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04-21-2018 06:16 AM  3 months agoPost 1
RM3

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So I find myself in a job that pays great, great benefits, 8 - 5, weekends, holidays off, 2 weeks vacation a year... as a software developer...

and Im miserable.

I have little to nothing to do and each day that passes Im struggling to stay motivated. I get pretty much left alone in my office. My phone doesnt ring but maybe once a month and often its a telemarketer or the wrong number, and I may get an email directed at me once a week, often just FYIs.

Its funny to think how I thought what a dream it would be to find a job that payed me good money to sit there and do nothing, often this idea is shared by tens of thousands of working stiffs... and wouldnt you believe it I got exactly that... and its a special kinda hell.

My sole contribution to the company has been to write code for two applications, one is on hold for god knows how long... I managed to turn a 2 month project into a 18 month epic of biblical proportions for an application no one wanted, no one asked for and one that gets used but maybe twice per month by one or maybe two people. And the Best part? I get an employee of the month certificate that came with a day off.

I come home everyday and am completely drained and unmotivated to do anything, not even the things I used to love to do lure me. Weekends have turned into 2 day stay of executions searching for inspiration and the daily commute is spent daydreaming.

The moral of the story is... be careful what you ask for, cause you may just get exactly that.

showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...

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04-21-2018 12:57 PM  3 months agoPost 2
ICUR1-2

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That's what made me go self employed. I can't stand doing the same thing everyday.
Sure there are times when money may be tight. The trade off for me is freedom.

I'm not saying it's for every one but subcontracting can be lucrative.

spending time, paying attention

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04-21-2018 01:46 PM  3 months agoPost 3
wjvail

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I've always been fascinated by asking adolescents out of high school what they want to do. We send them off to college to pick a major that will, in theory, lead to a lifetime job/career and, here's the punch line, they've never worked. Oh sure they've flipped a burger or mowed the lawn. I painted fire hydrants for the city of Olympia in the summer*. How can you choose a path in life when up until that point you've only lived off your parents?

It's not until you've worked, made money, paid taxes, interacted with people doing the same job, etc. that you have some understanding of what is important. Asking someone who has never had any job what they want to do is curious to me.

I'm sorry to hear that you are underwhelmed with your current employment. My brother had a theory. He said you should look for work every 3 or 4 years. You will find out one of two things. Your either your already in the right job and should "play the cards your holding" or, your underpaid and there is something better out there. Either way you are better off for having looked.

Bill

* I've painted over 3,000 fire hydrants and I learned I don't want to paint any more of them. I really did learn a lot from that job. I learned I lot about what I don't want to do. It motivated me to get busy and work to a goal or I might end up sitting on a bucket at the end of a deserted road coated in yellow paint up to my elbows for the next 40 years. I was able to extrapolate that learning forward and decide I don't want similar jobs.

"Well, Nothing bad can happen now."

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04-21-2018 02:04 PM  3 months agoPost 4
InvertedDude

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RM3
Sir, there are plenty of unemployed people that would love to have your problems! Be thankful, even if you hate your job. Mental fortitude requires just that fortitude!

Now you are drained and unmotivated, this is usually a sign of not spending enough time thinking about others instead of yourself 100%. (wait and hear me out before you lash upon me with whips)

Go see veterans and spend time with them with their limbs off. There are so many needs that it is not even funny that they are not being met.

You could make me some machine parts and delrins for my helicopters!

I can drive up to Texas on the weekend and hang out with you. We can shoot some guns and enjoy being the 100% Americans! I can bring my toys and let you fly them!

Feed some hungry people, very humbling experience!

Move your mind set from yourself to others. If you are able to do that, your mental health will improve and your guns will not be taken away!

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04-21-2018 03:01 PM  3 months agoPost 5
Dan Minick

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The problem is companies over hire. They have become accustomed to such low productivity out of an employee they think they need 3 to do 2 persons job. My wife is faced with a constant struggle at work fighting with 2 other women over work so they can stay busy. All three of them are go-getters and do not like to leech money off the state just showing up to a job. No one likes to sit in a place you would rather not spend your life with absolutely nothing to do.

Team Synergy, Team FBL Rotors-------if its not broke...it will be!

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04-21-2018 04:33 PM  3 months agoPost 6
spaceman spiff

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For many years i did all the programming for our industrial products. Simple machine control stuff, ladder logic, and C embedded controllers. I also designed the machines, devloped aplications for customers, went to trade shows, crissis management and redesign when customers were having problems, or other engineers were stuck. It was a bit much. It went well past satisfying, right to dammned stressful. I am quite burned out now at 57.

It very seriously annoyed me when the new CEO brought in his kid to do the programming. He made a career for more than a decade out of less than 10% of my old job. Show up at 10:30, check e mails, go for a walk, sip a cup of coffee. leave early... Once in a while a controller would go obsolete so he would have to figure out a replacement to keep us going, but 90% of the time he was doing nothing.

Anyway, for the past few years my job has been shrinking. Now i am in the very little to do situation, i fix an occasional crissis, but it is not uncommon for me to do only an hour of work in a day. Kinda nice, but I worry about getting canned, but i don't know why i worry because truth is i have been planning on retiring early for the past 25 years. Could have retired a couple years ago. It should be a low stress situation, but it is not satisfying, so i hang around with the repair guy who is pretty cool and help him out to preserve my sanity, and help the clock move a little faster.

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04-21-2018 04:51 PM  3 months agoPost 7
outhouse

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same shoes here with a little more excitement though.
I find something else to do during the day besides work on internet to keep time flying.

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04-21-2018 08:41 PM  3 months agoPost 8
RM3

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Yeah, I definitely think the company over hires... and they do it for the purpose of maintaining a budget... anything not spent is taken away the following year. I’ve had all sorts of tech jobs before I went military, and we were always in crisis mode. In the Army, it was simple, train, deploy, retrain. And have fun doing it with a great bunch of fellow soldiers. But once I got out, believing the fighting was over I went to school and earned 2 degrees for the sole purpose of getting a great job.

Maybe I simply miss the guys and combat roles... a place where being PC is not allowed. I often regret getting out now.

showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...

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04-22-2018 08:54 PM  3 months agoPost 9
gologo

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RM3, very first thing that popped in my head, reading your OP, was George in
the Seinfeld episode, sitting at his desk alone, w. his 'Penske' files...

But yeah, although your problem is something a lot of people would love to have, that sheer boredom would drive me insane quickly.

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04-22-2018 09:28 PM  3 months agoPost 10
Pistol Pete

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Bored?

Get into politics. That will keep you busy.

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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04-22-2018 09:35 PM  3 months agoPost 11
InvertedDude

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We can play toy soldiers on the border by Mexico!

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04-23-2018 01:08 AM  3 months agoPost 12
RM3

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Yeah play soldier down by the boarder... been there done that and got the T-shirt.

What I find interesting is that the place I work has people that often retire after 20 plus years... That tells me the "cushness" enables the boredom to fade away. Maybe its me... but I definitely like being more active. I like working with my hands (which is why I like machining). but man I tell you, siting there day after day farting away at the seat is excruciating at times... I spend way too much time just surfing the web.
Ive read suggestions that say thing like: 1) improve your skill set, 2) make yourself useful and 3) take online courses...

well all those would work if a)I already have three degrees, I dont need another, b) others value their privacy (probably cause they too are surfing the web) and c) see (a)...
What I need to do is find a way to make money online by actively investing or something... I have a 4 screen system at my disposal... and nothing better to do.

showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...

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04-23-2018 02:08 AM  3 months agoPost 13
jbjones

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Hey Ram,

Ever thought about contributing to an Open Source project?

Perhaps you could find some motivation there, at least not waste your talents.

Hope you find something to balance that dream job with.

-JB

J. B. Jones

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04-23-2018 04:19 AM  3 months agoPost 14
InvertedDude

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No, No, No! Just make me parts okay?

While you are making the parts, pull out the bunk bed and man it with a .50 cal to hold the fort down!

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04-23-2018 12:16 PM  3 months agoPost 15
Peter Wales

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What I need to do is find a way to make money online by actively investing or something... I have a 4 screen system at my disposal... and nothing better to do.
Go play with Bitcoins, they will keep you busy. I have seen them move $100's in an hour. I bought some and it drove me nuts having to keep on coming back to the the computer to see when to sell and when to buy.

Peter Wales
http://scalehelicopters.org

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04-23-2018 01:16 PM  3 months agoPost 16
bunnywithdrum

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Hey RM

buy a hobby shop !! they are really cheap these days !!

the bunny..

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BUNNYWITHDRUM ( i ain't no stinkin novice---23 years in!)

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04-23-2018 01:52 PM  3 months agoPost 17
RM3

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bunnywithdrum
buy a hobby shop !!
that the best way I know how to "De-Invest" $100,000...

showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...

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04-23-2018 02:02 PM  3 months agoPost 18
motorhead540

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buy a hobby shop !!
that the best way I know how to "De-Invest" $100,000...

So sad but seems to be very true these days ...
Everyone seems to want instant gratification these days , no one seems to want to put in any effort to actually make something themselves . Around here the hobby shops are almost gone except for hobbytown chain stores . Very few real "Hobby Shops" these days harder to get items for your one off builds or mods

wife says if i'm going to be an addict at least its to a heli

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04-23-2018 03:35 PM  3 months agoPost 19
InvertedDude

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I think venders need to change their criteria on allowing home owners to stock up on supplies to sell to other hobbyist without a store front.

Store Front is extremely expensive and stocking up on parts that may never be sold isn't wise.

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04-23-2018 05:46 PM  3 months agoPost 20
spaceman spiff

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A busy day!
I showed up at 8:30. I have a short meeting at 11:00 so long as it doesn't get canceled. (50% chance)
A few parts for a machine might might show up, so I might have to do a test this afternoon for an hour.
Its a tough life, but someone has to do it.

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