Quote from Suesquatch
Well, let me rephrase that. There are a lot of really smart people stuck doing really lousy jobs. I'm glad you escaped.
Actually, factory work was less stressful than working as an LVN.
All of my coworkers were male, so I didn't have to deal with the cattiness, gossip, and estrogen-fueled passive aggression that I see in so many female-dominated healthcare facilities. Men will engage in 'guy talk,' but it's not nearly as bad as what I've witnessed when I'm around bitter women.
I was also able to work my 12 hour shifts and leave without any legal responsibility over other people, no visitors to bother me, no docs to round with, no pillow fluffing requests, and so on. I simply got dirty with paper dust at the factory, cleaned the massive 3-story machines, kept them going, then left. The stress was minimal, and the $15.21 hourly pay rate was not too shabby.
However, I needed to retrain. Manufacturing is a very unstable career field with few options for those who intend to transfer their factory skills to another career pathway. Frankly, most hiring managers do not care if you know how to lubricate a machine motor or use visegrip pliers properly.