I have to say, now that I have a job that I like, I kind of appreciate all the jobs I had that I didn’t like at all for so many years.
But some people go through their whole lives without finding a job that they enjoy…and that’s a bummer, right?
So, if you’re not exactly in love with your job, maybe these folks from AskReddit might give you some ideas of avenues to explore.
Have a look!
1. Sounds great.
Sometimes I see patients. Most of the time I do science. I get paid to think about stuff.
2. Must be pretty smart.
“Oil exploration geophysicist.
Most of the time I get paid to use science and my imagination to map the geometry of rock formations beneath the Earth’s surface.
I get paid to have an imagination. Companies trust me enough to drill million dollar wells to test my ideas.”
3. Very cool.
“Royal mail postman in a small rural UK village.
I love it and have absolutely no fear of doing it for the rest of my life.
Walking 8 miles a day means I can eat basically what I want and stay lean, and my fitness level is always high.
Also no managers breathing down my neck, and I make friends with lots of nice elderly people.”
“I take care of a cemetery.
Every day is different and it’s pretty much a nature preserve (we treat it like that anyways).
You end up sort of taking ownership of it so you want it to look good. It’s nice choosing what you do for the most part, and seeing the lasting results.”
“Freelance audio engineer.
Work is sometimes easy, but most of the time filled with various challenges that change from day to day.
Also I love working with sound it’s like my thing and being able to solve problems that no one else can see/understand makes me feel like a wizard.”
6. A dream come true.
“Gardener. I was a truck driver for a decade. 15 hour days, sleeping on the side of the road, the whole week away from home and all for s**tty pay.
Decided i needed a change so i started a gardening business. I earn 2-3x more money than i did driving trucks, i get to work in nature all day every day, i get to pick what work i do. Don’t get good vibes from a customer….turn the job down. Don’t like a garden…..turn it down. I don’t have to take s**t from anyone. I get to do work i enjoy.
I pick my own schedule. Get to wake up with the kids everyday, come home for lunch and get to read a bedtime story to the kids every night. When i was trucking I’d go all week without seeing the kids. Gone from working 15 hour days to 7-8 hour days and lost 100lbs in the process.
My new life is a dream come true.”
“I’m a manager at a gelato/coffee shop!
Though customers can be a lot and rushes can be stressful, I work with a great crew and get to sample the new flavors my boss tests and makes each week.
He will bust out from the back with a spoon full of a new flavor of gelato and say, “try this.” So I guess I’m also a taste tester!”
8. We need more like you!
“High school teacher. 10 years.
Despite many criticisms for the profession, I love my job. I get paid decent. I have great interactions with students every day.
On my feet learning, feeling, engaged, and get goosebumps when a kid makes a cool connection (us history/American government teacher).”
9. Fell in love.
“Graphic / web designer here!
I totally fell into the role accidently with zero uni experience and love it.
Been in the industry 9 years now!”
10. That’s amazing.
“I was a cabinet maker and architectural millworker for 35 years.
It seldom seemed like work.”
11. Good for you!
“I help people with physical and mental disabilities find and retain employment.
I’ve gotten more job satisfaction in one week than 5 years at my last job.”
12. Doing great work.
“I’m a psychologist, and I specialize in exposure therapy for anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorders.
Essentially I help people practice facing their fears by breaking them down into smaller challenges, usually in weird and creative ways.
It’s super interesting and rewarding.”
Now we want to hear from you.
Tell us what YOU do for a living and whether you like it or not.
Thanks in advance!