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How does your job affect you?

Does it make you stressed? Does it take all your free time? Does it make you happy and give you purpose?

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Catie’s Answer

The reality of the situation is that work, life, relationships, family, friends, etc. can all create stress and affect you in a multitude of ways. There is no denying 'life' in general is stressful! As many of my peers on this post have shared, it's important to learn about yourself and what your likes, strengths, areas of interest, ways of working, etc. are so you can then learn more about careers that may be more fitting. For example, if you know you are interested in improving business processes, you may want to consider having conversations with folks in operations, systems engineering, or project management. You ultimately will learn what stresses you out and ways in which you can healthily cope with them.

By setting personal boundaries early on, you can help design a life that has free time for you to enjoy your hobbies, spend time with your friends, exercise, read - whatever you like! If a job is drastically inhibiting on your ability to live a 'full' life, it may be an opportunity to reflect on if that job is serving you.

My job does bring me joy and purpose! I feel lucky that I have found a career that allows me this. Though, be warned, it may take TIME (2, 5, 10, 20 years!) to get to a place where you feel a strong sense of purpose. And even then, your understanding of 'purpose' may change - maybe having a family or volunteering or your pet brings you purpose and your job is your job. No one can tell you what is the 'right' way to live your life.
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Brandy’s Answer

I work in data analytics which can be stressful but is typically stressful due to the communication of others and not specifically the work being done. It is a job that I find difficult to feel rewarded in but It does provide a good work/ life balance and income. I work from home while raising two small children so it does allow me the additional time with my family while not having to pay for child care. I am also able to work remotely from any location. I say that its difficult to feel rewarded because there isnt always a clear cut rewarding moment. Its more of a self acknowledgement that you did something well or provided good information.
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Cynthia’s Answer

All of the above. Yes, at times my job is stressful therefore you have to learn to handle stress in a positive way. Yes at times it takes all of my free time but that is when you have to balance work life and personal life. Yes, the end results of what I do makes me very happy as well as give me purpose if it didn't I would not do it. There is nothing worse than having to get up every morning and go to a job that hate. My advise is to take your time and find something that you love, something that makes you proud.
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Randy’s Answer

Hey!

I'm a paramedic in Washington State. I can't deny that this job makes me stress a whole lot. We deal a lot with under served communities and life or death situations. We see the real parts of the city that a lot of people don't get to see. I could have up to 9 very sick patients on one shift if it's just a Tuesday, but I can say that this is the only job that has challenged me in the most visceral and mentally exhaustive ways. It's the job that has given me purpose in life. Enough purpose to pursue a career in medicine and get my license as a doctor. Between the people that I work with and that I help, it is all worth it.

As far as my free time goes, I have plenty. I only really worked 3 days a week at most, which can be less than most careers do. The hours are long, but really when anyone gets home from work I don't think anyone has the energy to do much, so really time used is all the same. I like to do a lot of things from video games to hanging out with friends. It's a balancing act for sure, but it does need to be fine tuned for a while before you get it right.

Hope this helps!
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Lora’s Answer

My job can be stressful at times. But I find it very rewarding so it is worth it. I have plenty of free time. It is humbling to help others and to be a part of something "bigger".
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