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Just stay in a field and location you hate?

I make OK money but COL isn't dirt cheap. I hate my job 30 h vohod06/17/17
I believe it can help, especially if you are moving somewher mtbislife06/18/17
The thing is, other cities could be worse and you may not re superttthero06/18/17
I've lived coast to coast and the novelty of the location al mrtor06/18/17
Leaving your area of practice and location are separate issu shitlawsf06/18/17
I don't think you can really enjoy an area if you hate work downwardslope06/18/17
I agree with mrtor and shilawsf. 50 hours a week pretty muc jeffm06/18/17
True, having normal hours is the foundation. mtbislife06/18/17
I am going to keep applying to non-attorney jobs at a few co vohod06/18/17
Going through this right now. Hate my job and location. I pl uncch06/18/17
same. Job atmosphere is getting so bad, I may quit without warfrat06/18/17
I did this. It's scary, but my life improved so much by g joecoder06/18/17
That's where I am. I may quit without having a job too. My j uncch06/18/17
How did it work out for you joecoder? uncch06/18/17
vohod (Jun 17, 2017 - 11:38 pm)

I make OK money but COL isn't dirt cheap. I hate my job 30 hrs a week, like it ok enough the other 20 hours. Hate living in the Upper Midwest.

Just suck it up? Does moving actually help?

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mtbislife (Jun 18, 2017 - 12:06 am)

I believe it can help, especially if you are moving somewhere cool like close to the mountains or beach.

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superttthero (Jun 18, 2017 - 12:07 am)

The thing is, other cities could be worse and you may not realize it till you went through a lot to get there.

I say yes, move if you can get a better job or if you have a sure-fire reason that the place is "better" like family (if you get along) or some place you've lived before or maybe a place with lots of friends.

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mrtor (Jun 18, 2017 - 11:08 am)

I've lived coast to coast and the novelty of the location always wears off. Generally, you are more likely to be a more competitive candidate for better jobs locally than in some new area you have no connections to. Focus on finding a new job. I think it will resolve your wanderlust.

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shitlawsf (Jun 18, 2017 - 11:24 am)

Leaving your area of practice and location are separate issues that could present distinct challenges. If you liked the law you practiced, you would probably have less of an issue with where you live and vice versa. I'd work on solving one of those problems rather than tackle both at the same time.

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downwardslope (Jun 18, 2017 - 1:58 pm)

I don't think you can really enjoy an area if you hate work so much that all you do is dread going back AND it is more than 40 hours a week. I got to that point in my last job, even though I lived in a fantastic area I loved. It just wasn't worth it to be stressed about work all the time, and I had a switch to a new supervisor who told me I would just need to get used to 60-hour weeks (in a government job).

I was not going to get used to that, so I moved to a slightly less desirable area for a job that would be less stressful and 40 hours per week. Maybe it's not the best location, but I can still find things I enjoy about anywhere I am when I feel like I actually have free time to myself.

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jeffm (Jun 18, 2017 - 11:41 am)

I agree with mrtor and shilawsf. 50 hours a week pretty much undermines your ability to do much of anything else for yourself, other than rest and get mentally ready to go back to it tomorrow. How will 50-hour work weeks near some mountains really make a big difference in the long-haul?

You do collections. Find a way to do it solo. There are plenty of mom and pop business who need collections work.

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mtbislife (Jun 18, 2017 - 2:07 pm)

True, having normal hours is the foundation.

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vohod (Jun 18, 2017 - 7:08 pm)

I am going to keep applying to non-attorney jobs at a few counties where I am. I see the wisdom in how little a move would help me.

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uncch (Jun 18, 2017 - 8:41 pm)

Going through this right now. Hate my job and location. I plan to quit my job and move. It is not worth it and there's nothing to keep me here.

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warfrat (Jun 18, 2017 - 9:16 pm)

same.
Job atmosphere is getting so bad, I may quit without anything else lined up for my own sanity.

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joecoder (Jun 18, 2017 - 10:17 pm)

I did this.

It's scary, but my life improved so much by getting out. It probably made me better in interviews just by being free of the crazy.

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uncch (Jun 18, 2017 - 9:18 pm)

That's where I am. I may quit without having a job too. My job and living situation are stressful and negatively impacting my health.

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uncch (Jun 18, 2017 - 10:27 pm)

How did it work out for you joecoder?

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