I was talking to my best friend yesterday about her new job. She recently started training when I got a text. “I hate my new job.” I asked her why, thinking that this new job was a move in at least a better direction. Previously, she was working in collections for a financial institution. This new position was one similar to what she had before, in a call center, dealing with customer support. She gave me some insight to her job. I’ve always heard the horror stories of call centers, especially since a few of my coworkers had the displeasure of working some of those positions before. But I never really knew what went on. My best friend went on to tell me that she’s on the phone all day with people who don’t like her and it’s just not fun.
I replied, “do you at least get to surf the web?” She said no. That didn’t compute with me. “What do you mean?” She repeated herself. I asked her “do you at least have your own computer?” She said yes. “Then why can’t you get on the Internet? What do you do on your computer?” She said look up other people’s accounts. I said “do you at least get paid well?” She told me she gets $9.50/hour. I was in utter shock and disbelief. She was at a job she hated and the money wasn’t even good. Mind you, she lives in Tucson, where the cost of living is considerably less than LA, but still. She reminded me she had bills to pay and had to do something. Her passion is cooking, and she’s going to school for that soon. I encouraged her to try to get into that as soon as possible, because obviously, the call center isn’t it.
Then I started thinking about my previous jobs. I’ve always been able to get on the computer. I’ve always been on the Internet. I’ve never abused the power, and most of my job titles required Internet use because I work in social media. The only job I couldn’t get on the computer was when I worked at the Home Depot Center, and that was because I was event staff. I was always paid well and got to enjoy the perks of, well, being on the Internet! I was wondering how many other people were at jobs they hated strictly to make ends meet. How horrible does that have to be to wake up day after day and loathe where you’re going for 40 hours/week or more?
People ask me often how I like my new job; I love it. Heck, I’m writing this post at work. 2 computer screens, Internet access, no micromanaging, being on Facebook all day and getting paid well for it. Who could complain? (Well, one of my coworkers complains daily but that’s a whole different issue). We recently talked about getting paid for doing something you’re passionate about, and a lot of you weighed in about that. I want to know is a job worth your happiness? Could you go to a job day in and day out, knowing you can’t stand it, just to pay the bills?
I know hubby did it. He didn’t like his job very much. It was streneous and stressful and some of the people there were just a nuisance to deal with. But he did it for us. And he was getting paid good money for it. Could you work a job where you’re not making “good money” just to get by? Sound off please.