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Old 06-11-2013, 01:32 PM   #1
 
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If you don't hate your job/career, what would be your dream job within your field? I'm at a job I don't particularly care for or am motivated to do.

I'm a software developer and currently we are working on a huge project with many different contractors and given specs to modify or add to the not so ideal application. I think most of us hate it. Currently we are doing bug fixes.

My ideal job -

-Work on an app that is exciting, work with tools I really want to(the latest and greatest)
-More vacation and sick time. Currently I have no sick days, we have to use our vacation days so I'm in the negative. I need more time off to be happy.
-Laid back environment, we set our own hours, no dress code, fun(most of my work environments have been fun including current one, love my coworkers, we do happy hour, pranks and all that but hate the business casual dress code and set hours)
-Work from home at least 2 days a week

Overall I have not been happy not only because of the missing perks but also that Im not really doing something I want or like and it's been this way since I started here about a year ago. I just hate going through the interviewing process all over again.
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Girl I hate my job. Or rather my place of work. The actual "job" is ok.

My dream is a produce store with a sideline fix it shop. I'd fix all sorts of stuff. Speakers, cars, computers!! Everything!!

But for now I'm stuck being a suckologist.
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as y'all know, i love my "new" job, but i know my boss will be retiring within the next few years - he's eligible next April when he turns 60.

after seeing some of the jobs around the building, i think i'd like to be a trial coordinator. basically, it involves taking all 22 of our courtrooms, all our upcoming cases and working with the judiciary, Crown Attorneys (DAs in the US), police and lawyers/defendants/plaintiffs to schedule appearances. these include full-on criminal and civil trials, and day-to-day appearances like bail and remands, in addition to shorter civil matters and Family Court.

sounds like a real juggling act!

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I do like my job, but sometimes I find it boring. (My boss should be retiring sometime soon and perhaps I'd step up into that job)

My dream job within my career would be:

1. a parent liaison, who helps parents with issues they have at campuses/with staff, etc - this position currently exists but it's more of an "answer the phone and get information" kind of position not the hands-on, site-visits, mediation type of position I'd like it to be

2. I'd love to go out and troubleshoot problems. this is a skill of mine that I haven't put to use in a long time. I tend to be fairly good at going in, assessing what is going on and pin pointing areas that need to be tweaked to make things run more smoothly (example: student arrival is resulting in too many campus disruptions - organize a system to limit that from happening)

3. my boss' job, but with more authority, currently we essentially support campuses but when they are out of line, we do not have the authority to tell them that - I think our department (we handle the discipline for the students in our district) should be able to tell campuses "no, that's not acceptable" in regards to punishments (both ones that are too harsh and those that are too lenient)
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Old 06-12-2013, 10:01 AM   #5
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I like my field (social work), but I'm tired of doing front line work and carrying a caseload. I don't know if I'm temporarily burned out or if I'm really over working directly with clients. A small vacation is coming up, so that might make me feel a little better.

My ideal job would be doing outreach/education or perhaps directing a non-profit.
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I'm an executive assistant. My dream job within my job would be teaching everyone software and helping them with tricky applications one on one. I do some of that and used to do it more in my last job.

I'd also like to be able to wear whatever I like. I love clothes but dislike having to look so "corporate." It's too uptight looking and boring for me.

Also flex hours would be great. I have rigid hours - god forbid I am 5 minutes late back from lunch.
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I'm a legal secretary.

My ideal job is being a certified Spanish court interpreter. Ideally, I would have my own interpreting business.

But more realistically, once I become an interpreter, I plan on working freelance with different county courthouses. As long as keep under the 180 days of work, I can work for the daily rates (somewhere around $300 a day here in CA) and still have the freedom to go where I want (ie - visit my sister in SF and stay as long as I'd like. Or go stay at my dad's house in the desert for a couple of weeks a year. And still have an ability to work and pay my bills.

So those are my ideals. Current pipe dream and more realistic ideals.
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I like marketing but I hate insurance and retirement products, which is what I was doing for the past two years. I was laid off in April so now I'm looking for something in banking (what I did before insurance) or a nonprofit.

Josephine, have you considered moving? I'm in Seattle, where software developers (especially personable ones) are in extremely high demand. You could practically write your own ticket. The big companies here (Microsoft, Amazon, etc) don't offer reasonable hours but there are plenty of smaller companies that do.
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I have a 9-5 which I don't love. But I'm also a houseflipper and landlord which I do like a lot. My dream situation would be sell all my single family rentals and buy an apt complex and manage it myself w/ an assistant and an onsite maintenance crew.

I'd also like to be a real estate broker w/ my own agency that specializes in several aspects of real estate sales.
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Josephine, have you considered moving? I'm in Seattle, where software developers (especially personable ones) are in extremely high demand. You could practically write your own ticket. The big companies here (Microsoft, Amazon, etc) don't offer reasonable hours but there are plenty of smaller companies that do.
Yes, my field is in demand here as well and I can find something here, but I've been sort of lazy and not sure if I want to stay here or not. The plan has been to move but other life issues have been getting in the way. I am a bit lost now. I forgot to mention I'm also looking for a company with good benefits(retirement plans, bonus/annual raises, etc.) which I believe larger companies are better with.
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Josephine, have you considered moving? I'm in Seattle, where software developers (especially personable ones) are in extremely high demand. You could practically write your own ticket. The big companies here (Microsoft, Amazon, etc) don't offer reasonable hours but there are plenty of smaller companies that do.
Yes, my field is in demand here as well and I can find something here, but I've been sort of lazy and not sure if I want to stay here or not. The plan has been to move but other life issues have been getting in the way. I am a bit lost now. I forgot to mention I'm also looking for a company with good benefits(retirement plans, bonus/annual raises, etc.) which I believe larger companies are better with.
Definitely. Startups aren't going to give you great benefits.
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I love my job - I'm a tenured faculty member who sets my own hours, chooses most of my classes and schedule, works on projects and research that are of interest to me. I love teaching and sharing my profession with students. I enjoy the intellectual banter at faculty meetings. I could do without some of the political stuff, but there's learning in that crap too. But I hate, emphasize hate, the town. It's a teeny weeny place with narrow minded folks who hate those of us associated with the university. So my job would be located maybe in a small town but near a large city. Maybe a suburb of Atlanta? Or I'd love to be at the University of Virginia (but already tenured - not going through that again) for a couple of years.
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I love my job - I'm a tenured faculty member who sets my own hours, chooses most of my classes and schedule, works on projects and research that are of interest to me. I love teaching and sharing my profession with students. I enjoy the intellectual banter at faculty meetings. I could do without some of the political stuff, but there's learning in that crap too. But I hate, emphasize hate, the town. It's a teeny weeny place with narrow minded folks who hate those of us associated with the university. So my job would be located maybe in a small town but near a large city. Maybe a suburb of Atlanta? Or I'd love to be at the University of Virginia (but already tenured - not going through that again) for a couple of years.
Could you negotiate tenure as a condition of accepting a position at another university? Some profs do that.
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I'm a teacher love my career. Right now my dream job is teaching overseas and hopefully I will get the green light in a couple of weeks. I also prefer 10th-12th graders.
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I'm an instructional designer and faculty developer at a medical school. I love my job! After I get my PhD, I want to start morphing into a more research-oriented role while keeping the faculty development stuff. I also will have the opportunity this year to work on a team which will create a certificate in leadership program for our students.

Should be an exciting year!

Also, did I mention I'll be graduating in August? Unless something goes horribly wrong, I am DONE with this thing by August23!
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^^^^oooooh, DR. PartyHair!!!

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There really is no advancing in my job. Shift supervisor is my next step, literally. I'm next up with seniority, and it's $50 more a pay period for a mountain of responsibility placed on your shoulders. Other than that my only option would be the head of emergency services, and there is no way in hell I would want that job.

If we ever expanded enough to need a full time training officer, I would love to do that. I can and would be honest, fair, and cut throat enough to make decisions on who can do it and who can not. We do have a kinda/sorta training officer now.

I am not really fond of the way it's set up, but it beats previous methods. ETA: **It was sink or swim when I started, no one could listen in to your calls, and on my 4th day of training the 2 dispatcher I was working with got up and left the office, at the same time, as a "funny" test to see if I could handle it. That no longer jives. I made sure of it. I ended up with a very bad call, but did my best, and reported their butts.** I just see many new ones struggle because there is no real plan. They come in with one shift and get put in the chair (closely monitored, and only allowed to do specific tasks at first, of course) right off the bat. They spend so many days doing that and come in with another shift who makes them sit away from the station mad watch. By the time they reach the 3rd shift complaints are being made because they are "not as far along in training as they should be", And they end up not giving them a chance. ugh! Working with each shift is good, but there needs to be set guide lines for training progression. I would love to fix that.
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There really is no advancing in my job. Shift supervisor is my next step, literally. I'm next up with seniority, and it's $50 more a pay period for a mountain of responsibility placed on your shoulders. Other than that my only option would be the head of emergency services, and there is no way in hell I would want that job.

If we ever expanded enough to need a full time training officer, I would love to do that. I can and would be honest, fair, and cut throat enough to make decisions on who can do it and who can not. We do have a kinda/sorta training officer now.

I am not really fond of the way it's set up, but it beats previous methods. ETA: **It was sink or swim when I started, no one could listen in to your calls, and on my 4th day of training the 2 dispatcher I was working with got up and left the office, at the same time, as a "funny" test to see if I could handle it. That no longer jives. I made sure of it. I ended up with a very bad call, but did my best, and reported their butts.** I just see many new ones struggle because there is no real plan. They come in with one shift and get put in the chair (closely monitored, and only allowed to do specific tasks at first, of course) right off the bat. They spend so many days doing that and come in with another shift who makes them sit away from the station mad watch. By the time they reach the 3rd shift complaints are being made because they are "not as far along in training as they should be", And they end up not giving them a chance. ugh! Working with each shift is good, but there needs to be set guide lines for training progression. I would love to fix that.
Fifi, there aren't any SOPs for training?


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There really is no advancing in my job. Shift supervisor is my next step, literally. I'm next up with seniority, and it's $50 more a pay period for a mountain of responsibility placed on your shoulders. Other than that my only option would be the head of emergency services, and there is no way in hell I would want that job.

If we ever expanded enough to need a full time training officer, I would love to do that. I can and would be honest, fair, and cut throat enough to make decisions on who can do it and who can not. We do have a kinda/sorta training officer now.

I am not really fond of the way it's set up, but it beats previous methods. ETA: **It was sink or swim when I started, no one could listen in to your calls, and on my 4th day of training the 2 dispatcher I was working with got up and left the office, at the same time, as a "funny" test to see if I could handle it. That no longer jives. I made sure of it. I ended up with a very bad call, but did my best, and reported their butts.** I just see many new ones struggle because there is no real plan. They come in with one shift and get put in the chair (closely monitored, and only allowed to do specific tasks at first, of course) right off the bat. They spend so many days doing that and come in with another shift who makes them sit away from the station mad watch. By the time they reach the 3rd shift complaints are being made because they are "not as far along in training as they should be", And they end up not giving them a chance. ugh! Working with each shift is good, but there needs to be set guide lines for training progression. I would love to fix that.
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ETA: It would be helpful to add that the current training system is just under a year old, and depending on circumstance (if 2 leave at once, or someone is out due to an operation, etc.) not all have been able to do it. It's a pretty good idea, for our budget/situation, but as I said, it is full of bugs.

I wish we had enough funding for a training center, like most cities have. The new hires spend a month doing simulated calls before they are even allowed in the actual dispatch center. That I would love to be over.
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^ but that will be a while right now we are at 3 to a shift. In the past 10 years the cadded call volume has increased from 7 to 8000 per year to... (we estimate breaking) 50,000 this year. Most are non emergency, and I hope we can lessen that, but we are working toward the option/needs (space and equipment) of having 5 dispatchers on duty in the not so distant future.
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