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Re: For the "still employed" - how do you feel about your job
Old 04-16-2007, 03:50 PM   #41
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Good thread--I have mixed feelings about this, and I think about these things more often as I get older.

I'm at a company that owns a cluster of radio stations. I've been doing voice work, commercials, on-air, and just about everything else you can do in this place other than deliver the mail, for seven years. I love most aspects of the job, and radio is definitely the most fun thing I've ever done for cash...but it's never been very much cash. I think my colleagues respect me, but I've never gotten a raise, my mentor/manager was let go last year, nobody knows who I am or cares anymore, and I'm in permanent part-time hell (no bennies). As the suits tirelessly explain, they'd like to reward me according to what I deserve, but their hands are tied. "It's not you, it's the budget," or lack thereof apparently.

On the other hand, when recognition occasionally comes, it feels really, really good. The program director of our youth/hip-hop station has been asking about me, apparently. "Who is that? I hear her on our commercials all the time. She's really good. Why do I never see her?"

A co-worker said I should go over and introduce myself (this PD works in another building). I'm considering doing that, although schmoozing has never been my strong suit. (Something to do with my permanent nonentity status? I dunno.) It made me feel warm and fuzzy that this important guy is noticing my work, strictly on its own merits. Now he's requesting that I voice more stuff for his station. It doesn't mean more money for me--I'm paid hourly at a miserable wage with no extra for commercials, until I can find an agent. But it just made it seem all worth it, suddenly, to have someone notice that I do all right at my job. It probably won't affect my status. They still have no budget. But getting that praise meant the world to me.

The rewards for this gig are not monetary, just emotional. But when they come, I realize I could never be happy working at the tool and die. Or even going back to computer support (better paying, but I hated it). It's about balance I guess...

As a side note, I just landed another part-time radio gig which commits me to about the same number of hours, but at double the pay rate. We're hoping to take the whole paycheck for this second gig and stash it away....we should be able to live on my husband's salary and my first part-time gig alone. (Not less, you ask? Hey, a girl needs a handbag every now and then. )

Wish me luck!


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Re: For the "still employed" - how do you feel about your job
Old 04-16-2007, 04:06 PM   #42
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I like my job.
I love the people I work with.
I love what we do (our mission).

I don't like working on a computer for 9 hours a day.
I'd rather have a job that does the SAME THING around other humans so I can interact more with people.

at the same time, I am very blessed to work from home, have flexibility to pick up kids from school and not suffer a commute so I try to keep perspective...

But will be talking soon about expanding ops for me to get out of the cave once in a while to do outreach in my area...

If i think of something clever to say, i'll put it here...
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Old 04-17-2007, 01:03 PM   #43
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Re: For the "still employed" - how do you feel about your job

sometimes I love my job - other times I despise my job (right now, I'm more in the despise camp).

when I actually get to do what I'm *supposed* to do (vs. all the emails, politicking, meetings, explaining the same thing to idiot people over & over & over), I really enjoy it. It can be tiring, but a lot of the time, it leaves me feeling really good.

but then the BS quotient rises (like right now), and I start feeling like I'm *really* underpaid, instead of just slightly underpaid, then I remind myself that I want to get out of this field in a few years & do something else. And that reminds me that I've really got to get my buns moving, and figure out what that "something else" is.
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Old 04-17-2007, 06:05 PM   #44
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Re: For the "still employed" - how do you feel about your job

Did anyone realize they make you work everyday. Today I brought in more money to my firm than I will make this month. I'm not sure Im cut out for this working for other people. Sometimes I dont really even like working for my clients. I see the deals they are doing and think- I can do that! I am definitly in the "wish i had another career"

I prounounce here on this forum- i will not be an associate lawyer for very long. I dont even know if I will be a lawyer for very long. I think owning my own coffee shop and turning my parents property into a vineyard sounds much more appealing.
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Old 04-17-2007, 06:27 PM   #45
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Re: For the "still employed" - how do you feel about your job

I remember a worker survey that they did here at Megacorp a few years back. One of the conclusions from the survey that stuck with me was that the longer you'd been working at MegaCorp the lower your job satisfaction was.

The new hires start out all idealistic and enthusiastic and then are beaten down over the years. Finally you leave MegaCorp a critical/burnout/cynic.

Now if that isn't an inducement for FIRE then I don't know what is.

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