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I'm glad I don't care, really, about having a career. If I did, I'd be having kittens about the availability of these jobs - Assistant Editor for the Oxford English Dictionary. I'd LOVE to do that job. I think it'd be fascinating and amazing and fulfilling and have prospects of advancement or at least other interesting places to go with it.

But it's in Oxford, and I'm in Glasgow. And I'm going to stay in Glasgow for the foreseeable future. Sometimes I worry that people look down on me when I say I'd never move just for a job, but really, there are more important things in life. (Plus that particular one pays less than this job, anyway.) I dunno, though - that sort of job, which is mainly research and stuff...I kind of think that these days I should be able to do that job from up here, and keep in touch via computer. Bah.

QOTD: Have you ever moved for your job? Would you move for your job? If you've done it before, would you do it again?

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nallac
Sep. 6th, 2005 10:38 am (UTC)
At the moment, I'd move for a job, but if I got myself really embedded in a place, I probably wouldn't.
pickwick
Sep. 6th, 2005 11:27 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think that's what it is - I've lived and/or worked here for ten years now, so Glasgow's a bit of a village to me now. Most of my friends either still live here or come back here a few times a year, and my parents are only 25 miles away.
dave_t_lurker
Sep. 6th, 2005 10:39 am (UTC)
Not a job as such, but my Phd.

I was due to spend a year working at an institute near Oxford (I live and work in London). Now the work was already getting dull and going nowhere, after I'd visited a few times the place I was supposed to move to, I realised there was no way I'd want to live there or work there long term.
I quit just before xmas that year (I was due to move in January the next year).

I'm now giving serious thought to moving either to Cambridge or the Daresbury area in search of work. No real plans yet though.
pickwick
Sep. 6th, 2005 11:52 am (UTC)
I suspect I might feel differently about it if I'd gone to university somewhere else, but I went to the nearest big city to where I grew up. Or if there was something specific I wanted to do that I can't do here!
caitirin
Sep. 6th, 2005 10:42 am (UTC)
I don't know. I'm seriously debating these ideas at present. What if I had to move for a better job? What about for school? What about if Elaby wants to move for work or school?

I've moved around my entire life, but I've kind of enjoyed being in one place for a while. I've learned and felt familiar with the town I live in and it's kind of nice.

I don't know if I'd want to move. I think it would depend on the job and the location of the move.
pickwick
Sep. 6th, 2005 11:55 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's really nice to be somewhere where there's usually someone you can call to come out for a coffee, and you know where the best places to go are, and the people in the local shop say hi to you...

I'd be scared of moving, as well as just not wanting to, though. Cos I've never had to move to a new place all on my own.
caitirin
Sep. 6th, 2005 12:26 pm (UTC)
I've done moving a lot so it's not really that part that scares me. It would be a new job with all those new coworkers that would make me nervous.

I think it's much easier to haul up roots and move to somewhere else if you've got someone else to do it with.
miss_next
Sep. 6th, 2005 10:51 am (UTC)
Yes, I would move if an employer made it worth my while to do so. But not to London, aaaaargh.
pickwick
Sep. 6th, 2005 11:58 am (UTC)
Ack, no! I do like London to visit, but I don't think I could live there. It takes so long to get between bits of it, I don't count it as a town, or a community, if you see what I mean. (Well, there ARE more people in it than in Scotland. Argh.)
nwhyte
Sep. 6th, 2005 11:15 am (UTC)
I moved back to Belfast for a job/PhD in 1991, and then to Bosnia for a job in 1997 (and Croatia the next year).

But I decided that I positively wanted to find work in Brussels in 1999, and then found a job here, so coming here was the other way round.
pickwick
Sep. 6th, 2005 12:00 pm (UTC)
That's commitment :o) Brussels sounds like a really nice place to live - if I was to move anywhere, it'd be one of the options. (It's on my list of possible places to go if Britain gets so right-wing I can't deal with it any more.)
verlaine
Sep. 6th, 2005 11:39 am (UTC)
Ooh, you spotted the OED jobs too - I'll probably apply for that myself.

I've reached the stage where having a job and structure in my life is looking more important than other considerations such as living in a place I like where my friends are. So I'll probably go wherever makes me an offer, in the end :-/
pickwick
Sep. 6th, 2005 11:50 am (UTC)
I just read it on your journal and went searching! They do hide them quite effectively on that site.

I think because I've got a job that I don't hate, and which isn't particularly likely to disappear suddenly, I just don't have the motivation. And I HATE moving, because I've got far too much stuff.
verlaine
Sep. 6th, 2005 11:55 am (UTC)
It's been a long time since I had a job that I didn't hate... well, a job that I positively liked, anyway. It shouldn't be such a hard thing to find in theory, but in practice I've had outrageous difficulty :(
pickwick
Sep. 6th, 2005 12:04 pm (UTC)
Almost nobody seems to be able to find a job they positively like these days, I'm not sure why. Partially because nobody I know knows what they want to be, for a start - maybe we just have too much choice? Maybe it was easier when it was just "Right, you can be a doctor, a teacher, or a bricklayer. Pick one."
pooka_joe
Sep. 6th, 2005 12:29 pm (UTC)
for our entire lives we have been continually shown images by the media of what our lives should be, and we will not be happy with our jobs until we are rock stars/ models/ footballers or the likes. i seriously reckon we are now subliminally incapable of liking any lesser job
bopeepsheep
Sep. 6th, 2005 12:38 pm (UTC)
And in the local papers, as it happens. Far more 'OUP accounts' vacancies than interesting ones.

I am going to apply for this one, as it happens - does it make it any better to say that I'd rather like to do your job, but I've been tied to Oxford for practical reasons most of my life which ruled out all the exciting vacancies I've seen over the years.
dermfitz
Sep. 6th, 2005 12:09 pm (UTC)
Damn.
kaiserdad
Sep. 6th, 2005 01:09 pm (UTC)
Yes,yes and yes, I am in my 24th home in England, I have lived in Kent, London, East Sussex, Devon, Cornwall and Yorkshire, I was born in a castle Hartfordshire but I never actualy lived there so it doesn't count.
I have never had a problem relocating, they say it's traumatic, I find it an adventure, I would never refuse a job I wanted because it involved moving.
simreeve
Sep. 6th, 2005 01:35 pm (UTC)
I might move in order to take up a better job, but certainly wouldn't do so if it was necessary for keeping this one...
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