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    Unless you’re among those privileged enough to not have to work, or if you have won the lottery and have invested your money wisely, you either have a job already or will need to get one in the future. Though you would most likely want to have a career over a job. Or, if you’re really fortunate, you have found or will find your calling in life. (Preferably one that has a positive correlation with money.)

    Regardless of which of the three you have or will have, they all have aspects or elements that can be irksome. Ideally, these are balanced out or outweighed by the positives to your line of work.

    Like it or hate it, your work has or will provide you with various experiences in the course of your time performing it. Take this opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of your work, your likes and dislikes about it, certain experiences you’ve had while working, etc. Or, if you have yet to start working, feel free to ask for advice about finding a job, interacting with co-workers and bosses, or questions and concerns in general about joining the work force.

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    I applied for a lab assistant position in my school. I hope I get the job. The pay isn't very good, but it'll pay for my daily trips between home and school. :P

    Last time I worked as a lab assistant was frustrating, as I was kicked out without a warning. XD

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    @Mintaka Why did they kick you out? Abusing smilies in your lab reports? xP

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kakuna Matata View Post
    @Mintaka Why did they kick you out?
    That's the part I was bothered with; I went to the lab 8 AM in the morning, expecting work, and the intern said I wasn't needed and I should pack my stuff. XD

    Abusing smilies in your lab reports? xP
    In that one and only lab report I filled, I filled it out fine! XP

    Sometimes things in jobs/work just...don't turn out well. XD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mintaka View Post
    Sometimes things in jobs/work just...don't turn out well. XD
    I quite agree.

    I currently work at a private academy to teach little kids around 10 years old. They're all cute and adorable, but kids rarely listen to teachers... XD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mintaka View Post
    That's the part I was bothered with; I went to the lab 8 AM in the morning, expecting work, and the intern said I wasn't needed and I should pack my stuff. XD
    That's happened to me a couple of times before. Most were due to misreading the work schedule, but once was because the manager of the day failed to call me. Wasted that gas for nothin'.

    In that one and only lab report I filled, I filled it out fine! XP

    Sometimes things in jobs/work just...don't turn out well. XD
    Know that feeling too. xD

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    :( So you guys were dismissed because you came in at the wrong time?

    I feel fortunate that every job I've held has been very flexible about time. I've held 5 positions already and not one of them had a dedicated schedule.

    I guess with the nature of the work I do and the congestion in the region, flex-time is a common occurrence around here. I don't think I could ever work a rigid schedule.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mintaka View Post
    That's the part I was bothered with; I went to the lab 8 AM in the morning, expecting work, and the intern said I wasn't needed and I should pack my stuff. XD
    You didn't even get an appropriate word from your supervisor? That sounds awfully frustrating being turned away by an intern.

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    ah man jobs Dx I need to get a job asap, but I just can't seem to get one no matter how much I try Dx & I need one bad to support my sick mom & grandma (yes, I'm in the cliched college student being the man of the house taking care of family role Dx ). I also need advise on being more social for the workplace because I'm very introverted & cynical, which I feel would hold me back if I even got a job

    What's funny is I had a job 7 years ago when I was 12, stockin' mini fridges in a corporate building for $20 an hour xD my how it down spiraled since then
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayne View Post
    :( So you guys were dismissed because you came in at the wrong time?

    I feel fortunate that every job I've held has been very flexible about time. I've held 5 positions already and not one of them had a dedicated schedule.

    I guess with the nature of the work I do and the congestion in the region, flex-time is a common occurrence around here. I don't think I could ever work a rigid schedule.
    Whoops, seems I forgot to reply to this. ^^;

    I wasn't dismissed (it actually worked out very well for me, since I used those two extra hours to go with my dad to take "my" car in to get fixed that morning anyway), just kinda sucked I came early when I didn't have to be there and didn't have anything in mind that I needed to purchase.

    My schedule for the most part is very flexible. One can't get out of working weekends for more than one or two, unless you had a very good reason like for school-related things or mission trips or something (there was a cashier who got out of it for two months for those reasons). Otherwise they're pretty good. When went in for the interview I told them right off the bat that I would be going back to school in the spring, and they were fine with that. When the time came I switched from 'always available' to working every other weeknight and every other weekend, which in turn became a big factor in me moving up in the world and being transferred to the candy department. (Ok, not really. Still get paid the same, but I prefer candy to registers because the time goes by faster, you don't really have to "know" the products because people buy what they like to eat, and you deal with less pissed off people.)

    Rigid schedule...ew. Fixed schedules are nice though, I kinda wish I had that for weekends.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lupin Fiasco View Post
    ah man jobs Dx I need to get a job asap, but I just can't seem to get one no matter how much I try Dx & I need one bad to support my sick mom & grandma (yes, I'm in the cliched college student being the man of the house taking care of family role Dx ). I also need advise on being more social for the workplace because I'm very introverted & cynical, which I feel would hold me back if I even got a job

    What's funny is I had a job 7 years ago when I was 12, stockin' mini fridges in a corporate building for $20 an hour xD my how it down spiraled since then
    Sorry to hear you have so much responsibility and stress to handle. :(

    Honestly, I'm really introverted compared to my coworkers. It's not that I hate them or anything, I just don't share a lot of interests with them. But I'm not unfriendly to any of them. It's sort of hard to explain.
    If you don't mind small talk you should be able to get by.

    Aw. Did you leave by choice for college?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kakuna Matata View Post
    Sorry to hear you have so much responsibility and stress to handle. :(

    Honestly, I'm really introverted compared to my coworkers. It's not that I hate them or anything, I just don't share a lot of interests with them. But I'm not unfriendly to any of them. It's sort of hard to explain.
    If you don't mind small talk you should be able to get by.

    Aw. Did you leave by choice for college?
    since you put it like that, if I can get by in school, I can get by at a job. But actually, I forgot to specify, is that I'm not concerned about dealing with coworkers, but dealing with customers (like if I worked at a fast food joint) cuz I just know the sheer amount of ignorance I would have to handle & I know I'd blow up cuz I don't handle ignorance well, most likely me ending up getting fired, & basically have to be nomadic with my jobs. & I guess the reason I say this is because if I do get a job, it's most likely gonna be one where I gotta communicate with people, such as a fast food joint, & I don't communicate well with people.

    Yes & no. I probably shouldn't speak so surely yet, but after finishing my freshman year of college last year, I know college is not a place where I belong, which is the no part. But I still go as par my choice cuz well, I'm no Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, & America's capitalism is a pain in the ass to deal with without an education (hell, even with one).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lupin Fiasco View Post
    since you put it like that, if I can get by in school, I can get by at a job. But actually, I forgot to specify, is that I'm not concerned about dealing with coworkers, but dealing with customers (like if I worked at a fast food joint) cuz I just know the sheer amount of ignorance I would have to handle & I know I'd blow up cuz I don't handle ignorance well, most likely me ending up getting fired, & basically have to be nomadic with my jobs. & I guess the reason I say this is because if I do get a job, it's most likely gonna be one where I gotta communicate with people, such as a fast food joint, & I don't communicate well with people.

    Yes & no. I probably shouldn't speak so surely yet, but after finishing my freshman year of college last year, I know college is not a place where I belong, which is the no part. But I still go as par my choice cuz well, I'm no Bill Gates or Steve Jobs, & America's capitalism is a pain in the ass to deal with without an education (hell, even with one).
    Aaah that's what you meant. Some days the customers' ignorance of the establishment or whatnot can get to you. It helps, for me anyways, to keep in mind that "ok, they're not here as often as I am, of course they wouldn't know where *insert item here* is" or "I don't work that department at all, but I'll go help them find someone who does know what they're talking about to come help them." Benefit of the doubt really, along with not giving into the fundamental attribution error, which is very easy to do if you're not conscious of it.

    After I started working in retail I became more conscious of how I act while out and about shopping and whenever possible try to be as kind and courteous to the people who have to work at such places for various reasons. They don't want to hear about your crap or deal with your bad mood and, unless they're being a jerk to you, they don't deserve it. I keep this attitude when it's the reverse and I'm the one working instead of shopping.

    So basically keep the golden rule in mind, when you can. You'll probably get treated like crap at least a few times because working in fast food or retail at the bottom of the ladder isn't exactly the most difficult or demanding job on earth and thus people won't view your job as highly as they would as that of a neurosurgeon. However, there wouldn't be an establishment without a bunch of people at the bottom to hold the whole thing up. In my experience, people generally just want to get whatever they came for and get out in a relatively quick manner. You have your role of helping them get out of there, and they have their role of playing along and helping you do that to the best of their abilities.

    What makes you think you don't belong there? If anything working in fast food or retail reinforces that you need an education because you don't want to be stuck there forever. xD
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kakuna Matata View Post
    Aaah that's what you meant. Some days the customers' ignorance of the establishment or whatnot can get to you. It helps, for me anyways, to keep in mind that "ok, they're not here as often as I am, of course they wouldn't know where *insert item here* is" or "I don't work that department at all, but I'll go help them find someone who does know what they're talking about to come help them." Benefit of the doubt really, along with not giving into the fundamental attribution error, which is very easy to do if you're not conscious of it.

    After I started working in retail I became more conscious of how I act while out and about shopping and whenever possible try to be as kind and courteous to the people who have to work at such places for various reasons. They don't want to hear about your crap or deal with your bad mood and, unless they're being a jerk to you, they don't deserve it. I keep this attitude when it's the reverse and I'm the one working instead of shopping.

    So basically keep the golden rule in mind, when you can. You'll probably get treated like crap at least a few times because working in fast food or retail at the bottom of the ladder isn't exactly the most difficult or demanding job on earth and thus people won't view your job as highly as they would of a neurosurgeon. However, there wouldn't be an establishment without a bunch of people at the bottom to hold the whole thing up. In my experience, people generally just want to get whatever they came for and get out in a relatively quick manner. You have your role of helping them get out of there, and they have their role of playing along and helping you do that to the best of their abilities.

    What makes you think you don't belong there? If anything working in fast food or retail reinforces that you need an education because you don't want to be stuck there forever. xD
    Thank you so very much for actually taking the time out to explain that in 3 paragraphs, that really helps =] I tried to explain the problem to other people & it just did not click in their heads as to what I was trying to get across, despite them knowing me, not figuring out the problem is very relative to my personality, but I digress. Now that you've explained it I'm mostly relieved. But I just know there will be people who will cop an attitude for the sake of it, I don't care what anyone says about southern hospitality, people love to friggin cop attitude just because! XD

    Well college is a huge social ordeal. me & social don't mix. my freshman year was so, so, horrible. granted I was in northern Louisiana rather than down here in south Louisiana, where the people are very different, so at least that's alleviated this year. but still, I dunno about you, so I may be preaching to the choir, but just because this is the most blatant easiest example I can use, being a non drinker among the typical college student crowd is like being a smurf among snorks; it's just a challenge when going against the grain. It sounds like a rehash considering being different is something I was used to all throughout school, but college is just different somehow, I can't quite explain it. Plus, I know I'm not ready to be in college or a college setting, I'm a person who's a very very slow bloomer socially, it took me til 7th grade to get used to elementary school & by then it was 2 years too late! socially & mentality I'm just not "here" nor "there" for college; the society, the work, the mentality, it just isn't resonating with me, especially since I'm a slow starter. Now I could sound like I'm just spouting the typical freshman experience, but when I have surveys & word of mouth that factorize my college experience so far as horrible compared to 40 other freshman college experiences as great (my senior class from high school), I just gotta assume it isn't for me; or I could accept the very lesser chanced it was just coincidence everyone from my senior class except me enjoyed college, but that's just whistlin' dixie to me. But I digress, I gotta get through it for an education, but it doesn't motivate me any more. For some reason I'm very unmotivated (I guess cuz I'm a "radical leftist hippie" xD )
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    Work sucks, kids. Stay away as long as you can.

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    Oh, God, work. The only job I've ever had was at Elvery's Sports about 30 minutes from my house, which I had to do as part of a work experience module last year. It was such a horrible place to work in, even if it was only on Fridays for a few months. I was not used to not being told what to do and the other people who worked there advised me to "keep busy" - that might sound easy, but when there is about 20 minutes worth of jobs to actually be done it becomes so frustrating pretending to stack and restack all the boxes. Not to mention when I had to shine the shoe shelves in the footwear section, customers kept coming up to me and asking me questions and telling me to get them those shoes in a different size.

    It doesn't sound too tricky, right? Wrong. Thousands of shoes filled the warehouse round back and it was horribly categorised. I'd have mini panic attacks every time I went in and tried to find the shoes that matched, let alone finding different sizes. I wasn't the only person who hated the job there; all the staff bitched about the manager continously and they did nothing whatsoever except they had mastered the art of acting busy. After like the sixth or seventh week, I gave up and went with my friends to see Due Date and one of the latest Harry Potter films instead of going to work. Then, about three weeks before Christmas, I told my mom that I only had a week left and I told the manager likewise. So I got off at least two weeks and no one noticed.

    I will never work in a sportswear shop again.

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    Wish there was another coworker where I work. At a small cramming school, I work mainly at the desk to answer the phone, place orders for books or other material, etc. Sometimes I'd need to prepare documents for the teachers. And cleaning up after the day is over is also my job. Sometimes when a student remains after class for makeup sessions (I despise them, the sessions, not the students), I'd need to teach them. It's unfair when I was told that mainly I'd be doing paperwork before I applied for this. At least it isn't very difficult to teach, and most of the time, it's just watching over the student so that they finish the late assignment, or taking the quiz they missed.

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