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21. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Beerman is a Brew Master for a regional brewery. No, it's not a glamourous job nor does it supply boat loads of wealth. After 10 years of service, he finally has earned 15 days of vacation time - not enough - but it will have to do until the lottery hits.
I'm in the process of (slowly) setting up my own real estate business since I was granted my license at the end of last year. Not having worked in the field before, it's not just going out and viola - selling a house. But, that will come in time and make saving for trips easier. Until then, we work with one salary - Beerman's. :)

22. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

i work as a IT consultant...i now work for myself...this allows me to command a much bigger sallary, take holidays when i like as long as i like and to work in any country i like.

why in america are they so scabby with holidays? in europe most people get anything between 21-30 days holiday!!!! and can get more through various schemes within there company!!!

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 28, 2007, at 6:07 AM by oslaue ]

23. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 9y

I know. Its not fair to be so tight with annual leave. It can't be healthy to expect staff to go so long without holiday.

Local authorities here are usually good. I used to work for Sheffield City Council, and we got 24 days holiday, plus a potential twelve more if you accrued enough working hours (you could bank a days worth each month) and after five years continuous service you got an extra 5 days. Plus, after you'd worked there 5 years you could take an unpaid year out and they'd save your job for you. It was great.... Except I hated the job......

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 28, 2007, at 7:25 AM by Clarabell ]

24. Posted by Kris1013 (Budding Member 12 posts) 9y

I think there are a lot of reasons why Americans are offered very little vacation time, and on the flip side why Americans don't demand more time off. It is my belief that the majority of Americans define themselves by their work. So without work, I propose that it becomes difficult for Americans (not all of course) to distinguish their personal identity. Many Americans also work to support their excessive consumeristic lifestyle instead of working to fund meaningful adventures of self-exploration. Those are some of the more esoteric and philosophical reasons. We aren't offered significant time off because we don't demand it (as a whole society, not as individuals), simple as that. Anyway, I'm not trying to bash anyone, but that is that situation as I see it.

Kris

25. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Im a customer service manager with 35 days holiday per year! Not bad l suppose (my other half has 40!)

Its usually civil service jobs (like my mothers) that can build up flexi time work over & above your working hours - she does this and takes extra days, l know some civil servants that have the equivalent of 6-8 weeks each year - lucky beggars!

26. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

I'm a piano teacher. :)

27. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting Kris1013

I think there are a lot of reasons why Americans are offered very little vacation time, and on the flip side why Americans don't demand more time off. It is my belief that the majority of Americans define themselves by their work. So without work, I propose that it becomes difficult for Americans (not all of course) to distinguish their personal identity. Many Americans also work to support their excessive consumeristic lifestyle instead of working to fund meaningful adventures of self-exploration. Those are some of the more esoteric and philosophical reasons. We aren't offered significant time off because we don't demand it (as a whole society, not as individuals), simple as that. Anyway, I'm not trying to bash anyone, but that is that situation as I see it.

Kris

I agree with you completely, Kris. We, as a society, define ourselves by our accomplishments and that includes our work lives. There have been numerous news stories of recent describing how the American worker can't take a vacation without their laptop, cell and PDA. No matter what the reason (ie: dedication to the job or fear of losing it if they aren't "available" to name two), many Americans put work before pleasure. Consumerism, as Kris also mentioned, is a driving force too. The majority of American businesses and industires do not care about their employee's mental health. We have propagrated the "dog eat dog" working environment and continue to feed it. We may whine about not enough vacation, but the reality is, if we even took the time off, we'd still feel the need to be connected to the workplace. (Thankfully, Beerman and I don't think in those terms. We also don't take any devices other than the portable CD player or iPod with us on vacation.)

28. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

I work for Sony, and I count pixels on their new LCD screens.

"Five billion, seven hundred million, three hundred and fifty thousand two hundred and.....one."

"Five billion, seven hundred million, three hundred and fifty thousand two hundred and.....two."

Actually, I count beans - accountant.

It pay well, but bores the crap out of me when all's said and done.

29. Posted by inanon (Full Member 85 posts) 9y

I'm a student as I work as an elderly carer.

30. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 9y

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