I am a project manager for Verizon wireline services. I can honestly say that I love the work I do because it gives me a chance to use my organizational skills (along with various other skills) to achieve a good outcome for both my company and the customer.
As a project manager, I oversee the installation of services for businesses/corporations. We work with the organizations within the company as well as the key stakeholders for the customer to ensure the circuits are installed and the service it turned up on time and within budget. I use various spreadsheets and databases to get the work done. I can allow my inner OCD tendencies to work together with my love of interacting with people to build good teamwork and get the job done.
Look for the skills/tasks that give you energy and use them to find what you can do that will bring you satisfaction. You may not love going to work every day, but you can find energy and satisfaction once you are there.
I've been in the software engineering field for about 20 years. I've worked at boutique consulting firms and enterprise companies and everything in between. The aspect that contributes most to my personal happiness is the people I work with. I've been leading teams for several years and I love it. I'm glad I gained experience as an individual contributor for several years before taking on leadership roles. That definitely gave me very valuable experiences with both good and bad leaders.
If you aren't sure what you would like to do I'd recommend job shadowing or internships. Both will give you an opportunity to get a bite-sized look at the actual work while not committing you to a full career.
I work at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and accounting firm with locations all over the world. I work in the Tax department where we prepare tax returns for partnerships, corporations, and individuals.
Everyday is different but in general, I am mostly working at a desk on various computer programs. I get assigned work from people who are one position above me and they normally teach me how to do that task if it's not something I've done before. We are assigned to different clients and the work varies depending on the type and complexity of the clients. Sometimes we will go to the client's office to meet with them to discuss progress and any questions we might have or they might have.
My company also offers many perks and activities that motivate the employees and reward us for working hard. I like my job most of the time because of the people and the work environment. I don't mind waking up and coming here everyday because I know my work is appreciated and I get to learn new things and meet new people all the time!
You will no doubt get some interesting comments from your query. However, you will find that the people who like their jobs the most are the ones who got to know themselves and their potential career areas well enough before making a commitment to assure that they were making a good match.
Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .
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I am a Vendor Manager for a popular mortgage company. We buy loans in bulk from other banks/ lien holders. Some times the homeowner may not be able to make their mortgage payments and this drives the foreclosure process. The homeowners may be evicted but we try to offer options to make it easier for them to stay in their homes. In the event the home becomes vacant for one reason or another, my team is responsible for maintaining the home ensuring it is always secure safe and sound. I really enjoy what I do not only because our mission is to improve the housing market but because the company I work for Believes in it’s employees and invests in our talents.