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At a webcomics convention a couple of weeks ago, the guy who makes Scary Go Round said some things about work and working that were OMG Exactly the Things I Think. It turns out he is also pretty much my age, though significantly more British. This made me curious: are there lessons we learn about life and work at certain ages, no matter what?

So, a poll! Not a Livejournal-poll per se since most of you will likely read this on Facebook.

How old are you?

What is most important to you at, about, or around, work for pay?

What's the biggest lesson you've learned this year?

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Date: 2010-11-17 05:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sarahmichigan.livejournal.com
How old are you? 38

What is most important to you at, about, or around, work for pay? After basic living expenses are covered so I don't have to worry constantly: freedom and flexibility

What's the biggest lesson you've learned this year? My clients love me, and I should relax!

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Date: 2010-11-18 06:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keryx.livejournal.com
I love your lesson for the year. :)

And yes, I see more and more that freedom is important to me, too.

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Date: 2010-11-17 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rackletang.livejournal.com
How old are you? 36

What is most important to you at, about, or around, work for pay? That it supports me both financially *and* emotionally.

What's the biggest lesson you've learned this year? That abusive work relationships can be an awful lot like abusive personal relationships, and as such, are worth leaving.

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Date: 2010-11-18 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keryx.livejournal.com
Man, I'm sorry about your lesson. I supposed it's better to learn it than not, but it's a sad one to have to learn.

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Date: 2010-11-18 07:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rackletang.livejournal.com
It totally sucked, but I'm glad I went through it, in a way. It helps me really appreciate my current situation, even with its flaws.

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Date: 2010-11-18 07:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keryx.livejournal.com
I've worked with some folk this year who definitely haven't learned this lesson... so yeah, it sucks, but you end up much better off.

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Date: 2010-11-17 09:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] echoing.livejournal.com
How old are you?
-25

What is most important to you at, about, or around, work for pay?
-money is only a part of it. even getting a raise is not that satisfying -- I must love what I do & the organization I'm working for. So I'm looking for a new job right now.

What's the biggest lesson you've learned this year?
-after being both burglarized & mugged this year (and thus losing most of my valuable possessions), I learned what is most valuable to me: the people in my life. So really, I'm lucky despite everything!

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Date: 2010-11-18 06:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keryx.livejournal.com
I'm glad you're ok, possessions or not.

As you look for a new job, what kind of help would be useful to you? Do you feel like you already know what you want to do and how to go about it? [I have a selfish motive in asking this question, as I'm hoping to start a business/site that offers advice, classes & coaching for people in work transitions. So I'm curious what different people would find valuable in that kind of service.]

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Date: 2010-11-20 12:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] echoing.livejournal.com
Thanks - it was a pretty bad 2 months.

As for new job... I am less concerned about the specific position than the actual company/organization. I really feel like traditional roles are getting outdated - people should be more adaptable any way. So I really think for me tips about scoring unlisted jobs, connecting with the right people, networking with people in similar industries would really help. Classes and coaching sounds intriguing... Who's your audience? I just joined Brazen Careerist (who's targeted towards younger people), hoping it'd help somehow: http://www.brazencareerist.com/profile/yawen-chen

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Date: 2010-11-18 03:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queerbychoice.livejournal.com
How old are you? 34

What is most important to you at, about, or around, work for pay? Two things: Feeling appreciated, and feeling confident that the company is stable enough to continue to employ me.

What's the biggest lesson you've learned this year? Returning to my old company after being laid off for nearly two years, I found that my skills were a lot more outdated and rusty than I had expected them to be - partly because the processes have changed, but also partly because I had forgotten more than I had realized I had.

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Date: 2010-11-18 07:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] keryx.livejournal.com
Do you feel more appreciated now at the old company? I haven't seen you blog about work (maybe I've missed it) in awhile. I hope they're doing well by you now.

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Date: 2010-11-19 03:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queerbychoice.livejournal.com
I guess the short answer is "no."

My job is only temporary right now, and it's through a staffing company rather than as a direct employee of the company I used to work for. So I no longer have benefits, and I live with the constant fear that next time my contract ends (which it does every two months), they won't renew it. I do get paid more cash than before, to partly compensate me for the loss of benefits, but it's still kind of a demotion. Many of the people I trained when they were first hired, who were promoted to the same rank I had before I was laid off, and who didn't get laid off, are now a sort of half a step above me in the hierarchy, because they're direct employees with permanent positions and benefits, and I no longer am.

Also, the people who used to be my direct supervisors, who knew me and loved me and showered me with compliments continually, are no longer working on the same projects as me (and one of them was laid off and not rehired since). The people who are supervising me now don't know me yet, so although they seem like fine people and they do say nice things to me, their compliments all ring a little hollow. When people who really knew me well told me I was brilliant and amazing and so on, it felt like it actually meant something. But when people who've only been working with me for a few weeks or months and haven't actually seen me do anything all that brilliant or amazing keep constantly telling me I'm brilliant and amazing, it just feels forced and fake and not meaningful.
Edited Date: 2010-11-19 03:29 am (UTC)

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Date: 2010-11-30 04:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] snidegrrl.livejournal.com
35.

Feeling responsible and capable for doing good or creating goodness.

This year? Gosh. Probably: Trust your instincts. I was surprisingly able to bounce back from chosen strategic failure very fast because I chose it.

Wassup friends !

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