Would you like to work in a bank?

@arkaf61 (10882)
Canada
October 29, 2007 12:33am CST
I remember when I got here, my husband's aunt gave me lot of suggestions to find a job, but she always came back to a bank clerk. For her it was such a nice job! Even today she often says things like "You could have been working in a bank" " they make good money and it's such a nice job" For me it isn't. I like money, like everyone else, but I really don't like to work with it. For me, spending the days counting other people's money would feel quite depressing. ANd she was wrong anyways, poor bank clerks don't make as much money as she imagined LOL The main point is bank clerk would be the most boring and depressing job I can thing of. What about you ? WOuld you like to work in a bank? DId you ever work in a bank?
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@MarieJ23 (1041)
• United States
29 Oct 07
I am considering that job also but I am not sure yet if I will push through because of the rampant robbery here in DFW, Texas. I got scared. Anyway, I have another plans ready so it is just ok if I'll not get it. Bank tellers doesn't really have a good starting pay especially if it is just a small bank.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
29 Oct 07
NO their pay is not the best at all. ANd there is a lot of responsibility too. I'm sure that for some people it is a good job, or even the ideal job, but I wouldn't survive in such a job for long, I would die of boredom first LOL
@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
29 Oct 07
Good luck with your job search :)
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@MarieJ23 (1041)
• United States
29 Oct 07
you certainly will find it boring if you want a constant change in your work or i mean when you want to handle people instead of money...heheheh..thank you for the best wishes..
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
29 Oct 07
Hello Arkaf61, I'm with you on this one. I would never wish to be a bank teller. Tellers do not make much money, they're exposed to infinite filth & bacteria, and they're lambasted by the public all day long. That would be a nightmare for me. I know quite a few bankers. None are tellers. Some work in front end management, others in back end management. Most that I know really like their work, but it's just not for me.
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@ladyluna (7004)
• United States
29 Oct 07
Oh, and I wanted to add that it sounds as though your relative may have a bit of an unresolved issue with a banking opportunity in her own past. It would be interesting to learn if she, at some time, passed up an opportunity to work in a bank.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
29 Oct 07
It's not for me either LOL As for my aunt, not she never passed out an opportunity to work in a bank. I think it's just what she thinks its a respectable nice job. SHe doesn't have qualifications to be a bank teller not only because she doesn't speak or write English that well, but also because she only has grade 4 like many other older people back home. The funny thing is that at her own job - cleaner in an hospital - she was making more money per hour than most bank tellers, but still she felt a bank teller was the best job. She tried to convince all of us - me , hubby, and her son that it was the best job for us :)
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
29 Oct 07
For here the pay is good. They say it sucks but they get lots of holidays and the hours are very good. They never have to work late. Any reason to close, they do. For they pay okay it is doctor pay but teachers, police, firefighters, almost all jobs people say they aren't getting enough for what they do. I know the clerks here all own their own homes and are driving brand new cars. They always have fancy clothes on. Which is more then I have now, so I would do it. LOL
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
29 Oct 07
I think I couldn't do it for a long time even if they paid me my weight in gold LOL I need a job that is stimulating and deals with very different issues. But I know that some people actually enjoy it.
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@smacksman (6074)
29 Oct 07
Tackling the problem from a different direction, what jobs do you think will not be boring? I think you will find most occupations have their boring moments and their exciting or challenging moments.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
29 Oct 07
You have a point, I think it comes down to me not liking to deal with money, at least not 7.5 hours a day everyday. I like to deal with people - which a bank would provide in a very impersonal way - but in a different setting and different conditions.
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@mikecrush (163)
• Malaysia
29 Oct 07
No i haven't worked in a bank before but I wouldn't want to . The pay might be quite high but like you said. I will be counting other people's money. More like an accountant i suppose. At least, work at a place where you can find satisfaction . If it's only for the money and you are not happy, it will be damaging in the long run. Your attitude might change and the environment will me you more depressed . I am an engineer and i planned this since high school. It doesn't pay as well as a real estate agent but it gives me pleasure to have a satisfying job.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
29 Oct 07
Exactly my point:) We need to enjoy what we do no matter what our job is. Money for me is not the thing, but it's perfectly normal that it is for many other people. ALl I know - and thankfully my parents always told me that as well - is that it's not how much money you make but how much do you want to do something for the rest of your life. If it pays well but you can't stand it, in the end it will never work.
• Malaysia
29 Oct 07
I agree with your point. I have friends who are into full time jobs and on top of that side jobs that make them very wealthy.But they always end up getting sick due to over work and stress .Some don't have a social life. My uncle used to tell me : " When you are young , You chase for Wealth." " But when you are old you chase for Health ! " isn't it true ? i don't want to end up like that , lol
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
30 Oct 07
Your uncle was very wise. If we keep doing something that leaves us unsatisfied every single day of our lives our health certainly will pay for it, if not physically at least mentally.
@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
29 Oct 07
I like being a bank teller. It's kinda fun actually. The customers talk a lot, are usually kind of interesting, and like to bring us presents. Our branch is practically on campus of the local college, so we get insane amount of students, but we get some residents too. And we don't really just do people's transactions, we also talk to them about their accounts, help them try to figure out ways to do more with their money, talk to them about their financial needs, solve problems... all kinds of things. I've never thought of it as boring, except occasionally in summer when it gets really slow because the students are gone. *shrugs* I guess I'm just a boring person or something. =P
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
29 Oct 07
lecanis you are never boring, my friend:) It certainly is ok to enjoy that job. Nothing wrong with it. I"m sure that there are many people that wouldn't want my job even if it came with a house and a car LOL I guess what i find is the most important thing is that people actually enjoy what they do. That is way I wouldn't do will in a bank, because I wouldn't enjoy it. But for other people it can actually be just perfect:)
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
30 Oct 07
*giggles* Why, thanks, Transdisc! Yup, I'm glad I found it too. Considering my current fears about going back to work after being gone for a while, it was nice to think about the reasons I like my job. =) So you were thinking of me, huh??? ;) Ooo I did hit 5000 didn't I? I hadn't even noticed!!!
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
30 Oct 07
SO I'm glad I started this discussion. You were able to remember the reasons why you enjoy your job:) Congratulations on the 5000 as well. I can see that my not being here for the summer made a huge difference, I'm still not even in the 3000s :)
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@tess1960 (2386)
• United States
29 Oct 07
In my early 20's I went to a community college and took a bank teller ciertification course. I was a single parent and wated a day job, bankers hours so to speak. The course took 9 months and I finished it and never got hired. The college helped with placement but I only got 2 interviews. They wanted a fresh out of High School person and i had responsibilites that could keep me from going to work. I ended up working in a McDonalds. I have to admit that over the years the training has helped me get other jobs though. I agree bank tellers get barely minimum wage to start and the bankers hours premise is long gone here. There's a local bank that is open 8AM to 8PM and the tellers work all day so many days and are off so many days, yet others only work parttime days to 25 hours week and get no benefits. Not really a good job.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
29 Oct 07
Thanks for your input. I agree with you, it's not the best job in the world. But more than that, it's not a job that I could do. I guess it's a matter of perspective. But I was always puzzled by the fact that hubby's aunt thought it was such a good job - and she wasn't talking about higher positions within the bank mind you, just a bank teller. It's like this was the best one could achieve in life. I was thinking about that last night hence the discussion :)
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@tess1960 (2386)
• United States
29 Oct 07
Depending on her age, it could be she was from the era that women did not achieve and were not to try to achieve. Many of my moms Aunts were still alive when I was growing up (great-Aunts) and plus my grandmother, well they never worked outside the home. And thought it was not their place too. Bringing in peoples ironing or washing or watchng each others kids and bartering services is what they did. Even when women did begin to work it was "don't make more money than your spouse does". Even today I worry that he may feel hurt or like he is not providing well if my monthly income exceeds his. I think if it got to that I would decline a raise so as not to have to deal with that dilemma, or not tell him and not let him see. I wonder if that was your husbands Aunts dream job. The job she always wanted but never got.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
30 Oct 07
Maybe you're right. Maybe this was her dream job, the one that she would like but could not do. But not in terms of money for sure. Before she retired she was making $18/hour. This at a time where a bank teller was starting at $12.
@GardenGerty (99184)
• United States
31 Oct 07
I have never wanted to work in a bank, never applied to work in a bank. I would find it stressful to be responsible for everyone else's money, and depressing as well. I knew that bank employees were not that well paid, as the only person I ever knew who did that also had to have a second job. You have to dress nice, always, and look nice, which might be a plus, but the rest of it never interested me, and certainly does not interest me at this stage of my life. I like more variety in my job, and am not cut out for a business career.
@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
1 Nov 07
I feel just like you:) I was actually talking to hubby's aunt about this today. I think she sees that job as glamorous and something of a high end thing - even if it's just a teller. I understand her. She never had much education or the opportunity for better herself, and bank tellers were quite respected back home. So for her it seems like a dream job. Although her son has a university course ,she doesn't understand it. Poor guy took political science and it's something she doesn't really understand so even his masters is nothing much for her and she would still aspire to have her son as a bank teller :) SHe is adorable and I love her to pieces but I don't think I could be a bank teller just for her :)
@nangel78 (1458)
• United States
30 Oct 07
I actually do work at a credit union close enough to being a bank. It is ok. It is not what I want to do in the long run, but it is steady work.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
30 Oct 07
Yes, sometimes we need the security of steady work. I understand that. But I confess that even considering the safety factor there are a few jobs I don't think I could do. ONe if certainly a bank teller, the other one is that people from the financial companies that call those who are late on their payments .
@darkaeon (466)
• Portugal
29 Oct 07
i think it wouldnt be that much depressing , i wouldnt mind to work as a bank clerk but its not a job that gives that much money... it would only be depressing if you had to count a millionairy deposit!! you would be thinking about if you had that much money with you!!! lol
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
29 Oct 07
hehehe I hear you:) I don't really care much about the money other people have, but handling money regardless of whose it is, is something that really puts me to sleep LOL As I said in my post, of course I understand money is needed, but I"m not even the kind of person that dreams about being rich. I just wish we could bypass money completely LOL
@dajiale (108)
• China
29 Oct 07
I never work in a bank. I hate there! I will never do anything that I hate or not interesting, counting money all day long is so boring, I would rather be a street cleaner than be a bank clerk. Long live freedom!
@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
29 Oct 07
LOL I completely agree with you :):):):)
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@ssh123 (31104)
• India
4 Nov 07
When I passed out of my degree Honours Course in Economics, I applied for a bank job and got an appointment order and I joined the Bank. I did not like the functioning of a bank, because it was tension oriented job. I gave it up and rejoined university for postgraduate course. Even today I do not like the bank job.
• India
1 Nov 07
hmm well i dont have particular interests to work in a bank but if i get a job there i would love to work there because as you know bank provides handsome earning opportunity