Ok, so I ditched my office job :)

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  • It was killing me and if I stayed there, I would be brain dead by Christmas.


    This was actually my first office job ever, as I always was a freelancer or worked casual jobs, or worked in places, that I could decide how much I want to work, or had just some jobs that were ok to do, but did not really cared, so I could quit whenever I did not liked anything.


    There is a Polish saying that I find hard to translate "miej wyj*bane a bedzie Ci dane" ~ "those who don't give a f*ck will be rewarded" so while I handed my one week's notice without actually having any plans for the future or anything secured, on my last day of work I found on Facebook that a small family haulage company I used to work for needs a driver for three days a week. I got a word with them, and there you go - today was my first day at work, tomorrow I am going to beatiful Campbelltown :)


    I still like driving, despite doing that on and off for nearly 15 years, so I am quite happy, especially that the vehicles are maintained very well. And if someone tells you that driving is a job that does not improve you intellectually, he propably never tried to work for a big corpo. It's copying and pasting some rubbish from one excel spreedsheet to another that kills your brain. When driving, you meet people, you enjoy the views, and you can listen to audiobooks or BBC 4 while earning money :)


    So some say that I am back to where I was 10 years ago when I freshly arrived to Britain, but you know what? I don't care. I will have almost the same money from those 3 days per week as I would have in that stupid office, I am doing the job I like with some nice people, I have time for my other projects, and since I don't have big needs moneywise, I am perfectly happy (actually in a month or two I should become completely debt-free).


    So if anyone battles the thoughts "should I quit my dead-end office job" - just do it, you surely have some skills that would keep you going!


    Also: it came to my though - every monday millions of people in the world goes to their dull offices to start their wait for Friday and do the job they hate - there is something wrong with this world definitely!

  • Congratulations, I wish you well.
    18 months ago I quit my office job of 11 yrs. I spent a horrible 13 months unemployed then retrained as a croupier and now have my personal gambling licence and a full time job in a casino.
    It's ok, I quite like it and it doesn't stress me out, I am working with the public again but it's not what I really want to do......
    I want be a bar manager at festivals and events full time but there are not enough hours in it to provide a decent yearly income so I'm looking at just going back into pubs, ideally a live music venue/rock/biker/alternative scene.....it's what I do best and it's what makes me buzz!!! I have my eye on The Giff in Wolves........fingers crossed!

  • I worked for the same company for 11 years, went from junior clerk to wages clerk to bookkeeper to office manager, then was made redundant when they closed the office, eventually after a succession of similar short term jobs and periods of unemployment I went self employed as a freelance gardener, I enjoyed every minute of it, never made lots of money but it was a pleasure to be out in the open air after all those years inside. eventually I had to give it up when my marriage collapsed and I moved into a bed sit, but it was good times.

  • It's a great feeling isn't it! I ditched my whole life in 2012. I left my job, my country and my family and arrived in Spain with a one way ticket, a bag and about 3 words of Spanish and not a lot of cash. I did have a house that I had been renting because I couldn't afford to live in it so I had been on a boat on the canal. My tenant gave me notice so I put it up for an auction without a reserve which was a risk in itself. Some people were freaking out on my behalf. Got to say it was very liberating. Never looked back since.

    Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up on your dreams and ideals, wrinkles the soul.

  • It's a great feeling isn't it! I ditched my whole life in 2012. I left my job, my country and my family and arrived in Spain with a one way ticket, a bag and about 3 words of Spanish and not a lot of cash. I did have a house that I had been renting because I couldn't afford to live in it so I had been on a boat on the canal. My tenant gave me notice so I put it up for an auction without a reserve which was a risk in itself. Some people were freaking out on my behalf. Got to say it was very liberating. Never looked back since.


    U don't do things by half that is frigging amazing! Well done you, and yep, most people would be bricking it at that, amazing.

  • Yes I also ditched a fairly high powered office job (NHS)18 mths ago.I now work in a factory,and am happier,knowing I can clock off at 6pm,and forget about work.
    I've also ditched a "past life"!Left my husband(now my ex)house,and country (Australia)with my 2 kids,alone,and started afresh.I've moved around a fair bit in my life,my kids are now grown up,so if the calling comes?lol I'm outta here! ;)

  • It's a great feeling isn't it! I ditched my whole life in 2012. I left my job, my country and my family and arrived in Spain with a one way ticket, a bag and about 3 words of Spanish and not a lot of cash. I did have a house that I had been renting because I couldn't afford to live in it so I had been on a boat on the canal. My tenant gave me notice so I put it up for an auction without a reserve which was a risk in itself. Some people were freaking out on my behalf. Got to say it was very liberating. Never looked back since.


    Hi ThreeMoons,do you mind me asking,do you work in Spain?And if so,what as?xx

  • I split my time between teaching primary school children, 13 and a half hours a week, then I mark exam papers for 2 Universities and the rest of it in farming.

    Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up on your dreams and ideals, wrinkles the soul.

  • So it has been a couple of months already and you know what? I love and never looked back. Money is same or slightly better than I had in the office, but I only work three days a week (unless want some overtime). And is there something more relaxing than driving in such beatiful places? https://youtu.be/5cXRUJsI6c0If you only have chance to ditch dull job and survive on something more fun, even if it's "just a simple job", GO FOR IT!


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    So it has been a couple of months already and you know what? I love and never looked back. Money is same or slightly better than I had in the office, but I only work three days a week (unless want some overtime). And is there something more relaxing than driving in such beatiful places?

    you only have chance to ditch dull job and survive on something more fun, even if it's "just a simple job", GO FOR IT!


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  • I remember reading about a man (hopefully not on here and I'm repeating someone's story!) who had a high powered stressy job and left it to work in a junior position. The money was much less but he was in a financial position that that was ok, his colleagues thought he was amazing because his work knowledge was much more than the average junior, he had high job satisfaction and self esteem because he was able to help lots of people, he wasn't stressed at all and he found the work really easy. Sounds like a win all round :)


    It was my last day at work yesterday...I keep teetering between ecstatic and terrified. Mostly just happy though. Next chapter, bring it on!

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  • part time work is the way forward, make just enough to cover your weekly expenses live frugally and you can work 3 or 4 short days a week, thats what im working towards hopefully.

  • My three days at work are quite long (I start at 8, come back home between 7 and 8 usually, with occassional overnight) but the job is laid back, easy, with nice people and I am enjoying it.


    I make about the same money that my partner does in her 5 days office job, which is sufficient for not so sparingly life. Like: we rent a decent flat, we don't need to look for cheaper food, we drive a car, we can afford to go to cinema or to restaurant from time to time... We don't have splashy holidays, but since camping and couchsurfing is our way of spending free time, it does not bother us.


    Then I got some extra income from my writing, which I up till last week I was using solely to pay my old debts (and now I am absolutely debt-free, no debt, no overdrafts, no credit cartds bills, no instalments for anything, yupii!) and now I will be puting it all away towards buying a van to convert it into camper :)

  • My three days at work are quite long (I start at 8, come back home between 7 and 8 usually, with occassional overnight) but the job is laid back, easy, with nice people and I am enjoying it.


    I make about the same money that my partner does in her 5 days office job, which is sufficient for not so sparingly life. Like: we rent a decent flat, we don't need to look for cheaper food, we drive a car, we can afford to go to cinema or to restaurant from time to time... We don't have splashy holidays, but since camping and couchsurfing is our way of spending free time, it does not bother us.


    Then I got some extra income from my writing, which I up till last week I was using solely to pay my old debts (and now I am absolutely debt-free, no debt, no overdrafts, no credit cartds bills, no instalments for anything, yupii!) and now I will be puting it all away towards buying a van to convert it into camper :)



    That sounds nice, Orys, good way to be, I've a few friends that do 12 hour shifts and although it can be a killer on the day they do get four days a week when they don't have to go to work which is nice.

  • I do a 12 hour shift in a shitehole of a factory, and now there are only 2 of us left on that shift. All the others have either left, or managed to get the hours down because it has nearly killed them. I am almost 50 years old but still have to do it, although I hope in a few years time i can start to slow down and enjoy life a bit more. All depends on finances.


    But, 12 hour shifts really do take their toll.

  • The problem with me is that the company I work for get their pound of flesh, so by the time i've done 48 hours I am shattered.


    Friday afternoon, dark and cold doesn't bother me, but summer, sun and blue skies are a killer for me.

  • I left my job of 10 years as a lab tech in a school. The senior staff didn't like me because I didn't suck c0£k and be manipulated. I'm a housewife at the mo. Really like it as I know my schedule and budget and my time limits. Want to volunteer in another school eventually. There are loads of bread and butter jobs that earn more than my skilled science job paid me so I'll juggle that.

  • I did an office job in London for about two decades. Sometimes it was OK, but mostly awful. I wish I'd had the courage and imagination - and knowledge - to leave and do something different. I did train for a qualification in the holistic world but it was hard to make a living out of it (rent, food, travel). Currently unemployed as too ill to work. I hope things are turning out well for the original poster.