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Old 06-27-2014, 09:30 AM
 
Location: Not.here
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You're retired now, or maybe soon to be retired, and now you can sit back and ponder about things in your life a little more since the daily demands of work are behind you, or soon to be. Yeah, that pressure's off or soon to be off. So what is the best job that you ever had? What we think of as "best" can mean different things to different people of course. In this case, for some it may mean great relationships, or feelings of accomplishment, maybe more money, or higher level of advancement... any of a number of things that make us remember a certain job with fondness. You tell us!

Btw, raising a family, that little 24/7 job that is often taken for granted by many, also counts here on this thread. It also doesn't have to have been a full-time job..... whatever was the fondest.
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Old 06-27-2014, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Two jobs are tied for best, and oddly enough they bracket my life.

The first "best" job was a part-time one; I was a graduate teaching assistant at UCLA for four years. In my situation we actually taught undergraduate classes independently - we did not "assist" professors. The students were of very high quality. I was in heaven and wasn't smart enough to realize it until afterward. Often we realize certain things only in retrospect. That job paid enough to live a frugal student life on. I was happiest when I made the least money.

The second "best" job is the one I have now, at age 70 - a volunteer job. The pay is zero, but the rewards are so satisfying and gratifying. I look forward eagerly to going to the four different sites where I volunteer my time.
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Old 06-27-2014, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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Air Traffic Controller for 25 years was my favorite. It's a pretty awesome job. There's some stress involved, but the satisfaction level you get is high also. It's kind of a rush just going to work. You're responsible for thousands of lives every single day, you get to talk to celebrities in their private planes, you're working military jets, professional sports teams, airlines, and the President often. It was a lot of fun.
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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This is an easy one. In the mid 80s, I had recently burned out on being a veterinary technician. I had administrative support skills but didn't know if I wanted to do that full time, so I decided to be a temp and keep my options open for a while.

After five or six assignments, most of which were pretty easy and pleasant, I was assigned as a receptionist for a small firm that shipped natural agriculture products to farmers all across the country. The very first day, I looked around and thought, I could be happy here. My co-workers seemed nice, the place had a radio with country music going all day, and there were tons of plants in the office that were professionally cared for. I learned later that the plants and music were the idea of the vice president, who had read that people felt better when there was greenery around, and that music gave their right brains something to do while their left brains were thinking. Whatever the reasoning, it worked and made for a very pleasant workplace.

After my temporary stint was done, I was fortunate enough to be offered a full time position there. The people were genuine, the job was easy and had a range of duties from answering phones (I loved talking with most of the farmers) to typing up correspondence to packing shipping boxes, and we were busy so I didn't get bored. The president and vice president were unfailingly kind to all of us, and they were so down to earth, it wasn't unusual at all to see the VP wielding a vacuum cleaner or having the president ask if we wanted to gather in the lunchroom because he had just made a batch of popcorn. We got together once a month to play cards at everybody's house.

I didn't make a huge salary, but the people there made me feel appreciated and comfortable. (And all the men wore business suits with cowboy boots, which is a personal turn on, and didn't hurt one bit.)

Sadly, a few years after I started there, the place went out of business through no fault of its own. We were all sad to close those doors for the last time. I am still in touch with a couple of the people, after nearly 30 years. That was for me, the place I would have stayed forever if I could have. The simple humanity with which we were all treated was the brightest spot in 40+ years of working.
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:50 AM
 
Location: in the miseries
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The best job I ever had was making shoes.
I was good at it and wound up doing very well on piecework.
Good friendships, too.
I was poor, but didn't notice.
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Old 06-27-2014, 12:09 PM
 
Location: it depends
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Lifeguard!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-27-2014, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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The best job I ever had was making shoes.
I was good at it and wound up doing very well on piecework.
Good friendships, too.
I was poor, but didn't notice.
Yes, there is something very satisfying about working with one's hands and producing a tangible product! I believe that's the reason so many people enjoy hobbies such as carpentry, sewing, cooking, auto or motorcycle mechanics, house painting, etc. This is especially true for people who do not work with their hands in their regular jobs.

A dentist once told me that dentistry is a great way to combine the academic study of science with the enjoyment of working with one's hands in a highly skilled way.
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Old 06-27-2014, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Not.here
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Two jobs are tied for best, and oddly enough they bracket my life.

The first "best" job was a part-time one; I was a graduate teaching assistant at UCLA for four years. In my situation we actually taught undergraduate classes independently - we did not "assist" professors. The students were of very high quality. I was in heaven and wasn't smart enough to realize it until afterward. Often we realize certain things only in retrospect. That job paid enough to live a frugal student life on. I was happiest when I made the least money.

The second "best" job is the one I have now, at age 70 - a volunteer job. The pay is zero, but the rewards are so satisfying and gratifying. I look forward eagerly to going to the four different sites where I volunteer my time.

I'm glad you included your volunteer job. I thought about that after I walked away from the computer earlier. Thanks!
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Old 06-27-2014, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Chicago area
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My favorite job was when I was a trail guide for a riding stable in high school. I got to ride horses all day and I got paid for it. The owner also had a lot of different animals and I got to go in a cage with three grown lions. That was very reckless but also something I will never forget. They were just like big house cats. Here kitty kitty.
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Old 06-27-2014, 01:22 PM
 
Location: From TX to VA
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My best job was the time I spent as a fire/arson investigator. It didn't pay very well, but working for a municipal government rarely does unless you're one of the higher ups. Even so, I wouldn't change a minute of it.
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