I have been watching some reruns of The Office (American version) lately, and I’ve been vaguely wondering if anyone actually has a job like Pam: pays decent, 9-5, no weekends, good job security. Upon reflection, most office managers probably have similar jobs. Regardless, what are the positives and negatives of your field?
Advantages: Good compensation, good job security, once you are senior enough you can set your own hours in some fields, relative independence (usually you don’t have a “boss” to answer to), can feel like you are making a significant difference in people’s lives
Disadvantages: Training takes forever, is expensive, and is grueling. Lawsuits and the threat of lawsuits. While you sometimes have independence in what hours you work, you still have to work a butt-ton of hours, often irregular, to the point where planning things outside of work is very difficult. Many old-school types still work 7 days a week, 350 days a year. It is not a job you can “leave at work”; you carry your responsibilities with you. In that vein, you have to take call. Your colleagues tend to be super-competitive type-A overacheivers, which can be difficult if you don’t mesh well with those types. Patients can be frustrating sometimes.