Do you find your job fulfilling?

bayosgirl bayosgirl
I work in my parents' restaurant as a food server. Sometimes I feel like what I do is a colossal waste of time. Don't get me wrong, the tips are great at our particular restaurant, and I'm grateful for the money. But I feel like my work doesn't contribute anything. I'd love to know that I'm making a difference in people's lives. For example, what I REALLY want to do, Physical Therapy, is what I would consider a rewarding career. But if I stop and really think about it, we are making a difference in our small way. I've seen the simple joy it brings people to enjoy a good meal, maybe with a bottle of wine, with friends or family. More than that, we have customers that have been loyal to us since we opened five years ago. I've gotten to know many of them on a personal basis, and I really enjoy making their dining experience that more special. When I get down on myself, I just need to think about this. What about you, is YOUR job fulfilling to you?
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
No, I don't find it fulfilling at all
Teaser , BG529 , Badass , RomanticGoth , Gary A. , MissBre , ejrbrndps , Gunsmoke , dragonn
9
Eh...I guess it's sort of fulfilling
bayosgirl , chantalgiardina , SaraW0512 , ellejay , xilliannax , Greenleaf , Tork48309 , SMichelle , js250 , dv8
10
I find my job very fulfilling
SecretToyMan , Ansley , P'Gell , Allstars316 , BG529 , Sexy Housewife , VelvetDragon , MrWishyWashy , Gracie , vanilla&chocolate , All His , OhMy! , Passion plum
13
I don't care, it's all about the Benjamins baby!
xilliannax
1
Having a fulfilling job is very important to me
bayosgirl , Ansley , P'Gell , Chilipepper , VelvetDragon , Greenleaf , All His , TransMarc
8
I don't have a job
Chilipepper , TransMarc , badk1tty , Terri69 , comatose-kitty
5
Other?
Total votes: 46 (36 voters)
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chantalgiardina chantalgiardina
Quote:
Originally posted by bayosgirl
I work in my parents' restaurant as a food server. Sometimes I feel like what I do is a colossal waste of time. Don't get me wrong, the tips are great at our particular restaurant, and I'm grateful for the money. But I feel like my work ... More
I'm a VA and often times i know I am helping people which is great BUT the money doesnt add up to the hours i put in so...
05/10/2012
SecretToyMan SecretToyMan
I do. But I've gone through many jobs to get here
05/10/2012
Teaser Teaser
I'm in sales right now, and I guess I am helping people improve their lives some. But fulfilling? Not really. Maybe no one ever feels that their job is fulfilling.
05/10/2012
SaraW0512 SaraW0512
I have worked in restaurants for the last 13 years. I have always wanted a different profession. I have came a long way in the food industry. I am the General Manager of a restaurant and known throughout this area but I have always wanted to be a Counselor. I know where you are coming from!
05/10/2012
Ansley Ansley
...Meta comment is meta...

I find my job to be extremely fulfilling. I talk about my day like a I'm a kid in a candy store when my husband comes home from his job. I love working with all of you and helping to develop new things for the site. You all certainly keep me on my toes!
05/10/2012
P'Gell P'Gell
My job is very fulfilling. I am doing what I love, what I am educated and trained to do, and getting paid to do it! I help my patients every day, and I learn something new from every one of them.

I think having fulfilling work is necessary for one's sanity and to feel one is contributing to the World at large. I understand that in this economy, it may not always be possible to do exactly what you want for your paid job.

But, when one's job isn't as fulfilling as one wants, doing volunteer work in a field one finds fulfilling is an amazing thing! I volunteered as a breastfeeding lay consultant for several years before I got my MS Certification. It taught me a lot and also gave me a career, and I was helping people in the field I enjoyed while I was learning.

I can't think of much that is more fulfilling than volunteering in a field one feels strongly about.
05/10/2012
Allstars316 Allstars316
I'm helping people and that is what it is all about. Too see them happy when they leave is a good thing.
05/10/2012
BG529 BG529
I voted both Fufilling and not because... I have 2 jobs.
1. I hate I work in my brother in laws custom auto shop. and deal with assholes all day.
2. I own my own Photography business. Just started burlesque shoots and they are a BLAST!
05/10/2012
Chilipepper Chilipepper
I'm unemployed at the moment (but in school), and all the jobs I've worked at previously made me want to commit suicide at the end of the shift. The closest thing I ever got to 'fulfilling' was 'I rather like this' when I was a student aide in my college's professional development office. So, I'm in school to get a degree in office administration.
05/10/2012
Sexy Housewife Sexy Housewife
Quote:
Originally posted by bayosgirl
I work in my parents' restaurant as a food server. Sometimes I feel like what I do is a colossal waste of time. Don't get me wrong, the tips are great at our particular restaurant, and I'm grateful for the money. But I feel like my work ... More
I love my job! I get to work from home, i set my own hours, my daughter doesn't have to be in day care and i get to change people's lives! And the extra income is great too. I'm so happy i found the job i did
05/10/2012
Badass Badass
I hate my job as a waitress.
Don't do drugs kids. Stay in school. Or you be living off your tips like you're a refugee or something.
05/10/2012
RomanticGoth RomanticGoth
No. I hate my job and coworkers.

Fulfilling? Hah! It pays the bills and is turning my hair turn grey.

I work for a large chain of grocery stores as a purchaser. I'm management, but upper management refuses to see me as such. I don't get paid what I should, my coworkers are immature and don't do their jobs, and other management is always shoving their work off on me.

Rant, rant, rant!
05/10/2012
Gary A. Gary A.
Quote:
Originally posted by bayosgirl
I work in my parents' restaurant as a food server. Sometimes I feel like what I do is a colossal waste of time. Don't get me wrong, the tips are great at our particular restaurant, and I'm grateful for the money. But I feel like my work ... More
I really don't find it fulfilling. I clock in and do my job, but it's just a job. Its not something i love or passionate about.
05/10/2012
VelvetDragon VelvetDragon
I teach therapeutic horseback riding for the handicapped. Extremely fulfilling. I also make money as an artist. Also extremely fulfilling!
05/10/2012
ejrbrndps ejrbrndps
no... but it pays too much and I have great full benefits to quit
05/10/2012
MrWishyWashy MrWishyWashy
I really enjoy my job. It has it's moments, but for the most part find it rewarding.
05/10/2012
vanilla&chocolate vanilla&chocolate
I count being a student as my job, and it's very fulfilling!
05/10/2012
Greenleaf Greenleaf
I enjoy my job and like the people I work with, but I'm pretty severely overqualified and sometimes I think "what on earth am I doing" ...

I have hobbies outside of work that make up for it though~
05/10/2012
Tork48309 Tork48309
I've been unemployed for so long the the job I have now IS fulfilling...temporari ly.
05/10/2012
Tork48309 Tork48309
Quote:
Originally posted by bayosgirl
I work in my parents' restaurant as a food server. Sometimes I feel like what I do is a colossal waste of time. Don't get me wrong, the tips are great at our particular restaurant, and I'm grateful for the money. But I feel like my work ... More
That is awesome, however, never forget your calling. God has big plans for you, don't ignore them, at 24 years old you need to keep YOUR options open. Try night school for physical therapy or part time work at a local therapist office. Don't ignore and let your dreams go. The Universe is calling you and BIG plans are ahead.
05/10/2012
Tork48309 Tork48309
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Originally posted by Chilipepper
I'm unemployed at the moment (but in school), and all the jobs I've worked at previously made me want to commit suicide at the end of the shift. The closest thing I ever got to 'fulfilling' was 'I rather like this' when I was ... More
Glad you are in school. Keep up the good work, The Universe will always provide if you follow your passions. I was unemployed for several years, I know what you mean, it's not easy.
05/10/2012
Chilipepper Chilipepper
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Originally posted by Tork48309
Glad you are in school. Keep up the good work, The Universe will always provide if you follow your passions. I was unemployed for several years, I know what you mean, it's not easy.
Thanks, Tork. And I hope something better comes along for you.
05/10/2012
All His All His
I am a stay at home mom and wife and its very busy, demanding and oh so fulfilling!!
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Passion plum Passion plum
Yes, but it took several years and several jobs to find one that was.
05/10/2012
badk1tty badk1tty
Quote:
Originally posted by bayosgirl
I work in my parents' restaurant as a food server. Sometimes I feel like what I do is a colossal waste of time. Don't get me wrong, the tips are great at our particular restaurant, and I'm grateful for the money. But I feel like my work ... More
I'm technically unemployed, as I stay home with my girls, but they're very much so a job, and very fulfilling, also
05/10/2012
bayosgirl bayosgirl
Quote:
Originally posted by Tork48309
That is awesome, however, never forget your calling. God has big plans for you, don't ignore them, at 24 years old you need to keep YOUR options open. Try night school for physical therapy or part time work at a local therapist office. ... More
Thanks for the encouragement. There are no PTA programs offered in my city, but my husband and I plan to relocate...eventually. .so we both can finish our school. In the meantime, it's nice to be able to put some money away for rainy days.
05/11/2012
bayosgirl bayosgirl
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Originally posted by VelvetDragon
I teach therapeutic horseback riding for the handicapped. Extremely fulfilling. I also make money as an artist. Also extremely fulfilling!
That's awesome! I love horses and have ridden them since I was about 11. They truly are great healers.
05/11/2012
dragonn dragonn
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Originally posted by Teaser
I'm in sales right now, and I guess I am helping people improve their lives some. But fulfilling? Not really. Maybe no one ever feels that their job is fulfilling.
Sales too. Not too sure about fulfilling either.
05/11/2012
js250 js250
Depends on what kind of job I am working on. When I design a logo someone loves, yes--build a no trespassing sign, no.
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