When You Hate Your Job, Just Act - Page 3
Bryan: Tell us about your boss. What is he or she like?
Sean: My boss – uh, well, he’s typical Corporate America. It’s a big office and he’s the CEO. It’s always an “I need this done now.” It’s never a conversation about anyone other than himself or his needs; there is no sensitivity to others on his part. Sometimes I’ll be ignored, other times I won’t be. When I’m not it’s normally because there is a need. This is that kind of environment where they like it when you know your place. You have to know your place and know that you’re just another worker bee and that your title is just a title.
Bryan: Have you made any friends at this job? Or is there a great sense of oneness in that environment?
Sean: At this particular job, I’ve been able to connect with more people than in other places. However, it’s hard to find balance working there and developing friendships. At the end of the day, most of the people will care more about themselves, their careers, and how their job is being affected because they can’t afford to lose it these days. It’s hard to get close to people there. It’s not the type of environment where everyone is family.
Bryan: It should be that type of environment, just as every job should be. We spend so much time with these people every day. Financial services can be exactly as you said a very cutthroat type of business. Making friends is a luxury.
Penny: In listening to the both of you speak, it’s such the opposite feeling I get from my environment. I’ll work very late nights but I’ll still feel rejuvenated though, no matter how long the day has been because I’m getting to do something I love. I might be tired, but I’ve never had these feelings that you both speak of and then having to start the whole thing all over again the next day.
Bryan: I can see where you’re coming from, Penny. This interview for me is not work. When I write it, it won’t be work because this is something I love as well. Sean, you must feel the same way when you’re with Penny in her class.
Sean: I really do. It’s a freeing experience for me; I get to be myself even through my portrayal of others.Continued on the next page