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Monday, December 11, 2006

Career Or Job-Which One Do You Have?

I have been in the same line of work for over 33 yrs. I did not intend the metals/steel business be my lifes' work- It just sort of happened. I was working in Product Design for a year after college, when a week before I was to be married-our project was cancelled and I was let go. When you are young, these kind of things bother you! I interviewed at three places, taking the easiest job because my self-esteem was a little missing, and my new wife-to-be didn't have a job yet either! After a couple of months, I noticed technically advanced people were not in abundance in this industry, so I stuck around to see if that might be an opportunity. It was.
My father was a salesman most of his career. I remember as a little kid him coming home frustrated and sometimes a little "wound up" from trying to get people to buy something, only to have them choose other options. That is why I decided on engineering! Your gene pool has alot to do with how you turn out, as my technical training and natural gift of gab made me a perfect candidate for the job I've had for 30yrs.!
However, after a long time in the same field-especially when it is not in growth mode, you ask; wouldn't it be cool to try something else? It's your career-but are you happy? Life is an unknown. Maybe we all ought to make sure we are living it the way we want.

9 comments:

Malnurtured Snay said...

I've got one more semester before I finally graduate (I'm a non-traditional undergrad, read that as: old), and I hope I can fall into a nice job like yours.

Finn said...

Sometimes you have to have a job so you can work on your career. :)

Tanya Kristine said...

please. i've hated my job since i first started working. now i have a GREAT job that i had but really pays the mortgage. and other things...

i'm trapped. only thelottery or a rich husband can save me now.

pinknest said...

people always say you can never love your job 100 percent. i personally, would love to win the lottery, but a)i never play and b)i'd still work if i did.

buffalodickdy said...

I guess what I was trying to say is; If you can work at something that pays the bills and is still fulfilling to you personally-you are a rare and lucky individual. They wouldn't call it "work" if it was fun!

The Scribe said...

I totally agree. I think work can suck the joy out of life. Everyone needs to get out and try something else!
Rhea
The Boomer Chronicles

Amy said...

Well, mine pays the bills and I can play on the internet....I guess it's not so bad, eh?

Kayla said...

I'm very happy with my career.
Pays the bills, and I feel I have a small part in advancing healthcare.

Since you have the gift of gab,
can I call you 'Gabby'?
hehe

Gustad said...

job for now, we'll see. i love it though... its changing, i have lots of freedom, and i watch foodtv at work! doesnt get much better than that