Weekend Open Forum: Do you like your job?

By Jos · 67 replies
Mar 2, 2012
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  1. I'm 27, i graduated 4 years ago as an economist in the faculty of IT and Eco. Since then I worked in a Bank in Eastern Europe (subsidiary of one of the biggest companies in the world). I started in IT development as a develepoer, then as a system analyst. I loved it.
    Currently I'm in the Information Security department which love even more, though i struggle some extreme hard projects.
    Salary is very good compared to local conditions, but are bad compared to western europe and US.
    Expectations are high, i am overwhelmed with tasks, but I still love it as I'm developing rapidly and learning a lot from it.
    Planning on going to the US soon for a couple of years to work in the field of Information Security.

    My only advice to starters is to find the company that you want to work for and apply for any kind of position there. If you are already in it will be much easier to get better positions of your taste!!! ;-) And till you get your desired position you are still developing a better CV and gaining a lot of work experience.
    Never be afraid, always be initiative and stick to your idealism!!!

    Best luck for everyone,
  2. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,690   +96

    I work for a civil engineering consulting house which works in ME + Africa + SEA + ASEAN countries mostly in water resources, infrastructure development, and transportation engineering fields and like my job, well being in the management have its own advantages ;). But I have a feeling that what I could I have achieved with this job, but the problem is, I don't want another job with some other employer, so lately, I've been checking 'feasibility' of various business options, and if something interesting turns up, I will certainly look in to starting my own business :)
  3. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,073   +219

    I was working as a receptionist at a super 8 while going to college full time to earn my networking degree along with a associates in science. But the owner wouldn't pay me time and a half for overtime and cut my hours to one a day a week for asking so now I just go to college.

    I plan to get a job repairing and maintaining computers for a office. That should be easy, in the mean time I will work on getting a higher paying job networking for a company. I may or may not go on to get my bachelors.
  4. I am a police agent in Romania , i used to love doing my job ... then the laws changed and law breakers received more right's and benefit's then the police ever had ... now i hate my job. Just thinking about the fact that my training costed the state 200 dollars month and my salary is now 600 dollars a month and on an inmate at a medium level penitentiary the state spends over 1000 dollars a month . And while i spend over 6 month to convict a felon and gather sufficient evidence , a prosecutor let's him go in a week for either being his first crime or by commuting his incarceration to a measly 100 dollar fine.
    Yes i HATE my job now.
  5. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    I repair fitness equipment for a living so I travel quite a bit. The job itself isn't too bad but having gone to school for electronics repair it doesn't really challenge me. Having to pay for all my expenses out of pocket isn't great either.
  6. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 451   +34

    I hate what i am learning at college.Pretty sure finding job difficult enough won't have a choice of choosing the one i like.
  7. What job?!
  8. I'm a manic depressive and I hate work anyway........................
  9. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    I like my Job. The people I work with make the difference.
  10. Nicragomi

    Nicragomi TS Rookie

    Slot Technician for Ceaser's Entertainment... not what I want to do, hopefully an opening in the IT Dept. will open up soon. I have my Associates in Cybercrime and Networking.
  11. I'm an engineer at Samsung Telecom. I like the work, but the job sucks, it's not at all rewarding or satisfying, it's all about cliques and kissing up, not the job.
    But it's a paycheck, so we stick around.
  12. computergeek

    computergeek TS Rookie

    I am video game programmer for a small game company but we are doing good now and we are going to expand so I love my job!
  13. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,706   +172

    It means I can buy new upgrades for my computer so yes, I do like my job :)
    Glad I graduated just before the financial crisis though.
  14. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,010   +18

    Hated my job, then lost it, was out of work for a year, and went back to school.

    A bit tough at my age, but never too late...
  15. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    Second-year doctoral student in History (of science, technology, and medicine, woot woot), making 12k a year, taking out 5k a year in loans. School work, teaching, and grading add up to around fifty hours a week, and the only advice every professor seems to know how to give is that there are no jobs in academia anymore. So I research, write papers, go to conferences, and write articles to get just so one day I can tell them to suck it. Wouldn't trade this for anything else right now (except the grading; kids are just getting dumber and dumber).

    In fact, reading a 729-page book this very moment on WWII, by someone who convinced a publisher that his book, despite being the ten thousandth volume on WWII, is different and worth it. Keep on keepin' on...
  16. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    Well when you do that and need a geologist with a background in groundwater and environmental geochemistry, I'm your guy.
  17. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,377   +286

    This is a very good advice ;) Many people got their jobs that they love this way (heard few Bios from Blizzard and other big gaming corps, they did the same thing).
  18. ---agissi---

    ---agissi--- TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,978   +15

    US Air Force and I love my job. There is plenty of room for growth, Im getting my degree while I earn a paycheck and gain hands on experience every day. I'm in the Water and Fuels Systems career field and our Community College Air Force degree that we're made to get is in Mechanical and Electrical Applied Sciences. We're required to maintain physical fitness so naturally I feel great, and I've learned that with persistence and hard dedicated effort anything can be achieved. My life has been turned around.
  19. Anyone have tips for making a resume for a soon to graduate Computer Science major? What should you put if you have absolutely no experience? Programming languages you're familiar with? Certain specialized classes you've taken? I need all the help I can get lol
  20. Man, I feel your pain, I remember my college boasted about job placement after school. HA, its only true if you stay in the area the professors have connections... not if you go home. So my challenge was the same, I actually drove around Buffalo and stopped at businesses looking to apply like I was trying to get a job at a fast food joint, it was pathetic, I stopped at one place and the guy said, "why don't you just start your own business?" So I did that, After getting a couple clients and some good references, I have never had a hard time getting a job since... in fact one time I was offered a job, I accepted it, then changed my mind and turned it down, Then a month later I changed my mind again and they offered me the job again. I still work there.

    Major: Network Administration

    If getting a BS tought me anything, it wasn't even technology related. it was "Do it right, do it well, Don't cut corners" The competition weeds itself out if you follow that rule.
  21. Resume advice: Your resume is you ticket, I'm sure everyone says that but you just have to remember to make it clean, well organized and straight to the point. Your attention to detail is what stands out. Make things line up, minimize whitespace and for the love of god, don't misspell ANYTHING.

    I have interviewed a lot of people, and you wouldn’t believe how many ugly, sloppy resumes came across my desk. A poorly written resume tells me, "This guy can't write a one page document about himself, how will he organize himself and communicate information on projects that take 12 months to complete?"

    Regardless of how easy it is to email a resume in PDF form... Snail mail it. Someone physically touches it that way. Use the fancy heavy paper; make an awesome cover letter that is only one page. Focus on how you understand business not how well you would sit in a cubicle and crank away at a program all day. At school you worked on many project in parallel, you worked as a team to complete pieces/parts. Again, your attention to detail in the words you choose to describe yourself will make you stand out... Like instead of saying I was the project manager on blah, blah, blah project... you could say something like.

    "As the scope of the IT services are often more demanding than one person can handle alone, I have found myself able to appropriately delegate tasks, train technical team members and end users, along with provide direction to my team related to changing needs of the project and best practices. I take pride in the results of my efforts, this enables me to continually improve my strategy and grow my knowledge base as I progress down my career path."

    That sounds a little better than "I was the project manager for a class project."

    Oh yeah, If the job posting says, include a salary, do it that’s called a requirement, they want a number, give them one.

    Good luck
    Jeff W.
  22. Benny26

    Benny26 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,535   +51

    Couch potato? Loving it!

    On a serious note, I'm not 'fully' employed at the moment, but i did enjoy my last full job very much.
  23. Writing my USMLE Step 1 in 3 weeks, that will be fun. Lets hope I do well enough to pay off my 200k+ med school debt b4 I turn 50.

    3DCGMODELER TS Enthusiast Posts: 307   +18

    I love my Job, 3D Modeler Texture Artist, Animator for the Movie Industry, I Have no Bosses, I hate it when I have no one to scream at, but me.

    Shouting maches against myself are usually pretty funny...

  25. Alpha Gamer

    Alpha Gamer TS Evangelist Posts: 354   +116

    I'm a teacher in Brazil. During college, I taught English at language schools to make ends meet. When I finally got my bachelor degree in Japanese Language and Literature, I started teaching not only Japanese, but also Portuguese to foreign people, especially to Japanese. In a overall manner, I like my job. But the feeling of teaching such different languages is mixed. Japanese is hard as hell, and the students have a really hard time trying to grasp something that, for the western mind, is considered a very ambiguous language. English, on the other side, is easier than my own native language and I have a lot of fun with the higher advanced students. Finally, teaching Portuguese to foreigners is the real challenge. Having to perceive your own mother togue as something artificial and so displaced from your core is no easy task and, definitely, sets a point of no return in your mind.

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