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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-20-2007, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
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I work the night shift at a hotel and I can't take it anymore. Dealing with the rude arrogant and sometimes highly aggressive "guests" is not something I am good at. Like most shy people I have no backbone so i usually let these people walk all over me which is probably going to get me fired soon.
Its getting so bad that I am literally terrified to go to work each night. I can't afford to quit. It does't pay well but its better than nothing and it does provide health insurance which I need.
I'm wondering if anyone knows of any good jobs for people with SA. Something that doesn't require much interaction with the general public would be nice. Before the hotel I worked at in retail and resteraunts neither of which were any better.
If anyone can give some advice I wiuld appreciate it. My nerves are fried!
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-20-2007, 07:51 PM
 
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It is probably good to have a social job if you have SA, because I know otherwise I would not have any socialization at all!
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well maybe you could do what I want to do, which is work in a pet store. That way you wont have deal with people, but you will have to be assertive/social to the pets..

but then again.. if u want a better paying job then im not sure, im only 16 and ive never had a job because of my SA. XD
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What is something you like to do? If you pick a job that you at least enjoy, dealing with the people won't seem as bad.
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i deal with the public and as well as having SA I also have some obsessive compulsive behaviors so when a person is an azz to me instead of just letting it go and moving on I obsess over it and carry it on to the next person with all those hurt feelings, doesn't make for such good days. so i would have to say dealing with people in general is not such a good thing.


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I was thinking Corporate or Patent/intellectual property law. I mean yeah, there is some interaction, but you dont really have to go do the court room a lot and the money is amazing(200,000 and up)
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No, I couldn't do hotel work. I would do just the opposite. I would jump down a person's throat if they were rude to me. I worked at retail once, and got into it with some of the customers. There are only certain types of jobs that I can do. The job I am at now is o.k., for now. I don't have to interact with too many people. If I am unhappy somewhere, I have 3 options:
1. Quit
2. Get fired
3. Just get through the day, not giving a damn, and avoiding people as much as you can, as my attitude goes down the toilet.

The money doesn't mean a damn thing to me if I am not happy.
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I work at wal-mart on the overnight shift. it is great. only place I have ever felt accepted with my social anxiety. I really am quite social here I feel anyways, and get along with everyone great. I don't know what it is.
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I have 3 options:
1. Quit
2. Get fired
3. Just get through the day, not giving a damn, and avoiding people as much as you can, as my attitude goes down the toilet.

The money doesn't mean a damn thing to me if I am not happy.
Wow I'm exactly like that too.
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I agree with the idea of working at a pet store. Having the animals there would make it more of a calm environment I would think...and if you like animals that's a plus. I'm actually thinking of applying at Petco which just opened up in my area.
Yeah, most restaurant and retail jobs seem too exhausting with the social interaction with customers.

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I was working a temp job that ended today unexpectedly. My first thought was if I had done something wrong. The staffer called me and said that I didn't have to go back tomorrow. I asked why. And she said that they needed someone that could answer the phones. The job was described before I started as scanning documents, data entry, and answering phones. However, a lady was hired a day before me to answer the phones. She pulled a real brainer. She says that she is sick on Thursday morning, leaves the rest of the day, calls in Friday morning saying she won't be in, and then Friday afternoon shows up to get her time sheet filled out saying that she had found another part time job. Why not have the decency to be honest and say that you weren't happy.
On Friday morning, I was asked to see if I could answer the phones. I said that I wasn't comfortable doing it. Besides I am not able to do two things at once, like do data entry and answer phones. So, I spent the rest of the day just on the computer. The company said that everyone liked me and that I was a hard worker, but I was honest and told them that I am not good dealing with callers, customers, that kind of thing. I am not a people person.
The only thing that sucks about this is having to get back out and find something else thats worthwhile.
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Some suggestions:
-lab technician jobs such as in forensics, medical, food industry, or even photography darkroom
-tech support, computer repair
-freelance graphic design/web design
-pet sitter or groomer
-night security guard
-writer

I hope this list has given you some do-able ideas!!!
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Have you tried getting another shift? I'm sure nights at a hotel is worse cause people are tired or drunk.
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No, I couldn't do hotel work. I would do just the opposite. I would jump down a person's throat if they were rude to me. I worked at retail once, and got into it with some of the customers. There are only certain types of jobs that I can do. The job I am at now is o.k., for now. I don't have to interact with too many people. If I am unhappy somewhere, I have 3 options:
1. Quit
2. Get fired
3. Just get through the day, not giving a damn, and avoiding people as much as you can, as my attitude goes down the toilet.

The money doesn't mean a damn thing to me if I am not happy.
I couldn't have said it better myself.
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The best occupation for us is active trading.
It's a simple matter of finding an online brokerage firm (TD Ameritrade, Scottrade, etc.), sending them trading capital ($2,000 or more), then start trading!

I made over $4,000 in just three hours 2 weeks ago when I went long on Freddie Mae (NYSE: FNM). I bought at $ 8.00 then sold at $14.00 a few hrs later.
Rewarded myself with a new TV (Sharp 46" HDTV 1024i plasma) and a new laptop (H/P with Briteview screen and dual-core processing). I made out like a bandit on that one.
I usually make around $2,000 a week or so all in the comfort of my own home...
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The best occupation for us is active trading.
It's a simple matter of finding an online brokerage firm (TD Ameritrade, Scottrade, etc.), sending them trading capital ($2,000 or more), then start trading!

I made over $4,000 in just three hours 2 weeks ago when I went long on Freddie Mae (NYSE: FNM). I bought at $ 8.00 then sold at $14.00 a few hrs later.
I looked into trading some time ago. Stock speculation (which is actually what I was most interested in for its quickest and biggest returns) sounded very, very risky as no one can really say what a stock is going to do on an hourly or daily basis. It revolves more around luck than it does analysis. You'd might as well take your money and go to a casino.


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The best occupation for us is active trading.
It's a simple matter of finding an online brokerage firm (TD Ameritrade, Scottrade, etc.), sending them trading capital ($2,000 or more), then start trading!

I made over $4,000 in just three hours 2 weeks ago when I went long on Freddie Mae (NYSE: FNM). I bought at $ 8.00 then sold at $14.00 a few hrs later.
I looked into trading some time ago. Stock speculation (which is actually what I was most interested in for its quickest and biggest returns) sounded very, very risky as no one can really say what a stock is going to do on an hourly or daily basis. It revolves more around luck than it does analysis. You'd might as well take your money and go to a casino.
Speculation is nothing but casino-work. I'm talking about trading--not speculation.
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I have an anxious aunt who works at a library, and I always figured that was a good job for a person with SA. I work retail but I manage because the employer/employee relationships are all very supportive and family-like.

Hilarious/ridiculous side-note: my doctor came in to my work one day while I was shouting out some inventory from the back, and she shouted out, "You don't have anxiety! You're shouting right now!" And uh, you don't respect patient confidentiality. Thanksssss.
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