Is the grass ALWAYS greener?
April 9, 2013 7:52 AM Subscribe
I hate my job. HATE my job. I've worked here for 21 years, doing soul crushing work for the state court system. I haven't had a pay raise in seven years, not even a cost of living raise, have had my benefits scaled back and am looking at an even greater workload due to potential layoffs for my fellow employees unlucky enough to have been here as long as I have. Is there any chance that I can pick up stakes, move to Los Angeles, and hope to find a job paying me something comparable to what I currently make? (I apologize for the blizzard of snow flakes within)
posted by BrianJ to Work & Money (42 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I have no college degree or higher education of any kind. I have worked here since shortly after graduating from high school and, while soul crushing, the work paid well until the last few years. Now, I'm pulling my hair out and I'm literally in tears at the very thought of coming in to the office. Combine that with stresses at home and I'm both an emotional wreck and completely unsatisfied with what I do. I feel like I'm trapped and I desperately want to be happier both personally and professionally.
I'd love to work in the entertainment industry. I hold no acting or writing ambitions, but even something peripheral like office work would be far more interesting than what I currently do. I've searched for jobs online and everyone seems to want a degree - even if it's working in a mail room.
Should I just suck it up, keep trudging in to the office until I reach my 25 years and can retire (at half my salary) or do I make a bold move, hoping for the best? Any advice or insight, personal experiences or anecdotes would be appreciated!