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Work is either fun or drudgery. It depends on your attitude. Me? I like fun.

Submitted by Merlina at 2009-03-22 18:31:34 EDT
Rating: 0.95 on 27 ratings (27 reviews) (Review this item) (V)

20th March 2009...ohh Merlina leaves her job.


Oh dear. Five weeks was all it took for her to wonder why, oh why are these big London companies still earning money. I was in the Assurance dept for rail infrastructure. I saw problems...many, many problems and found it hard to not mention them. Maybe my naive mind though that was a good thing.

But oh no. Joint ventures like this involving millions do not want to hear the bad stuff. They stick their fat cat fingers in their ears and LALALALA all the way through the day.

At the same time I sat and listened to the shite going on. Now the mad thing is that these projects will get handed over and accepted. Even though the cast documentation being produced is worth nothing – no one even reads them. What is the point?

So I come to wonder.....do I change my career? Construction in London is all going the same way it seems. So instead of doing a job well these days... you are lambasted for trying to get it right. It s all about ‘cutting corners’ and ‘making do’.

I don’t think I can work like that.

Saying all this – I have a meeting next week about a position as Assurance Manager for one of the largest London Rail companies. It’s a six figure salary. So do I prostitute myself and ‘lie back and think of the money’?

Can I? Do I want to?

Would you?


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Submitted by Merlina at 2009-03-27 13:17:14 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

*dances round the room*

lala la la laaaaa

Submitted by Merlina at 2009-03-27 13:16:29 EDT (#)
Rating: 0



The company I left called me back to meet me for coffee and then offered me what I wanted with the cash and senior management position.TODAY ROCKS!!!

Submitted by kaos-king at 2009-03-24 12:16:16 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by EmissionImpossible at 2009-03-24 04:46:43 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

id do what you want

no brainer

Submitted by Merlina at 2009-03-24 03:48:17 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

Submitted by sicosemen (user info) at 2009-03-23 08:08:58 EDT (#)
Ranking: 1

Meeting or interview?
Good question.. well I'm a consultant with my own company so its not usualy like an interview - its more getting them to buy a service - but I guess it is. So either really.

Submitted by BranDo at 2009-03-23 23:09:46 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

How much 'in charge' will you become?
This could be the one position where you get to decide what corners can or can't be cut.

You should be able to judge if that's the case or not.
If not, then don't do it.

Look, you can even be broke and miserable if you really want....

This post reminded me of:
You're working at your leisure to learn the things you'll need
The promises you make tomorrow carry no guarantee
I've seen your qualifications, you got a Ph.D.
I've got one art O-level, it did nothing for me

Working for the rat race
You know you're wasting your time
Working for the rat race
You're no friend of mine

You plan your conversation to impress the college bar
Just talking about your mother and daddy's Jaguar
Wear your political T-shirt and sacred college scarf
Discussing the world situation, but just for a laugh

You'll be working for the rat race
You know you're wasting your time
Working for the rat race
You're no friend of mine

May 1980, The Specials

Submitted by Professional_Peon at 2009-03-23 22:36:48 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

You could always use the cash to buy happiness.

Submitted by i_can_get_you_a_toe at 2009-03-23 17:14:36 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

I have a friend who, at the moment, is working defense for a child molester.

working for 'the man' isn't really high up on the moral chart thingy.

Submitted by Sage at 2009-03-23 13:07:49 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I'm at meh pretty squarely lately because while I love my job I'm not a big fan of working crazy hours.

All I want to do is go home and lay in bed and watch movies. OR I could plant my flowers.

Submitted by scourge at 2009-03-23 12:48:55 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

what everyone else said.

Submitted by Ducky at 2009-03-23 10:25:59 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Personally, I'm okay compromising myself in the short term, but if I do it for any extended period of time I start to resent my decisions and start questioning who I am and what I stand up for as a person, etc...

...you dawn on me as being very grounded in who you are and what you want - you're also very self aware, which is awesome because so many people are not. If the money's worth it, try it out for a little while and re-assess in 6 months.

I wish I was gardening.

Submitted by inion_de_trua at 2009-03-23 10:24:42 EDT (#)
Rating: 1

if it's not contracted, and it will pay a lot, is it worth doing temporarily to save up funds to do something else? i'd think of the money if it could help you do what you want. like if you worked there for a year, how much extra would you have? what could you do then after you quit? would it be enough to do something awesome much more comfortably? could you stand it for that long? etc.

i'm still searching for the right kind of flower to kill :(

Submitted by S.I. Co. at 2009-03-23 08:08:58 EDT (#)
Rating: 1

Meeting or interview?

Submitted by SgtHartman at 2009-03-23 07:32:40 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

you are one happy witch

Submitted by Mr_Trollope at 2009-03-23 07:30:45 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by Judgement at 2009-03-23 07:18:49 EDT (#)
Rating: 1

Submitted by Wildman at 2009-03-23 02:37:17 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

Take the fucking $ and run.

Submitted by iambetteratit at 2009-03-23 00:25:11 EDT (#)
Rating: -2


I thought you were leaving?

Submitted by dangerdude at 2009-03-22 22:10:47 EDT (#)
Rating: -2

-2 for forgetting to label your x-axis.


Submitted by RoadSong at 2009-03-22 21:32:53 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

Make a job for yourself that you find rewarding and fun!
It can be done...
Methinks you have many talents and perhaps some of them could be useful concerning starting a biz of your own.

Submitted by experima at 2009-03-22 21:09:26 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

buy a farm, be a florist :)

Submitted by TheGoat at 2009-03-22 20:14:23 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

Submitted by RoadSong (user info) at 2009-03-22 22:36:02 GMT (#)
Ranking: 2

Best case, find work you love.
Second case, take the big bucks and retire early!
Good luck.

Submitted by Toddler at 2009-03-22 19:20:43 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Money is win.

Submitted by Merlina at 2009-03-22 18:44:36 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

Submitted by YourNameHere (user info) at 2009-03-22 18:40:08 EDT (#)
Ranking: -2

I'm on pins and needles, luv!
That was either serious - ie you have pins and needles - to which I thoroughly suggest you go and take a walk around the block - thats uncomfortable stuff, sir. OR you were trying to be funny which failed miserably I'm sad to say. BUT I'm sure with practice you'll improve.

GO GETTUM FELLA! (Seriously, I nearly laughed. Nearly mind, which won't pay the mortgage, sadly)

Submitted by YourNameHere at 2009-03-22 18:40:08 EDT (#)
Rating: -2

I'm on pins and needles, luv!

Submitted by RoadSong at 2009-03-22 18:36:02 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Best case, find work you love.
Second case, take the big bucks and retire early!
Good luck.

Submitted by Merlina at 2009-03-22 18:33:10 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

Homer: I suppose you want to probe me. Well, you might as well get
it over with.

Kang: Stop! We have reached the limits of what rectal probing can
teach us.

Treehouse of Horror VII

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome? No. Lumber Lung? No. Jugglers despair?
No. Achy-Breaky Pelvis? No. Oh, I'm never going to be disabled.
I'm sick of being so healthy! Hey wait -- Hyper-Obesity. If you
weigh more than 300 pounds, you qualify as disabled.

-- Homer Simpson
King-Size Homer