I have been out of the office environment for over four years now. Long gone are the days in a cubicle, answering phone calls, e-mails, teleconferences, 5 meetings in a day and preparing reports for review and approval. Do I miss it? I’d be lying through my teeth if I said yes. The only things I miss about it are the going out for lunch and waking up at a normal hour. I have always been an active kid growing up, so maybe being restricted to sitting down 8 hrs/day, 5 days/week was killing me inside. I would stare at the computer, hammering away at reports till my eyes got dry and my brain got numb. I found it difficult to sit still and pay attention to what went on in the meetings. Let’s just say my notes weren’t the greatest and I had no desire to get better at note taking.
I have to hand it you readers who do have the desk job and have had it for years. I am even more impressed if you have a desk job you actually enjoy. I don’t know how you guys do it. I’ve had two desk jobs within a two-year span and was somewhat unsatisfied with both. They were the jobs that I thought were okay for the time being.When asked during my review as to what my goals were and what is my five plan, all I thought was I didn’t want to move up in the department or the company. I couldn’t see myself doing this long-term. So I quit. There were other reasons I quit, many of them stress-related, eventually taking a toll on my health. Although I had applied to hundreds of jobs afterward, every job I managed to get an offer for just somehow ended up being a non-desk job. I got the interviews for the desk jobs but never the offer. Maybe I wasn’t meant to work a desk type job.
Without going too much into detail about my job, I’ll narrow it done somewhat for you. I work in the public sector, along with thousands of other public servants, who are responsible for a certain type safety of Canadians. I wear a hard hat, uniform and safety shoes. I have a badge, which I must admit is pretty cool and I do enjoy showing it when asked to provide identification. The only time I’m at a desk is during my breaks checking emails and the odd day I’m assigned administrative duties. They encourage job shadowing for different job positions to find out what your potential interests are, so there’s always an opportunity to learn and grow. How great is that?
It took me almost four years to get this job. I’m not a very patient person to begin with, but I guess good things come to those who wait. I’ve finally landed a job within an organization that a meaningful purpose and is a place where I see my career developing into something worthwhile. I’m actually motivated to work hard and learn as much as I can.
I still have a part-time desk job though. Except the YOU’RE the one reviewing my report. I hope I have your approval.