So I've been working for the UC system as a web publisher/developer for almost 2 years, and ever since we moved to a new building, I've become increasingly unhappy with my job. I'm the youngest person here by about 15 years, and from what I can tell, they hire cackling hens to fill 90% of the jobs around here.
Before this, I was a secretary for 4 years at the Berkeley campus, putting myself through school. The atmosphere was different on campus -- the staff consisted of people of every age, primarily students & grad students. Although I usually keep to myself, it was a really informal workplace, and it was fun to goof around with people my own age.
I don't have such an opportunity at this job, and while I'm not here to make friends, it's just easier to relate to people who don't have kids who are my age. I try to chit-chat with folks, but it quickly veers back to work. Initially, I thought this place was really strict about downtime, until I noticed people chatting it up on Friday mornings, and the building being deserted by 3pm.
I'm pretty good at what I CAN do, but if I don't branch out and start hitting the back-end database books, I won't be moving up in THIS job, nor will I be qualified for web jobs elsewhere. The department director wants me to develop some PHP proficiency, and he's willing to pay for some classes if the BIBLE books don't help.
Before being immersed in HR-lady hell, I was completely content with this prospect, but now I find myself wondering if I even want to stay ...