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Old 05-05-2009  
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(: that's good to hear,
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How did you stop that from affecting you getting another job, princess_haru?
I think I went from being shy to having social phobia because I had to do work experience in a health food store when I was 15. I, like you, was thrown in at the deep end and expected to cope. The people I worked with weren't very nice and would blame things on me if they did something wrong. At the end of the week the boss had to fill out my report. She was asked about different aspects of the job and how I performed with the options being excellent, good, satisfactory or poor. I was given satisfactory for most. Everyone I spoke to at school was given excellent or good. Even though I KNOW I did a good job and should have just ignored her (especially as she said my numeracy skills were only satisfactory when in fact I was the best in my school at the time!) it really affected me badly and I think it's the main reason why I am absolutely terrified to get a job now. I don't know what to do about it now though. How can I get over it?
Well I basically had no choice about getting another job, as I needed the money badly. I've found that, as long as the job isn't unbearable (shop work's not for me!), having to go out and interact with people every day at work helps me improve my social skills and builds up my stamina for being around other people. It's hard at first but it gets easier with time and practice. I suppose it's what psychologists call exposure therapy. I know some people say it doesn't work for them, but for me it seems to help.

The main problem I have is taking the first step, as it feels like walking out on a high ledge and trying not to look down as I step out into thin air, willing myself not to fall!! But now that I've fallen a few times I know it's not the end of the world and I won't break any bones if I do. Climbing back up to try again is tiring and difficult, but I've done that a few times too now and I believe that if I can do it (scared, grumpy creature that I am!) then anyone can
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Good line i heard in a movie once...(i know..one shouldnt pay much attention to movie dialogs)... but I think it was a real good one & i think is probably true: "Some of the most satisfied & content people come home everyday from work stinking to high heaven"...never under estimate the value of good old fasion simplistic manual labor..whatever that might be..Janitor, pig farmer, or porta john cleaner...it dont matter..a job well done is satisfying & can be almost therapudic i think...no matter what it is or how simple or isolated or if it's looked at as being a loser dead end job by most.. or whatever....i dont think a special career is always the most important thing, although im sure they may pay better then the average job...but I think being happy & content would be more important to me.

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yup thats true, when I was a well paid high flying engineer I found it chronically boring and soul destroying.

My fav job was working on a stables at 14-16 after school, loved it!

‘Nietzsche says there are two kinds of people in the world. People who are destined for greatness, like Walt Disney and Hitler and then there’s the rest of us. He called us, ‘the bungled and the botched.’ We get teased we sometimes get close to greatness, but we never get there. We’re the expendable masses. We get pushed in front of trains, take poison aspirin and get gunned down in Dairy Queens.’ The Fisher King
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I've had some shit jobs. The first job i had was a summer job in a local bakery, filling tins with dough and slicing bread 3 days a week. The hours where 2 pm untill 10pm, but on the last day i worked there i worked untill midnight slicing bread endlessly without a break! The worst thing was recieving just £20 for three days work.

My second and first full time job was at a bicycle assembly factory. A lot of the people working there were horrible, there was always fighting going on there and one day one guy got pushed through a window! I was treated badly because i was quiet.

Factories are the most soul destroying places anyone can work in.
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Factories are the most soul destroying places anyone can work in.
I worked a couple of nights at a food factory once, and kept getting shouted at for not being fast enough. My job was to put liners in cake trays that moved past quickly on a conveyer belt, so that the machine could squirt cake mix into them... for eight hours... in the middle of such hellish noise from the machines that everyone had to wear ear protection and scream at each other to be heard! If you didn't put the liners in quickly enough, the mix would go into the trays anyway and get wasted, so I was constantly stressed from being shouted at for not having five pairs of hands! Basically you had to work really quickly at a mindlessly repetitive task, without talking (no point when no one can hear you!) in a noisy factory room with no natural light for hours on end... it was pure hell!
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I worked in another factory for a few months. I had to do 12 hour shifts with just a half hour break. The hours were two days of 6am till 6pm and then two days of 6pm till 6am with a 3 day break between them. It was hell!
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one word: hydroponics
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I've had some shit jobs too. I worked in a very busy restaurant kitchen (in a big hotel) once. I can't describe the horror I faced. I would like to go back and shoot those people.

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I worked in another factory for a few months. I had to do 12 hour shifts with just a half hour break. The hours were two days of 6am till 6pm and then two days of 6pm till 6am with a 3 day break between them. It was hell!
*shudders*

Some people can cope with factory work and some can't. I'm far too nervy and easily stressed to deal with the noise, pace and eeevil strip-lighting Sounds like it's not for you either!

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one word: hydroponics
Grow weed in the attic, you mean? Lol
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