Career vs. Job

The other day, as I muttered that I hate Job #2, my friend C (who’s dating the Roommate) told me that I should hate Job #1 and like Job #2. I asked her why should I, when Job #1 is my career and Job #2 is the supplemental job.

My career (Job #1) is what I went to school for. I enjoy my work there and know that I’ll eventually get a position within the company that I’ve dreamt of doing, be it writing, layout or something similar. I don’t hate my work there by any means. I don’t have to work weekends or evenings. I don’t have to fight with 20 other coworkers for a day off.

My side job (Job #2) is my ball and chain, so to speak. It ties me down and all I want to do is run away from it screaming, but I can’t. I need it to survive. I’d living less comfortably if I didn’t have it. I hate mostly everything about it: The drama, the immaturity of some of my co-workers, the union B.S. and so on. (Job #1 is union too but it’s far less political than #2). What keeps me sane at this place is a few select coworkers who make me smile and the paycheck I get at the end of every week.

Maybe what also makes me loathe Job #2 is the fact that I’ve already quit and restarted twice. The first time was for a better paying summer position and the second time was because I got a career job but then my hours there were cut and I needed a supplemental income. Every time I think I’m done working there, something drags me back. I’m just waiting for the day I can finally say “Sayonara!” to that place.

I haven’t had a full day off of work since July 1, although I get one on Saturday (although I asked for the whole weekend off of Job #2 to go to Vancouver, but didn’t get the time, another reason why I hate that place) and then again on the 7th (same story).

Job #2 is wearing me out, making me more cranky and bitter than someone my age should be, and just plain old horrible. That’s why I don’t like it. That’s why I love Job #1, my career, so it’s not really a job at all.

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5 thoughts on “Career vs. Job

  1. I hear ya! Luckily with my full-time JOB and my side-job I love them both. Side job = freelance work though so it’s not as steady as a regular side job would be. Then again, I get to work when I WANT to and in my PJ’s so that’s helpful!

    FYI, I’ve been making about $200 extra dollars a month writing for Demand Studios. You might want to look into it. You get $15/article and could totally make more than $200 a month if you had the time, I just don’t have the time to write more than 2-3 articles a week with my other freelance work too.

    Something to think about :) Might be the sweet escape you need from Job #2!!

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    • Thanks for the tip! I may have to check that out. It wouldn’t hurt to keep my writing from getting rusty. And you can’t say no to working in your pajamas.

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  2. Most of my friends are still at uni and still working at the same local supermarket.

    I don’t understand her reasoning. Why did she say you should hate Job 1 (your career job?)

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