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  • fasthaggis

    Yes,I went for something that I really enjoyed and it has always suited the quality of life I wanted for me ,and then my family.
    I have never chased the big money.Enough is enough.Some people get too distracted by cash and ladder climbing.Happiness and peace of mind is a tricky recipe.IMO it takes an open mind,staying curious and the ability to be flexible to change .
    The only times I was less than happy with things was when I was offshore and had less control over when I could be with the people that I wanted to be with.
    Oh, and I never take what I have for granted.Life is good,so don’t be scared ,get out there and grab it πŸ˜‰


    I’ve not found a job, never mind an ideal job…

    Premier Icon igm

    In order to avoid the rubbish handed down by middle management, get promoted to a senior manager position.


    yep but too late in life and now it’s dumped me πŸ™

    Premier Icon kayak23

    A very good friend of mine (kind of like my godfather) is a cabinet maker. Very talented.
    Burglars turned his workshop over last week, took every tool they could lift.

    Another downside of skilled manual work is that you generally have to buy all your own kit, and on a humble wage too. How many of you megabucks IT dudes had to buy your own computers? Huh? πŸ˜‰

    Premier Icon Stoner

    Self employed so all IT bought and paid for.
    But even if you tot it all up, it still comes to less than the price of a small s/h table saw…

    sadly, canal boat driver is not a viable career option any more and starship captain won’t be for a while.


    You won’t get a balanced answer to that question here – all those who have found their vocation are too busy enjoying their work to be spending time on STW!

    FWIW I’ve found being a contractor the best antidote to surviving the insanity of corporate life – gives you a bit of distance from the whole thing

    @steelsreal @stoner good to hear your stories

    There are some great sentiments on here and i feel slightly better for reading peoples experiences and thoughts.

    It is a bit of a tightrope it seems with financial stability and the desire to do something different…..

    Whats the phrase? Something about being stuck up a rock with a hard paddle…..oooo err!!


    i set up my own buisness two years ago and yep i really love it for many reasons, i was of the same mind (engineering) and in many ways had given up. I stopped whineing about it and went for it. It was/is a massive challenge but not once have i not wanted to come in to work and the feeling of actually achieving something is great. It also allows me to spend way my time with my kids and do more things with them. I cant deny that the money is an influence but if i could afford it i probably would do it for nothing!. I was 40 when i got to that point and made this choice so similar in some ways to others here. Bottom line is if it went belly up tomorrow id still have made the right choice.


    Needless to say, he sued for funfair dismissal….


    Another downside of skilled manual work is that you generally have to buy all your own kit, and on a humble wage too. How many of you megabucks IT dudes had to buy your own computers?

    That is a big downside, having to buy this computer – the advantage is no-ones going to moan if I spend all day surfing porn STW on it.

    Premier Icon Alex

    Hmm. Tried big corporates, small start ups, started two of my own companies, they ended up getting quite big and stressful, but then corporate life seems to fit you or it doesn’t. i saw a lot of defeated people in cubicles who were trapped in a job they hated.

    Eventually just sold out and went mercenary. Yeah it’s still doing stuff that doesn’t massively excite me, but it pays bloody well on a day rate and there is a lot of work out there, non of which means I have to travel to London anymore.

    I keep thinking ‘after this contract, I’ll quit for a year and do something else’. And every time a new contract comes up I think ‘yeah but if I do I might not get another one’.

    Compared to some of the horrible dead end jobs that many people have to endure, I tell myself I should be bloomin grateful to have found a way to make a decent living and not actively hating it on a daily basis. Thats about the limit of my aspiration πŸ˜‰


    I agree about the contracting statement ^ Have done it on and off for a number of years. Recent difficulties in finding work (I didn’t want to work in that London) meant I rejoined the corporate world.

    I’m 45 and have worked in IT for almost 25 years.

    My happiest days were when I was hands on; now, I work for a large blue corporation as a “consultant”.

    I really don’t like it. I wouldn’t say hate or despise it because of the client I’m working with; the people are great. However the corporate machine is very unpleasant. Like a poster on the previous page, I’ve also jumped from corporate giant to corporate giant after initially being Tupe’d into one. I’ve been unhappy since it first happenned. Maybe the previous poster is right. Maybe no-matter what job I do, I’m never going to feel fulfilled. Time to go and have a sit down and a good hard talking with myself.

    I still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up, but I do know it isn’t working in IT. I’ve often fantasised about opening a little bistro (I love to cook) but it isn’t compatible with wanting to see more of my children.



    I’m with a lot of Alex’s sentiment, especially this:

    Compared to some of the horrible dead end jobs that many people have to endure, I tell myself I should be bloomin grateful to have found a way to make a decent living and not actively hating it on a daily basis.

    If you want a job you love so much that the money doesn’t matter, then don’t expect to be well-paid for it… stands to reason, the employer doesn’t need to pay a lot to find people who’ll do it.

    If you want wealth, either take the risk and set up your own enterprise, or find that delicate balance between enough money without too much boredom/stress/meaninglessness.

    IME most people feel pretty negative about their jobs – even the most successful of my friends say similar things… and happiness comes from letting go of expecting your job to bring you happiness… it gives you cash to go and do the things that bring you happiness…

    Premier Icon Alex

    Without wishing to get into some kind of virtual backslapping, I find Brooess analysis spot on. The things I really love doing would be rubbish jobs as a) I’m not good enough at them b) even if I was the pay is terrible and c) if my hobby was my job I bet it’d lose some lustre as a hobby.

    At least I currently work for people who are doing some good (Charitable Org) and I genuinely want to help them be better at it. When I used to make money for Partners in a large consultancy I despised (both the individuals and the company), that use to be very conflicted!

    I don’t expect to get anything like the joy from work that I do from family/bikes/dossing about drinking beer and I’m fine with that. One funds the other. What’s that phrase ‘if at first you don’t succeed redefine exactly what you mean by success’

    And on that happy note, back to this powerpoint deck πŸ˜‰


    I’m trying to encourage my kids to do something they will enjoy and give them the freedom to make those kind of choices.

    For me, I didn’t really have many options, I was looking after myself by 15 so the jobs chose me not the other way round.

    Having said that it’s worked out ok. I’ve actually now worked in the motor industry for 30 years in one way or another and whilst recently that’s been for a big corporation. The work is interesting (Telematics) I have good degree of freedom and feel reasonably well rewarded.

    Given a choice I would be a painter (pictures not your ceiling) but maybe it would spoil a hobby by making it a career.


    As somebody above said, the grass is always greener…

    Some of the guys I ride with have manual jobs and they think I am lucky to be in a warm office, injury free, drinking coffee and being reasonably well paid. I sometimes would like to be outdoors actually achieving something rather than playing the corporate game.

    I keep sane by working hard enough to have a pretty good quality of life without living for my work. I spend as much time as I can doing stuff that makes me happy. Stuff I couldn’t do if I didn’t do the job that I do.

    I also always have some sort of project on the go, be it MTB, motorbikes, a DIY project or anything that keeps my mind occupied.

    I think even your dream job will get repetitive and soul destroying after enough years.

    Premier Icon phil40

    Head of Science at a large college,

    Love teaching and could not imagine wanting to do any other job. I take all the comments about those than can do, and those that can’t etc on the chin, I put up with ofsted, because at the end of the day I love sharing knowledge and helping students achieve.

    I get good holidays, although not full school holidays, reasonable pay, and I work with some amazing people.

    Out of uni I did research for a few years, I am so glad I decided that teaching was what I wanted to do with my life.


    I retrained as a physiotherapist after a spending a few years working as a driving instructor. I was lucky and parachuted into working in elite sports. I love my job, and seem to be good at it. Would I do it if I wasnt paid for it – probably a yes.


    I joined the TA and found out I am quite good at that.

    It does make me wonder whether I would have been as good at it if I had joined straight out of uni and gone the conventional route to where I am now. I don’t think so, but it does make me a bit wistful for the 17 years I may have wasted. I could have been a company commander by now.


    If you don’t like what your doing you’ve nothing to lose by leaving and trying other things, I’ve done 10 years in the Army , been a gas and heating engineer, fitted solar panels now I’m a mechanic on an Oil Rig and I’m 33 so theres always opportunity to change direction in life.

    My mates just left the Army he’s doing a bike mechanics course and is now in whistler doing a MTB guide course, he was a Mechanic then a Dog handler

    I guess I’m saying you don’t want to get to 80 and say I wish I’d been an Artist or something



    Not particularly happy with my current company, but that’s going to end in five weeks – and I’m on holiday for one of those.

    Had a long series of dead end sales jobs, then changed course and now get well paid for doing something I mostly enjoy. It pays for lots of toys and holidays and I’m incredibly lucky and happy with it.

    I hated the sales thing, but I did meet my wife through one of those jobs, so it all worked out well.

    Changing career CAN be done – I was in my mid-thirties when I did it – and it can be great. Will my work change the world? No. Never mind, it works for me. I’d be happy to help anyone else to do the same as I have if I could…

    Happy days!


    Might be worth reading what colour is my parachute…

    Head of Science at a large college,

    Love teaching

    not so good at cyclo cross though πŸ˜‰

    I love teaching too except when I have to deal with the adults in the school, then I hate it.


    Me and the Mrs quit jobs with big 4 accountancy firms in our late 20s to buy a chalet business in the alps. We moved from Leeds to Meribel, sold our house a year later and will go into our fifth winter season this December. All I can say is that it’s hard work but we bloody love it. We’re earning substantially less than we used to but in terms of quality of life there isn’t much comparison. Mind you I’m on the lookout for a new bike at the minute and I’ve got a carbon Bronson wishlist and a second hand Spicy budget….


    Work is a 4 letter word which some think means shit. I disagree. Ive:

    Managed a supermarket
    worked in a porn printers
    night club bouncer
    Musical stage show crew (Rocky horror was fun)
    Concert rigger (the Prodigy)
    sports therapist
    Property Developer (self employed- property bubble surfer)
    3G Telecomms Project Manager (all the usual networks all over uk)
    Radio Engineer
    Highways and Traffic Engineer
    Engineering Consultant
    Planning and Building Control Advisor
    Currently a System Engineer

    never been out of work, Happily married with 2.4 kids, am Chartered, have HND, Degree and Masters.

    not yet 40.

    could retire now but still enjoy my choices so far and the options open to me.

    Are you still learning to live in the now like you may have done as a kid OP?, which seems to boil down to being interested in what you do, and concentrate on exactly what you are doing. Everything else falls into place. good and bad. circle of life.

    The only good thing about my job is that it is safe. I am poorly paid and have no prospects of moving up in the company as there is only one person above me and he LOVES his job and isn’t due to retire for about 20 years. I wish I had the cubes to give it up and do a job I enjoy or even work for myself but am too scared of it not working out and not being able to pay my mortguage.


    Honours degree from uni followed by a global downturn in the industry I would have been employed in, so trained as a nurse. Been doing it for 26 years now, and am happy enough although I don’t enjoy the nights, the 3 weekends out of four at work, the stresses and the canteen food.

    I think it’s a peculiarly specific aspirational class related thing to think that you can work in a job that you love and which fulfills you and which pays enough. The rest of the world, and the rest of the UK, work because they have to; to live to house themselves, to feed themselves and so on.

    Vocation? Nah…anyone who thinks that is unfamiliar with the way nurses think.


    Oh, I forgot, I’ll also have a massive pension that I’ve stolen from angelic white haired orphans, or something…

    (note the lack of any smiley at all.)


    Quit engineering after two years to retrain as a teacher when I couldn’t visualise spending my life doing my current career. Was a good job and all but just want ticking the right boxes.

    Best decision I made in my life, the grass can be greener! Most days I cant believe I’m getting paid to “work” the hours might be long but they are all either fun or rewarding for the most part. And when I’m not doing a job I enjoy then I get some sweet long holidays. (True story, not trolling!)

    Soo, jump ship would be my advice, life is to short. I did however spend over a year trying different jobs out at the weekend, calling people in different professions to discuss their jobs etc before taking the plunge.


    Senior Manager (Director without the title or salary but with extra bullshit) in a faceless corporate entity.


    Can’t complain at my career trajectory and future opportunities.

    Married. 2 lovely kids. Mortgaged up to the eyeballs & permanently skint.

    Bored. Unfulfilling for some reason. The more I scare myself on my bike, the less unfulfilled I feel.

    Premier Icon cardo

    Apprenticeship and 12 years in Engineering culminating in a lower management role within a large corporate company… Decided to have a year out and go travelling as I’d been working since 16. Met the ex wife and on return to the UK we ran a country pub…

    The pub was brilliant fun made some good friends and being in control of your destiny was very satisfying but the 100 hour week and we made bugger all money for the time we invested… We moved into a restaurant at a NT house which was better hours and more healthy for us but the ex had a breakdown and lost it and everything went down the chute….. πŸ™

    I now work for a small company been here for the last 7 years , office based it’s fairly technical and sales orientated but not stretching me. I’ve not had a pay rise for the last 4 years and I’ve reached the boredom that seems to affect lots of us (after reading some of the above posts) of someone approaching 40… I don’t know what to retrain as or what to get into that isn’t too risky or damage my home life and the pub trade is better stood on the pretty side of the bar.

    I do feel better for this thread though as I am obviously not alone.

    Premier Icon vinnyeh

    Quite happy as a househusband, thank you. No desire to search for alternate careers.


    Quite happy as a househusband, thank you. No desire to search for alternate careers.

    Secretly hoping this can be me when the Mrs returns to work after maternity leave next October!.

    Left my desk grumpy last night, boring day, stepped outside and it was pissing down, got on the bike to ride home, got soaked, 1st time I had smiled all day.


    I know a guy who gave up a 40k/yr job to go and do a thatching apprenticeship.

    he lasted three weeks.

    What was the last straw?

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    igm – Member

    In order to avoid the rubbish handed down by middle management, get promoted to a senior manager position.

    Done this; it doesn’t help. There is always someone/something to answer to, and the pressure on you just increases exponentially. I look with envy at entry-level folk now.


    I know a guy who gave up a 40k/yr job to go and do a thatching apprenticeship.
    he lasted three weeks.

    What was the last straw?


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