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Old 02-11-2008  
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I was just wondering if anyone could think of any jobs that don't involve customer service or a lot of customer interaction. I've been searching but they're SO hard to find. I swear everything I come up with besides delivering phone books involves some kind of customer service. I hate being 20 with limited education and skills. No one wants to hire you for anything but grunt work and dealing with nasty, rude individuals all day long.
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I don't know how your typing skills are, but for a few months I went to temp agencies to look for data entry jobs and they found a few. Nothing stuck, but it was one of the happiest times of my life. Otherwise, you can also try for 3rd shift (overnight) jobs, although those hours can get to you pretty quickly. Of course there's always driving a semi truck, but that depends a lot on how much time & money you have to put toward getting the CDL. I was totally gonna do that a few months ago then I changed my mind. Nothing much else is coming to mind at the moment.
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I hear ya. although I'm 24 and went to university, what a waste of time that was. anyway now im right in the same boat as i was when i was 20 but with a huge debt on my shoulders, which prohibits me from returning to school to take an art program like i should have done in the first place but listened to other people and went to university. I have a BA in how to waste 3 years of your life and put yourself 30 K in the hole.

If you find a job like you're looking for let me know.
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I hear ya. although I'm 24 and went to university, what a waste of time that was. anyway now im right in the same boat as i was when i was 20 but with a huge debt on my shoulders, which prohibits me from returning to school to take an art program like i should have done in the first place but listened to other people and went to university. I have a BA in how to waste 3 years of your life and put yourself 30 K in the hole.

If you find a job like you're looking for let me know.
Wow, well you've pretty much just confirmed my suspicions about what happens to a lot of college university graduates. Of course I'd always heard similar stories to yours. Years spent earning a degree which proves virtually worthless by the time you vacate the campus. Then you don't have any job leads AND you're up to your neck in debt with no relief in sight.
It's amazing to me that for some people going to university actually turns out to be a complete mistake. And yet, I know it shouldn't surprise me considering the fact that a degree is really just a tool. It may help you open a few doors if you have the right one for the job, but that's about it.

I'm still debating on whether or not to go to university. Everyone says it's the thing to do as usual. And without some fancy smancy piece of paper (degree) what am I in this world of retail intellect and skill? I just don't know.
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I don't know how your typing skills are, but for a few months I went to temp agencies to look for data entry jobs and they found a few. Nothing stuck, but it was one of the happiest times of my life. Otherwise, you can also try for 3rd shift (overnight) jobs, although those hours can get to you pretty quickly. Of course there's always driving a semi truck, but that depends a lot on how much time & money you have to put toward getting the CDL. I was totally gonna do that a few months ago then I changed my mind. Nothing much else is coming to mind at the moment.
I've actually been looking for a data entry job. No luck so far, although I do have a job coach helping me out. I mean we've found a few things but they always seem to lead to dead ends. I do know they're usually temporary jobs though for whatever reason. So I guess that means a few months with a job I can actually bear if I'm lucky, and then it's pulled right from under me. Great.

I tried working 3rd shift for one night and I called it quits. May sound ridiculous, but all it took was a 9 hour overnight shift to show me that I wouldn't be able to handle working those kind of hours. Especially because the grocery store I was at had 3rd shift workers who enjoyed working 12 hour shifts with very small breaks. That meant from about 9:30 or 10 PM to 10:00 AM, which of course also meant I'd still be there hours after the store opened and customers came in.

I suppose I'm being a little naive in thinking I'll be able to find work that doesn't require a lot of customer interaction or working late hour shifts. I must be living in a fantasy world.
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Data entry is a good option, but they are so hard to get because it seems like everyone on the planet wants a job like that! Who can blame them, though. I have a friend who is a virtual assistant online. She started off by writing articles for people and sites like Associated Content and did such a good job that her clients keep her busy with work and she can do it at home. I don't know very much about it, but it might be something to look into further if you're interested.
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Have you tried working in a job with customer service?
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I work at a retail store and it sucks big time. Most of the customers are actually cool, but I have come across about 10 that were not (I have been there for almost a year.) And oddly enough, most of them come in the same day. But, you learn to deal and shrug off the cranky, bitter people. You just have to learn to be strong - and know that this is your job. You wear the pants, lol. Even though the customers are supposed to always be right. I do my best to be polite, but also I don't let them walk all over me.

Although it's not a blast, I would actually recommend working in some sort of customer-service job for awhile. It can help you become more comfortable with talking with peope.
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I work at a retail store and it sucks big time. Most of the customers are actually cool, but I have come across about 10 that were not (I have been there for almost a year.) And oddly enough, most of them come in the same day. But, you learn to deal and shrug off the cranky, bitter people. You just have to learn to be strong - and know that this is your job. You wear the pants, lol. Even though the customers are supposed to always be right. I do my best to be polite, but also I don't let them walk all over me.

Although it's not a blast, I would actually recommend working in some sort of customer-service job for awhile. It can help you become more comfortable with talking with peope.
Yessssssssssssss...finally someone else that has had the same experience as me. I've been trying to explain how much my job has helped me. In my opinion getting a job that deals with customers all day is what the majority of people on this site need. At first it sucks, but stick with it and you'll get better at it and not even notice until you really think about it. The only reason why i still work where i work is because it makes me feel good about myself again, I'm no longer constantly depressed because i feel I have accomplished something. Its not a 100% cure but its a step forward.
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How about postal delivery they donít seem to have much interaction with people just the mail box or forklift driving? I have thought about doing those myself I am going to have to decide on something soon because I really need the money but I am worried because I am not sure with how I am if I can handle those type of jobs. I am thinking also about doing a bakery apprenticeship
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