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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-21-2010, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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Changing Jobs / Careers

Some people might say I have a dream job.

The pay is good, and I work in a temperature controlled office. I can work from home whenever I want, I get 9 paid holidays, and 3 weeks of vacation and sick leave per year, and full medical, dental and vision at a resonable price. To really put it into perspective; my division in the company is known as "The country club". We do office parties and BBQs every quarter, we even have an onsite massuse... really, who has this!? The downside is that I am completely and utterly B O R E D with my work. I started out 10 years ago knowing very little about this line of work, and today I am so bored with it that my performance is slipping. My past performance has been stellar, and I think my boss is giving me a pass for now in hopes that I'll come out of my slump, but it's only getting worse. There is always the option of moving up the food chain, but I've done that once and decided that corporate management is NOT for me. I kind of feel like Ron Livingston in the movie office space... I'd rather shovel dirt than spend one more day stuck in an office staring a computer screen writing code..... ugh. There is ZERO challenge to this job any more.

Anyway, my point is this. About 18 months from now I'll have the opportunity to leave the workforce all together for about two years and go back to school. I've been considering all kinds of options; Exercise Science (Fitness Training), Culinary Arts, and Automotive Tech (focus on performance) just to name a few, with the idea that in ~10 years I'll start my own business. Of course, starting over means a massive cut in pay and benefits, and a lot of hard work to build another successful career. Not to mention tuition debt.

Have any of you done something like this? Would you consider it for yourself ? Should I just be thankful that I have a comfortable job, and stop complaining?

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Think of it this way: you are going to spend ~1/3 of the next 30-40 years of your life "at work". I shure as hell wouldn't spend a third of my life doing something I don't love. Short-term sacrifices of a couple years are nothing in the grand scheme of things. Only you know exactly how you feel, but my suggestion to you is make whatever sacrifices you have to make to do something you love.

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It's all about finding balance. In a perfect world, we'd all love what we do. However, this world isn't perfect. If you can find something else you think you'll enjoy doing that will pay the bills, by all means follow it. Just be aware that culinary arts and technical schools have the worst "ROI" of any educational program.

I work to live, I don't live to work. The fact that I don't particularly like what I do doesn't really matter much to me. I work for a good, stable firm with good people. It enables me to enjoy my life outside of work.
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My first job related to my "career" only lasted 2 years before I moved on, I have been with the same employer now 12 years. The job wasn't really different than my old job when I first started, but the environment made a huge difference. A change of scenery can go a long way to changing how you feel about what you do.
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the OP just described the exact situation I'm in, however I'm a recent grad so going back to school wouldn't be a huge game changer. the idea of more debt and no wage for the next 2 years is certainly something keeping me from going back to grad school, however.

I look at it this way: apply for any and all jobs that interest you. tailor resumes and cover letters to the position and spin any and all past experience into something positive for the position, even if the new position is in a totally different field. you never know who will see something they like. if in between now and 18 months, you dont get any bites, go back to school.



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[quote author=fatabbot link=topic=182609.msg3865127#msg3865127 date=1290360610]
It's all about finding balance. In a perfect world, we'd all love what we do. However, this world isn't perfect. If you can find something else you think you'll enjoy doing that will pay the bills, by all means follow it. Just be aware that culinary arts and technical schools have the worst "ROI" of any educational program.

I work to live, I don't live to work. The fact that I don't particularly like what I do doesn't really matter much to me. I work for a good, stable firm with good people. It enables me to enjoy my life outside of work.
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You make a good point, and maybe my problem isn't exactly what I perceived it to be. I'm not afraid of hard work, in fact I ask for hard work, and maybe that's the real issue. Since 2001 I have successfully survived at least 10 layoffs at my company, even ones where my entire team or department was eliminated. The price for that, however, is 12 to 14 hours of my day + weekends and holidays are usually dedicated to work. In fact, until this year I had 12 weeks of combined sick and vacation time banked, and I was forced to take time off.

Maybe I've just burned myself out. Given that, it likely won't matter what I'm doing; i'll end up in the same situation if I keep on the way I have been.

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