Friday, July 07, 2006

Goings on

There has been a flurry of career activity lately in the little cubefarm where I spend my days. Two colleagues are getting chances to do some work overseas; one has changed departments and gotten a promotion, another is moving into a new role that means she will one step futher along on her chosen career path.

And I? I am thrilled beyond belief for all of them. Also, not in the least bit jealous that I am a secretary (albeit with a longer title) and destined to likely remain so for the forseeable future, while they are pursuing and globetrotting and the like.

I wondered why this is, and I poked around on some stranger's blogs and I've come to a conclusion: this job just doesn't matter to me. I like my job, on the whole. There are, of course, stupid days and stupid people and stupid bosses, but on a day to day basis, it doesn't suck. It's just that the purpose of this company is to make money. Not to help people, not to educate people, not to make the world a better place, just to make as much money as possible for the people in charge.

So the ongoing job search may now take a different path. Rather than "well, I can do that" my mantra will be "well, I'd like to do that".


Noneuclid said...

That sounds like a great approach when looking for a job. I'm down with this what does one want to do. Work just take up too much of the day not to be enjoyable, and give us a sense of purpose.


Helen said...

Sounds like a plan, Stan!

CosmicAvatar said...

I totally agree. As long as you're happy, that's what's important, whether that involves moving up, down, sideways or staying right where you are.

Laurie said...

Excellent way to look for a job. Since you've already got a job, and you don't, you know, HATE it, you've got the luxury of time, to pick and choose what you really want to do.

Leone said...

I'm at a job right now that isn't always wonderful, but after working at a fast food place, it's heaven. I'm at school to be a teacher so my job is fine because I know that one day I will be a teacher. Even if that one day seems freakishly far in the future and when I think of all the papers I have to write untill then... but I rant. Wheeeeee for Podgy goodness!

Big PoZer said...

The one nice thing about having a job you don't really care about is that when you go home at the end of the day... you can totally leave it behind.

Also, what Laurie said.