Does your job keep you happy?

Canada
January 12, 2011 5:28pm CST
Are you happy with what you do? I've been working for a great company for the last couple of years...the money is good, the people are great, the employer is amazing, but I still don't feel like I'm doing what I was meant to do. My true passion is golf course maintenance, but there really isn't enough money in that field, plus, living in Canada, it's very seasonal. If you could work at what you REALLY want to do, what would that be?
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@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
12 Jan 11
I also consider myself lucky to be employed in a good company, with good people around, and with some job-priviledges not normally afforded to regular nine-to-fivers. But I don't think I could also truly say that my job makes me happy. I was already was once in a job that made me happy, but I had to quit because of circumstances. How about you move out west? Where it doesn't snow as much, and lot more golf courses.
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• Canada
12 Jan 11
LOL Didn't Vancouver just get 15cm of snow???
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@bounce58 (17550)
• Canada
13 Jan 11
Yeah, and washed away the following day.
• Philippines
13 Jan 11
Hi there penniestoadream! With regards to your question, does my job keep me happy? well, my answer is definitely yes. it may not be like the work environment you have for long years, but i do love my job. my salary is too low, no double pay during holidays, no overtime pay, people here only loves chatting, no guarantee that you will get permanent. then, why am i happy with my job? i guess that's goin to be your biggest question. well, i learn a lot from my job now. the experience and the trainings i have attended, the practical learning and the way i handle my staff and finish my projects on time, they all make me happy! it's a fulfillment and this is what i really want. give service to people, help them and make them feel happy too.
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• Canada
13 Jan 11
That's an excellent way of looking at work. It's not always about money, sometimes it's about making people happy. Good on, ya!
@wongchoiyee (6537)
• Malaysia
13 Jan 11
I have applied for SOCSO. They said will need my 40 times deductions from my salary in order to calculate my compensation. I will work for my 40 times coz I only got 9 times now. Till then after getting my 40 times I can apply for SOCSO that will approve and pays me with regular check every month. While then I am earning on flexible job. I don't interact much with people eg. going lunch but I am working hard on this right now.
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• Canada
13 Jan 11
Sounds confusing, I hope it all works out for you.
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@SIMPLYD (74966)
• Philippines
13 Jan 11
When i came to my present job, i was able to compare it with my former job. I can say that i am truly happy with my job now. There is no much pressure. You finish your job on your own pacing, but of course i do them fast so i can finish a lot. My office mates are nicer and simplier. Most of all, my lady boss is the nicest boss on earth!
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• Canada
13 Jan 11
That's awesome, glad it's going well. Stay happy! :)
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@jillhill (37354)
• United States
13 Jan 11
I have it all.....I work at a job I like...and I come home and have my own business...so I get the best of both worlds! I am a writer and do craft so do craft and art sales.....so I make money doing that besides my regular job. Lucky me!
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• Canada
13 Jan 11
It's fun to have something that you can call your own like your crafts and art. I started a blog where I began with 3 pennies to be traded up to something bigger and better. It's been fun, so far.
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• United States
13 Jan 11
In life growing up i always wanted to be a Dance Teacher and if i ever find that oppotunity i will gradually take the posistion with out any hesistation because it really is my true passion in life as i grew up dancing and did it for seven teen years of my life and would not trade it for the world. Off think is as a dance im working for a construction company. Everyone is very nice and i get along great with everyone there. The owners are great and i know the industry very well as growing up we had a family businessin construciton so i knew a lto when going into the industry and i have things ready for the guys to go to jobs to jobs all week long. They arent just a construciton company as they do Marine work and also delivery services so the company itself stays pretty busy and i really do like it alot.
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• Canada
13 Jan 11
I hope your dream finds you.
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@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
12 Jan 11
i like my job because my boss genuinely cares about the staff and what we do.
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• Canada
13 Jan 11
That's really good. It sounds like somewhere I used to work...smaller privately owned place where everyone felt like family.
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@juvani (4)
13 Jan 11
As what i am right now, i can say that I am happy with my work. I am working as a computer instructor in a technical school though i'ts really hard to teach but still it's fulfilling. If you are about to apply for a work you should be sure that you love that work, for you to be happy because if you working in which you do not like that specific work you will really be still looking for the work that you wanted to be in.
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@greenline (14865)
• Canada
12 Jan 11
I guess I have to say I am very happy with the job I have. It is a full-time job, and just the type I have been trained for. It requires me to travel a lot, within the country and overseas. That is itself part of the enjoyment, opportunity to learn about different countries and cultures. Co-workers are very good too, very cooperative and understanding.
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• Indonesia
25 Jan 11
Hello penniestodream! I know exactly what you mean, because I'm in the situation like yours. Does my job keep me happy? Well, it keeps me busy, for sure! I work for the government, full time. The money is great, the work is very minimal but it's pretty strict. I have to go to work on 07.30 am and if I'm late, they'll cut in my bonus. The same thing happens if I go home earlier than 5 PM. It's getting boring day by day. Don't get me wrong, I am greateful of it, and because of working here, I can help my family and buy our first house. My dream is to have my own business. I want to work for ME, so I can decide what to or not to do. I choose my own working hours and I can help unemployed people to work with me. Somehow, I really wish it to come true
• Canada
25 Jan 11
What type of business would you start? Perhaps you could start off using the "business" as a hobby, or a side project. Then, if the money starts to come in and the potential earning look promising, that perhaps you'd feel confident enough to quit your current job and start your business. I guess it really all depends on what type of business you'd start, if you could actually make it a "hobby" first, but this is what my supervisor did at my work. He wanted to become a contractor, so, slowly, he got client that he would help during his off times and on weekends. He quickly realized that there was a lot more earning potential for him to quit and go off and start his business, so he did....and never looked back because his schedule became extremely busy and found that there were a lot of people that needed his service.
• Indonesia
26 Jan 11
Wow! That's pretty inspiring . And yes, I've already started as a hobby and that's why I found out that the earning potential is good. I have tried to sell on ebay, and I love it! I want it to be bigger, but the big sellers there advised me to start slow , so I did. Well, if I can make at least 5 times my salary now, I'd quit my job without a doubt
• Canada
26 Jan 11
What do you sell on Ebay? (If this kind of question isn't allowed to be asked/answered in mylot discussions, pm me.
• Philippines
13 Jan 11
I am still discovering it myself. I love what I do right now but I still think there's something greater than this. By that, I mean there could be something that suits me better. I don't know if it's in the field of music, fashion, wellness and whatnot. I just feel that this thing is just waiting for me to approach it. This make you think that I'm a bit of an undecisive person. I am. One day I like coffee, the next I like milk.
• Philippines
13 Jan 11
indecisive
• Canada
13 Jan 11
Yeah, I feel the same way sometimes.
@buli23 (550)
• India
25 Jan 11
I think to keep yourself happy you should do that think what you want to be. You are very willing for golf but you said that there is not lot of money but it is wrong thinking. I think money could not make us happy.
• Canada
25 Jan 11
Hmmmm....I hear that saying a lot, but is it really true? It seems that everything in the world costs money, and the prices seem to be increasing for most things. Sure, I would understand if the saying went something like, "If money can't buy happiness, why does it make me so happy when I have some?" I know that money can't change a person's heart and give them eternal happiness, but it sure can buy nice things that would make me very happy to have. lol I do know what you're saying though, but if I were to quit my job for a different career that only paid half the amount for only a couple months a year, my family would be very mad at me because I wouldn't be able to pay for the rent, bills, food, clothing, etc., etc., etc. You know what I mean? So...I just keep a smile on my face and laughter in my voice and keep thinking to myself that I'll join a grounds crew at a golf course when I retire and need a job just to have some extra money, plus for the perks of free golf, of course. :)
@nishant5n (1067)
• India
15 Jan 11
People are unhappy with their job when it is not of their interest, or you are happy with your job when you find it interesting. In my case, I always wanted to be a doctor, but due to high competition and reservation in my country, India, I did not cleared the entrance exam. Now since 2003, I doing medical transcription, and I find it very interesting and enjoying. I learn with each report and feel satisfied that still I am in healthcare industry; yes I am happy with my job.
• Canada
15 Jan 11
Good for you...You may not be a surgeon, but you're still doing good in the world. Keep up the good work and stay happy with what you do. Congrats.
• Philippines
14 Jan 11
To be honest, I'm 60-70 percent happy with my current permanent job. Job description is good and I learn something every time. There are some idle moments and some moments when we really are under so much pressure and time constraint. Sometimes, it stresses me out. I'm okay with that. The job is good. People and my boss is also very kind and lenient but compensation is not that good especially for an engineer like me. That's why I still try to look for some online jobs to help me get through with my other finances.
• Canada
15 Jan 11
I hate it when jobs stress me out. My current job definitely has a lower stress level then when I was working as a custom cabinet maker. At that job, the employer always wanted things to be out as quickly as possible, but I'd build as fast as I could (which at times made me feel like a machine running on high), and then the kitchens would sit in the storage area for 2-3 weeks, collecting dust. But while the kitchens were being built, the foreman would tell us that the job had to go out that day or the next. Made me so made and that was one of the biggest factors in why I changed jobs.
@lizmik143 (138)
• Philippines
13 Jan 11
I wanted to teach. In my country, my salary at my current job, which is not teaching, is considered above the minimum rate. I can render overtime and the incentive is not so bad. However, doing the same job over and over again, seeing other officemates cheating just to get ahead, and management that is sometimes unfair, I wanted to quit. Teaching as a job in my country is very challenging not just with the pay but the whole system itself, especially in the public school. But still, I want to teach. One day.
• Canada
13 Jan 11
My dad is a teacher and has been for a very long time. True, he says the money is low, but it's a passion that makes him happy. He has now gone from teaching math and chemistry, to being the vice principal, as well as computer technician. I hope you're able to teach someday in your life. Be an inspiration to the younger generation. What would you teach?
@donharis (305)
• Pakistan
13 Jan 11
i have recently started a new job at night, so now adays i m doing two jobs, which hav made my life tough, i am woking from morning 8am to 5pm, and 2nd job is from 8pm to 5am, now i cant find time to sleep.. and in last 48 hours i hav slept only for an hour.I think i will soo gona be crazy.lol
• Canada
13 Jan 11
I work the evening shift (4pm-2am) and get home at around 2:30am and in bed by 3:30am. Now that I have a baby daughter, I can't sleep in like I used to. I'm up by 8 or 9 just to do it all over again. The bonus for me, though, is I only work Monday to Thursday. 3 day weekend every week. You need your sleep, bro! There have been studies that evening shift workers die a lot younger than regular shift people. Think about it...is working 2 jobs and having 0 hours of sleep really worth it?
@murtaza45 (173)
• India
13 Jan 11
i am many type of job not perfect this job opportunities my homm.so i ma big cloud of you job many dicussion friends help me job.i am online search me part time job offer my hone and then anything job offer me becuase how much to time money not possible at home some experience are their big company hires take high student perfect to job life time offer me. so i am claim so many job not happy differemce matter.i am family support big job opportunities daily income my home.so i happy for job me.
• Canada
13 Jan 11
Stay happy with what you do...
• India
13 Jan 11
you can't get everything you want.. i wanted to learn flying after i finished school. but don' have enough money to do that. so i am now doing engineering.. and thinking of learning flying after i get a job and accumulate some money. the difference between me and u is that you won't get enough money doing what you want to and i don't have enough money to do what i want to do.. everyone has to adjust in life.. there is no fun in getting everything the easy way.. hard earned candy is more sweet.. try to make your passion a part time job.. maybe on weekends.. good luck. regards..
• Canada
13 Jan 11
Yeah, I'm thinking that maybe this spring, I'll apply to a golf course for some weekend hours, just to cure my craving to smell that fresh cut grass. :)
• Philippines
13 Jan 11
I loved my job. It was easy, it was fun, and it was something I liked doing. The pay is minimum wage but I liked the work. However, when we lost a client and we were transferred to another department, the work was all right. As time went by, I did not like the work anymore because it turned out that the company was trying its best to satisfy the clients when in fact the clients were sort of becoming unreasonable sometimes. I had to quit. Sorry if this is very vague but that's all I could elaborate. If I could do the work that I really want, I would love to be an artist. I could do cartoons or draw freelance. I also would like to be an actor. I have no idea about the art but I have found a school to begin with. It's at another country so that dream is still faraway but I hope I get to achieve that dream. Have a nice day!
• Canada
13 Jan 11
Keep the dream alive! Never stop what you love to do.
@calajane (1005)
• Poland
13 Jan 11
I enjoy my work, but only aspects of it. Other aspects of my work I find tedious and boring and I rather procrastinate than do them. But that's the reason why it's work and not a hobby. Though recently I started to freelance more seriously (in addition to my day job) and I find myself more satisfied with my life. I guess I'll reach the final "I'm happy with what I have" once I make the full transition.
• Canada
13 Jan 11
Good luck, I hope it goes well for you and end up being lucrative.