"Everyone hates their jobs! No one has money! Get over it!" Why? We started asking in return. And the resounding answer was "that's what it took to make it in our area," — an area which we didn't care for anyway. The timing was right. Our lease was ending, and so we had to commit: another six to twelve months stuck in place, or a scary leap which could wind us up skulking home to our parents, richer only in life experience.
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Some people might think this is blasphemy, but I gave up my coffee habit. I work overnights. I wake up when the rest of the world goes to bed. As you can imagine, it's not particularly easy to go to bed at 2pm. Nor is it easy to wake up at 9:30pm. I was intrigued when a radio DJ I follow on twitter — who works about the same hours I do — mentioned that he had given up caffeine for a while, and had never slept better.
The thing about archaeology — and a small survey of colleagues and friends confirms this — is that it's not just a job. It defines you. This is reinforced all the time by all those people that tell you it's their dream job. It's my dream job, and it's other people's dream job, and I am so glad I have been able to make a career out if it. But in turning towards academia I find myself feeling like I might be compromising my identity, both as an offbeat individual and as an archaeologist.
Now that we've finally reached a level of experience and graduated from junior status, we are finding that our jobs require more of our effort and more of our time. So much so that by the end of the day we are both so zapped out that we can barely do the household things at home before collapsing in bed, which has totally killed our sex life! I'd love to hear how other Homies have managed to retain the energy and carve out the time for sex and intimacy when your jobs are demanding.
Since I finished University I have been under-employed for at least 18 months. Some of the time I get a few hours of work, and manage to make ends meet, and other times I can have weeks on end with no shifts. I have coped with these periods of underemployment and unemployment by doing a few key things…
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I'm working in an office job that no longer interests me. While my resume is updated and I'm actively searching for a new position, these things can take a while. I'm looking for ways to change my perspective for the remainder of the time that I'm in this job, because 40 hours a week of feeling bitter doesn't help anyone.