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Old December 16 2013, 08:30 AM   #1
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I got a new job!

This is a little late since I started the job in early November, but seeing as a lot of my threads seem to take a negative turn, I thought I'd start one that is on a positive note.

After spending the last 4 years trudging along at FedEx Office (what used to be Kinkos) I received a call while on vacation from a print shop that I had applied to on Craigslist looking for a graphic designer. I got my degree back in '09 and had only been doing freelance work on the side while having my skills almost entirely wasted at FedEx. They would take advantage of my knowledge in a pinch, but all of their design services were farmed out to some place in India. It was really frustrating because I was basically just the middleman while someone else did all the work. It was also frustrating because the place was still technically retail, and some of the people we would deal with had ridiculous expectations and even worse treatment of myself and the staff.

I was able to put my two week notice in for the first time once I got the job, which felt amazing. I am in a much different environment now, as the place is a franchise and is much more of a commercial print shop with very little customer facing time for me as the designer. The owner does most of the front counter work and I only talk to customers if they need to consul with me. I'm only one of 3 people at the shop and the only one who has has responsibility over the graphics, so it's been awesome to go from being told that I can't work on graphics to being solely in charge of them. The best part...my job title actually matches my degree which should help out nicely in the future on my resume. The guy I'm replacing was there for 5 years and moved on to a much bigger company as their designer, so I see him as being a glimpse into my future.

I also love the set schedule. At FedEx, since we were a 24 hour store, my schedule was all over the place, and since I knew how to do everything, it was usually a swing shift from 4:30p to 12:30a shift, usually on the weekends...which as you can imagine takes away a lot of chances for a social life or any time spent with your significant other who works regular hours.

Now I work 8:30a-5:00p Monday through Friday, all the time. It's also really flexible in that if I am running late I can just make up for it on the back end and stay later. There's even the possibility that I can work from home if something where to come up where I couldn't make it in.

The only drawback has been the commute, as I went from a 3 mile trip to work during non peak times to a 22 mile commute during rush hour, both ways. Being on my motorcycle has helped a lot, being able to use the HOV lane and other methods which I dare not speak of to get through traffic faster. My main issue has been the cold, but seeing as I'm in California and the worst it's gotten is about 35F with zero snow and just a bit of ice, I can't complain. I simply bought some good cold weather gear and utilize a space heater at my desk to warm up.

I also don't have benefits, as they aren't offered but I was able to get on my wife's plan, which is even better than FedEx. I am going to have to roll my 401K over to an IRA or something, too, but in the long run that's not a deal breaker. Being able to come in, not have to deal with a uniform or a name tag, sit down at my desk every morning with a hot cup of coffee and just get to work has been great. A lot of the time it doesn't seem like work at all. I got to add some Santa hats to a photo of ducks for a Christmas card last week, and tomorrow when I go in I have an old 1950's arcade shooting gallery graphic to restore. Some of my tasks can be monotonous (setting business cards 18-up for press or changing prices on a deli menu) but I don't mind because I also get to do some really fun stuff as well.

Anyway, I wanted to try my hand at a good positive thread for a change where there's not really any chance of differing opinions. The only question I pose is what has been your best, most rewarding change of employment? For me this was a new feeling since all of my other new jobs have been out of necessity (I seem to have a knack for working for places that lay people off or go out of business) and this is the first that's actually in my field of study.
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Old December 16 2013, 09:03 AM   #2
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I got a new job!
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what has been your best, most rewarding change of employment?
I would have to say that my job at the university was the most rewarding, helping students to plan their futures and pursue their course of study.

There have been plenty of amazing jobs since I moved to Hollywood and started working on TV shows for the various networks, but in terms of meaningful work I am actually proud of, my time in university admissions and recruitment easily tops all the other jobs I've done.
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Old December 16 2013, 09:21 AM   #3
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Congrats on getting a job in your field, especially one that you actually enjoy

My most rewarding job change? N/A. The one job I put in my two week notice on was as a video game tester, I felt bad about it even though it was high school graduate level work (while I had my 4 year degree) and paid pretty poorly. It was pretty tedious, but it wasn't overall a bad work environment. But I got a "real" testing job at over double the pay. Besides the video game industry is well-known for shitty amounts of forced overtime, so if I did work my way up in that industry, it might not have been a good thing.

Anyway, other job changes were more of the getting downsized variety, so they didn't feel very rewarding at the time at least. General pattern has been 'less fun on the job but more money' for me.

Next time I change jobs will probably be the first time I really feel good about it, because I think I'm done working for anyone else. I feel like I've developed my skills to where I can get by as my own boss, and even if I can't, I can easily last at least 5 years off my savings if I really need to.
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Old December 16 2013, 10:35 AM   #4
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Congratulations, Flux! May you find happiness and prosperity.

My most rewarding change of employment was when I started working for Dell (the computer company). Best job I ever had, and the most rewarding.
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Old December 16 2013, 10:48 AM   #5
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My current job is definitely the best I've had. My previous jobs were all fine, but I'm finally in a place where I want to settle and make a career. I'm a manager at a local brewery that is expanding faster than it ever has before. It's been around since 1997, but in the last year it has opened a new facility and has started bottling and distributing its beer, which it has never done before. It's a pain in the ass sometimes because all of this is new to everyone, and there are a lot of growing pains, but I'm in a position where I can actually affect change and grow as the company grows.
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Old December 16 2013, 12:33 PM   #6
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Old December 16 2013, 12:34 PM   #7
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I think you have the wrong thread, Emo.
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Old December 16 2013, 12:38 PM   #8
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May he rest in peace. He was a jewel of the silver screen.
I think you have the wrong thread, Emo.

Thanks i changed it
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Old December 16 2013, 12:40 PM   #9
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I say! This calls for a party thread! Congratulations, {{{{{Flux}}}}}!

Can't really say what's been my best/worst job as for the last 25 years I've had the same one. Well, not exactly the same, of course. Promotions etc bring more responsibilities and all that, but I'm still a Limnologist and occasionally a forensic entomologist if they need a specialist for water insects. I love it. It's never boring and every day brings new surprises. In summer it's great to be out sampling. And I may drive in the National Park where ordinary humans are not even allowed to hike, heehee. In winter, sampling is less pleasant (ever put your hand in water that's close to freezing point? Don't - it hurts like hell) but there's a lot of lab work instead which admittedly is mostly boring but every now and then you find an interesting or very pretty species (or both, even!) LOL I guess it shows that I like my job
Only the paperwork gets worse every year. But to make up for it, I have the nicest colleagues you can imagine =) Called in sick with flu last week and upon my return today I found a big and two small chocolate santas on my desk, a snowman made of sugar and a note "welcome back!"
And today I get my new filing cabinet! And the sun shines for the first time in 3 weeks. Life is good
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Old December 16 2013, 12:45 PM   #10
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In all sincerity, congrats Flux. I know you've had your GD degree for a while and have been trying to get a good job in that field ever since but, rather, been mostly stuck in the CS grind. Congrats on the job and hope it works out for you in the long-run.
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Old December 16 2013, 03:47 PM   #11
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The best and most rewarding job I had was when I was with the US Air Force. I still miss it to this day, worse mistake of my life getting out. After that, my favorite civilian job was working for Yoo-Hoo the chocolate drink company. As the Director of IT, it was a great place to work. We had several corporate locations, three production plants and eight warehouses we had to keep up and running 24/7. I got to travel a good deal, oversaw major upgrades to the network and warehouse inventory systems. The company was eventually bought by Segrams and wholly absorbed. So all us corporate employees were downsized. With a good severance package I was able to survive for awhile until I got my next job. This was the only time I have been unemployed in my life.

My most satisfying letter of resignation was when I quit my job working for Taco Bell corporate as Director of IT and went to work for myself full time as a Video Editor. It was very scary, not having a reliable paycheck and hustling now to earn a living.
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Old December 16 2013, 04:50 PM   #12
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Congrats, Flux!

My current job is easily my best ever - my title is web developer, which I'm just barely qualified for, but I'm in the world's smallest IT department in a private college that's smaller than my high school, so it's really casual and I get all the time I need to figure out whatever weird Sharepoint thing people want this week. I even got an award at our holiday potluck last week! (For being "always ready for anything".) We're switching our website over to Drupal next year, and I haven't used Drupal in about 5 years, so that should be fun.

Worst job was probably Dunkin' Donuts. I was a manager, but that meant a 4am-noon shift and going home covered in powdered sugar every day. Ugh.
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Old December 16 2013, 11:54 PM   #13
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Congratulations, Flux! I remember how great it felt years ago to get my first job in my field. Enjoy!
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