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Old 10-26-2007, 05:27 AM
 
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After being unemployed for 7 years, one of the scariest things I face is the fear of being forced to sit and do the same thing for 8-12 hours a day every working day of the week. It seems like a terribly long time to sit in one place without the flexibility to do someone different.

I know the average person has to put up with it because they need to pay the rent, but many people in fact say they actually like their job. How could anyone like something where they would be forced to do the same task or duty for such a long time?

When I was working I hated every minute of the day and I worked a number of jobs in multiple environments. Doesn't work seem like a jail sentence?
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Old 10-26-2007, 05:54 AM
 
Location: Mississippi
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You know, I often wonder that myself. Something I enjoy about my job is that it changes almost EVERY day. It's always challenging and always keeps my mind going. On the other hand, I know guys that work in hangars that have been inspecting the same parts of airplanes for 20 years, 10 hours a day, 40 hours a week and love their job. I would be utterly miserable doing that. I love having a pilot call me up with a problem right before the plane goes, you gotta think fast, make decisions, and not let people push you into the wrong direction and have confidence in your knowledge. It's great, I wouldn't trade my job for anything else.
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Old 10-26-2007, 08:51 AM
 
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You know, I often wonder that myself. Something I enjoy about my job is that it changes almost EVERY day. It's always challenging and always keeps my mind going. On the other hand, I know guys that work in hangars that have been inspecting the same parts of airplanes for 20 years, 10 hours a day, 40 hours a week and love their job. I would be utterly miserable doing that. I love having a pilot call me up with a problem right before the plane goes, you gotta think fast, make decisions, and not let people push you into the wrong direction and have confidence in your knowledge. It's great, I wouldn't trade my job for anything else.
OK...I'll bite--what do you do??
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Old 10-26-2007, 09:42 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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Sure. It's boring as all get-out. I can't stand working, but as you mentioned, it does keep the roof over the old head....my husband is a pharmacist. He pushes pills into bottles and has been doing so for 34 years. He thinks he has the greatest job in the world...believe me, I've tried to get him to change so that he didn't have to stand all day and didn't work wacky hours. He won't have any part of it - he loves it and I have no doubt he will probably keel over in a pharmacy...he's not going to quit what he loves. I'd find it a real snoozer.

Personally - and no offense intended - I'd be a lot more scared of being unemployed for 7 years and not being able to maintain the life I love so much. THAT'S what keeps me going every day - I have so much more than many do, and a lot of it I can attribute to my own ability to stay on task, hard work, and determination. I live in WAY more fear of not having a job than doing one over and over...
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Old 10-26-2007, 09:52 AM
 
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Yes, and it was a living hell for me. The company was good and it eventually morphed into a good position. I was prepared to walk if it didn't turn out though. After 9/11 when the companies were hemorrhaging jobs...

There is a reason I put prefers to "work in a project oriented environment" on my resume.
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Old 10-26-2007, 01:38 PM
 
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I'd go nuts doing nothing all day for 7 years.

Counting pills sounds "controlled and stress free." And get paid for it? WoW!
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Old 10-26-2007, 02:02 PM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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Interestingly, he had an autistic man who works for him as a pharmacy tech - who absolutely LOVED the repetition of the job! Pharmacy isn't exactly stress free, but it is very tightly controlled. I'd be so bored I'd be crying, but he says knowing someone's life is literally in your hands keeps you a little more focused. Okay, I guess I can see that!
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Old 10-26-2007, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Hampton Roads, VA
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I do the same thing over and over every day. It is a little bit different, I work on piping systems for aircraft carriers. I do design work and work on AutoCad and Catia. It is BORING at times but has its moments. The ONLY thing that keeps me going is the fact that my company is paying for my degree in IT. Free education saving me thousands of dollars in student loan debt is totally worth it.
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Old 10-26-2007, 09:02 PM
 
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"Hours of sheer boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror" also sums up what driving a big truck is all about. I LOVE my job! The view out the "office window" is always changing and people do the most interesting things in their cars... Driving through a big city at rush hour is NEVER boring!
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Old 10-26-2007, 09:16 PM
 
Location: In My Own Reality
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I think that the job can be dull and boring if you are doing something that you dislike, something that you have no passion for. ANd even the best jobs at some point will have a boring aspect but the good makes up for the bad.

I don't like to be bored. I work with kids and have for more years than I like to mention. But the way I keep it interesting is to do different things within the same field. Plus kids always manage to surprise you. And still there are times when I want to herd cats rather than work with kids. It's always something.
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