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How much do you work?

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by norcaltransplant, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. clee1982

    clee1982 Senior member

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    I'm a grad student on an assistantship so my life is a bit different. Mondays and wednesdays I'm up at school 9-7. Depending upon my workload that can go up to Tuesdays, thursdays, fridays it's 8-530/6. During that time I am either in class, grading, teaching, doing homework, doing research, or in meetings for various things related to teaching and/or research. Often I get home and work 10-2 during week days and sometimes do two more 10+hour days on the weekend. I feel your pain on the weeks on end without stop bit.

    Officially though, I only work 20 hours.


    wait until deadline and have you advisor scream behind you [​IMG] , those were the days...
     
  2. Connemara

    Connemara Senior member

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    Technically I am salaried at 35 hours per week. Some days, I'm there 9-5. Some days, when the bosses are in town, it can be 9-7 or 8. There is the occasional day where you're there 12+ hours, but that's a once or twice in a year thing...hopefully. [​IMG] I've been racking up comp time as of late. We've been there till at least 5:30 or 6.
     
  3. mktitsworth

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    wait until deadline and have you advisor scream behind you [​IMG] , those were the days...

    Luckily, I'm studying mathematical physics, and have chosen an advisor whom I get along with really, really well. I can see the deadline bit, but not a whole lot of screaming. That just doesn't seem to be his style.
     
  4. Matt

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    I just finished my 11th straight day of work. I've also been working a lot weekends. I personally don't mind my hours, averaging between 10-14 on the weekdays, and 6-8 on the weekends, though I'm tired as hell once I get home. This is apparently detrimental to my relationship. My girlfriend was pretty pissed when I gave the "sleepy face" about going out to karaoke.

    So, is this really a problem? How much does everyone work on average? Money causes a lot of anxiety for me, so I'd rather work and try to save or pay down debt as much as possible. FWIW, this is the perspective of a thirty year-old and not some recent college grad.


    wind it in Mattie. I have no doubt that A can kick your ass...then who needs a doctor?
     
  5. CBrown85

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    Usually get to the school around 7:30 and leave about 5 or so. Unless there's practise or a tournament or something in which case I could be there anywheres between 7 pm or 10 pm. Not sure how to count extra marking, communicating with parents/students, lesson planning or pro-d though. I dunno, is it work if you like doing it?
     
  6. KPO89

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    I don't understand how most of these people who work this much have time for an SF account...if you do you don't have your priorities right.

    I work about 60 a week just starting out as a account manager. 6 months ago in college was when I had time to be on SF. Now it is just late nights and weekends to check the User CP.
     
  7. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    50 at work, another 10-15 on furniture projects that dont really count as work.
     
  8. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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    I work from 8 to 5, 6 days a week. no miss.
     
  9. Magnas

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    Normally I work from 8-16 mon-fri. I find that it's plenty of time to do the things that needs to get done. Sometimes I take an intense week though with my business partners with everybody sleeping in the office and rocking the house from 7-24 if we have something which really needs some laser-focused attention. Before I got my son I worked a few hours in the evening also, but I don't do that anymore to make time for him and my wife.
     
  10. otc

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    Right now, I tend to average around 45 a week. I am salaried with overtime (actually salary at 35, 1x time to 40 and 1.5x for 40+) and this seems to be the level or work I get at non-crunch times without really trying. I kind of want to bump this up...not entirely for the money but for the advancement potential and that I think it would force me to live a more "intense" life. Just like when I started working during school (rather than my first year where I just had school) and having less free time led to me actually doing more productive things with the time I had.

    I figure that it is better to do it now before I have a family and things like that to eat up my time...get the big steps out of the way by busting ass now. What is weird is that it seems like I already have a reputation for doing this...If I get in an elevator with some more senior person at 5:30 it is not uncommon to get some comment like "ooh, they're letting you go at a reasonable time for once."

    I don't understand how most of these people who work this much have time for an SF account...if you do you don't have your priorities right.

    Even when it gets busy, I tend to have lots of bits of short downtime...send off a piece of work-product to someone and have to wait around for some feedback or a new task. Perfect for getting in a few threaks on SF (or reading some news headlines or watching youtube or whatever everybody else in the office does).
     
  11. gladhands

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    Are you a fellow or something right now? I haven't heard many people identify themselves solely as internists.

    That was my thought. That kind of workload is unheard of for an attending or private practice physician. Even for a fellow, one would have to be heavily involved in bench research or moonlighting to work 11 days straight.
     
  12. imatlas

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    Internist. I guess the question is, how much can you work before it begins to affect other parts of your life? I have no desire to work 14+ hour days. I can, however, work 8-10 days somewhat indefinitely, though this leaves little free time to do anything other than work and household maintenance.
    That's your mistake right there. Historically ID has the worst pay to work ratio of the major medical specializations. My dad was an ID, and watching his experience convinced me not to go into medicine. Life balance is very difficult to find when you're on call every other weekend and working 10- 12 hour days every day. I probably average about 50 hours a week. When the short term average gets above that, my personal life starts to suffer.
     
  13. deadly7

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    That was my thought. That kind of workload is unheard of for an attending or private practice physician. Even for a fellow, one would have to be heavily involved in bench research or moonlighting to work 11 days straight.
    Yeah, maybe not a fellow but a resident. At which point, it makes even more sense why he has the hours he mentioned.

    That's your mistake right there. Historically ID has the worst pay to work ratio of the major medical specializations. My dad was an ID, and watching his experience convinced me not to go into medicine. Life balance is very difficult to find when you're on call every other weekend and working 10- 12 hour days every day.

    I probably average about 50 hours a week. When the short term average gets above that, my personal life starts to suffer.

    But for many programs, I've always read that you need to have done an internal medicine rotation. Eg, neurology, nephrology, etc etc. And I don't think that all of those work as brutal hours as the internal med folks. I could very well be wrong though.
     
  14. imatlas

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    Yeah, maybe not a fellow but a resident. At which point, it makes even more sense why he has the hours he mentioned.


    But for many programs, I've always read that you need to have done an internal medicine rotation. Eg, neurology, nephrology, etc etc. And I don't think that all of those work as brutal hours as the internal med folks. I could very well be wrong though.


    That's what my dad always said (actually, he always said, "those damn mechanics work half as much and make several times what I do").
     
  15. deadly7

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    That's what my dad always said (actually, he always said, "those damn mechanics work half as much and make several times what I do").

    Assuming he's not talking about literal mechanics and was instead calling specialists mechanics (because they only fix certain parts) this reminds me of that old story about the company that calls the engineer to fix something and gets an outrageous bill.
     
  16. imatlas

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    Assuming he's not talking about literal mechanics and was instead calling specialists mechanics (because they only fix certain parts) this reminds me of that old story about the company that calls the engineer to fix something and gets an outrageous bill.

    Surgeon=mechanic to my dad, because it requires mechanical skill over intellectual capability and knowledge, and is all about "procedures". This is in opposition to infectious disease, his specialty, which is entirely about curing disease through knowledge and intellect, but pays a fraction of what the top surgery specialties pay.

    As I have learned to my everlasting regret from personal experience, the tag fits - surgeons tend to see medical issues more in terms of "What can I cut?" than "How can I best cure this?"
     
  17. deadly7

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    Surgeon=mechanic to my dad, because it requires mechanical skill over intellectual capability and knowledge, and is all about "procedures". This is in opposition to infectious disease, his specialty, which is entirely about curing disease through knowledge and intellect, but pays a fraction of what the top surgery specialties pay.

    As I have learned to my everlasting regret from personal experience, the tag fits - surgeons tend to see medical issues more in terms of "What can I cut?" than "How can I best cure this?"


    The top paragraph reminds me of Scrubs. Turk: "My girlfriend isn't the only one with straight C's, if you know what I'm saying"

    The surgeons I've talked to don't necessarily think in the terms you pointed out, but maybe it's because I didn't see them while a patient.
     
  18. gnatty8

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    I "live" in another city 3 days a week, and when there, usually work 12 hour days. The other 2 days, minimum of 10 hours, and then usually 4 to 6 hours over the weekend. What's that, 60+ hours or so a week. Been like that for at least 3 years, it's the norm.
     
  19. xpress

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    9-9:30 two days a week.
    9-5 three days a week.
    12-5 one day a week.
    One day off (sometimes)
     
  20. bawlin

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    October - January I'm up at 8am and I'm usually working until past 9pm (not straight through of course). January - September I'm up at 10am and I'm usually done my day by noon.
     

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