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October 21st, 2019 at 01:12 pm

I began working at a young age. Prior to a "real" job I did odd jobs and babysitting etc. i have always saved never had much use for trends etc.
Never knew what "i wanted to be when i grew up" and took and stayed at a job for many years based on benefits more then pay.
Well after my needs changed my DH wanted to move for a job we had talked about it for a decade with many many offers. Well we did it and he said you no longer HAVE to work. I did continue to work, part out of boredom part to continue paying things. i have NEVER liked this area it has been almost 7 years and still hate it. worked various places have not found a place i WANTED to stay plenty of offers from employers begging me to stay.
i have a friend whom has a seasonal job that from what i can see not great paying but she says she just LOVES it...
i am jealous i guess i want something i want to go to not hate so bad i start to have regular "sick" days just because i can not force myself to go. This current job has showed me i would work for half the pay doing the most mundane things i can think of and be satisfied.
Do others just suck it up and go when you cannot stand it?
If i hear one more person say " i wish i had so little to do" I might smack them.
NO you don't.
Yes, I have spent days writing for myself/ reading a book and surfing the internet even fell asleep once. This is in an open workspace so pretending to be busy is the normal although most days the ladies room is filled with people either talking or playing games on their phone.

This is becoming intolerable but people say i am crazy since they pay quite well for NOTHING.

I am not in the right frame of mind to interview for another position as this is a placement i will need to talk to both agency and employer to say no thanks can no longer do this. I want to maintain a relationship with agency in case i need another placement but i am worried if i let this fester much longer i will snap.

7 Responses to “beginning to see it”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    I worked a few different jobs and most of the time I did, as you said, "just sucked it up" and went to work. It was a job, I made some money, and figured that's the ultimate goal. I think society has brainwashed us into thinking life should be one big party and we should have fun all the time. It doesn't work that way, at least not in my life, but I will say those tough times have made me appreciate the good times so much more.

  2. Lots of Ideas Says:

    I am fortunate that I had a job that almost every day I loved. It was stressful but very rewarding. Over the years I worked with wonderful people who I enjoyed. There were times when things were slow, and I used those to look for new challenges, and I always found them. I am retired now, and I find joy in that.

    What are you passionate about? What do you wish you had done? Did you ever read ‘What Color is Your Parachute?’ It is geared for recent college grads but the exercises are good for all ages.

    Where would you like to live? What would make a location perfect for you? Is a location change possible in retirement or sooner?



  3. crazyliblady Says:

    Can you contact your agency and ask about getting an assignment that is more challenging, but explain that the amount of pay is not as important to you as the work itself?

  4. Smallsteps Says:

    Thanks for the replies i will try to answer a few items.

    First I have applied to and asked for placements that what they say "are beneath me" but the jobs have alot to do. Most of those i was sent to ended early because i do more then their regular people and finish the backlog in half the time they contracted for.
    I have had much better placements with THINGS to do before. NOT JUST sit and pretend you are doing something for 7 hours a day with maybe an hour of work... this seems normal to these people but i am going bonkers.
    I would much rather be busy even if much less money. I am not trying to start a career only add some money to the pot for retirement.
    If i was younger and wanted a long term solution i would be endlessly searching for something else. many of the lower level busy places tell me i am overqualified... why does that matter if i want to be busy they think i am going to leave for something else i guess.
    No it not all fun and is called work for a reason but some people enjoy at least part of what they do. The hour of work a day is not rewarding or even interesting. PS in the interview...they made it seem like i was going to be super busy i believe the few items that became mine were seriously stretched out by the others who were doing them as they are super easy and take no time .

  5. Amber Says:

    It’s tough being at a job you hate, I remember the days of crying in my office or car. I’ve learned that all money ain’t good money and my peace of mind is everything. I know I can leave my job now for more money, but I have an amazing boss and flexibility.

    I say if you’re in a financial situation where you can afford to leave and your husband is in agreement, do it. Your sanity is everything

    Good luck

  6. Lucky Robin Says:

    If you can afford to leave, leave. You can start doing volunteer work to keep you busy and fulfilled. There should be many opportunities available. Homeless shelters, libraries, hospitals, museums, local non-profits, charities, maybe a political campaign you feel you can get behind. Maybe you could start your own business.

  7. Carol Says:

    I'm with Amber and Robin. Reading your posts, I would worry that your unhappiness there will make you sick. Life is too short to do something you hate if you don't need to. ( If you need to, that's another story.)

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