Ever hate your "day job?"

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by John Deppel, Nov 19, 2003.

  1. Absolutely love my job!

    5 vote(s)
  2. Absolutely hate it!

    6 vote(s)
  3. Good outweighs the bad.

    12 vote(s)
  4. Bad outweighs the good.

    2 vote(s)
  5. Wish playing bass was my day job!

    18 vote(s)
  6. Carrots (It's in every other poll, why not this one?)

    1 vote(s)
  1. I'm just having a really bad day at work, and felt the need to share and rant. Just spent 8 straight hours working on a piece of communications gear that's been down for a few days now (I'm an Electronics Tech in the US Coast Guard). Just wondering if anyone else out there sometimes hates their job as much as I do.....
  2. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    Yes there are times where I am really bored at my job and I feel as if my skills and brain power are far underutilized. However I get pretty good pay, will probably get a good raise in the forseeable future, get to make my own hours and have almost zero stress. Plus I work with pretty cool people overall. So it's cool.
  3. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I need a job...
  4. bill h

    bill h

    Aug 31, 2002
    small town MN
    Yea I hear ya. I am a Carpenter and I get to work outside most of the year. Thats great most of the time, but in Minnesota the summer gets hot close to 95 sometimes and in the winter it can be cold as all get out, 20 degrees below zero. Thats hard to work in let alone get something done.

    I just wish now I would have try-ed in school...
  5. christle

    christle Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    I mostly love my job. The problem with my profession (college teacher) is that it depends on the students. I get the same group of students for a year and have to teach them everything they need to learn. No breaks from them at all. This year I have a great crew and I love working with them. The words 'rock 'n roll' really describe the experience I am having this year.

    If you get a bad/negative group then you ending up having a bad year. Kind of makes you want to get back into industry. That happened last year. So yeah, I can identify. Just not always :)

    Dan :bassist:
  6. Gard

    Gard Commercial User

    Mar 31, 2000
    Greensboro, NC, USA
    General Manager, Roscoe Guitars
  7. RicPlaya


    Apr 22, 2003
    Whitmoretucky MI
    My job sucks. That's why I play bass to escape and have something to look forward to.
  8. I love(d) my job. You see i was working as an installer of corporate Audio Visual gear etc. Qualified Electronics Tech too.

    They asked if i could go full time permanent. Of course yes. So they put an ad in the paper!!! Subsequently they gave the job to not just one.. but TWO extra people. Looked at me and said "erm head office chose. not us. We wanted you."

    Life sucks.

    Anyone know where a electronics technician/AV installer can get a job!


  9. I don't have a real job to hate. so I just hate life some of the time..:meh:
  10. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Good part is flexible hours, great pay, good benefits, close to home (3 mile commute...I ride my bike in good weather). Bad part is high pressure (my whole industry is in trouble so my job could dissolve any day).
  11. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    I like my job. especially because I don't have to work for someone else.

    It is self-motivating so I have to keep working all the time.
  12. I voted for 'wish playing bass was my day job' 'cos I really do.

    Hating my day job would be too strong, but some days I really do - and it's not ther folks at work, thay're mostly great, and those that aren't are OK....really.

    I just find myself turning up day in day out doing stuff I don't really like or is so mundane it isn't challenging. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing at work I wouldn't do if it was needed....filing, sweeping floors etc....no job is beneath me ( I'm a QA manager). But long term I like being challenged, and having to really think outside the envelope......

    But at the mo', the day job pays the bills, and does so handsomely!
  13. JayAmel

    JayAmel Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Aurillac, France
    My new job is cool. In fact, now I have two new jobs, and I work both with my wife.

    The first one consists in centralizing restaurants' orders, going to buy their goods, checking products and prices, negociating prices with the wholesaler, and delivering the goods to each restaurant. It takes me 3 hours a day.

    The second one consists in buying some batches of oldies in public auctions. Then I resell them via several networks, including eBay of course.

    Both these activites are worked as independant, and I'm glad they already make me earn what we both earned before, at the time we still had our company. But now we have no stress.

    Remember, less than two months ago I thought I'd had to sell all my bass equipment to survive. A few days later, a restaurant gave me a chance (job #1), now everything's OK.

    The only problem is waking up early in the morning (never was a specialist in that kind of sports), but of course, for all the reasons above, good overweighs the bad.

  14. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    I had a job once, which during periods was hell. One day, I was so depressed about it that I when I got home I started drinking and got really drunk. All by myself. Just to feel better for a while. And I drink about 3 or 4 times a year and never alone!
  15. I'm grateful for a job. Very grateful it's good paying. But hey...it's a job not a life!

    I'm on a personal cursade to free others of the fear of joblessness. No get rich quick schemes...no empty promises. Get a good education or skill (not necessarily college either!), continually update your skills, live below your means and you'll be a better more confident person beholden only to God! OH! and maybe your wife! Seriously, when I made the concious choice to do with less crap in my life that didn't bring me anything but short term gratification and rid myself of debt, my fear of losing a job disolved. I still have my toys, nice car, nice house...all that stuff.

    I do work to the best of my ability and most times better than the resources available to me allow...he pays me for that work.he gets an honest day...usually 10 hours or more. If I don't like the job, I fire him. If he doesn't like the work...then he fires me.

    Mind over matter...if you don't mind...it don't matter.

    And of course...all of the above mixes nicely with being able to express yourself through the supreme power of the F Clef!

  16. Jean - I'm real glad to hear that things are working out for you! I remember you mentioning the tough choices that you had regarding your family and your basses - and I am so glad that you are managing to maintain and prosper with both!:)

  17. Sad to say that in the past I've been there too! Doesn't solve anything - but at the time, just for those few hours....you don't have to think about it!

    Now I prefer to drink socially and have a good time with friends - although I'm still partial to the odd night cap!;)
  18. JayAmel

    JayAmel Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Aurillac, France
    Thanks for your friendship Johnny.

    This hard experience taught me that one must never despair. I also realised that I had a lot of luck. I was in a negative state of mind, but the light came from someone who knows me, and proposed me this job for his restaurant. But I should have counted only on myself, though. So even when it's hard, one who experiences a critical situation should always keep a positive state of mind, and find, inside of himself, the energy to start again.

    I also wish to witness that, even if some jobs are indeed hard or not very interesting, working is a chance for life. There's nothing worse than having nothing constructive to do. When I was so down, I was ready to work for sweeping the streets. Not an interesting job by itself, but much better than being passive.

    I believe that anyone who has a job should not complain about it, except in extreme cases of course. Anyone who underwent unemployment knows that.

  19. CamMcIntyre


    Jun 6, 2000
    I voted i wish playing bass was my day job. Right now i have a job at the mall. My sister knows/is friends with 3 of my bosses. They let people drink that they shouldn't, they make very poor choices, and when you're 27 and hang out with 17-19yr olds instead of people your own age and give them things people of that age shouldn't. The other 2 of my bosses, i enjoy working with a ton. Coincidentally enough, they're also the older bosses and the ones that have been there since when my mom worked there [from the time i was born off and on throughout the past 17 years]. I just got a raise :D The 3 bosses that i dislike treat me badly [make fun of me, they break the rules of the store etc], and i don't like them. I've told the higher ups [the AM and Manager] that if i leave, i'm going to take down the 3 bosses that i hate on my way. I'm still debating if i'm going to tell the DM some of the stuff that they have done. I plan on telling the store manager [my immediate supervisor] what has happened and see where it goes from there.

    The good: got a raise, flexible hours, and are kind towards my band schedule. Also the work is not overly hard-move boxes, stock shelves, clean, run register, customer service etc.

    That's all