No idea Jobs

Discussion in 'The Front Room' started by Scouse, Jan 9, 2019.

  1. Scouse

    Scouse HERO! FH Subscriber

    Fuck me my job is boring. It pays very well and lots of people would bloody love earning the cash but frankly I've got one life and I'm burning it up doing something I just can't muster a *single* shit about.

    I've already set myself an April-2020 must quit target (or I'll go mad) - and if my contract isn't renewed then it'll happen long before then.

    But I need another way of earning a living. And really, that's all it has to be if I like it. Doesn't have to be megabucks, but it would have to be something I want to get up for in the morning.

    I suspect this thread'll go nowhere, because a lot of us are in the same boat, but what I need are suggestions. If you wanted to jump the corporate ship and do something, what would you suggest?
     
  2. Shagrat

    Shagrat I am a FH squatter

    I'm doing something similar at the moment, drifted from the job i was doing to covering some other stuff that then became part of my job even though I'm not really that interested.

    So I'm currently doing a minimum of an hour a day messing about with Python so I can get something on my CV over the next 6-9 months and start looking for a new challenge.
     
  3. Zarjazz

    Zarjazz Sarcasm. Only one of the services offered.

    The shares from my company buy-out finally vest in June so I'm considering my options too as I'm in a very similar position. Though I'm actually underpaid for what I do - I could move to a new company with the same role for a lot more money but I don't want to still be doing the same boring shit again for years on end. The shares money will give me a lot of options however. I could go on sabbatical for a year or two and travel or what does appeal to me is actually going back to University as a mature student and getting a MSc or PhD in a subject I'd really be interested in. What I'd do after that though, no fucking idea.
     
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  4. Deebs

    Deebs Chief Arsewipe Staff member Moderator FH Subscriber

    Had to log back in to reply to this, a mature student? You have never been a mature student. Last time I remember you were at Uni you didn't exactly run the "lab" in a mature way. Fucking lol xx
     
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  5. Scouse

    Scouse HERO! FH Subscriber

    I've toyed with the idea of Uni too @Zarjazz. But I can't think of anything I'd be that passionate about.

    What I really want is a job I can do from anywhere in the world. Actually from anywhere in the world rather than theoretically. Preferably for 3 days a week. I'm happy to sit in front of a PC for three 12 hour days, as long as that can be in a cafe in Thailand, tethered on a beach in Brazil or up in the Appalachians somwhere.
     
  6. Deebs

    Deebs Chief Arsewipe Staff member Moderator FH Subscriber

    Fuck off and leave my Thailand alone. Don't want some scouse cunt infecting the LOS. Though I do feel ya. I have so much equity in my house where I could live like a king abroad but then I think of my kids and the dream disappears in a puff.
     
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  7. Zarjazz

    Zarjazz Sarcasm. Only one of the services offered.

    I'll have you know that without my abuse of lab computing equipment I never would have joined BarrysWorld!!

    P.S.

    :wanker:
     
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  8. Deebs

    Deebs Chief Arsewipe Staff member Moderator FH Subscriber

    For which I will be forever eternal grateful but I cannot accept the words "mature student". Thanks for the wanker gif but I still prefer to call you a cunt. Love me xxxxxxxx
     
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  9. Zarjazz

    Zarjazz Sarcasm. Only one of the services offered.

    I understand. You not knowing that a mature student is defined as any student aged 21 or over at the start of their studies, you not having a real education and all that. :LOL:

    Love you too cunt :sex:
     
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  10. Scouse

    Scouse HERO! FH Subscriber

    I could probably go there now, what with the lack of kids. But the g/f likes her job :(
     
  11. Zarjazz

    Zarjazz Sarcasm. Only one of the services offered.

    Well that fact I never completed my PhD way back when is part of the reason I'd like to go back but this time I'd have a lot more choice in what I pick. As for work I wouldn't mind doing another startup. I've also got a few idea for coding projects that could earn me some money if they work out.
     
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  12. Deebs

    Deebs Chief Arsewipe Staff member Moderator FH Subscriber

    "Mature" my arse. Quakeworld in a lab. Real use of the tax payers money. xxx You are a god for breaking the mould :)
     
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  13. Deebs

    Deebs Chief Arsewipe Staff member Moderator FH Subscriber

    Invite me
     
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  14. Zarjazz

    Zarjazz Sarcasm. Only one of the services offered.

    It wasn't just the lab resources. I used the main university Unix cluster to run the UK CTF league servers :cool:
     
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  15. Deebs

    Deebs Chief Arsewipe Staff member Moderator FH Subscriber

    Ok so I upgrade God to Legend. We are not worthy you immature student.
     
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  16. Zarjazz

    Zarjazz Sarcasm. Only one of the services offered.

    Thanks. If I did go back I'd still be immature in your honour.
     
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  17. DaGaffer

    DaGaffer Down With That Sorta Thing

    I don't know what you do, what you're qualified for, or what you're interested in.
     
  18. Syri

    Syri Part of the furniture

    I've felt the same myself a lot, can't really decide what I want to do, and can't seem to make things work when I do try to go for something, so I really don't know where I'll end up. Right now though, I'm working on writing and learning games programming. I don't know if either is likely to get me anything serious, but I enjoy them, so that's enough for now. I could do with something working out though, as I'm not having much luck work-wise right now.
    What sort of interests have you got, and is there anything in there that could be developed into something over time, with the right direction?
     
  19. Scouse

    Scouse HERO! FH Subscriber

    Contracting as a portfolio lead for a bank, after a bit of PM'ing built on a career of wintel infrastructure stuff.

    It's been dull but well paid since day one. Mostly pissed it up the wall tho. Now desparate to find an escape route.

    Maybe I should have stuck with something environmental like my degree. I'd have probably gone on to marine biology if my home circumstances were anything other than god awful when I was younger, but no point in moaning about spilt milk.

    Interests? I can't honestly say there's anything I'm passionate about that I could in any way see leading to being monetised to a level that'd pay a mortgage. Nothing that a billion people aren't already trying anyway.

    Random left-field ideas is where I'm at. Just things I've never considered. :)
     
  20. Embattle

    Embattle FH is my second home

    The grass is always greener and all that, the problem is when you visit somewhere nice it is enhanced even more if you are doing something mundane. I would say that if people can they should try and reduce the number of days/hours they work, it'll give a better work/life balance.
     
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  21. Scouse

    Scouse HERO! FH Subscriber

    Nah, it's more than that. I've been disattisfied for years. I've rapidly progressed up the ladder recently (despite being a contractor) and the work's anything but mundane. I'm also well aware that I could take a 75% pay cut if I jump ship and try something new, but that's not putting me off. I feel the wage slavery very keenly.

    You only get one life. Currently I feel like it's being burned up on shit, despite the cushy financial situation I could carve out for myself in the next ten years.

    If it wasn't for the o/h I wouldn't think twice. I'd be gone already.
     
  22. SilverHood

    SilverHood Resident Freddy

    I worked for Eurocamp many years ago as a campsite courier. It was probably the best job I've ever had: Sunshine, outdoors work, lots of interactions with cool people, both customers and fellow campsite workers (the womenz! Oh my days!). On my days off, I'd get discounted or free trips to the local tourist excursions... saw a lot of Italy that way. Downside... it was a lot of cleaning, and pay was awful. I think they pay the managers decently enough though, and they don't need to clean. There were a few older couples who were the designated engineers for our region, they fixed boilers, ovens, fridges, fuse boxes, etc, as part of their retirement from the 9-5. They worked February to November, and were retired / on holiday for the remainder.
    For a 3 month gig, it was great, would have loved to do a few more seasons, but had to work as part of my uni degree, and they had me start a few weeks after my second year ended, and had me working until a week before my final year, so missed that boat.

    Speaking of boats, I was reading about some dude who delivers yachts for a living: https://www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2019/01/06/shifting-land-sea/
    Heard there's not much pay in it these days, and only the skipper really gets paid, but interesting gig nonetheless. I was actually looking at being the IT dude on one of the mega yachts a few years ago, would be some grunt work involved to get the necessary experience and certifications, but certainly left field! If you have experience with water sports or engineering, you can tie that in too.

    On Quora, I follow an American (I think) woman in Thailand, who goes to college there in the north / middle country, away from the beaches, and she teaches people intermediate and advanced conversational and business English for $20-30 an hour online. 20 hours of teaching a month pays for her monthly expenses easily.

    When I was in Iceland last year, we signed up to a pub crawl organised by a local couple. Took us to some cool spots, got some history lessons about the capital, and we got the skip the line to the bars we went to. They organised pub crawls every weekday, they organised the drinks at the bar. Great first night intro to nightlife in the capital.

    I was actually in the same boat recently, switched it up, went from working on the bank trading floor to one of the clients that used to send us orders! Totally different focus and attitude to a lot of things, and people are really nice! Certainly given me a breath of fresh air. I was looking at going back to Uni for a masters or MBA, but couldn't really make the numbers work. The stuff I do on a daily basis is already highly complex and specialised, so no added value in a further degree unless I changed fields or became a consultant. And if I did change fields, it would have to be in something that would truly engage and interested me, like AI, robotics, space flight or rocketry.
     
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  23. Embattle

    Embattle FH is my second home

    No you don't, you clearly haven't been told that you are going to be reincarnated as Jacob Rees-Mogg great grandchild :p
     
  24. Job

    Job TWAT and FH Object of Ridicule

    Words cant describe how much my soul has been lifted by leaving a 9-5 office job and totally randomnly going self employed repairing boilers.

    Downsides.
    No more office banter, parties and regular income.
    Upsides.
    No more office banter, parties and regular income.

    Being able to get up in the morning and be totally in charge of your destiny is the greatest feeder of mind health on the planet.
    Its 8am..I'll probably do a few gas certificates..at 80 quid each and they take half an hour.
    Spent yesterday afternoon mtbing in Gisburn and did two on the way home.
    Its not great money, but the hourly rate is impressive.
    Ive earned from - 500 to 2K in a day and everything inbetween.
    I do get grubby sometimes..nothing bad, but when you talk to friends who are discussing booking holidays with work...they never ask me if I can get the time off..I can always get the time off..
    Meetings with the boss?
    Oh thats me.
    Performance reviews?
    Get out if bed..jesus its 11am.

    A steady monthly wage is comforting but also mentally stifling.
    If I need more cash I work more often..if not, doss about..
    Sundays nights are just another night.
    Monday morning blues..unheard of.
    Cant be arsed today...sorry part hasnt arrived...my only commitment is Im a softie and go out of my way to get peoples heat on asap.
    Job satisfactio?
    The look on people faces when you get their heating and hot water back on..Ive been hugged many a time.
    I'll never be middle class rich because Im too lazy..no too interested in my actual life.
    Anyway bikes charged..got a 2 hour job this morning, then off to Llandegla.
     
  25. Gumbo

    Gumbo FH is my second home

    How much do you need to earn. I mean really NEED.
     
  26. Scouse

    Scouse HERO! FH Subscriber

    National average wage I guess.

    I need to love the job though. If I'm going to do a "job"...
     
  27. Lakih

    Lakih FH is my second home

    Buy in and become a 7-11 franchisee. If you buy a few of them in different cities and/or countries you get to travel a lot.
     
  28. dysfunction

    dysfunction FH is my second home

    Or you can try and do what an acquaintance of mine does is start a business e.g. a locksmiths and then hire someone else to do the work and just collect a manager's salary while you enjoy life!
     
  29. Job

    Job TWAT and FH Object of Ridicule

    You dont just sit back though.

    In fact you end up doing more work.
     
  30. dysfunction

    dysfunction FH is my second home

    This guy doesn't he spends most of his days on holiday.
     
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