« on: January 31, 2005, 11:02:00 AM »
I have to agree with plumbert here.. as a former classical musician, you'd think that job would be 'fun' and 'cool' and 'interesting' but something I learned quickly: it's a business, kid. I think that, after having invested myself in something that was supposed to be 'fulfilling', I realized that I didn't necessarily have to be fulfilled by my *work* to be fulfilled as a *person*. I think it would be wise to consider that just because you don't feel personally fulfilled by a job doesn't mean you can't enjoy it.
I have worked in law firms, worked in in-house counsel offices, etc. And yeah, they're right. Long hours, lots of dedication, etc. (although I will argue that I knew attorneys at large firms that worked 9-5:30 every day and came in maybe 2-3 hours on the weekends and their billable time was fine--as I observed, the work load and hours have a lot to do with the practice area).
But honestly, there was a vast range of opinions regarding the profession. Yes, some hated it, but others really enjoyed it. I think attitude and optimism have everything to do with it!
PS - I sort of have to laugh at the attys that whine about working 45 hrs a week. As a musician I was scrambling around all the time for gigs, practicing, teaching, etc., and wasted a whole lot more than 45 hours a week in pursuit of trying to pay my rent!