Are you satisfied with your job? Is there anything you would change about it?
I'm just curious to see if the hours/pay/lifestyle is what you anticipated and whether or not you like it.
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In terms of my actual job, AI research is challenging, intellectually stimulating, and fun. I teach machines how to understand language, automate common tasks, and be otherwise intelligent in specific contexts. As with all jobs, there are tedious aspects around things like data cleaning, manual annotation/data collections, and random other things that can be boring. But I also get to be curious and creative in explore interesting problems, and building solutions that make a direct impact for our product and our customers.
It's worth noting though it took about eight years before I really found my career. I made many mistakes and had many different jobs along the way. In hindsight, I'm glad I made those mistakes as they really helped focus me towards the work and environment I found most compelling.
I am a person that is EXTREMELY satisfied with my job. I have found what I feel is just the right place for me, and this comes down to three things, all of which are very important:
1) I like and respect the people I work with. Working in a place where the people are kind and intelligent and supportive is possibly the most important thing to look for. The good news is that you can find great places to work can be found in every region and industry. Here are some lists compiled by Fortune magazine:
2) I find my work to be interesting. I work in technology, which can be challenging, but it is like solving a puzzle - it isn't any fun if it is too easy. You will want to pursue your interests to find something that keeps your attention. I have known some engineers that chose their career based on the potential for a good salary, but they did not actually like engineering. This tended to make them unhappy and they often switched careers. Of course, being paid is important, but it is possible to be rich and unhappy!
3) I live in a location that I like. In Oregon, we have mild weather and lots of outdoor recreation. In addition, I am within an easy drive of my family members.
As you think about your next steps in your education, think about #2 and pursue something that you find interesting, while keeping in mind practical considerations like the earnings potential and whether jobs in that field are growing or shrinking.
When you are considering applying for a job, seek out organizations that have a reputation for treating employees well. At the end of the interview, ask your interviewer some questions, like "What is your favorite thing about working here?" and see if they give positive examples of the people and culture.
Before you accept a job, consider the location. What kind of weather do you like? What will you do during the time you are not working? How will you stay in touch with the people you care about? One interesting thing is that some businesses have offices in many locations. If everything else is great, maybe you will start in a location that isn't your long-term home and then work within the company to move to a place that fits better with your desires.
Is there anything I would change about my job? Of course! Some days I want less stress. Sometimes I have responsibilities that I don't enjoy. Sometimes I wish I lived somewhere with more shopping or services. I realize that nothing is perfect, but many of these downsides are things that I can improve by myself. And that is the most important thing - to appreciate the good things you have while also having a positive attitude about how you can make things even better in the future!
I will say I think its important to note that very few people can say that they love their job 100% of the time. There will be aspects that you find frustrating or discouraging and there will always be challenges. What makes me truly satisfied with my job is more than just what I do.
The company I work for makes a huge difference for me. Finding a company you enjoy working at and that shares the same values can make a world of a difference when it comes to the job you are doing.
Drew Peake, MSME, M.Eng., MBA, PE, FNAFE, DEE, CIH, CSP
I recommend you pick one of the fields you listed - any of them. Then continuously improve you skills and broaden you horizons. Don't go after a job for money or prestige. Do it for fun and you will never work a day in your life
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I am one of the luckiest people in the world because I love what I do for a living. I am an Instructional Designer. I create training that is either taught by someone or taken through a web-training platform. I get to create videos. I also work with graphic designers and animators. For a creative person like me, it is wonderful to be surrounded by so many creative people all the time. And our goal is to help people be the best possible versions of themselves at their jobs. I used to be a trainer (or instructor) which was also very rewarding. I have been a writer since I could write as a child, so writing every day just feels right.
The lifestyle is good. The money is good, especially creating training in corporate America. Some of the non-monetary benefits that I have enjoyed have included traveling around the world with my work. I have visited 16 countries for work, so I got paid to travel. And being able to work with people in other cultures is a gift beyond measure. I also like my job because I can do it from anywhere in the world (if my company would let me). And I do not have to do my job for a company. I can be an independent contractor and take the jobs that I want. I don't do that as I like my company just fine. My job has been great for this period of time since COVID has all of us working from home in my department. In addition, in my job, I do not have to be a specialist. When I think about teachers in schools, I think about how some, like in high school, have to know a specific subject. I do not in my role. I am a specialist at what I do, creating training, but I can create training on anything as long as I have a subject matter expert to help me. It means that I have written training across five different industries. It has been a lot of learning for me too.
However you were asking about some of the challenges of my job. I would say that the hardest thing is actually sitting all day to my job. That is most of the time, especially since there can be a lot of meetings with the job that I do. That can be hard on the body and my health. There are some ways to make your desk raise and such, but the working out and stuff is on you. You have to be diligent in your self care in a role like mine. I also had to get a few diplomas to get here. You can have a bachelor's degree, but I felt that to be secure in my role in training and development that I needed a masters degree.
Hopefully that is enough insight into the small role that I play in business. I would say that whatever you do, be passionate about it. The passion is what is going to get you through the hard times, like earning diplomas or sitting all day.