Discussion in 'Taylor's Tittle-Tattle - General Banter' started by SkylaRose, Nov 27, 2022.
What if you haven't got any emotionally fulfilling hobbies or interests that excite you?
Surely everyone has something that excites them or they're interested in ? Even if those things may seem mundane to others ?
I worked as a football coach at Watford many years ago. Always wanted to be a footballer but if couldn't do that then this was the next best thing. Money was awful though and couldn't afford to carry on.
It good advice. There shouldn't be pressure to actually enjoy your job if you don't find it interesting. Certainly for me it's something that enables me to do the stuff I like out of work.
What must be really bad is if you're in a job you get nothing out of and are stressed and working long hours in it.
I have colleagues and people I manage who are clearly in this boat but seem unable to recognise how unhealthy it is. To me I couldn't think of many things worse in a work sense than being miserable, stressed and unfulfilled by work. Any of the three can happen in isolation but if they're all happening that should be setting off alarm bells.
What's the work? We have offices around Europe and in Germany a law has come in to effectively force people to only work their contracted hours and no more.
I've always been surprised by mates that have worked themselves into the ground for no reward or thanks - they've just accepted that it's what's expected of them. I've always had the attitude that I'll work hard in my job, but I'm walking out at 5pm. Probably as I saw my dad do long hours and thought I wasn't having any of that.
Yep. You then appreciate your job, even if you don't enjoy it, as it enables you to do what you do enjoy. As an example, I love wildlife and photography. I'd love to be a wildlife photographer. But it is so tough to make a good career from that as so many want to do it, and there's a limited market place. The pressure to get that all-important shot that will sell is immense. However my job funds my travel and cameras to enable me to follow this hobby to a pretty high standard.
Absolutely and I'm sure that applies to many people.
Things are picking up, but most airlines are still in the process of hiring back folk they let go during the last 2 years. Some have chosen to leave the industry for good though which is providing some space for new cadets.
Ryanair, who have always taken on newly qualified pilots straight out of training, continue to hire at an astounding rate, (because they have a steady flow of crew moving to other airlines) but they put the cost of learning to fly their 737s back on the applicant. That'll set you back €30,000 for the privilege, on top of other training loans you might have, it reduces their intake to those wealthy enough to afford it rather than the best suited. If it wasn't for that additional cost, I'd have applied to them as soon as I finished last year.
Ryanair, for all their negative public image, have a fantastic training department that is well known within the industry, hence why so many of their pilots breeze through assessments at Emirates, Etihad, BA etc,
I'd like to be one of those immigration people who handles the paperwork and has a rubber stamp.
You know the ones who you have to hand the form over to, through the little slot at the bottom of the window.
Just look it up and down for a few moments. Stamp it with your rubber stamp. Five hundred and forty eight pounds please.
Exactly this. My Japanese based company has plenty of those you described who never leave the office, (that japanese thing), and I know many of them have young families. It's utter madness. If there's an urgent issue that needs sorting then I'll stay late or sort it in the evening from home, but it's rare.
My eldest daughter was doing a history degree at Bristol, then one day said to me "this isn't what I want to do" and dopped it for an illustration degree at Falmouth because that was her passion. Obviously we supported her decision but were concerned about her future job prospects and earning potential but we completely missed the point that she wanted to do something that made her happy. That was 6 years ago and every day now she proves it was the right decision.
I had my dream job but gave it up at 21 because of the night work at the time. Sometimes the dream job doesn't work out at certain points in your life.
My dream job? Best man at my mates wedding I lost count after 11 pints of Guinness. 3 days later, that was my best job.
I remember the satisfaction of a job well done to this day.
When I was best man for my mates wedding up in Wolverhampton I took the piss out of midlanders by adopting a voice like Noddy Holder during my speech. He's from London but moved up there when he met his wife. To this day I still cringe at the tumbleweed after that. I was meant to do a joke about his mum in law but totally bottled it too!
My speech started with Ladies, Gentleman and friends of the bride. Shamelessly nicked from Rowan Atkinson.
I've had 2 best man gigs, very different experiences...
One went really well and got a lot of laughs and applause for various bits of it, felt like part of a great day and a pivotal part of proceedings. On the downside, my mate recently left his wife for a girl 15 years younger, but then his wife was quite a bore.
The other was not so good - was in Newcastle for a mate who had found god in a big way and the bride's family were all hardcore christians, including her dad who stands on street corners bothering people to join his cult. My mate - from Watford - is pretty laid back, so his wife's family arranged it all including a traditional Geordie folk singer (it wasn't Lindisfarne) and some sports cars (my mate has no interest in cars). The father of the bride speech was all fire and damnation aimed at non-cult members in the room and seemed to say that it was a good job his daughter and son in law had seen sense in time so they didn't burn in hell for eternity.
My speech didn't go down well as there wasn't any bible bashing and at one point I said I was going to use some traditional Geordie phrases, at which point a bloke on table nearby said "careful" and scowled at me. Bit later on the best man and ushers were given gifts to come and collect. Myself and the people associated with the groom walked up and back in silence, while there was a hearty round of applause for those on the bride's side.
I went to a wedding once where the best man told a story about the groom losing a drunken bet and having to 'hide a burnt sausage' from a bbq for the day. I still remember seeing the grooms family genuinely crying. Someone should have shut the microphone off the minute he got into the story!
I did best man once, what a many people don't realise until they've done it is that there is a lot more to the job than dishing out a speech. Mine was pretty good, some good gags and some nice things, it wasn't a world beater but it had something for everyone. After the wedding breakfast the best man's job kicks in, obviously it may depend on the crowd but once the party starts and the MC has gone as best man the job is to ensure you deal with any problems or requests from the guests, not expect the newlyweds and their parents to manage it.
The marriage of my mate lasted just under two years, he got someone from work pregnant.
Awww that’s sweet <3
My friend’s brother fell into rocket engineering. He’s from Knockholt in Kent. He manages teams over in the US when the ESA launch rockets. He lucked into this years ago having been a city trader and hating it. He did a degree that gave him work experience near Brooklands for a company that did space rocket engineering. He once said to me that there are about 6-700 people qualified to do what he does, but only 75 have jobs as nobody wants to work with a dull geek, even though they think we are all dull geeks. His wife was also a rocket scientist before they had kids. He’s lived in Germany, Italy and somewhere in Africa doing what he does. He put that rocket / satellite that landed on a comet a few years ago. So keep going……
Interesting. I take it he manages the teams that write the guidence software for the rockets? Generally talking massive amounts of communication code with the NASA mainframes, making sure they "talk" to eachother correctly etc. Credit to him - I hope he continues to thrive. There you go @TomWatfordFC - you have a bright future ahead of you. Aim for the stars - litterally.
But it's not exactly brain surgery is it?
You remember it?
Fondly, the sense of relief was immeasurable.
Yup that rent boy malarkey is pretty unsociable hours I suppose
He manages the whole shebang. He supervises the coordination for launches. He’s very low key about it. He’s spoken about engineering things for deep deep cold on space where solids react differently to how they do on earth. Or something. He was on the Danny Baker radio show once explaining to Danny’s questions what rocket scientists do -when he could get a word in…..