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TOMD 4: The Tribraggart Tournament

Discussion in 'Real Life Discussion' started by Peace, Oct 14, 2015.

  1. Agent One

    Agent One Seventh Year DLP Supporter

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    I see someone has been going through my post history :). Yes, it is fairly stressful. At the moment, I manage some tasks for some of the cinemas. This isn't actual Tech Support, more Content Management really.

    Tech Support is usually handled at the site level locally but the company just recently had a big shakeup with new systems, new projectors, new servers, new managers even and now no one at the sites knows how to do anything.

    Apparently, things weren't much better before the shakeup and it costed the company a fair few quid.

    They now want all of the actual technical support for all sites to be done by me. Not my team (I don't have a team), just me. So whenever a projector or server messes up in any site, I'd be the one they call.
    Socially speaking, I'm a bit weird. Stick me in bar/club or in the middle of a random city and I'll be as extroverted and confident as needed as long as I'm talking with strangers. If I have to interact with people I actually know (But not friends with) then I'm more of an introvert. It's why I loved interacting with customers. Strangers that I'll never have to see again or who won't remember me? Love it. Acquaintances who I have to see on a regular basis? Forget it.

    The promotion offers some interaction but only over the phone and only to staff at the site as they describe the problem. There really is no "Next promotion" as the requirements to get it involve skills that can't be acquired in the company itself and the person currently holding the position has held it for three decades and rumour has it that he's already got a replacement lined up.

    Yeah, tech is really a hit or miss when it comes to interaction. You'll either be in a team with people you love, in a team with people you hate or by yourself in a cupboard with a window the size of a HP Pavillion laptop.

    Unfortunately, the only job I'm likely to get is either manual labour or retail due to a lack of transferable skills. I ordinarily wouldn't mind either of these but I really do need to focus on building a career.

    Not really possible to incorporate customers into the position as that would result in them asking question we don't really want them to ask.

    I'll most likely take the job, stick it out for a while, get the skills I need, then jump ship to something I might actually like.
     
  2. Mordecai

    Mordecai Drunken Scotsman Prestige DLP Supporter

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    Doing the job you love and making a good living out of it at the same time, is nearly impossible. It happens for a very few folk. But for most people, the job they love means working huge numbers of hours and/or barely making ends meet.

    To put it in context, my brother runs his own business which he built out of a hobby and absolutely loves. He rarely works less than a 70 hour week, and annually he clears barely more than £15k. He's happy. His wife...not so much.

    I work in a job I reasonably enjoy, but in no way love, and earn not quite double what he does whilst working just over half the hours he does each week. I also get things like sick leave, paid annual leave, and various other benefits. My stress levels are dramatically lower than his. Even when I was in a job I really didn't like, all the other things held true, and I was still less stressed than he was.

    But he's happy. So thats nice for him. However, I'm happy as well. Because I use the free time I have, and the disposable income, to do things I enjoy. Hobbies, holidays, new books, etc.

    So my advice would be to look at what will get you to where I am the fastest. Able to use your free time to enjoy life. Don't look at work as a thing you need to enjoy or love. Look at it as the thing you do to be able to do the things you enjoy or love.
     
  3. Arthellion

    Arthellion Ban(ned) Arthellion

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    "Choose a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life....because they aren't hiring."
     
  4. Nazgus

    Nazgus Headmaster

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    As someone studying Compute Science and loving it, I laugh at those of you that like doing things that don't pay money! :):cool:

    Jokes aside, that does suck. Mordecai n
    ailed it though. Best advice is to make your peace with not having that much money to go around, start your own business doing it (if applicable), or stop looking at work as something to be enjoyed. It can be something you tolerate to have enough money to do what you want with hobbies.
     
  5. Palindrome

    Palindrome A bigger, darker mark Moderator DLP Supporter

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    ^ This, but there's a limit to what you should put up with:

    I get like this when I'm stressed, too - and at the point where you're developing ulcers the rest of you is crumbling. Your priority should be your health because salary and free time doesn't mean shit when you feel like shit.

    If it's a new job that's causing you that level of stress it's worth waiting it out and seeing if you settle in - if not? Things have got to change. First off, if you're working mostly by yourself, where's all your stress coming from? You need to eliminate the source. Absolutely talk to your boss about it. It might be your targets are too unrealistic, or even that you're just being too hard on yourself.

    This might sound silly, but I had a job once where I had twelve different computers on my desk and I was going spare trying to run tests on all of them at once for maximum efficiency, while also writing the stupid tests on yet another computer - and it took me entirely too long to realise that most of my stress was just coming from me pushing myself too hard, giving myself too much of a workload. If you're a specialised worker like you say chances are your management will be able to accommodate you and work with you to make life a bit better. Maybe you'll even be able to convince them that they need another member of staff to split the workload.

    You might even get lucky and find things improve in the new role - good luck.
     
  6. silentclock

    silentclock Headmaster DLP Supporter

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    Sitting in the courtroom at 9:00 waiting for a verdict. Jury's had the case for five hours now.

    This waiting is the worst part of my job.
     
  7. Nazgus

    Nazgus Headmaster

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    Best of luck man.
     
  8. Agent One

    Agent One Seventh Year DLP Supporter

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    I'm guessing you're not the defendant and a career criminal?
     
  9. silentclock

    silentclock Headmaster DLP Supporter

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    Ha, that would be correct. Public defender life.

    Am still waiting. 6 hours of deliberations.
     
  10. Solfege

    Solfege Unspeakable DLP Supporter

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    Waiting's an important skill to have.
     
  11. silentclock

    silentclock Headmaster DLP Supporter

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    Well, the jury hung. As a result we were able to get a very favorable settlement offer on a case I took for a dead dog loser, so I'm for sure counting it as a win.
     
  12. Darth_Revan

    Darth_Revan Secret Squirrel Prestige DLP Supporter

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    After only 6 hours? Your judge was a sissy. Lock them in a room until they come out with a verdict or kill each other.
     
  13. Genghiz Khan

    Genghiz Khan Unspeakable

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    I presume Henry Fonda wasn’t part of that jury.
     
  14. The-Hyphenated-One

    The-Hyphenated-One Chief Warlock DLP Supporter

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    Purchased tickets and flight for John Butler Trio and Tash Sultana at Red Rocks, Colorado in June. I'm excited to see how it compares to The Gorge in Washington.
     
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  15. Giovanni

    Giovanni God of Scotch

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    TOMD: Released my list of supporters. Got a phone call from someone who had been considering a run saying it was a corrupt process within 20 minutes. Listened politely for ten minutes, as they hadn't been completely useless during the preceding year. Then I got tired of it, asked them if they were willing to put the time/effort into making things work, planned out a sample month with them, went into the details of what the next year needs to look like, and how I would gladly step aside if they were willing to do all those things and took some sort of credible step to demonstrate it.

    Yeah, he wasn't. But the process of talking to stakeholders and delegates is corrupt. Or something. Not entirely clear on how that works.
     
  16. Sauce Bauss

    Sauce Bauss Headmaster DLP Supporter

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    The parallels are spooky.
     
  17. CareOtters

    CareOtters Chief Warlock DLP Supporter

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    TOMD: Recently applied for two jobs. One actually a downgrade from my current role, the other a couple steps up. Got rejected from the easy position and offered an interview in four days for the one a few rungs up the payscale.

    Wasn't expecting it so I am woefully unprepared, right down to not even having an outfit. Or motivation.

    So far this webcomic about describes my gameplan:

    [​IMG]
     
  18. Arthellion

    Arthellion Ban(ned) Arthellion

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    TOMD: Got grades back. All A’s with 6 classes and part time job. Not too shabby.

    God is good. Definitely didn’t deserve an A in my self defense class due to absences.

    Officially a senior :)
     
  19. The Iron Rose

    The Iron Rose Death Eater

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    TOMD: Got a potential line on a job that'd be a 50% salary increase, working for my former mentor. It'd be going fulltime to a 6 month contract with potential renewal... but a 50% salary increase is a 50% salary increase, and that's pretty compelling.
     
  20. Darth_Revan

    Darth_Revan Secret Squirrel Prestige DLP Supporter

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    He probably voted for Bernie.
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    #humblebrag

    But congrats, well done.

    Not being there is a Grade-A self defense.

    Pun intended.
     
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