What is your JOB/Career ? Vol. Rate your happiness.

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Well here it goes. 8+ years into a call center for a major wireless company, entering my mid 30s. Worked my way up to a point,, but since COVID hit and we have gone back to work from home, I have had to go back to being on phones due to short staffing in a department. It is honestly the worst thing ever. Recent changes have created some new positions, but I didn’t even get an interview, people were hand selected that did not qualify at all. I am sticking it out for now since I am the only one working in my household at the moment since COVID and keeping benefits has been important.

I have been debating looking for a new job for a long while, and a lot in the last year. But have been in my own head about it not being the best time to look for something new. But I have applied for more jobs in the last week than I have in the last 8 years. My happiness at my job is literally a 1-3/10 depending on the day.
I got some extra money saved and 150 hours of PTO, so really thinking about just using all that and leaving at the end and not going back.
 

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I think what you mentioned about your medical condition is pretty incredible.

the group sessions as well.
Yeah the medical issues really limit my career options. The partial lung removal was because of a condition called intralobary pulmonary sequester. At the top of my aorta, I had an extra artery that was just as thick as my aorta and it branched into smaller bloodvessels in the lower half of my right lung. That whole system isn't supposed to be there. Because of the size of that artery and those tiny bloodvessels in my lung, the big artery started to tear and caused internal bleeding. The hospital recalled a surgeon from an international conference because they felt his expertise in dealing with this specific condition was necessary. I wasn't properly insured at the time so I had to front a bill of around €4400 for the partial lung removal, scans and about 4 days in the hospital.
Thanks to NT and that US friend I mentioned, I was able to recover financially and am now thankfully in an excellent position.

I was planning to continue my nursing education when I recovered from the partial lung removal but towards the end of my recovery, the onset of my chronic disease started. :smh::lol:
At this point I just laugh at the ridiculousness of that sequence of events.
Essentially it started with pain in both lower legs that wouldn't go away and got progressively worse, then I started gradually losing muscle strength in my legs and eventually my whole body.
Immediate cramps during just about any physical activity, even something as simple as showering, so that made it pretty clear I had to give up on nursing.
A lot of specialists couldn't find anything wrong so I got referred to some special team that only takes referrals where everyone else has failed and they discovered a partial diagnosis (a hormone condition) that explains at least most of the symptoms. The muscle cramps are better now due to my treatment but I'll likely never be able to perform a somewhat physically strenuous job.

I just tried and failed miserable at a programming education so I'm really not sure what to do now. I was under the assumption that my experience in discovering and reporting exploits would at least somewhat translate into being able to learn programming but that turned out now to be the case.
 
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Yeah the medical issues really limit my career options. The partial lung removal was because of a condition called intralobary pulmonary sequester. At the top of my aorta, I had an extra artery that was just as thick as my aorta and it branched into smaller bloodvessels in the lower half of my right lung. That whole system isn't supposed to be there. Because of the size of that artery and those tiny bloodvessels in my lung, the big artery started to tear and caused internal bleeding. The hospital recalled a surgeon from an international conference because they felt his expertise in dealing with this specific condition was necessary. I wasn't properly insured at the time so I had to front a bill of around €4400 for the partial lung removal, scans and about 4 days in the hospital.
Thanks to NT and that US friend I mentioned, I was able to recover financially and am now thankfully in an excellent position.

I was planning to continue my nursing education when I recovered from the partial lung removal but towards the end of my recovery, the onset of my chronic disease started. :smh::lol:
At this point I just laugh at the ridiculousness of that sequence of events.
Essentially it started with pain in both lower legs that wouldn't go away and got progressively worse, then I started gradually losing muscle strength in my legs and eventually my whole body.
Immediate cramps during just about any physical activity, even something as simple as showering, so that made it pretty clear I had to give up on nursing.
A lot of specialists couldn't find anything wrong so I got referred to some special team that only takes referrals where everyone else has failed and they discovered a partial diagnosis (a hormone condition) that explains at least most of the symptoms. The muscle cramps are better now due to my treatment but I'll likely never be able to perform a somewhat physically strenuous job.

I just tried and failed miserable at a programming education so I'm really not sure what to do now. I was under the assumption that my experience in discovering and reporting exploits would at least somewhat translate into being able to learn programming but that turned out now to be the case.

That is a lot to juggle man.

At least you have proven to yourself you can hang in there
 

Nereyda Vuelve Por Dios

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Grant accountant for a non profit. Pay is gucci.

Love that I work for an org that serves the truly disenfranchised and those who truly got the short end of the stick in life.

actual
Work id say is pretty easy. But as far as happiness 4/10.

i told
Myself id never be an accountant in college. But here i am. My dream of owning the red sox and the lakers is not panning out right now.
 
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Well here it goes. 8+ years into a call center for a major wireless company, entering my mid 30s. Worked my way up to a point,, but since COVID hit and we have gone back to work from home, I have had to go back to being on phones due to short staffing in a department. It is honestly the worst thing ever. Recent changes have created some new positions, but I didn’t even get an interview, people were hand selected that did not qualify at all. I am sticking it out for now since I am the only one working in my household at the moment since COVID and keeping benefits has been important.

I have been debating looking for a new job for a long while, and a lot in the last year. But have been in my own head about it not being the best time to look for something new. But I have applied for more jobs in the last week than I have in the last 8 years. My happiness at my job is literally a 1-3/10 depending on the day.
I got some extra money saved and 150 hours of PTO, so really thinking about just using all that and leaving at the end and not going back.

i worked at a call center type gig while in school. Part time During the school year and full time during the summer. Props to those that can work in this industry. I dreaded going into work everyday.
 
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Mortgage Processor with less than a year experience.

7/10. I can get pretty much 40-50 OT hours a month. I can bonus 3 different ways.

The base pair is fair. I get to work from home so I get work in a robe a lot. My boss is pretty hands off as long as you hit your numbers.

I figure I would get about 3 years work of experience in this position before I see what is next for me.

What I tell myself whenever work gets tough:

1) you only doing this ish because they paying you to do it
2) if work was supposed to be fun it would be called fun and not work
 
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Do it, a call center is soul sucking for those that don't love it (those weirdos exist). I'd rather sell drugs.

Currently working as a customer service representative for an insurance company, and while I do enjoy my job (had a dude cussing every other word at me, and I was just sitting there without a care in the world. Cuss at me all you want, you haven’t been paying your Bill. Facts are facts), it’s not my end goal.

Before landing this job, I briefly worked in claims for an insurance company. Between the 2 jobs it’s helped me determine that working in insurance is ultimately what I want to make a career out of (something I’ve been searching for since graduating college in 2017 and not being satisfied with the field my degree’s in). I’m going to work on getting my property and casualty license and try to transfer over to sales after putting in my time in my current roll.
 
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until march of last year, executive sous chef.

1.9/10

I didnt have a life. Work life balance doesnt exist with the role. I missed birthdays, family gatherings, endless holidays, promising opportunities with women, etc.. just to fill a spot on the schedule and work with angry, ****ty attitude having mfers. Time and relationships I will never get back. 70% of the time I had literally enough time to go home, say good night, sleep, shower, leave again. God forbids i had a private event on the weekends. 50-800 people being fed in a 7 hour time frame. Sometimes for days at a time. Working 15+ days straight at times, with one day off and right back into a 25 day swing until my next.

I had to sleep in my car sometimes because i had to open, 4 HOURS AFTER finishing a plated dinner party for 300 people with 2 cooks AND a full house with one server and no dishwasher (no DW on a weekend is a death sentence for operations. I rather had no servers than no DW cause then i can just close the ***** down and go home). I rarely came to work happy.

Creating and **** like that was fun. The people i worked with was hit or miss. 11 years invested. Gone. At 5 years in the business, if you are NOT in the position where you want to be....Leave. I met 60 year old line cooks and all of them had a coke problem...Let that sit in.

Now, investor. I make my yearly salary in a month. My hair has grown back. Lost 53 lbs of stress weight. Havent seen a grey hair since 02/20. I work from 5am-945/10am when i want from anywhere. Traveled more in a month than i have in the past 7 years.
 
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until march of last year, executive sous chef.

1.9/10

I didnt have a life. Work life balance doesnt exist with the role. I missed birthdays, family gatherings, endless holidays, promising opportunities with women, etc.. just to fill a spot on the schedule and work with angry, ****ty attitude having mfers. Time and relationships I will never get back. 70% of the time I had literally enough time to go home, say good night, sleep, shower, leave again. God forbids i had a private event on the weekends. 50-800 people being fed in a 7 hour time frame. Sometimes for days at a time. Working 15+ days straight at times, with one day off and right back into a 25 day swing until my next.

I had to sleep in my car sometimes because i had to open, 4 HOURS AFTER finishing a plated dinner party for 300 people with 2 cooks AND a full house with one server and no dishwasher (no DW on a weekend is a death sentence for operations. I rather had no servers than no DW cause then i can just close the ***** down and go home). I rarely came to work happy.

Creating and **** like that was fun. The people i worked with was hit or miss. 11 years invested. Gone. At 5 years in the business, if you are NOT in the position where you want to be....Leave. I met 60 year old line cooks and all of them had a coke problem...Let that sit in.

Now, investor. I make my yearly salary in a month. My hair has grown back. Lost 53 lbs of stress weight. Havent seen a grey hair since 02/20. I work from 5am-945/10am when i want from anywhere. Traveled more in a month than i have in the past 7 years.

What kind of investing
 
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very cool thread! so many different people on NT.

I'm a software test engineer for a small biotech firm in Massachusetts. Biggest takeaway from this gig so far is working for a smallish company is much better than for a big *** corporation.

Great manager, and people here are pretty friendly. Pay is solid too. Was given RSUs when I got hired too.

I came from one of the biggest biotech corp in the world and it was hell on earth. last yr there, I got a new manager and suffered a year of gaslighting and lowkey racism before I got the door. Stress landed me at the doctor's office. I was one of prolly 10 people that left within that year. I learned that stress is to be taken seriously, and no amount of money is worth it. I learned what gaslighting was in the workplace and it really is one of the worst kind of racism you can experience.

Background: Electrical Engineering with further education in clinical cardiology/electrophysiology.


7/10.

I need a vacation like there is no tomorrow tho.
 

Nereyda Vuelve Por Dios

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until march of last year, executive sous chef.

1.9/10

I didnt have a life. Work life balance doesnt exist with the role. I missed birthdays, family gatherings, endless holidays, promising opportunities with women, etc.. just to fill a spot on the schedule and work with angry, ****ty attitude having mfers. Time and relationships I will never get back. 70% of the time I had literally enough time to go home, say good night, sleep, shower, leave again. God forbids i had a private event on the weekends. 50-800 people being fed in a 7 hour time frame. Sometimes for days at a time. Working 15+ days straight at times, with one day off and right back into a 25 day swing until my next.

I had to sleep in my car sometimes because i had to open, 4 HOURS AFTER finishing a plated dinner party for 300 people with 2 cooks AND a full house with one server and no dishwasher (no DW on a weekend is a death sentence for operations. I rather had no servers than no DW cause then i can just close the ***** down and go home). I rarely came to work happy.

Creating and **** like that was fun. The people i worked with was hit or miss. 11 years invested. Gone. At 5 years in the business, if you are NOT in the position where you want to be....Leave. I met 60 year old line cooks and all of them had a coke problem...Let that sit in.

Now, investor. I make my yearly salary in a month. My hair has grown back. Lost 53 lbs of stress weight. Havent seen a grey hair since 02/20. I work from 5am-945/10am when i want from anywhere. Traveled more in a month than i have in the past 7 years.

why do you feel you wasted those yrs. was it Because you ended in a totally different industry or because you never got to where you wanted to be?
 
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Senior Account Executive for a Software company (Data/Analytics) 8.5/10

Pay is pretty sweet I cannot lie especially for my age 28, probably will make close to $200k this year. I couldn't imagine another job where I would even make close to this much. Data industry is blowing up so my career prospects/trajectory pay look good. Also, not that it should matter but I'm a black male with Bachelors degree from avg school. (Although, you don't really even need the degree if you have experience, my coworker who is a field rep will probably pull $300k+ with only high school diploma)

With that said, sales itself is a pretty stressful profession due to having quota, customer bs, internal corporate bs. Covid definitely positively impacted my work-life (entirely remote) which meant I can keep my Bay Area salary and live wherever. Also, get to avoid most of in-office politics gain and my boss is pretty chill and doesn't micromanage. Also, get to close deals/build relationships with a lot of really cool startups( that are pretty popular amongst millennials.) I would definitely recommend this profession to most people chasing money and are competitive. Also,

Cons: success is very dependent on company, territories, product and internal relationships,
prolly will have to work a couple ****ty jobs before you find the right one. Unless, you start a major corporation (highly recommended)
 
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Business/program analyst for a small data migration company.

Basically all I do is get on conference calls, take notes, make minor updates, talk to my bosses, and complete ad hoc tasks while working from home (pre-COVID). Easiest job I've had, while being the highest paying job I've had.

Edit:

My previous job(s) were as IT help desk, which parlayed me to my current position. The commute sucked (~two hours roundtrip daily), pay was so-so, but I met and worked with a lot of cool people.
 
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I work as a tech Analyst for a CSP (6/10)

When I got the gig this past December, the CSP company that hired me got taken over by a bigger CSP that makes over a billion annually not even 2 weeks into the job. The CEO dropped the bomb on everyone during a work event. Of course with a new company taking over, there's more questions than answers but I stuck it out because bills gotta be paid and was reassured that it'll get better with time. Fast forward a few months later to this point, we're pretty much migrated with the new company. The only perk I'd say I have is that my supervisor is pretty flexible with letting us work from home so coming into the office is optional. Pay is decent since I'm able to afford all my expenses (rent, car note, bills etc.) My team is 5 people (2 based locally, 2 based out west) and I don't fw them with at all. I finally met the 2 local colleagues after working strictly online with them about a 2 months ago for a lunch meet up and they're lame. To this day, there hasn't been no lunch follow up :lol: . I'm working on updating my resume to find something more fulfilling, I feel like I don't fit in. And because of stress and being overwhelmed with tasks, I am falling behind especially after the 2 ppl from out west got on board and they already hit the ground running. I'm currently in my week 2 of my 2 week warning with deadlines to meet in order to keep the gig so I'm even more stressed. At this point, I'm like "idc anymore b, fire me". I know things will get better but man its sucks feeling this way :frown:

I normally do not talk about work on here but I need to get it off my chest.

/endrant
 
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Business/program analyst for a small data migration company.

Basically all I do is get on conference calls, take notes, make minor updates, talk to my bosses, and complete ad hoc tasks while working from home (pre-COVID). Easiest job I've had, while being the highest paying job I've had.

Edit:

My previous job(s) were as IT help desk, which parlayed me to my current position. The commute sucked (~two hours roundtrip daily), pay was so-so, but I met and worked with a lot of cool people.

Shameless plug but I work in the data space (ETL specifically) , lemme me know if there anyway we can partner together in the future. I have worked with several clients managing data migrations using our platform. Also its call to see another NTer in data.
 
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I’d be vary wary of sharing any personal information among a bunch of strangers on this site, especially in dealing with personal set backs, losses that many in this so called community will judge as being character related, or the result of some unforeseen mental illness.
 
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This is how much of a ghost I am at work. I’ve worked there two years.

I was in the office the other day, I really only talk to my boss and driver co workers and mechanics. So like 7 people.

this dude comes out of the office, “you must be here to fix the vending machine!”:D

“No, I work here”

“how long?”

“two years”

“oh my bad”

“No worries, I don’t even wake up until you guys are usually done for the day.”

for real though, that’s why my job is perfect. I can roll in whenever I feel like it and it’s peaceful. No politics.
 

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Currently working full time at a Goodwill as a cashier here in Houston.

Happiness: About 7/10, only been with the company about 3 months. Still might be in the honeymoon phase.

Pretty easy job for the most part, gets pretty busy on the days we have senior/veteran and 50/75% off sale days. Not sure if there is room for growth, but wouldn't being a manager if the opportunity presents itself. Not turning down more money.
 
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