO much of anything.
The second worst part is that I'm SOOOOOO BOOOOORED.
The third worst part is that I can feel my ass getting bigger every day.
:censored:
Anyone else got any Stuck-At-A-Crappy-Job stories? Misery loves company, you know.

Frenchy
March 12th, 2008, 11:45 AM
I work for an auto dealership.

:D me too.

Love4himies
March 12th, 2008, 11:48 AM
I have a great boss, the pay sucks and it is boring compared to my last job, but Pets.ca keeps me occupied all day, lol. We can bring our pets into work on occasion, and take sick days when foster kittens need two hour feedings.

Whoops, guess I don't have too much to complain about, except money.

Lukka'sma
March 12th, 2008, 12:08 PM
I absolutely love, love, love my job, and you know what they say, "Love your job and you will never work a day in your life". So true
I work straight 3 - 11pm (wouldn't have it any other way), in a long term care facility and it is the best job on the planet.
Each night I get to put 12 - 15 residents into their jammies, clean them up, tuck them in with a kiss goodnight and a promise to see them tomorrow, and all is good.
Of course on the downside we always have at least one palliative maybe two palliative residents at any given time and saying goodbye to our patients that have lived for many years at the facility is so hard.
None of them are ever forgotten even though the bed is soon filled with someone else that needs to be put into their jammies, cleaned up, tucked in and kissed goodnight:)
The pay is good, but the real rewards are in hands on nursing:D

clm
March 12th, 2008, 12:12 PM
I'm sorry, but I love my job. :D

I've been in a few positions in this company for the past 28 years, and there was one 10 year stint where I worked for the most horrible man. He had a horrible temper, treated women like crap. Just a real nasty piece of work.
I was determined however, that I started at the company first, so if anyone was leaving it would have to be him that left first.
He did get fired around 10 years ago, and I gotta tell you, I did the happy dance the day they did. It didn't quite make up for all the crap I had to put up with, but it sure did feel good that day. :D

Cindy

ancientgirl
March 12th, 2008, 02:55 PM
I'm also happy with my job. My boss is very good to me but I have to admit, I'd like a pay raise. I haven't had one in over 2 years. I get a bonus every month, but I never know what it's going to be, and it mainly depends on how much we have in the bank at the end of the month. The only thing that really bugs me about my boss is when he says there's not a lot of money in the bank account. But that's because he pays himself about 20K every month!

Jim Hall
March 12th, 2008, 03:05 PM
Had a boss that wnet nuts when i swetpt the fllor from front to back insted of back to front and used to make "mistakes: on orders so he could see if i was paying attention oh yeah and he started bouncing my paycheck till tod him i woild call the cops on him

Ford Girl
March 12th, 2008, 04:29 PM
Sorry, but I love my job too. Don't get me wrong, I came from a meduim pay high stress, lots of unpaid over time situation, working 10 hours a day...sucked. And to be completely honest, the day we started to try to have a baby, I walked out...of course, they gave me a package cuz things had been bad for a long time...life's too short to be miserable everyday, I was too young for that kinda stress...not thanks. :loser:

I had 2 months off and looked for the "perfect" job.

Now I make way better money, work 35 hours a week, with paid OT if preapproved cuz they dont want to over work you here, I am able to make calls and descision without being questioned (within reason fo course), I have an assitant and flex hours. My boss is 3 provinces away, she has critters so she understands when I need to focus on them, and she has a daughter who's trying to start a family, so she understand that too. I am just all around lucky. I work hard at what I do, I do a good job which allows me to be on pets.ca cuz I got my bases covered, haven't been stressed out in over a year. :shrug:

If I had to complain, I'd like another weeks vacation. :shrug:

hazelrunpack
March 12th, 2008, 05:48 PM
For $25 a week, I cook, clean, do laundry, vacuum, and make lunches, among other things. :shrug:

I also get to groom, feed, clip nails, brush teeth, cuddle and play with 8 lovely furbabies. :cloud9: Sometimes I feel like I should be paying back that $25 for the privilege. :laughing:

Sounds dreamy, aina hey? :laugh:

BAILEYSMUDGE
March 12th, 2008, 06:40 PM
4.5 yrs to retirement.... I'm counting each minute. :rolleyes:

CyberKitten
March 12th, 2008, 06:56 PM
I love my job too!! :) There are days I am not thrilled with it but it comes with the territory so I have to expect that. As you mostly all know, I am a Board certified pediatrician and hematologist who works primarily as an oncologist with privileges atone main regional hospital but I also work out of smaller hospitals across the three Maritime provinces where we hold clinics, now sometimes by video conference but I also have to travel to see patients as well. Mostly, they come to see me.


That is major part of my work but I also teach- which I love. I teach hematology, pediatrics and do oncology CME's (continued education for doctors in various specialties for the College of Physicians and Surgeons) and I do research - cancer research (in biotech because of my PhD in biochemistry (I did a combination MD-PhD) but I also study pharmacology and how it impacts children and help to lead a group of researchers (physicians, nurses and some psychologists) who are attempting to find the best pain medications for children and adolescents. I suppose I knew by going into hematology after I finished my Residency in peds that I would be involved with leukemia which I testify a lot on and write a lot about - but there are so many diseases in that field, especially now with HIV/AIDs that I find myself involved in new and challenging situations every day!

I LOVE the children I see, the families I work with and there are very few peple I work with I do not get along with. I represent the docs on our hospital board and so that is also interesting and keeps my interest in the politics of medicine engaged somewhat. I also serve on several national committees and have served in a number of countries with Doctors with out Borders because I feel the need to help other countries not as fortunate as Canada. My most recent experience was in helping children with cancer whose records had been lost during hurricane Katrina - I worked in Baton Rouge, La for a couple months to help that addition to St. Jude's Hospital diagnose those children from the beginning and get them back to where they should be.

The only thing I dislike about my work is the fact that children do die - even after we as a team have done as much as we can and more and I mourn the loss of every one of them. So that part if tough. However, I think one must be compassionate or should not be in this work.

I recommend medicine as a field of work to anyone! It's not perfect and no doctor is perfect and the hours are not great (tho more and more doctors work less hrs) so that is I suppose up to the individual. It also takes a lot of years of study plus you still need to like to study and learn once you are still working but fortunately I do so that's a good thing.

I really have very few complaints except I would like to see more progressive, directed and aggressive cancer research.

Gibbons
March 12th, 2008, 07:13 PM
Okay- so the real question is: what do all you people DO for a living, and how do you find these stellar jobs?

I work in Tech Support for an ISP (I'd say who, but this could end badly for me eventually) I work 4-12 one month, 8-4 the next month (usually), with variable days off. My managers have flat out told me they don't care about what I have to say, and I can never get promoted, get a raise, or switch departments.

I have a BA in philosophy and I hate computers :yell: I'm trying to be philosophical about it :frustrated:

wdawson
March 12th, 2008, 07:29 PM
bet your glad you spent that big $$$ on a B.A......trades are the future imo.

BAILEYSMUDGE
March 12th, 2008, 07:31 PM
I work in the courts... a straight 8:30 - 4:45 ...5 days a week... but..it's high stress... but in actuality... I'm a trained Opera Singer... I just do the other thing so that I could live in an apartment, eat, support my furries... you know, live! But, my heart is in singing...I don't do much opera anymore..but, I'm currently performing a one-woman show of Vera Lynn (WWII) favourites...it's a big hit with the seniors in residences.... they really love it. I'm definitely happy when I'm singing.... almost as much as when I'm hugging Bailey & Smudge.

Gibbons
March 12th, 2008, 07:32 PM
I'm trying to find someone who will trade me their trades diploma for my BA :laughing: Such a waste of money, and I'm only half-thru paying it off.

SARAH
March 12th, 2008, 07:44 PM
I used to love my job as a hotel receptionist, being in contact with people all the time :) the hours are nuts though, and the pay not too great, and you do get the occasional jerk-head compalining about everything from the elevator to the toilet paper, but mostly people are nice.

I also loved working as the direction secretary - and didn't mind getting the coffee for the meetings - mainly because the director of the joint was a great guy.

Then I switched to running a gym, again lots of people to handle, and it's fun, I loved being able to help those who would actually listen to what I was telling them they needed to do, change their lives and health situations. Now I'm "just" working as an on-line trainer, but as soon as I get the papers worked out (hopefully!!) I'm heading for the nearest gym with an application!

BAILEYSMUDGE
March 12th, 2008, 07:51 PM
Good luck, SARAH.... hope you get in with a good gym... I go three mornings a week...the gym is in the office building where I work...not a big gym, but it has everything one needs....and because it's smaller...you get to meet more people that way.... and easier for one on one...

SARAH
March 12th, 2008, 07:56 PM
Thanks :)

I did forget to mention though: I walked out on a boss who kept asking to have a letter re-typed with one sentence changed, only to re-change it back to the original afterwards - and the original was of course the one he'd scribbled the change on! This was in the days before PCs!

Another guy said the pay was every other week, which was why I wasn't paid that first week I worked there. Then the next week, I wasn't paid either, because it was in fact the wrong week (not pay week), he just hadn't paid me the previous week because I'd only been there for half a pay period! OK, that was the last he saw of me - my ex went to pick up my pay! The guy said I'd left him in a bind, but my ex told him he was the one who left us in a bind by not paying!

There are jerks out there. There are bad jobs. The thing is to be able and willing to look for better if you're in a rut.

BAILEYSMUDGE
March 12th, 2008, 08:03 PM
I totally agree.... that happened to me once... when I was studying...I was working in a coffee/pastry shop... the jerk said the same thing...I'd get paid every week...only he kept paying me one week behind... I left and went on UEI... it was the first and only time...but, I really needed it.

Frenchy
March 12th, 2008, 08:17 PM
I'm a trained Opera Singer...


But you're so petite !!!

Well I like my job. I started when I was 18 yr old , "at the base of the ladder" (sounds better in french :D) and have now a "position" . Doing claims for a car dealer. Not too many people have experience in this and no too many people like that job. So I'm always in "demand". At one point I was working for 3 dealers (working 12-13 hours a day for 2 years) and a rep for the company even asked me to teach but I refused. :shrug: I worked in 4 different car dealers, so far , in 20 years. I've been at the same place for the past 8 years. This is the first place where the boss and owners dared to tell me I was doing a great job. :D and I know I get things the other employees don't , I get to take time off whenever I want (but I don't get paid) still , it's nice to know I don't have to ask to leave early for vet's appointment ! Sometimes it's very stressfull , I "play" with a lot of money , but I like it :shrug:

Frenchy
March 12th, 2008, 08:19 PM
For $25 a week, I cook, clean, do laundry, vacuum, and make lunches, among other things. :shrug:



Hazel , I will pay you $25.00 + $1.00 if you do the same at my house :laughing:

BAILEYSMUDGE
March 12th, 2008, 08:24 PM
But you're so petite !!!
:laughing::laughing: NOT!!! Well... I guess for an opera singer...I don't do that much opera any more...just concert singing... I may have a chance to take my concert to BC next fall...:fingerscr I'm planning to entertain the people of the Canadian Legion :ca: We still have alot of WWII vets around. We must never forget them.

Frenchy
March 12th, 2008, 08:31 PM
I may have a chance to take my concert to BC next fall...:fingerscr

I hope you get the job ! :fingerscr and I hope it will be $$$$$

I wanted to add, I wouldn't be able to keep a job I don't like. I'm away 10 hours a day because of work , I think it's extremely important to like your job , if not , you should be looking for another one. We spend 3/4 of our life there , it's stressful enough without not wanting to be there. :2cents:

My life motto is : if you don't like what you got , change it. :shrug:

This DOES NOT include your pets :cool:

hazelrunpack
March 12th, 2008, 08:42 PM
Hazel , I will pay you $25.00 + $1.00 if you do the same at my house :laughing:

Ooooo...$26!! Hmmmm... Do I get to bring my fuzzbutts? :laughing:

luckypenny
March 12th, 2008, 08:44 PM
HRP, I'll up Frenchy's offer to 27$, and pay a salary to the all the fuzzbutts an equal 27 cookies per week too :D.

meg4050
March 12th, 2008, 08:45 PM
I'll come for free :shrug::D

hazelrunpack
March 12th, 2008, 08:48 PM
Wow! :eek: A bidding war! I'll bet if we hold out, madame hazel, we can get $30!!!

Um...but maybe I should tell you that the $25 I get now also comes with room and board. :o I sorta forgot that part before. So I'd have to move into your house and you'd have to have room for 8 more fuzzbutts. :laughing: Oh, and I should warn you, none of us are very good cooks! :p

hazelrunpack
March 12th, 2008, 08:51 PM
I'll come for free :shrug::D

LP, that means room and board for two and, of course, more fuzzbutts. meg, can you cook? :D

Frenchy
March 12th, 2008, 08:52 PM
Ooooo...$26!! Hmmmm... Do I get to bring my fuzzbutts? :laughing:

HRP, I'll up Frenchy's offer to 27$, and pay a salary to the all the fuzzbutts an equal 27 cookies per week too :D.

:wall: ok ok $30.00 (http://bestsmileys.com/tongs/7.gif to LP) you can bring the pack (of course !!!) they'll get salmon treats and satin balls as treats. You also get zootherapy with some nice goldens. Oh oh and I have a pool !!! And I'll buy you all the liver you can eat :laughing:

Let's see LP beat that ! :mwaha:

Frenchy
March 12th, 2008, 08:54 PM
I'll come for free :shrug::D

:laughing: ahhh meg4050 :2huggers: :laughing:

hazelrunpack
March 12th, 2008, 08:57 PM
:laughing: ahhh meg4050 :2huggers: :laughing:

:sad: does this mean the offer has been withdrawn? That liver was really, really tempting! http://bestsmileys.com/bouncing/6.gif

danaekitty
March 12th, 2008, 08:57 PM
Okay- so the real question is: what do all you people DO for a living, and how do you find these stellar jobs?

I work in Tech Support for an ISP (I'd say who, but this could end badly for me eventually) I work 4-12 one month, 8-4 the next month (usually), with variable days off. My managers have flat out told me they don't care about what I have to say, and I can never get promoted, get a raise, or switch departments.

I have a BA in philosophy and I hate computers :yell: I'm trying to be philosophical about it :frustrated:

Okay, people, HERE'S why I started this thread... none of this I heart my work stuff... I want to know if there's anyone out there that is in the same miserable boat as me, while trying to make the best of it. Gibbons....:flirt: thank you!

Me, I have diplomas in both print and photojournalism, and 17 grand left on my student loan. The amount I pay monthly covers exactly nine dollars more than the interest. I'm answering phones, becuase the only photo jobs I can get are ridiculously underpaid for back breaking labour...and it's basically cookie cutter photography.

I'm wasting away!!! :thumbs up:

Frenchy
March 12th, 2008, 08:59 PM
:sad: does this mean the offer has been withdrawn? That liver was really, really tempting! http://bestsmileys.com/bouncing/6.gif

:sorry: meg , but Hazel has 8 english setters :p


danaekitty , is there another job you could get at the same place ?

hazelrunpack
March 12th, 2008, 09:17 PM
Danaekitty, I'll give you half of my $25/week, plus room and board, if you wanna come down and be hazel's helper! :thumbs up Then I wouldn't have to try to move 8 dogs to Frenchy's! :laughing:

But, if you wanna talk about overqualified, I have a BS in Zoology and History, graduate work in Conservation Biology and Computer Science, with some Accounting on the side... And I'm working at a $25/week job with excellent benefits, but totally unrelated to anything I'm trained in except possibly Zoology...

I've worked as a computer operator, a records clerk, a deli clerk, and a dog mama.

I guess it just shows to go you that you never know where Life is going to lead you. :shrug:

meg4050
March 12th, 2008, 09:24 PM
LP, that means room and board for two and, of course, more fuzzbutts. meg, can you cook? :D

I sure can! As long as you're ok with the 5 meals I know how to make.. and cupcakes!

meg4050
March 12th, 2008, 09:25 PM
[QUOTE=Frenchy;562397]:sorry: meg , but Hazel has 8 english setters :p

QUOTE]

BUT..but! :cry: I have cupcakes! And you said you wanted a Springer.. Barkley can come tooo!

luckypenny
March 12th, 2008, 09:40 PM
Lukka'sma, you have my dream job. When I grow up, I wanna be just like you :D .

I studied Social Work and had the wonderful opportunity to work in the field for several years before the Sandman came to be. While I was on maternity leave, my dad had the wonderful idea of inviting me to get out of the house a few days a week to give him a hand for a few months :rolleyes:.

Well, the few months turned into twelve years. I manage a family-owned deli where I'm 'boss' to the employees yet 'bossed' by my very own father :rolleyes: . When he gets too 'bossy,' I remind him who signs the checks :laughing: .

I love my job when I don't have to deal with other family members so I've carefully chosen a schedule where our hours very seldom overlap. I work approx. 25 hours at the store and spend another 10 or so doing paperwork from home. I must admit, I do have high expectations of our employees (my older son being one of them...and no, he doesn't get special treatment); I don't tolerate laziness, rudeness, and expect everyone to be squeaky clean. On the other hand, I do bend over backwards when making schedules to accomodate the hours employees prefer to work and base salaries on performance, not experience (lots of new employees don't understand this concept at all :shrug:).

For the most part, I adore our customers and love meeting new people all the time. And if, on the occasion, we get a "difficult" customer, it's a rule that I serve them when I'm at work. I know this may sound odd but, I challenge myself to get at least one smile out of them before they leave :o .

The only thing that I absolutely hate and sends me into a rage about working there though, is people who steal :mad: . Other than that, and the fact that it's a very physically demanding job, I rather like it. It feels more like a hobby than a job :shrug: .

Gibbons
March 12th, 2008, 09:43 PM
So I started looking at different trade stuff available at the local college. Their tuition is $2053 per TERM!!!

I currently owe 14,958 on my student loan, and haven't paid it in 6 months because I was unemployed for a bit and got interest relief. I also accumulated some debt load from being unemployed & getting married. At the rate I'm going, I MAY be unemployed again... My job makes me cranky

Daena (sorry, I forget how to spell it and am too lazy to go look), your job sounds EXACTLY like my sisters job - down to the being stuck on phones, updating all their website and data information, doing filing, working overtime- all because she's bored to tears on the phone and needs something to do. No one recognizes any of her effort, though. She's job hunting, too! :D

luckypenny
March 12th, 2008, 09:49 PM
Danaekitty, if it's any comfort to you, I finished paying off my student loans 2 years ago when I was 35 :laughing: .

:sorry: If you're really miserable where you work, sometimes taking on a job that pays a bit less but offers much more satisfaction is worth it until something better comes along.

clm
March 12th, 2008, 09:53 PM
Okay- so the real question is: what do all you people DO for a living, and how do you find these stellar jobs?

I work in Tech Support for an ISP (I'd say who, but this could end badly for me eventually) I work 4-12 one month, 8-4 the next month (usually), with variable days off. My managers have flat out told me they don't care about what I have to say, and I can never get promoted, get a raise, or switch departments.

I have a BA in philosophy and I hate computers :yell: I'm trying to be philosophical about it :frustrated:

Tech support and helpdesk can be hard on a person. You're always dealing with less than happy people with problems. I too have done the support thing in my company, I was in IT actually for almost 18 years. Hardware support for an AS/400 user base and telecom technical support. I did enjoy it, but it always involved working a lot of overtime, weekends, holidays and late nights. A lot of the maintenance stuff had to be done when most of the users were not in. A lot of the network support people turned over at a fairly high rate. Moved on to other jobs once the support area lost it's appeal and different fields in the IT areas began to interest them.
I hope you either find happiness at your current place of employment, or maybe research an area that interests you and look for another position elsewhere. There's nothing worse than dreading going to work everyday.

Cindy

luckypenny
March 12th, 2008, 09:53 PM
Meg, my family would appreciate 5 suppers a week. It's 4 more than what I cook now :laughing: . I hate cooking :o .

Shaykeija
March 12th, 2008, 09:54 PM
I am a jeweller. I love my job. I come and go as I please and if I need time off to be home with the dogs, I can do it.

danaekitty
March 13th, 2008, 07:21 AM
LP - I would love to work in a family business, I love my fam! It's too bad you have to work around yours... do you at least get together for Xmas or something?

There are currently no other positions available in my place of work, but I was promised raises and promotions when I was hired, and people get promoted to new positions all the time within the company, so I don't want to lose all hope. The problem is that my DIRECT boss will not give me any actual responsibility, so when it's raise/promo time, I don't even register on HIS boss's radar.

The good thing about this job is that I have a great desk and I'm surrounded by windows. Also, when I have actual photography work to do for my side business, I can work on it on my work computer....as long as I minimize it quick enough!!!

pitgrrl
March 13th, 2008, 09:56 AM
danaekitty, if it makes you feel any better of the 5 kids in my family, 3 of us have BFA's with concentrations in photography and not one has a job as a photographer. :laughing:

I'm really not sure why the youngest one thought it was a good idea, she should have seen what the rest of us ended up doing.....:shrug:

danaekitty
March 13th, 2008, 11:34 AM
Oh my! That kind of strikes fear...lol
I better show this to Mike...he thinks I will eventually be so successful as a photog that he can be a stay-at-home dad.
Ha! If anyone gets to be the SAH, it's ME, dammit! Nice to have his blind support though.

pitgrrl
March 13th, 2008, 12:19 PM
Well, don't loose all hope, I could also give you a ton of examples of friends and family working as photographers or in the photography/art world, so it's obviously totally possible, just hard.

luckypenny
March 13th, 2008, 12:55 PM
The good thing about this job is that I have a great desk and I'm surrounded by windows. Also, when I have actual photography work to do for my side business, I can work on it on my work computer....as long as I minimize it quick enough!!!

See? The glass is half full ;) .

... do you at least get together for Xmas or something?

I love working in a family business, just not with family :laughing: . And no :o, we don't, but that's by choice. I have an aversion to whining and negativity :o .

I'll try not to go all philosophical on you. I just want to say that sometimes when things seem to be out of our control...all we have to do is take control. It's all about ownership and responsibility for our own lives. I just seem to see things differently I guess :shrug: . If I'm miserable, it's the direct result of my actions, or inactions, depending on the situation.

pitgrrl
March 13th, 2008, 01:31 PM
I'll try not to go all philosophical on you. I just want to say that sometimes when things seem to be out of our control...all we have to do is take control. It's all about ownership and responsibility for our own lives. I just seem to see things differently I guess :shrug: . If I'm miserable, it's the direct result of my actions, or inactions, depending on the situation.

Ah, LP is a wise one. Next time I feel crummy I'm tracking you down to kick my butt :laughing:

luckypenny
March 13th, 2008, 01:44 PM
I'll gladly kick your butt in exchange for a visit with Basil and Streets. OH, that's something else I adore about my job, getting to see Pitgrrl's scrumptious puppies :lovestruck: :cloud9: .

Ford Girl
March 13th, 2008, 02:10 PM
I'm a facilties manager, so like an office manager but on a way larger scope...any aspect you can think of that you need to run a large office, I manage it...whether its ordering office supplies or calling in over flowing toilets or space planning, parking, security, coffee and kitchen service, office equipment....we have 3 floors and just over 100 people.

BUT...I have a teaching degree, yep, I spent years in school and had a huge 9.5 year long student loan, which I just paid off last year...I have never taught a day in my life...we first moved here, and I was running a few day cares making crap money, and then I got in to the oil and gas industry and never looked back...can't afford too...you can't compare salaries in Calgary to anywhere else in Canada...it's rediculous...fast food places pay $12 a hour...and $18 at grocery stores...basic admin salaries start at 32K/year without experience.

My DH has a forestry degree, and he works with steel...never used his education a day in his life either....

I think thats what happened when 18 year olds make career descions before living in the real world....lookign back, I should have taken business...not teaching....all I knew back then is that I liked kids...:shrug:

luckypenny
March 13th, 2008, 02:19 PM
...whether its ordering office supplies or calling in over flowing toilets or space planning, parking, security, coffee and kitchen service, office equipment.....

Not too different from running a household except it's renumerated :rolleyes: :laughing: . Where can I apply? :D

I think thats what happened when 18 year olds make career descions before living in the real world....lookign back, I should have taken business...not teaching....all I knew back then is that I liked kids...:shrug:

And that's why we finally decided to support our older son's decision when he told us he'd like to take a year or two off and experience the workforce after graduating highschool this Spring. I honestly don't think it would be fair to expect him to really know what he wants to do for the rest of his life at 18 until he gains some life experiences :shrug:.

Gibbons
March 13th, 2008, 07:19 PM
My older sister and my husband got about 1/3 of the way through a univ. degree, and then took a year off... which slowly extended from there. My sister feels like an absolute failure for not finishing her univ. degree, except even she admits that she doesn't want to do anything with her degree anyway, and would change majors except she's not sure what field exactly to go into anyway- she's looking into trades now, actually.

I honestly don't know why I fell for the pressure to go to univ right after I graduated from HS. If I'd thought about it, I would know that I like working with my hands and getting dirty and would have been much better off in trades - I just needed to take a year or so to realize that. I would go now, but it's just not feasible - my debt load is ALMOST as high as my income. Sort of. :shrug:

That's the real problem with taking a lower-paying job that you like- first is HOW do you get that job & know you'll like it, second is how do you make ends meet?

This career thing is not for sissies!

danaekitty
March 14th, 2008, 07:11 AM
No Kidding! Being a grown up is hard. :frustrated: