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How can i enjoy my job more? - January 6th 2010, 01:22 PM

I'll give a little background. I'm 18, dropped out of sixth form before last summer to look for full time employment, after two attempts i decided college just wasn't for me. After constant handing out CV's and filling in applications all summer. I managed to get a temporary job as a trainee sales administrator at a Toyota dealership. I started in September and i'm contracted till May (covering for someone on maternity leave).

And pretty much ever since the start i haven't liked the job. I didn't want to work in an office anyway but after going to the interview and managing to get it, i saw it as valuable experience and took it. Thing is 4 months in and i can't stand it. The job as a whole is incredibly boring and monotonous. There's barely anything to to unless its busy, and i've been feeling increasingly more depressed, i called my boyfriend today on my lunch break for a nice chat and i ended up breaking down and crying down the phone to him. I really didn't want that to happen but i couldn't help it. I'm feeling increasingly more angry and/or upset when i'm at work because i Simply don't' want to be there. And i feel very negative when i think about work or if i have to go to work.

A lot of the people who work here are older and more experienced, they're nice enough but i feel intimidated by them. I think they just think i'm some stupid girl who doesn't know anything about anything. I'm going to stick it out untill my contract runs out in May, because leaving would be very silly of me, especially when i don't have another job lined up. I'm going to start looking for another job after my birthday in March to start in May. But it just seems so long away, i had some time off over Christmas and i had never felt happier, but going back to work has just made me feel depressed again.

I've tried to think positively about work to make my self enjoy it more, we have a set of ipod speakers in the office and i usually bring my ipod to at least have some music. I've tried not watching the clock even covering up the time on my computer with a peice of paper, i've tried telling myself that i didn't like being unemployed, so i should be greatful and thankful that i've got a job and i should enjoy it. But i still can't like work. Is it even possible to make yourself enjoy work? I also found out that the woman i'm covering may not return to work, which would mean because i'm readily available i'd be staying on longer. I do not want that.

I'm counting the days till my contract finishes and i can get out of this place. I wouldn't mind being in an office some of the time (as most jobs require some office time at some point) but i can't stand being in a windowless office for 8.5hours, especially when there's nothing to do its not the kind of place where i can just wander around aimlessly what with customers being around. I've asked my boss and anyone else who i can ask for work, but it's always the same answer, no. Ok i lie, on a couple of occasions there's been something that they've given me, but it's only small menial tasks which take 2minutes and are of little importance.

I just need some help i'm so sick of feeling emotional at work because of work i came out of the toilet after crying down the phone to my boyfriend and my boss saw me, i don't know if he could tell i tried to look as normal as possible before coming out but i heard that most bosses don't tollerate things like that in the work place and that it's not proffessional. Although i do have a pretty bad cold at the moment so i could just blame my puffy eyes on that...

Has anyone been through this? If there's anything i've learnt from this job is that i definitely do not want to remain in the motor industry after this.

P.S Sorry about the length.
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Re: How can i enjoy my job more? - January 6th 2010, 04:08 PM

Hey Nat,

You're right about quitting you may aswell try to stick things out until your contract runs out at least.
I am having the same problem as you except mine is a 6 month work placement, no one ever has any work for me and I end up sitting around for hours at a time with no work.
Do you find your work space/desk homely?
If you don't maybe you could bring in a few things that make you feel closer to home like pictures and just decorate your space a little more. It could help with cheering you up a little bit more.
I definately think you should speak to your employer because if there is hardly any work for you to do then... what is the point in them employing you for a job. Maybe you could ask to go through filing and make sure everything is filed correctly. I'm sure if your boss thought about it there must be something you can do.
If you're miserable with nothing to do it's going to make it a little bit more tolerable if you have some work to do.
I hope you work it out.
Paige xox
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Re: How can i enjoy my job more? - January 6th 2010, 09:00 PM

I feel the same way about my job. They rarely give me work but on Thrusdays because that's when we stock the shelves.

I do have to put up with customers and it isn't always so pleasant or fun either. I'd rather do a job like yours only WITH work.

I'd suggest asking for some work
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Re: How can i enjoy my job more? - January 7th 2010, 09:34 AM

I've asked for work, but its either they have nothing or they give me something which is small and unimportant and is done within minutes, then i'm back to square one again.

Eurgh i'm at work now and i just hate being here. Thanks for the idea about making my workspace more homely, i will try it but i doubt it will make much differance. I've never been unhappy like this before, i didn't always enjoy school or college but it never affected me in a way where just the thought of it made me feel sad, angry and upset.

The weekends aren't long enough for me to relax properly either. I'm not exactly busy every weekend, but i feel like i need more time to wind down properly. It's like i'll just start to settle down and BAM! Once again it's Monday morning and i have to start another mundane week. I know i can't do anything about the length of the weekend but eurgh, the real world really does suck. I'm always hoping that something will happen which would stop me from going to work. It's really bad that i think like that.

It's been affecting me at home as well, i get stressed a lot more easily especially at my boyfriend, then i start crying because i feel bad about having a go at him for silly things, like taking a joke he made to seriously. He's been great about it though, we've talked a lot about it and he's very understanding and is always there for me. He's given me some good advice and reassurance as well. But i always feel like a bad girlfriend for unintentionally taking it out on him, it's not fair on him.
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Re: How can i enjoy my job more? - January 12th 2010, 10:06 AM

Doesn't anyone have anymore advice or has been through something like this before? It's been a couple of days and i was hoping for a few more replies. Sorry i don't usually beg for replies but this is quite a major problem for me at the moment.
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