Which Was The Job Where You Had The Most Fun?

@Janey1966 (24135)
Carlisle, England
May 10, 2010 7:34pm CST
I remember mine vividly. It was in 1998 would you believe! Seems like yesterday to be honest. Anyway, the office job itself entailed travelling from Layton, Blackpool to Preston which is about 19 miles away. It took about 25 minutes on the train, stopping at 2 more stations along the way. I was lucky in the fact that Layton Station was 7 minutes (yes, I have timed it) away from Mum's house and getting off at Preston, and the place of work, namely Lancashire County Council, was a short walk up the road..another 7 minutes or so. However, in this particular job (unlike a later one I had) flexi-time was not an option although I was employed on a Casual basis, which meant I could come and go as I pleased. I worked - on average 35 hours a week for £4.61 an hour, which was wonderful for the time as the minimum wage wasn't introduced then and is now currently standing at £5.85 an hour, or thereabouts. Progress, it seems, is very slow in this area! The job itself was brilliant because I was sat amongst a group of people that were in my age group apart from one older lady who got on with everyone she met, she was lovely to work with. I made 2 special friends in my group, one male, one female and, even though I was "only" a Casual they made me feel very welcome and we would even go on nights out together. I would input batches of invoices onto an in-house computerised system. Some were urgent, some non-urgent and a job I thought would last a month actually lasted 5 but I was devastated when I had to leave due to there not being enough work on. I did meet up with my 2 friends I made when I worked in another department a couple of years later although the male friend, Mark, died nearly 6 years ago actually clocking out of work. Just dropped down dead, apparently. I was most upset about this as I have never known a guy to be so sensitive and caring about the world around him. He left his fiancee Jackie (who worked in the same office) and 2 lovely little girls as his legacy if you like. I have not heard from the female friend for a while although she did turn up at my wedding "do" a couple of years ago with her husband. It was great having representatives from Lancashire there and, yes, we did boogie the night away. A special night that I will never forget. Have you worked somewhere that just felt RIGHT? Not only the job itself but the people you worked with? It can be a job you are in now or something from the past. I am not really interested in homeworking if that's OK, only jobs in the real world lol.
19 responses
@RawBill1 (8541)
• Gold Coast, Australia
12 May 10
Apart from my work which I am doing now which is being self employed working from home and which you do not want to know about, , my best job was when I worked in a ski resort. This was also in 1998, just like yours and only went for 4 months but it was the best time that I have ever had while "working". I started the job actually in December 1997 and finished at the end of March in '98. I then travelled with friends for the next two months as the job was in Lake Tahoe in the USA. It was an awesome job, it did not pay highly, $6 per hour, but we had cheap employee accommodation and 4 months of free snowboarding. It was a great place to meet many people from all over the world and I made some friends there that I still contact from time to time these days via Facebook. Every night was a party though as it was always someone's Friday night, so I did not get a chance to save as much money from working there as I would have liked and this impacted my travels a bit later. I ended up having to borrow some money from my parents once I got to England and found out how expensive it was to travel there compared to in the USA.
@Janey1966 (24135)
• Carlisle, England
12 May 10
If you thought it was expensive in the UK back then you should see it now lol! Snowboarding eh? You little Action Man! Didn't you get fed up of the snow after a while? Mind you, I suppose the partying made up for being blinded every day!
@RawBill1 (8541)
• Gold Coast, Australia
13 May 10
No, I did not get sick of the snow until we started travelling and some of the sites that we wanted to see were not possible to due roads being blocked by snow. I absolutely loved being in the snow each day though as it was a novelty to see snow in towns. That just does not happen here in Australia. It only snows high in the mountains where there are few people and buildings.
@Janey1966 (24135)
• Carlisle, England
14 May 10
It's ironic where you are living though. Personally, I don't like being cold and I'd hate it even more if I was from a warmer climate like yours in Australia. Have you seen any of the cricket? The Aussies are awesome aren't they? Never give up. My husband was saying, "I don't believe what I'm seeing here!" because Pakistan looked like they were gonna win that T20 semi hands down! Roll on Sunday with the final against England. I wish I could go to Barbados to watch it. In fact anywhere in the Caribbean would suit me at the moment!!
@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
17 May 10
I got a job in 1984 in the "Central Record File" I was happy on that job until 1993 or so, and even after that it was okay until I got that bad supervisor that caused me to retire in 05
@Janey1966 (24135)
• Carlisle, England
17 May 10
It's so annoying when that happens isn't it? There are a few jobs I'd still be in now if it wasn't for the people around me giving me a hard time for no reason whatsoever...and there were others that would skive and nothing was said to them!
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@ElicBxn (61063)
• United States
18 May 10
I happen to know that the new "supervisor" HATED whites and men, I had several other people that knew her and knew that about her...
@ybong007 (6656)
• Philippines
12 May 10
my first job was as a phone verifier for a credit card company. It was also on a contractual basis. It was suppose to for six months contract but due to the asian financial crisis we were pulled out. Although the pay was not much i can say that i enjoyed the job. it was tiring since you have to make as many follow up calls as you can but the fact that i talk to people and learn about their financial secrets and even some of their affairs make it fun. But that was more than ten years ago. Before we left the regular employees event treated us to dinner. We did maintain contact for a few months until we lost contact altogether.
@Janey1966 (24135)
• Carlisle, England
12 May 10
You sound like a person that would be very good at multi-tasking, something I am hopless at, I must admit. I'm quite tidy at work though. I always have stuff I need nearby and never let the paperwork get so out of hand that I can't control it!
@ybong007 (6656)
• Philippines
13 May 10
You're right i'm not the type of person who can sit still for an entire day just doing one thing. That kind of job would make go crazy.
@Steinway (312)
• United States
11 May 10
For me it was when I was a senior in high school. I was a dj at a local radio station. I could play rock n' roll. I did the local news, weather, and it was a sit down job. All I had to do was cue records and put games on air. Like, St. Louis Cardinal and NHL Blues. Not really hard work, and really a lot of fun.
• Philippines
11 May 10
thats cool.. wish i could be a DJ also.. :)
@Janey1966 (24135)
• Carlisle, England
11 May 10
Wow, guys, that sounds like an ideal job if you ask me. Good for you Steinway!
@keval32 (1099)
• India
11 May 10
I have enjoyed my first job, when I was 17 I took job as computer operator. I was so worried about my colleagues, I mean I was thinking that Would they be with good nature? Would they accept me as a new comer? Etc..... They all were older than me some of them were 47,48 but at my wonder when I started at first day, they entertained me with their comedy skills, and I became friend with them, still we are in contact of each other. Wow!! When remembering that days......Smile comes to my Face. Wow!! I really enjoyed working there, it seemed to me like I am not working here but I am here for entertainment. Work became entertainment with those my loved colleagues. Love you all.
@Janey1966 (24135)
• Carlisle, England
11 May 10
Awww that's so sweet my friend. How lovely that your older colleagues made you feel so welcome, I like that. How old are you now?
@keval32 (1099)
• India
11 May 10
Now I am 21 dear. Almost 4 years old story.
@ann101 (519)
• China
17 May 10
This is the first time i come here and also the first response too.My english is not very well,so,if you find it hard to understand then I can translate to you. I come from China,and I am really enjoyed my current job as a designer .Before this ,I have worked in Tianjin and Shanghai for a short time,this is the longest job since i left school.It is about 2 years I came here and the colleagues are very kind too.We use CAD and Solidworks software in the work and it's amazing to see the machine model in the computer to change into a real one.I seldom have to work overtime,so I have many spare time to do something i am interested,just like raising silkworms and walking in the forest.It's yesterday that two of the silkworms turned into cocoons!And the same afternoon,I saw a beautiful pheasant with long tails strolling in the forest. Maybe my salary is small,but it's also a rich to have an easy work and a harmonious family.My dream is to learn and do more design work in the future,just like my leader-a supperman who can design all machines you can think of.
@Janey1966 (24135)
• Carlisle, England
17 May 10
I am so pleased that you have chosen my discussion to post your first response. There is absolutely nothing wrong with your English and if you carry on posting comments like this one you shall win many, many friends. Well done for raising silkworms. Wow, that pheasant sounds really beautiful. I am so glad you like your current job. Long may that continue. Welcome to MyLot!
@dawnald (84075)
• Shingle Springs, California
13 May 10
As far as the people, probably my last job. As far as the job, idk... I can't say I ever had a job that I totally loved.
@Janey1966 (24135)
• Carlisle, England
13 May 10
I do know what you mean. If a job was so perfect why did I leave so many of them lol.
@hmm609 (36)
• China
12 May 10
I am a worker in a smelter,the salary is little,but the colleagues is kind,so I satisfy my present work.
@Janey1966 (24135)
• Carlisle, England
12 May 10
Hello there! Welcome to MyLot! By smelter, do you mean that you work in a Steel Foundry or something? I'd love to know.
@hofferp (4737)
• United States
12 May 10
Actually, Janey, I've had several jobs I liked and had fun. The problem was after a few years, the work kept piling up and I was so damn busy I didn't have fun anymore. I always enjoyed my first couple of years on a job and then it seemed to get old and routine. So maybe I should have changed jobs every two years...and I would have always been a happy camper!
@Janey1966 (24135)
• Carlisle, England
12 May 10
I'm one of those people that doesn't like change in the workplace, especially if a boss says we are definitely NOT moving offices, then 6 months later suddenly says we're off to another one a few miles away. No discussion with colleagues, we're moving and that's it. It was the beginning of the end for me when that happened (in a different job to the one I mentioned) as I'd gone from walking to work to having to take the bus. This was no big deal but the actual office itself was in the Town Hall, full of stuffy people not doing any work. So one day I just walked out. Been there over 6 years and I couldn't stand it anymore. Mum and Dad weren't happy about this decision but they did stick by me as I do strange things like this all the time. Ironically, a lot of them are now back at Layton Depot, which is the building I used to walk to...bearing in mind it cost about 20 grand to move offices. From the Town Hall they ended up at Westgate House, near the Airport which is the other side of Town (miles away from Mum's house) then back again to Layton Depot. What a waste of money! Haha!
@savak03 (6693)
• United States
12 May 10
I actually enjoy the job I'm doing now. I started out several years ago mystery shopping and that led to merchandising. What makes this type of work so enjoyable for me is the fact that I am in control of when and how long I work. Of course to succeed at this line of work, one must be very organized. While I get to choose the assignments I want to work on and I don't have to punch a time clock I do have to complete the assignments I have chosen by the deadline. To do this I have to be sure I have allowed enough time for each job and also factor in the drive time. Another thing I enjoy about this kind of work is the traveling that comes with it. I just love to drive especially up here among these mountains where the scenery is so beautiful.
@Janey1966 (24135)
• Carlisle, England
12 May 10
It's great that your favourite job is the one you are doing now. We have some lovely scenery around here too...and the train journey from Carlisle to, say, Lancaster is something to behold. Never fails to take my breath away. It's the same in my husband's car on the motorway but more romantic somehow, on the train. You are very lucky to be able to take in such views on a regular basis. Unfortunately, I don't drive. I have had lessons but I don't talk about those. I was even scared of roundabouts!
• Romania
11 May 10
I am a funny person. I like life and I like enjoying it, not just leaving it. but now, when I look back, I do not remember on having fun at work. maybe sometimes, with my collegues, making jokes regarding our boss...but nothing more. and now, suddenly, I realise that I was not happy with any of my jobs. I mean, I earned money, but I never had satisfaction. there was no pleasure in completing my job's tasks. my job is something that I have to do and never enjoying it. that is why the specialists are recomanding on doing, choosing the job that you like the most.if we would do this, there would be only happy people around. this is all about my job. now, talking about my colegues: everything changes. I like people and I like to make myself pleasant. everyone likes me, so everybody just loves me as I am the only one who takes everything as a big joke, even if the situation is "not pink at all", how we call it in Romania. And, more than this, I am the only one fighting with the boss regarding on what is right or wrong. so, next to love stands the people's respect. as well, they appreciate me for the work I am doing. so, overall, I can say that I am satisfied with my life, with my colegues and friends, but not with my job.
@Janey1966 (24135)
• Carlisle, England
11 May 10
I admire you for sticking to your principles of fair play amongst your colleagues, despite the fact you don't actually like your job that much. I have been in similar situations whereby my job wasn't the best but I tried to make it bearable for others by making sure their concerns were at least discussed in meetings. There was a boss in the past that would bully relentlessly but, due to me complaining to Personnel (I wasn't the only one) she was sacked. It did not come out that it was because of her bullying but we knew better at the time. People power can do wonders if you all stick together and good luck in your workplace, stick at it and you will be rewarded for your efforts to improve things. Oh, and welcome to MyLot.
• Philippines
11 May 10
the last job i had, from 2006-2008. it was the first job i actually lasted that long. i enjoyed it because i was part of the pioneer batch and so i experienced being part of planning even though i'm not one of the boss. and since i was top in the training, i played really important roles in organizing a team. the mother company is not really young, BUT, my employer was the first site of that company in our country. after two years, it's still reorganizing and incorporating some changes that my position was sacrificed. i had been coaching everyone since we started, i've been training new hires too and also tenures, i felt i've done a lot for the company but they couldn't give me my promotion. sad thing is, others have already got theirs. worse, even my co-workers are telling, i'm better and that i deserve it the most. NONETHELESS, i had so much fun working together with the people there, my american trainers included. i had fun being a trainer myself. i had fun in and out of work - team buildings or just simple night outs with colleagues, and output competitions at work.^_^ i had to leave them though, because i think i badly need a shift in career so i had to study again.
@Janey1966 (24135)
• Carlisle, England
11 May 10
It's a shame that they didn't keep you on in the role you mentioned but I can tell you are intelligent enough to find something else, especially now that you are studying again. Good luck with that my friend.
• Spain
11 May 10
That is when I was in the exporting company. This firm gave me a lot of experience. I was brought abroad together with my boss to attend the Trade Fair Exhibit. In Frankfurt, Germany where the Ambiente and Premiere held annualy, it was very cold as this is happening during the last half of January and first half of February. I was the one chosen by our boss because he think I am the one strongest among his employees physically. Aside from that, I know that I move fast in doing the egress and ingress before and after the show. I said I am the one strongest physically because I use to look after our samples. I will carry it by myself and put and push it in a trolley and bring it to our booth where the items are to be displayed. During the show, although I am not the one in-charge in dealing with the buyers, I was so happy. There are a lot of feelings that I cannot explain. Seeing those white people who came all over Europe gave me a lot of observing experience. Although I am not dealing and negotiating with them, I could easily understand what my boss and the buyers was talking about. We had given 1 month visa. Out from it we spent 2weeks in Germany prior to the show. I was really thinking that when the show is over, we will return home. But to my surprise, my boss decided to have a visit in some nearby cities. Yes he only said nearby city but to my Shock as in I never expected he decided to bring me to Paris, France. Jesus, this is the best City I have ever seen in my entire life. I never expected that I could only see Paris in the TV. We spent 4 days there and my boss friend named Enrique accomodated us at his big and house. If I'm in India I can say it that is a Palace. We finally get home after 20 days. I think that is the tenure where i had the most fun in my working career and my position that time is a dreaftman and sometim teaboy and personal assistant.
@Janey1966 (24135)
• Carlisle, England
11 May 10
Oh wow, a trip to Paris, that must've been fantastic my friend. I've never been there myself but I believe the place is massive and full of culture of course. I'm not surprised that job was the best as far as you are concerned, it would've been for me too if I'd been in your shoes.
• Philippines
11 May 10
I have enjoyed my very first job. It lasted almost 4 years but unfortunately it was closed for some reason I opted to look for another job. I got a job from a radio station. At the beginning, I was so naive that I didn't really know where to start and what to do. When I learned it all, I started to enjoy myself, We worked in regular hours but we have some special events almost thrice a week that lasted at ewe hour. It was a party station that almost every night there was party all night long. We hopped from one bar to another. One of the purpose then was promoting our station since it was still in infancy stage of the business. During the weekends we have a beach party; the color of our skin changed a lot until we looked like a black people. It was full of fun. That was 15 years ago but memories still lingers on me. Those friends I have then is still my friends today. Some stayed in the industry and some found a greener pasture.
@Janey1966 (24135)
• Carlisle, England
11 May 10
Oh my what a wonderful way to make a living. I'm not surprised you still remember it, even though it was from 15 years ago. I would too! Thanks for sharing that with us, it's much appreciated. It makes me yearn for some warm weather...not gonna get it though!
@chaijudin (506)
• Indonesia
11 May 10
storage control but if you ask most fun job ? when i got a blw job from my wife hehehe sorry i am very rude , hehehe
@Janey1966 (24135)
• Carlisle, England
11 May 10
I don't know, there's always one that lowers the tone! Haha! Quite funny actually.
@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
11 May 10
i actually like the job that i am doing now. we have a good bunch (although its a small company) we are pretty close and treat each other like family.
@Janey1966 (24135)
• Carlisle, England
11 May 10
You are very lucky liking the job you have now. Do you go on nights out with your workmates? Socialise outside of work?
• United States
11 May 10
I'm trying to think of what, specifically, are the things I've done that can be considered jobs. I've had traditional ones, sure. I'd say of the traditional ones, the one I have now is pretty good. I work at a bookstore, but I work in the Movie Department of it. I love movies, and I'm able to talk with people about them at length, so I really do quite enjoy it. There's nothing better than when someone asks my advice or for a suggestion, and I know they're leaving happier because of me. However, I've had many non-traditional jobs. I'm an actor, and I used to do extra or background work. My favorite time on set as an extra was on a car dealership commercial. I can't recall the specific product, but man, it was a blast. The people I was with, the energy on set, the friendliness. It all just reminded me that you can get a large group of people together with a single objective and actually have them be productive and pleasant. I still smile when I remember that set.
@Janey1966 (24135)
• Carlisle, England
11 May 10
Wow, you have had a varied work life haven't you my friend! Yes, I can imagine it being a real buzz to be part of a commercial, lots of people barking out orders...but in a nice way I should think. Welcome to MyLot!
@p3ks626 (6548)
• Philippines
11 May 10
I had fun doing my job during the first few months but now, I dont get to have so much fun anymore cause there are already lots and lots of concerns in our company that the boss doesnt seem to care about. I also had fun in my first job as a school teacher. I really felt bad I have to live my job there cause I got married and needed to stay in another place. I just hope that I will be able to look for a job that's going to be fun and fair for me.
@Janey1966 (24135)
• Carlisle, England
11 May 10
I can sympathise with you having to move, therefore you had to leave your job to be married. I did a similar thing but left a job 100 miles away for a job here, only to realise fairly early on that it was a mistake. Unfortunately, the job also altered that I had left behind so I was in a no-win situation. Ever since then I have struggled to find work in my new location although I don't regret getting married. I am sure you will find the job you deserve my friend.
• China
11 May 10
I had enjoyed my first job three years ago when I graduated from college. I just worked happily and lived a happy life with my boyfriend.We never thought too much, but the life that time.The friends we met were good ,and they have the sincere heart for others.We were going along well with each other. But,the good time had gone with the wind.I had never met people like them.
@Janey1966 (24135)
• Carlisle, England
11 May 10
From what has happened in my life, it is definitely true that MOST of my better jobs were way back in time, although the one I mention in this discussion was fairly recent by my standards. I also think that jobs aren't as simple as they used to be. At one time we could sit and input stuff all day but now you have to do a lot more than that due to companies and the public sector being short-staffed. I'm glad you enjoyed your job three years ago, it sounds like you had a great time my friend.