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    07-23-2012, 05:04 PM
  #21
Weanling
THANK YOU for this thread! I was beginning to feel like I was the only one who felt this way! I work 50 hours a week at a very well paying but soul sucking behind the desk/at a computer job. It's boring, repetitive, and NOT my personality at all! I do it for the money and because I feel that's what everyone expects of me. I am miserable. I tried looking into "horse jobs" but none of them will pay the rent. I try talking to my fiance/parents about it but they show no sympathy and tell me I'm lucky to have a job (I know I am). I barely have time to see my horse because of the hours I work and rush hour tacks on another 2 hours of drive time. I can't help but feeling there is something bigger and better out there for me but that would involve leaving everything behind (job, parents, fiance...since he is quite content living here). I'm 23, never been to college, and I feel like I'm just missing out on SOMETHING. I feel ya, I really do.
     
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    07-23-2012, 05:08 PM
  #22
Weanling
P.S. I just posted a thread similar to yours (before I actually saw yours)....it's actually scarily similar. Read it, you won't feel so alone. I work with a bunch of materialistic, conceded people who do mediocre work. I bought the book "Cowboy Ethics" and plan to "accidentally" leave it laying around...but I doubt any of them would read it.
     
    07-24-2012, 06:14 AM
  #23
Foal
Do you have a Dover Saddlery or State Line Tack location close to where you live? If so you could see about a job as a sales associate/ customer service rep with them. Or how about starting your own tack consignment shop with some of your riding buddies? I'm sure there are lots of people who could contribute stuff for you to sell, and if you have a trailer you could set up some kind of mobile store and take it to local horse shows.
     
    07-26-2012, 02:35 PM
  #24
Green Broke
GRR
My boss has started this habit of getting annoyed with me when I don't know what she's talking about. I have 23 open projects right now ranging from a handful of items to a few dozen items. I don't know what job she means she she says "that pole we ordered last week" or "the lamps we ordered yesterday". It's all part numbers to me! I rarely am told WHAT I'm ordering yet I'm supposed to know that Apt523 refers to a lamp and not a lightbulb? I don't know the guys on a first name basis - of course I don't. I haven't been working with the same people for 25 years! I remember things by details - the project name, the customer company name. Not by "the black lamp"!! Once she gives her big sigh and tells me the project name, my paperwork has always been flawless and I'm always on top of my jobs. I just can't read her mind and know who she was just talking to and what about.

One day left this week...
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    07-27-2012, 10:57 AM
  #25
Trained
Another desk jockey here but hopefully not for too much longer. I hate it with a passion, I am the lowest of the low, sh!t kicking receptionist and detest it. I cop all the flack when others mess up, they play the 'I asked Kayty to do it last week' card. Then I get the dregs of work others couldnt be bothered with, because clearly Im nit busy enough already - come in early every day, don't take a lunch break with no o/t paid on that either, and stay late.
I'm over it, its soul crushing, not me at all. But it pays the bills for now
     
    07-27-2012, 12:36 PM
  #26
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Kayty    
I cop all the flack when others mess up, they play the 'I asked Kayty to do it last week' card.
Sounds like my last job. I worked as a receptionist at a vet office. I was the low man on the totem pole and everyone else there were friends, and hung out outside of work. I didn't hang out because I once overheard one of the vets "joking" that they don't like new people and they only like you if you've been there for a certain amount of time. I also heard plenty of things said about me. There was a lot of immaturity there. I worked there for 2 years. I had plenty of clients who appreciated me as a receptionist and said they never met someone so nice and caring. I had one lady be completely rude to me when I was trying to help then she later WROTE ME an apology letter which my boss read.

Anyway, obviously, I love animals. But at a review at that job, my boss completely blindsided me with a terrible job performance review. She told me she had "some people" complain that they didn't feel I didn't care about their animals because I couldn't get them in for a vaccine the day they called. Those clients were also the bosses friends...hmm. She said if I didn't get my act together then it would be grounds for termination. I couldn't help it I just broke down and cried. I was in shock I couldn't even think of anything to defend myself even though I knew it wasn't true. I went back down to try to do my job but was still in tears. The other receptionist was shocked as well. She told me she has never seen me be rude to other people. I tried going about my job the same way I always did. I was starting to get blamed for a lot of things that was beyond my control. But I didn't change one thing about the way I worked and at my next review my boss told me she thinks I improved "a little bit". I was just shaking my head at that point because it was so ridiculous.

I believe they were looking for reasons to fire me because of the bosses' yuppie friends and because I didn't fit in to their social class. (It was a vet in an upper class suburb) Anyway, I beat them to the punch and found a new job. I put in my 2 weeks but ended up leaving the day I put my notice in. I left my boss a note at the end of my shift saying I was done. (Probably not the best way to go about it but I was just sick of it). I never got a raise even though they increased my responsibility there and I was being blamed for not caring about animals (I think that was the biggest hit).

Anyway, I am now appreciated at my new job and making almost double what I was at that last job. I'm still at a soul sucking desk job (which I complained about earlier) but I have better co-workers and better pay. I was a very caring person but now I am somewhat bitter from that experience there.

No one should be blamed for anyone elses mistakes. Everyone should own up to their mistakes and have a sense of self responsibility, although in an office setting, unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be common. Like you said, it pays the bills but it is NOT my personality to be in a desk job:(
     
    07-27-2012, 04:49 PM
  #27
Showing
I just began my first ever sit-down desk job and I honestly love it.

It's so much different than the previous jobs I've held before (working with children, horses, books, and dogs.) Now I work with computers and fellow coworkers. I get to wear heels and fun little outfits, I'm not on my feet as much which is a huge change from my prev. Lifestyle, and it's nice to have my own little office space.

I try and stay active though. Lately not as much besides going up and down stairs but pretty soon I'll be riding and hiking and such :)
     
    07-27-2012, 05:15 PM
  #28
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by stephshark    
Do you have a Dover Saddlery or State Line Tack location close to where you live? If so you could see about a job as a sales associate/ customer service rep with them. Or how about starting your own tack consignment shop with some of your riding buddies? I'm sure there are lots of people who could contribute stuff for you to sell, and if you have a trailer you could set up some kind of mobile store and take it to local horse shows.
No on either front. There are some tack shops around but they are $9/hr jobs. Starting my own shop would require a lot of money up front in getting space and a lease commitment, plus I'd have to have no income as I'd have to quit my job to mind the shop and who knows how long it would be before I made enough to draw a wage.
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    08-06-2012, 10:22 AM
  #29
Green Broke
About 3 hours into the day so far.

I've had to stop what I'm doing SIX times today to find something that my boss "couldn't find" which always turned out to be in the file folder on her desk that she claims she had searched. The file folders are sorted and have labeled tabbed sections too!

This is how mothers must feel!
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    08-06-2012, 10:39 AM
  #30
Showing
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jake and Dai    
... I work for a very stable global corporation with great benefits and a lot of fantastic, talented people. I'm just a little burnt out at the moment.
We all know how your commitment to your job plays out for the rest of us...

     

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