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Re:The Work Sux Thread
« Reply #40 on: September 15, 2004, 04:46:37 PM »
It's OK, I enjoy playing "Hunt the Thread". :pokerface:

J/K, it's not your fault I have lousy timing. :D

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Re:The Work Sux Thread
« Reply #41 on: September 15, 2004, 09:13:20 PM »
A plus: I play with four-year-olds all day long.

What sux: I listen to four-year-olds screaming and snotting all day long.

A woman had a chip on her shoulder yesterday.  Decided she was going to take it out on me today.  The head-hancho had to get involved and had to lay down the bounderies in order to calm her down.

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Re:The Work Sux Thread
« Reply #42 on: September 16, 2004, 10:31:01 AM »
Jeysie, I feel your pain. I've been told on a number of occassions that my resume is just oh-so-impressive, blah, blah, and my skills are good, but it seems in spite of all this, no one ever watns to hire me permanently. I've been temping for over two years since I graudated, I know I could not afford to be on my own, I just moved back in with my parents  and I need support from them to get by.

I'm so sick of job hunting it's ridiculous And because of the temp josb I've been able to get, I'm beginning to get pigeon-holed into an industry I don't even like or want to pursue a career in at all.

Recently, I've started looking at grad schools. I know this industry isn't for me, and I've always thought about getting an MA and about gonig abroad, so I've been particularly looking in England. Yeah, I'd have loans, but hey, staying here isn't getting me anywhere, right? Still not permanent, still no benefits, still searching, still getting no's. I hate it, and I want out. It's school or writing for me, maybe both. Probably both since I want to get said MA in creative writing.

But the constant no's, the unsuccessful searches... I know what that's like and it blows. I think maybe one of the big problems I have (maybe you too?) is that I have no idea what I want to do with my life. Where I want to end, doing what (apart from knowing I want to write), etc, and so forth.

Though a good quote that's gotten me thinking lately was my friend saying that to know what it is you really want to do, imagine what you would do if you had no fear.

I'd quit, write full-time and do whatever I had to make myself stick to that. I'd travel everywhere and drink yuppy coffees anywhere I could with my laptop on the table while I wrote about it.

How about you? Anyone?

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« Reply #43 on: September 16, 2004, 10:47:32 AM »
Considering how Harrison lately has been telling me that his idea of where/how he wants to live doesn't seem compatible with mine, I'm seriously starting to worry that we'll have to stop being roommates and I'll have to move back in with my mother. (I have no one else I know to room with, and I make nowhere near enough money to support myself.)

Seeing as how for one, the main reason I moved out was because my mom and I fought all the time, and two, her house is so dirty because she's never home to clean it that I'd have to spend a month just tidying and scrubbing everything... the thought doesn't make me happy at all. Plus the fact that there's little else but retail jobs in my hometown, which is another reason why I left. So, yeah, I'm not happy.

I'm sick of job-hunting too. I'm a creature of routine, so the constant uprooting and change caused by always losing or quitting jobs doesn't make me happy. I'd love to have a job where I can just *stay* there.

As for what I'd do if I had no fear... I'm not sure. Most of what keeps me back isn't fear, it's the fact that I don't have enough skill in the stuff I enjoy to be marketable at it.

Like for instance, I enjoy working on and making webpages, but I'm only good at the nuts-and-bolts coding aspect. I have knowledge of how to make functional and usable layouts (something I've been putting to use at my job lately), but I don't have the skill to make an eye-catching layout. And anyone can learn to web code, it's the artistic flair that's worth something.

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Re:The Work Sux Thread
« Reply #44 on: September 17, 2004, 07:27:18 AM »
Rooming issues: try finding random people to live with? Craigslist.org is good for finding such, as well as roommateaccess.com.

Web stuff: Well, why not take some classes to learn more of the graphic design part of it?

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« Reply #45 on: September 17, 2004, 08:15:06 AM »
Heh. I can't even *talk* to random people, let alone the idea of rooming with them. Not to mention that Harrison is literally the only person I've shared a living space with who I haven't ended up in a major fight with within a few days.

Also not to mention, I doubt a perfect stranger would be satisfied with letting me pay less than half of the mutual expenses. (I don't make enough to pay half the living expenses of a two-bedroom apartment.)

And it's not the technical aspect of graphic design that eludes me, it's the thinking stuff up part. You can teach how to channel creativity, but you can't teach creativity itself.

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Re:The Work Sux Thread
« Reply #46 on: September 19, 2004, 12:07:51 PM »
Things hardly ever work out the way planned or the way we want them I guess, there was someone who said something like "life is what happens as you plan for it" or something

Anyhow, I know last year I was looking for "what to do" as in universities for postgraduates, because I wanted BADLY to go into a postgraduate (I actually would like to still) but reality comes crashing differently, I did suffer though University was it goes cuz It was extremely difficult for me to afford it, so I had my parents help but it was limitated, I had to afford everything each month and do magic taking freelancing jobs and all kinds of job to help me get along with the expenses of the prints, copies, material, etc.

Now if I would like to continue studying I just can't put my family in that situation again, I feel BAD doing so, I would attempt to afford it myself but it is too freaking expensive for me, and I also have life plans of course... so it is hard to decide but to prioritize (sp?) I think the catch is to organize your timing, at this moment I'm focused in saving, trying to keep myself together though things (because they are extremely hard for me right now), eventually if I get a better deal to move on from company I believe I would, but I feel as if I can't right now.

Even though that I do have a decent job at an international company (I quit freelancing at the moment and took a company job for a second time in my life), my parents have been nagging a bit, about it is half time and you work outside hour office at night too, and the salary, and wtf nitpicking every single little thing they can I guess, besides the fact I think they have a problem about this not being directly in my own main field my dad's words when he heard about this was "you didn't work on a MBA for so long to do this" the problem is, as Neil said previously, if it makes you happy why should it be a bad thing? is nto as if I were selling hotdogs on the street or something, I tutor business ppl, besides I didn't apply for any designer field, there wasn't any I wanted neither there were too many to begin with, so I applied to bilingual jobs only PR related, got some interesting contacts and I picked this company.

So the point to all this, I felt as Jeysie is feeling (I sort of still do to be honest) that there seem to be anything right now out there for me to offer me something where I think I would fit perfectly either for my lack of confidence or just because there aren't any oportunities out there, you name it, so instead of banging my head against a wall because things aren't my way I did take a chance about it, and so far I do complain lol (we all do anyways), but I'm ok as it goes.

If she wants to stay doing what she's doing because she feels "ok" for now, then just support her, if she actually considers a new possibility then that's cool too, either way it is hard to measure up skills and happiness with oportunities because thing is, in reality it never works that way which is what I think she has been trying to point out, sadly it does comes as a pessimism sometimes, but things always seems better/easier in words than in actions when it comes to these things.
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Re:The Work Sux Thread
« Reply #47 on: September 19, 2004, 12:21:59 PM »
Well, it's not entirely that I want to keep doing what I'm doing, just that I can't do anything better/different. Certainly not what I wish I were doing, which is something creative. I always feel incredible envious of creative people.

I'm creative in my soul, but I can never produce anything from it! I feel like I'm always trapped inside my own head.

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Re:The Work Sux Thread
« Reply #48 on: September 19, 2004, 12:33:44 PM »
don't see everything in completly black and white, for example, there are musicians but musicians wouldn't be anything without a crowd that would enjoy their music, and for a musician to become someone in the music industry they need great help from managers and agents and whichever else, you name it, if you can't be a musician it doesn't mean you can't work in the music industry... and that can be applied into many kind of ocupations of course, the fact you're not a creative person yourself doesn't mean you can't do exactly the same you do right now but in a different company that you may feel a bit tiny little better than what you do right now, I think.


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« Reply #49 on: September 19, 2004, 12:39:28 PM »
Perhaps... although I'd still be envious that I can't do any of those creative things myself.

I've had many creative friends over the years... artists, musicians, writers... and I always try to be supportive whenever I can, but I always think "I SO wish *I* could do that!"

Harrison in particular can be hard to be around... he's so good at singing and arranging music. I've dubbed him the "Human Pitchpipe".

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Re:The Work Sux Thread
« Reply #50 on: September 19, 2004, 09:13:49 PM »
I've had many creative friends over the years... artists, musicians, writers... and I always try to be supportive whenever I can, but I always think "I SO wish *I* could do that!"

Hehe, same here.  I've known extremely talented people, and everytime they made something amazing I'd be so :jealous:!   Sometimes it's more about accepting what you can do and what you can't, rather than trying to be something that you aren't.  Even though it would be really nice to be perfect in everything, in reality no one is.  8)
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« Reply #51 on: September 19, 2004, 09:19:09 PM »
I guess... I just wish I were good at something that gave me some emotional satisfaction. Nothing I do inspires me.

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« Reply #52 on: September 24, 2004, 08:06:25 AM »
Even though it would be really nice to be perfect in everything, in reality no one is.  8)

Hey, speak for yourself ;P


Hehe, same here.  I've known extremely talented people, and everytime they made something amazing I'd be so :jealous:!   Sometimes it's more about accepting what you can do and what you can't, rather than trying to be something that you aren't.  

I have a different approach to the subject. Whenever I see someone doing something amazing, I say "sure, I can do that... I just don't want to/don't have the time/can't afford it" :P
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« Reply #53 on: September 24, 2004, 08:38:37 AM »
Since it's the "work sux" thread and not the "skills sux" thread, I might as well complain about my job...

There's not much to complain about really.

Sure, it only pays minimum wage, but I'm still too amazed at the fact I get paid for doing stuff to care.

Sure, it's not exactly what I want to do for the rest of my life, but I haven't worked there long enough to get bored yet.

Sure, I'm a temp and get no social benefits whatsoever, but having a job, any job, beats job-hunting with a stick.

And sure, I'm probably not The Best most fitting person for that job, I still think unleashing me on the unsuspecting populous is not a good idea, and in the short time I've been there I've misplaced, misinformed, and misspelled on more occasions than I can (or care to) remember, but they haven't fired me yet. They must be really understaffed.

Perfect 8)
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