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Who Loves Their Job?

Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:01 am

Do you love your job? What do you love about it? What do you dislike about it? How do you get around the dislikes?

How did you get into it?

I'm writing a speech and I want some good stories.
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RE: Who Loves Their Job?

Mon Jul 13, 2009 1:26 am

I'm a police officer and here are my answers:

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
Do you love your job?

Absolutely! I can't see myself doing anything else.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
What do you love about it?

1) Serving the people in my community.
2) Protecting the public
3) No shift is the same! Everytime I come to work, something new is awaiting!!
4) The people I work with (my brothers and sisters in blue)

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
What do you dislike about it?

1) The hours. It's not your typical 9-5 monday thru friday job.
2) I work on almost ALL holidays, so no time with the family.
3) Disrespectful knuckle-heads I deal with every now and then.
4) The "Am I going home after my shift" factor. Every incident and traffic stop has the potenial to be deadly.
5) The pay can always be better, but i'm not complaining.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
How do you get around the dislikes?

I suck it up and remind myself that this is what I wanted to do since I was a kid.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
How did you get into it?

College, police academy, took civil service tests, multiple interviews and what have you.

Good Luck with your speech doc.

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RE: Who Loves Their Job?

Mon Jul 13, 2009 1:47 am

A&P Mech...

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
Do you love your job?

Love my job! Unlike most techs who hate some aspects of the job and only in it for the money, I am in it for the love of aviation.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
What do you love about it?

The enviroment, the aroma, the smell.... need I say more?

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
What do you dislike about it?

Lavatory work, period. Ugh!

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
How do you get around the dislikes?

Unfortuantely, there is no way around the lavatory task cards I get. Somebody has to do it!

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
How did you get into it?

When I was a kid, I wanted to be a pilot, but seeing that I am deaf I cannot, so I chose the next best thing: aircraft mechanics. But I get the whole different side of airplanes than what most pilots do not get and the work is fascinating. I learn new stuff everyday!
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RE: Who Loves Their Job?

Mon Jul 13, 2009 2:40 am

Flight Attendant!

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):

Do you love your job?
Yes, love my job more than anything!

What do you love about it?
I love most of my co-workers, the flying, travel benefits, representing my company in a positive way, hearing some interesting stories from passengers. I also love the Q400. Such a fun aircraft to work on.

What do you dislike about it?
The airline I fly for needs to get it's act together. Unfortunately it took a major accident with fatalities for any sort of positive change to come about. Also cannot stand EWR air traffic delays.

How do you get around the dislikes?
I try to avoid the negativty of some of my co-workers. I also try not to get myself stressed out over little things such as not having a working APU, mechanical/weather delays, etc. Pretty much the things that I really have no control over.

How did you get into it?
Was tired of studying for finals one night and decided that I wanted to try something new. Fortunately, I am one of the few that can manage going to univeristy full time while flying.

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RE: Who Loves Their Job?

Mon Jul 13, 2009 3:46 am

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
Do you love your job?

Yup, yup, yup.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
What do you love about it?

Company-paid travel (26 of 50 states, maybe some international coming up, woo hoo!), no two days are the same. Get paid to play with expensive toys, and do things that no one has ever done before. Cool coworkers/boss. It's a really nice mix of most things that I enjoy -- I get to program (apply logic, solve problems, make things work) but my programs have tangible results (things physically move, noises get made, laws get passed, etc.)

Outside of what I was originally hired for and what's still my primary responsibility I also get to keep my networking skills up with my eyes on a network that supports our clients and spans 2 sites, 700 miles, 7 servers, email (Microsoft Exchange Server 2007), database (SQL Server 2003 and 2008), DHCP, VOIP (including a survivable unified dialplan and manual least-cost routing)., internal and external DNS, DHCP, HTTP, FTP, security device admin and proprietary services .. Yeah, I geek out in the office, it keeps me sane at home  

Schedule is incredibly flexible... my boss (the owner) very much has a "as long as you get things done, I don't care when or where you are" attitude... Most days that I'm in the office I'm in by 9:30 or so and out by 5:15, but I can be out as early as 2:00 or as late as 11:00+ ... and when I'm at a client's site all bets are off.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
What do you dislike about it?

Honsetly, not much. I'd like more money, of course [I'd even trade in vacation for it... there's no way I can use 3 weeks of vacation + a handful of flexible paid holidays each year] and I'm kind of disappointed I haven't gotten international travel yet (we've largely shyed away from international work for the "hassle factor" but we have some domestic clients with international offices so I'm hoping that will change in the very near future)

Some of the clients can be fustrating, but you'd be amazed how much communication can help. I can't tell you how many phone calls I've stated with "Hey xxxxx, I was just looking over your email and my understanding was...." that have ended with everyone being on the same page.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
How do you get around the dislikes?

On the money front - Ride out the economy? It's going to be a discussion topic at my review, but I can't really argue that I'm underpaid (I'm not overpaid, though)

On the international travel front - I've been dropping a boatload of hints that I wouldn't be inconvenienced by international travel, but largely it's waiting for the clients to come up with the projects.

On the clients front: I try to be flexible, understand where they're coming from, work with them to come up with mutually beneficial arrangements. In extreme cases, we aren't afraid of using the "not profitable" stamp and suggesting that they may wish to take their business elsewhere. Parapharasing my boss, a bit of money isn't worth a lot of stress.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
How did you get into it?

Short answers: (a) I showed up early for class and (b) Networking.

Longer answers: I've always been a geeky technology type. Automation has always intrigued me and I did technical theater in high school. I'm a programmer but I like to see things happen as the result of my programming.

The my first day of college I showed up early to class in one of the brand-new auditoriums and there were two guys in the front of the room trying to make the classroom technology work, I figuratively rolled up my sleeves and lent a hand. One of them asked if I was looking for a job; the next day I had a prefunctory "interview" and I was employed. Time went by and my responsibilities increased dramatically eventually including what I do now as a very small % of the job, but because I was hired as a "Student Assistant" my earnings were capped (IIRC $14.87/hr at 20 hrs/week during the semester, 40 hrs/week during breaks... And I always worked more than 20/40), plus I was becomming disillusioned with California as a whole. I participated in industry groups, and at the right time a "why don't you come out to Ohio for an interview with us" email showed up in my inbox... and the rest is history.

Useless factoid: If the three "official" (W2 provided) jobs I've had [2 public sector, 1 private sector, all in more or less the same field] I have never formally applied for a position. I was once paid under the table by a police officer (er, sheriffs deputy with a CHP officer watching). Never under estimate the power of networking. Never.

[Edited 2009-07-12 20:54:54]
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RE: Who Loves Their Job?

Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:01 am



Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
Do you love your job?

Yes

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
What do you love about it?

I love a few things about my job...

1. The fact that I get to work in the nutrition of animals from milkers, to eaters, to animals that are in zoo's and aquariums.
2. Working with people who are very knowledgeable about animals and the nutrition
3. Being able to have authority
4. Lastley, I love saving people/buisness money and saving thousands of dollars for my company just puts a huge smile on my face. It potentially saves jobs so people can continue to work there.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
What do you dislike about it?

1. I dislike my job when other people around me dont really care about their job. It makes the work enviorment sour and ends up turning into more work when you have to cover up for their slack or mistakes for not really caring to do it right the first time.
2. I dislike it also when you find out that a customer found out the forumla didnt really give the results they wanted but to turn it into a positive, you work on something that will give results and you have eliminated a few possibilities.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
How do you get around the dislikes?

1. By trying my hardest and encouraging people when they do things right. Also, when someone screws up, not dwelling on the screw up but how it can turn into something good. Sometimes this isnt possible but you try.
2. Reading up as much as you can about different animals and the benifits of certain minerals, vitamins, and newly designed carriers for minerals. This can help prevent "misshaps".

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
How did you get into it?

Well actually my degree has nothing to do with this. I have learned the job 5 years ago as I started just letting in mineral trucks and just spent my time learning from formulators of new vitamin and mineral mixes. After the times from being home from college, I have continued to work up to where I am now. I dont plan on doing this beyond another year but this has been the best job I have ever had!
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RE: Who Loves Their Job?

Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:39 am



Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
Do you love your job?

 yes 
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Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
What do you love about it?

Flying to many nice places, seeing many parts of the world, flying through the air enjoying the nice view from above, sitting in the cockpit with so much technology, being impressed of how all this works everyday, enjoying the take off how the engines accelerate the plane and then you pull on the yoke and up you go into a lovley sunset/ sunrise, approaching an airport seeing so many houses and people underneath you and then trying to do a safe landing and finding your gate, then off to the hotel and get some rest or enjoy a nice layover.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
What do you dislike about it?

Red eye flights which mess up my sleeping pattern, lack of sleep in general, being away from home for sometimes up to 2 weeks

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
How do you get around the dislikes?

Sleeping whenever possible, drinking Coke Big grin

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
How did you get into it?

I always wanted to do it and I managed to get to an airline with its own flightschool.  Smile

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RE: Who Loves Their Job?

Mon Jul 13, 2009 7:03 am

Licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineer.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
Do you love your job

Of Course I Do.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
What do you love about it

Everything...The atmosphere,the challenges,the airport.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
What do you dislike about it

Night shifts when they get too many 5+ /week.Hence sometimes no social life.Very little free time.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
How do you get around the dislikes

I learn to accept it as a challenge & move on,think its another opportunity to learn more.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
How did you get into it

Always wanted to be fixing machines.Especially aircraft was my interesting topic,so I joined aviation college & qualified.

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RE: Who Loves Their Job?

Mon Jul 13, 2009 7:48 am



Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
Do you love your job?

I do! Driving a bus was never my dream, but turns out I made the right decision  Smile

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
What do you love about it?

I love the fact that I get to drive around town all day, get to see day to day life of the city going from one end to the other. Watching the weather change, watching the seasons change while being protected from the elements outside. Its a very secure job that being layed off is very unlikely to happen. Not saying it can't, but unlikely simply for the fact that public transit is vital to our community and my seniority is already in the top half of the company.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
What do you dislike about it?

The constant pressure of schedules can be quite frustrating at times, idiot drivers on the road, ignorrant passengers who think the system revolves around them, when the a/c doesn't work in the summer or the heater in the winter.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
How do you get around the dislikes?

I don't dwell on it. Sure I have crappy days but I've been doing it for 3 years now and this is the first job I've ever had where I've never had a problem going back the day after a bad day.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
How did you get into it?

My dad has done it for years and my parents kept badgering me to get into it since its a stable job and pays well. After many, many years I finally caved in and I don't regret it.

Its not the most glamouros job out there, but it pays the bills, gives me a bit of spending money and I love it  Smile
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RE: Who Loves Their Job?

Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:53 am

Aircraft Maintenance Manager

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
Do you love your job?

Love it.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
How did you get into it?

Went to A&P school. Worked as a mech for 10 or so years with various operators. Moved to supervisor then to manager.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
What do you love about it?

Love the aircraft. Love the planning and managing. Organizational tasks. Technical aspects. The environment.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
What do you dislike about it?

Not working on the aircraft.
The hours.
Dealing with the 'kids' around me...let's leave it at that.

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How do you get around the dislikes?

Just push through. Do the job.
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RE: Who Loves Their Job?

Mon Jul 13, 2009 10:12 am

Licenced Aircraft Maintenance Engineer / shift leader

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
Do you love your job?

Yes, I like my job.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
What do you love about it?

Working with high technology in a quickly changing environment, having to make snap decisions, being part of the huge machine called and airline, intacting with flight crews and ground staff. Being my own boss on my shifts.
Going downroute to some remote place to fix and AOG.

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What do you dislike about it?

The bureaucratic BS dumped on me by company lawyer types, lots of paperwork with the only reason of transfering responsibility from management to subordinate employees. Disorganised management, forcing us to do the same jobs twice. The airline recently massively increasing workload for us by moving aircraft with open deferrals from other stations (where they apparently reduced manpower) to us and to expect us to fix them on the spot. I like to hand over a clean station in the morning with all scheduled work having been done, but this doesn´t work anymore due to the airline piling up more work on us than we can handle.
Then a new generation of unlicenced mechs who have the nasty habit of disappearing. The older generation of mechs I used to work with in our company used to actively look for work. If they were finished with their assigned job they would be looking if they could help their colleagues. I could concentrate on doing my own job, which is not just running the station, but also troubleshooting and repairing more complicated technical problems.
The recent hires all came from the military and apparently have the attitude that a soldier never volunteers and if possible stays invisible. They´ll do whatever I tell them explicitely to do, but they´ll take their time and disappear as soon as they are done instead of looking iif there is more work to be done, e.g. by helping their colleagues. As a result I'll have to chase them all the time, which prevents me from doing my own work. Also, some guys start arguing every time I'll give them an order (Mech: "Do we really have to change this wheel? It still looks ok to me!" Me:"The wheel is at limits and it is an order. Now get going!", upon which they grumbling do the job, but very slowly).

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
How do you get around the dislikes?

No support from the management, I rather feel burned out.

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RE: Who Loves Their Job?

Mon Jul 13, 2009 10:26 am

Senior Customer Service and Res Agent for BA

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
Do you love your job?

Love it.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
What do you love about it?

Working in the airport, seeing hundreds of people a day going off on hols, business trips, honeymoons etc. No day is the same. People watching.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
What do you dislike about it?

Passengers, well, some of them, and general work related stuff, the same as in any airline.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
How do you get around the dislikes?

Bitch about them with fellow work mates seems to keep us going  Smile

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
How did you get into it?

Started work for the BA call center in 2005 in Manchester, and applied and got a job at LHR in 2008
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RE: Who Loves Their Job?

Mon Jul 13, 2009 3:27 pm

Currently, I am a resident assistant at an assisted living community, and here are my answers:

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
Do you love your job?

It's ok

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
What do you love about it?

I like helping older people with their living tasks: getting out of bed, getting dressed, bathed, helping them to the bathroom, meals, etc...

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
What do you dislike about it?

It can get extremely messy! Sometimes I come home smelling like excrement. Really, it's not at all fun! Some of my co-workers are rather tough to communicate and get along with (I guess that's at every job tho, but it doesn't help when about 80% are from foreign countries and have thick accents.)

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
How do you get around the dislikes?

Eh, I brush all the bad stuff aside and try to maintain a happy appearance, and save the venting for when I get off.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
How did you get into it?

I initially started out as a housekeeper back in December. It was initially supposed to be a 2nd part time job after my hours at a Marriott Hotel in the area were cut due to the lack of bookings because of the economy. 3 months later, I was evaluated, and then the Director of the Community asked me to be a resident assistant. It paid a lot more money, 17% more than my job as a housekeeper, so I thought "why not."

I am almost done with my masters program in Geography and Planning, so this is just a way to pay the bills until I can find something in my field.
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RE: Who Loves Their Job?

Mon Jul 13, 2009 8:11 pm



Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
Do you love your job?What do you love about it? What do you dislike about it? How do you get around the dislikes?

How did you get into it?

Real Estate!

Do you love your job?

Ohh hell yes!

What do you love about it?

I literally get paid to travel around the US and other countries to look at houses and sell them to many people and make a killing doing it! I also get to fly at least 3 times a week!

What do you dislike about it?

The crappy people who make to much money to care what there doing and just treat me like crap and just someone o push papers to get them a house. Never getting any social time because I am out all the time. Papers and closing always has me typing and writing and reading. Always have to work with foreign people who speak other languages as English as a second so there are communication errors. Worst off all I never get to be with my pets...

How do you get around the dislikes?

I try to work one-two weeks on then wind down for 2 weeks. The pat makes it worth it but I need to work my ass off for the amount I get paid. I also have friends that help me with everything!

How did you get into it?

Mom and Dad are both real estate agents and would not let me go to school and said get into real estate or leave the house. I had no choice but I thank them every day for it because it is the best job ever  Big grin



What do you do Doc?
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RE: Who Loves Their Job?

Tue Jul 14, 2009 1:04 am



Quoting 7324ever (Reply 13):
What do you do Doc?

I think you answered your own question.

This is a great thread though. Lot to think about.
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RE: Who Loves Their Job?

Tue Jul 14, 2009 1:34 am

I'm a call centre agent (aka call centre slave), taking calls and being harassed over bad metrics.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
Do you love your job?

Absolutely not. I was enthusiastic about my job at first, but later on became disillusioned when I realised how bad a call centre treats its employees and how they eventually underpay us. All those who are agents, are treated like crap, which is why instead of agent, I prefer to use the term "slave".

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
What do you love about it?

Absolutely nothing.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
What do you dislike about it?

Absolutely everything.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
How do you get around the dislikes?

I cannot. They haunt me each and every day.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
How did you get into it?

I was desperate for money.
 
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RE: Who Loves Their Job?

Tue Jul 14, 2009 2:55 am

I am a IT User Support Engineer at a Community College.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
Do you love your job?

Every bit of it.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
What do you love about it?

1. Satisfaction after solving a problem.
2. Serving the people in my community.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
What do you dislike about it?

1. Crawling under the desks.
2. Climbing up in the ceiling to run cables.
3. Some times it get really dirty.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
How do you get around the dislikes?

1. As time passes I just get over it.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
How did you get into it?

The professor in one of my computer referred me to my boss.

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RE: Who Loves Their Job?

Tue Jul 14, 2009 8:38 pm



Quoting LTU932 (Reply 15):
I was enthusiastic about my job at first, but later on became disillusioned

That's how I feel more and more with my job now. I was excited at first about what I do, but you really get agitated way too often. It's one thing to multitask while using a computer, but to physically multitask where you literally have to be at 10 different places at once, it's way too much, and I am not cut out to do this job. It's not my area of interest. I need to get out of this and find something else. Only problem is that there is nothing else. Nobody seems to want recent college graduates or people pursuing advanced degrees anymore.

Forget GIS or other geography-related jobs; at this point, anything where I can actually use my college education would be great...
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RE: Who Loves Their Job?

Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:08 pm

Transient Servicing Crew Chief at Kandahar Airfield Afghanistan

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
Do you love your job?

Most definitely, the most fun I've had in years.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
What do you love about it?

Fantastic people I work with, the constant requirement to problem solve and think on your feet.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
What do you dislike about it?

The commute, Calgary, Canada to Kandahar 3 times a year.

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
How do you get around the dislikes?

Learn to sleep on airplanes

Quoting DocLightning (Thread starter):
How did you get into it?

Friend works here, called me and asked if I was interested, interview by phone within a week. I then retired from the military and was here a month later.

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RE: Who Loves Their Job?

Tue Jul 14, 2009 11:47 pm

I do love my current job 110%...... got into it by accident.... or I called right time/place......

Working in the H2O field, opening up a new frontier in regard of ultra clean "Zeta Potential Water"..... clean healthy water new defined.......

Most frustrating issues are the ignorance of some people....... no other issues as I can choose my own hours.... enjoy the travel between Europe & North America......

Cheerios,

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