Why Your Nightmare Job Can Be Someone Else’s Dream Job

by Evil HR Lady on October 23, 2017

Dream jobs. Everyone wants one, but chasing that elusive dream can often result in a nightmare. But, the reality is, your dream job may be someone else’s nightmare job.

For instance, I love writing. I love Human Resources. I love writing about HR. It goes together well. Other people would rather stick pins in their eyes than sit down every day in front a computer with the assignment to write a couple of thousand words, edit them, and get them ready for publication.

On the other hand, someone who hates writing may find a real joy in teaching kindergarten. Frankly, that seems like a complete nightmare to me, and if I somehow ended up in a Kindergarten classroom I might adopt some of the teacher in this video’s behavior. (Although, I would choose Harry Potter as my book series to share with the little darlings.)

So, with this in mind, I asked people what their nightmare jobs look like. This wasn’t about bad co-workers or micro-managing bosses, but where the actual work would make you climb in bed and hide under the covers. See if you relate to any of these ideas:

To read the list of nightmare jobs, click here: Why Your Nightmare Job Can Be Someone Else’s Dream Job

Add your own in the comments!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Mr Dependable, Clinical, Intellectual, Cynical October 23, 2017 at 2:24 pm

Isn’t HR like being a paralegal or judge? Or maybe a child’s advocate for one side or the other?


Elizabeth West October 23, 2017 at 3:31 pm

OMG that video was hilarious!

Dream job: Bestselling novelist. 🙂 If I have to have a day job, which nearly all published writers I know do because writing books doesn’t pay jack, it would be technical editing. I did this at my last job and LOOOOOOOOVED it.

Nightmare job: Going back to retail or food service, or being in a call center. I would not last a week in a call center. One of the better-paying jobs in my really cruddy market is telephone customer service representative at a travel company, and they start people on the night shift. I just cannot even. I can’t. I’d rather starve, to be honest.


Aphrodite October 23, 2017 at 11:49 pm

My worst jobs, and the true nightmares, are retail jobs or any job where I have to interact with the public. (Sales/marketing also qualifies.) I loathe and fear these jobs with a passion.

I am also a partial writer and an editor in my day job at a community college. I love being left alone to do my work and if I go most of the day without saying much to anyone I am happy. I do not get my energy from others; I recharge when I can be alone. Many people seem unable to comprehend this but there is no loneliness involved. Just calm peace that I love.


Amy October 24, 2017 at 3:07 pm

I don’t think I’d last on an assembly line, or as a Surgeon. The monotonous repetition of the line, or the fine delicate pain staking precision of the Surgeon would drive me crazy day after day.


Barbara Kirk October 25, 2017 at 10:39 am

I would say my dream job would be to illustrate children’s books or record sleeves. My nightmare job would be putting new clothes stock out in a shop after some numpty’s thrown an item on the floor after trying it on, or if someone comes in eating a pie or a pasty and starts picking through the items without washing their hands first.


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