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May 13, 2010 2:09 PM Subscribe
Desk to Warehouse: Thinking about leaving desk job for warehouse for 1-2 years as I pursue my MSW. My desk job is sucking my life away. Benefits for warehouse job start on day 1. It's at an Amazon distro facility near me. I've done that work before as a temp and liked it. What am I not thinking about?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My desk job is going nowhere. I have ADHD and am having trouble finding medication that works well. I have done warehouse work in the past at another book distro place and really liked it. I love books and organizing things, so running around with a list and putting books in a box was like some kind of heaven for my not-yet-diagnosed-ADHD self.
I have an "in" so I pretty much have this job available to me. I have always liked my more physical jobs anyways (working in the produce section of supermarket, various factory temp jobs) but they don't pay as well. This one does pay fairly well, even tho it will be pay cut, but I'll get OT obviously around Xmas and other amazon-happy holidays.
I figured that I will need to work weekends only (which is an available shift) at some point in the future since I will need to field work for the MSW. Yes, I realize that MSW jobs can be soul-sucking desk jobs, but that's not my question.
This just seems like a nice physical and mental break from what I've been doing for the past few years.
I've been job searching for over a year now and this is the highest paying non-admin desk job I've been able to find. I have a really hard time finding jobs anyways because my degree makes me overqualified for admin jobs (I lucked out on this one after 6 months of trying and being signed up with 5 temp agencies). And my lack of professional experience makes me underqualified for anything I really want to do. I heard this straight from a temp agency rep I was working with after 5 months of frustration.
I feel bad for leaving my current job because I know it was hard for them to find me to fill this position when the last person left. But I am finding my ADHD is making it hard to get more than just the bare minimum done and I'm experiencing a lot of ADHD-induced fatigue from trying to wrap my brain around doing things that are boring (like filling out these damn stupid forms about staff changes because the people in HR don't like the web form so they email me the form they use and then i have to re-enter everything in another form. drives me up a WALL!!!!)
Please no knocks about ADHD. I have it, it's diagnosed. When I'm on meds that work, I can do this job or anything else. But right now I'm just banging my head against my desk and needing naps in the middle of the day. I'm fine on the weekends for the most part.
My SO is cool with the change, as long as I am happy and have benefits. He knows I want to go to grad school. I have no car payment etc. The change in income is not significant to present a change to our standard of living.
FeedbacK on idea? Experiences working with Amazon or in a warehouse? Did doing a move all day job help with your ADHD induced lethargy (I've heard from many folks that it helps a great deal.)
Wow this is rambly.