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I'm a Park Ranger looking to move into more of a wildlife focus possible biologist.
i LOVE my job a spend the majority of my time out doors in the most beautiful parts of the world, making the world a better place. i work with passionate dedicated people and no matter where i am in the world if i meet a ranger its like meeting a long lost friend!
i feel incredibly lucky that when i have a day off i want to spend it in a park
This tread seems to be the right place to offer possibilities to those who
are sick and tired of working 40 hour or more each week, but need the money so
continue and continue and contine.
I met Tim Ferriss, who was preparing for the World Tango Competition, here in Buenos Aires years ago. His partner and dance instructor was the world class Alicia Monte who I also knew.
Tim and Alicia went on to win the "Mundial" with Tim being the only North American in history to win. He had only been dancing tango 6 months!!!
Naturally, I was curious so I followed up and discovered Tim also won martial arts competitions in China, created sports supplements and much much more. He is a world traveler and motorcycle rider too...
But, perhaps his contribution that is spot on for this thread is his book
I´m happy with the work I do most of the time. Sure it gets boring at times but most of the times it´s good fun. Ups and downs as with everything else. If it wasn´t boring at times then one would not appreciate the good times as much.
My job is ok but it is basically just a means to an end, paying for the things I need & paying for the things I would rather be doing. However they are letting me take 4 months off next year so I can go exploring some of Russia & the Stan's, the last employer that I asked for some 'extended leave' said no so I quit, I can no longer afford to do that!
I do not hate my job but given the right incentives I could happily walk away.
Do I like my job? On the whole yes, but I dont get out of bed going woohoo its work again. There's moments when I despair of the bureaucracy, indecision and Politics, and others when I feel completely deflated and fed up with it all. But most of the time the challenges of the job, intellectual stimulation, working with others, achieving results against all the odds and so on make it very satisfying. I am a civil servant doing a job I couldn't explain to you (not secret, just hard to convey the complexities of IT commercial strategies in government to an outsider). My work is very flexible, I dont have set hours and am mostly left to my own devices. I am measured by results, not time spent at the desk, although I do far more than the set hours - because I want to, not because I have to. I have been a civil servant 30 years and had many roles but most of that time has been like this.
Could have written this myself and would not know how to add to this great description of my own situation, other than that I am not a civil servant but since 18 years an in-house attorney formerly working in the automotive and now in the chemicals industry.
i LOVE my job a spend the majority of my time out doors in the most beautiful parts of the world, making the world a better place.
About 15 yrs back. I was working in a job the paid me several times what i am making now. I hated the work. I spent every penny in my obscene pay packet on crap and toys. The crap did not fill the hole. Then i went to a random Chinese restaurant in the US (on the above company$$ btw) and got a fortune cookie that read:
" A job will never pay more then the pay, a passion will always pay a fortune"
(yes the bad English was part of it)
The next day I put in my notice went back to school for a Wildlife biologist (PHD). I am one of the few that loved doing the school part.
I started teaching/research and since then i have lived in 6 countries, been to place that no-one get to go to. I have seen/played with animals that most people only ever get to see via David Attenborough (I showed him a couple BTW). I was making a less then the obscene money but still good money. BUT Academia was not for me, I was on the right road but the wrong path, I was working too hard, too long and not loving it,,, it felt fake I could talk the talk but was not getting dirty.. I quit the ivory tower.
Now I work for a NGO that pays little dollars wise, but I spend my days using both my brain and body and most importantly every day I am making a difference. I spend 1/2 my days out side, the other half being a nerd! I get paid a fortune. I will not lie some days i dont want to be there, I don't like every aspect of the job, i dont think that is possible to like every aspect. Sometimes there is stress (sometimes my fault) but even when i gripe and complain, i can step back and still smile as my complaints are kinda trivial in the grand scheme of things.
So yeah i love my job and i am happy, I also have to come clean: i am a overland travel adict and would give it all up to travel if somehow I could pay the bills.
I like most of the responses here will sound kind convoluted. I absolutly love both of my careers. My first career was spent flying airplanes for a living. I flew the Grand Canyon. I worked as a bush pilot on the north slope of Alaska, I stumbled into fixed wing medevac and Search & Rescue flying. God that was awesome. I was using my skills and my brain to have a direct and immediate impact on other people's lives. I've drank a lot in my day and never was able to drink myself into that much of a high. After the economy tanked, the medevac world became dark place. At least from my perspective. After one company closed their base, I interviewed with another where the Chief Pilot actually looked me in the eye and said "Fixed wing pilots screw the company. That's just what they do." I left the interview seriously questioning whether I wanted to work for that asshole. But it was the only job around.
So, I went back to school and became a medical imaging specialist. Fancy phrase to for an X-ray tech. Again, I love the work. I love using my brain to figure out how to get the an image on a trauma patient who's leg is folded over because the femur in fractured. Unfortunately the reality is, where I am, fulltime jobs in any field are rare as hens-teeth. I currently work for 5 different medical facilities. All of them on call with no guaranteed shifts and I'm struggling to pay down the debt from my career change.
So, I can say I love what I do to make a living. Am not thrilled with some of the people I have to work for to make that living....
Nope I hate it... I'm glad to be quitting in April and hopefully on return from my trip becoming self-employed.
I have had some ****ed up experiences since starting here 3 years ago.
- Insulted, sworn at, told to **** off, numerous time by numerous people because asking them to do something. Had enough off this that I rose 3 formal grievances in my time, nothing happened, or replaced by someone worse / just as bad.
- Been off sick for 1 month with chest pains due to ''stress'' according to the docters, for been held responsible for other peoples failings. Ie Stock errors, On time deliveries.
- Been held responsible for not been able to increase turn over and profit while production / manufactured not getting goods out of the door. Thus we have a poor reputation with delivery, so people scared of placing business.
- Lastly, got a £200 bonus for saving the company £150,000 last year and on track to save them £250,000 + this year (Already saved £50,000) on purchasing materials, while increasing quality and processing time there spend is only £1.7 million per year and my salary is poor. It's about time I reap rewards of my effort.
Well I guess I’ve got a great job as a Project Coordinator in the Natural Gas industry.
Conditions were quite good, but seeing that the company had moved on to full maturity, new projects were at a standstill. Being that work had become just the same old routine day in day out for the past 4-5 years, last summer, I decided to chuck 21 years of service with my company to pursue other opportunities. This led me to two jobs, one of which was in the U.S. (I am Canadian).
The U.S. company not respecting their part of the contract, I decided to part ways last November. My old company knowing I was back and unemployed gave me a ring and offered to take me back. I accepted for a 3 month contract. The end of the contract over, the company offered to take me back with all of my previous advantages/conditions. Being a small company, I’ve got to state that when I left, this jolted upper management to rethink the direction the company was going. It is now in the process of looking to expand activities.
It seems life has brought me back to my starting point. I decided to accept the offer and have a more ‘’Zen’’ attitude to the whole situation. So I have to agree that attitude is everything. I might not have the luxury of taking several months off to travel, but I still manage to take at least 2-3 weeks every summer to explore the North American continent.
In the meantime, this job lets me pay my bills while searching for my dream job, which would be a ‘’fly in fly out’’ position as a field supervisor on a 28 day rotational schedule.
In the end, as long as you have shelter over your head, food on the table and a little left over to enjoy life with friends over a few s, I guess it’s not all that bad.
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