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Feb 21, 2024 - 11:32:48 AM
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40836 posts since 3/5/2008

Carreer..?

Fer me..i did things that were stepping stones..to the job i wanted the most..
Eventually working fer meself..doing what i loved.. :0)

Feb 21, 2024 - 11:46:19 AM
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3325 posts since 5/2/2012

Great strategy. For me, I would define a good job as one that fits your skill set and that you enjoy doing. I was lucky to have a job that I enjoyed. I can only think of a few days over many, many years where I woke up in the morning and didn't want to go to work.

Feb 21, 2024 - 12:18:58 PM
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donc

Canada

7420 posts since 2/9/2010

In my case it took about 4 years for me to find myself. When I finished high school I had some idea of what I didn't want. I depended upon others to make a good choice for me. That is like ordering a mail order bride. Traditionally many men take their father's occupation which means their training starts at an early age. In my high school years my dad worked as a pension plan trustee so most of his work was legally confidential . He rarely discussed it with me or the family. After working 3 summers as a laborer for the city I wanted something cleaner and out of the weather. After trying a couple of office careers I realized that seeing the same dull faces and the same 4 walls was a total dead end. In the end I got an outside service job with B.C. Tel which allowed me to work on my own and I had no problem with getting my hands dirty. On the first day in the company I was told I would have to learn to climb telephone poles. Even that worked out fine.

Feb 21, 2024 - 1:31:37 PM

Owen

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14824 posts since 6/5/2011
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Not defining a good job, but for me it's a toss-up between two jobs  w.r.t. the enjoyment factor: Beef farming and team teaching K/JK with my wife on a fly-in reserve.    The problem with beef farming was that I didn't make enuff at it to give Farm Credit Corp. as much as they wanted, and to feed/clothe/shelter the family in the manner in which we wanted be became accustomed. 

[Fixed by switching to dairy farming. yes ]

Edited by - Owen on 02/21/2024 13:44:44

Feb 21, 2024 - 2:05:02 PM
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61904 posts since 12/14/2005

When I was younger, and HORRIBLY misinformed, I thought that being a Test Pilot in a brothel would be an ideal job.

Now that I know more about "human trafficking", I am appalled by my previous attitude.

At this point in my life, I think my ideal job would be maybe two banjo playing gigs a week, an hour each, not more than a couple hours' drive, but being paid AS IF my skills were up there with the top ten players, worldwide.

OR.... being paid all the money the scam artists PROMISE me in their e-mails.

Feb 21, 2024 - 2:19:49 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

27870 posts since 6/25/2005

Something I don’t mind doing every day for years, and that provides a decent income either with retirement and health benefits or high enough wages to afford them myself. A great job, otoh, would be one that I really enjoyed and looked forward to doing each day. Never got to that stage.

Feb 21, 2024 - 3:11:14 PM

7633 posts since 7/24/2013

A good should be one that requires the least amount of effort coupled with a decent amount of money leading to a great life balance. :) A good job actually is a job that keeps you one accident away from being completely broke as you toil your life away to just in time to retire, fall apart, and die. :)

Edited by - South Jersey Mike on 02/21/2024 15:11:47

Feb 21, 2024 - 3:38:31 PM

40836 posts since 3/5/2008

quote:
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

Something I don’t mind doing every day for years, and that provides a decent income either with retirement and health benefits or high enough wages to afford them myself. A great job, otoh, would be one that I really enjoyed and looked forward to doing each day. Never got to that stage.


There's still..time.. :0)

 

I made a living.. n..loved what i did..

Even the hard challanges..of me own bidness.. loved that too..

Thanks yer post made me feel extra..lucky.. :0)

Feb 21, 2024 - 5:13:33 PM
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79579 posts since 5/9/2007

I just started lobstering and fishing with my Dad and Gramp and continued on my own.
I liked lobstering because I could catch up on my gear work and take off playing music up country for the weekend.
I don't really know how much money I made.It was enough to get a nice piece of land,tractor and build a couple of houses.

Feb 21, 2024 - 5:33:20 PM

Owen

Canada

14824 posts since 6/5/2011
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"I don't really know how much money I made."

I dunno just how the US tax system works, but IF you filed returns your income would show up there, no?

Feb 21, 2024 - 6:25:26 PM

donc

Canada

7420 posts since 2/9/2010

I believe that defining a good job can be an abstract discussion. I can recall about eight places of employment which exceeded a few days. In almost every workplace it seems that a small percentage will actually like what they do. A larger segment will be counting the days when they can quit. The majority will stay because they feel they are in a good safe rut. By the time I found a better job I knew it. I had a few bad days but I never considered quitting because I knew I wouldn't do better. There were guys who arrived there after high school with no other experience. They still considered themselves to be leading a hard life. Some of these guys seemed like old men by the age of 30. Those who had been in a few crappy jobs would carry on like they had died and gone to heaven.

Feb 21, 2024 - 7:12:17 PM
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banjo bill-e

Tuvalu

13733 posts since 2/22/2007

A good job is one that is better than your last job, or better than anything else that you have been able to find to provide for yourself, or better than any self employment prospects at the moment.
Regardless of what it pays or what it requires, if it is in fact your best option*, then it is a Good Job.

* I'm not considering illegal options here

Feb 22, 2024 - 4:30:39 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

29968 posts since 8/3/2003
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My best job was having a small business of my own. I set my hours, took off to go to festivals. Yes, I had to work for other people, but unless there was a deadline on what I was doing, I could pretty well decide when I worked. I didn't get rich, but I enjoyed working every day.

Feb 22, 2024 - 5:16:47 AM
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heavy5

USA

2990 posts since 11/3/2016
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Started out as a Jr draftsman w/ my high school skills & worked my way up to a mech engineer . Also collected , repaired , & built bluegrass related instruments in my part time shop & was a Saga dealer while raising 3 kids w/ my wonderful wife .

Feb 22, 2024 - 5:31:52 AM
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8551 posts since 9/5/2006

don;t know,,, never worked my way up to being a cowboy

Feb 22, 2024 - 6:25:01 AM
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79579 posts since 5/9/2007

quote:
Originally posted by Owen

"I don't really know how much money I made."

I dunno just how the US tax system works, but IF you filed returns your income would show up there, no?


I file taxes every year,but I don't save them up over my life.

I don't know how much money I made in the past because that is irrelevant to me.I stayed in the little fishing village and went lobstering and dragging because that's what we do here.That's just living a good life.

Feb 25, 2024 - 12:32:45 PM

Fracker

USA

29 posts since 1/12/2024

I went to college on the GI bill and got a BA in English. I guess the plan was to go on to law school eventually. Instead, life got in the way. I worked 30 years as a police officer.

It was not what I intended to do as a career. I took the job as a stepping stone and stayed. It paid the bills, had great benefits, the hours sucked but I got used to them. It was a pretty successful career and I made it to the rank of Lieutenant before I retired. 

I neither loved it nor hated it. It was my job. I raised two kids, put them through college, bought a house, and always had late model vehicles. Mostly though, it afforded me the ability to do a lot of things I really wanted to do but probably couldn't have made a living at. It still does. To me it was a good job. I don't think that I would have enjoyed being a lawyer.

Edited by - Fracker on 02/25/2024 12:43:45

Feb 26, 2024 - 2:40:24 AM
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4754 posts since 4/29/2012

Strangely nobody mentions the fact that you spend more time with your work colleagues than you do with your family and friends. I've done lots of similar jobs in terms of money, skill set and fundamental interest. Some have been good and some bad. The good ones were the ones where I got on with my colleagues and where my bosses treated me like a person rather than just another piece of plant, and where they understood that for me my job was just a means of supporting my life not an end in itself. This has mostly been when working for software companies, where what I do is what they sell, rather than their customers (in my case investment banks and other financial institutions), where what I do is seen as an unavoidable expense.
I've been lucky that I've worked in a field where my skills are in demand so I've been able to pick and choose, avoiding better paid jobs where they want your soul not just the hours they are paying for.

Feb 26, 2024 - 5:19:30 AM

40836 posts since 3/5/2008

You make a good point Andy...

But some of us..
Like meself..
Had a rather solitairy job..

Probly..why..i tried treating the folks that worked for or with me like famahly...

Edited by - STUD figmo Al on 02/26/2024 05:20:17

Feb 26, 2024 - 5:23:06 AM

40836 posts since 3/5/2008

Course i looked at it this way..
I worked to live..
I did not live to..work.. ;0)

But it really helps if ya love n enjoy what ya do... :0)

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