First of all, my girlfriend and her friends think I was cursed by a freakin gypsy or something. For some reason, each job I take basically ends up taking the worst aspects of the one before and then magnifying it 10x. The enevitable result being I usually quit or get fired within a year or two.
The common denomenator is that in all of these jobs, I usually get stuck doing a bunch of low-level programming crap (stuff like MS Access or VB or web shit). This is something I absolutely hate doing because:
- it’s tedious as fuck
- no one understands it so my day is a non-stop headache of expectation setting
- I have no interest in computers as anything other than a game/research/email/porn machine
- it’s not what I do (I’m a business school grad, not a computer guy)
So, after getting laid off from what initially appeared to be an MBA dream job (a Big-5 management consulting firm) with one minor flaw (often found myself stuck doing all the Access crap in the office) the only job I could find a year later was some jerkwater consulting firm that does data management for other consulting firms - so in other words, the one little thing I hated about my last job is now my full time job.
At least once a day, I have to get up and walk around the building so I don’t lose my temper.
At least once a week, I will lose my temper in my hotel room and smash everything I think the hotel won’t charge me for.
At least once a project, I go into the bathroom and start hurling toilet paper rolls against the wall as hard as I can because it’s the only thing that wont break.
THis information is more for background and not meant to be a Pit rant.
So, the question is…how do you deal with a job (whatever that job is) that you find incredibly frustrating so you don’t fly off the handle and lose it.
(oh yeah… did I mention I have to fly 6 hours to work each monday and live in a hotel for the week?)