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Hi

I joined a new company solely for Salary purpose but unfortunately it's a night shift..I am a person who loves trekking and do hiking nearby my mountains every day...Also I enjoy fitness and workout...only thing I hate is sitting 9 hours behind the cubicle...I changed the company which is having night shift only the reason was that they are providing 50 percent hike and unfortunately I feel it's only into monitoring infra and kind of Application Support.From System Administration I moved into a new role of Technical Lead (Support).

Are Support jobs boring jobs? I see we have Linux server access but looks like our work in it is limited..the only reason for joining it was 50 percent Salary Hike as I am in financial crisis and need financial stability...but doing night shift is not giving me peace of mind and no proper sleep... please suggest what needs to be done... Anybody with the Same experience doing night shift?
 
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This discussion has been moved to our Jobs forum: it would not fit well in MD.

At least when you go for your next job and somebody asks why you took the night job, you can simply say, “The pay was much more than I got elsewhere.” Don't know whether such support will be boring; if a server goes down, it will probably cease to be boring.
Two things worry me:-
  • 1: You don't get financial stability from a big salary. You get it from spending no more than you have got. Loans, etc., may allow you to average out spending over the year, but increasing loan balances suggest you are overspending. Draw your horns in and use the higher salary to pay off any loans, or to save some money. If you do save something, seek advice where best to invest it.
  • 2: You don't want to give the impression that you are indiscriminate about which jobs you take, nor that you change jobs frequently. Your next employer wants confidence that you will stay there for a reasonable time.
  • You may have to stay on the nights for some time, a year or two, so as to show staying power and commitment.

    Other people will doubtless have completely different opinions.
     
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    I think Night Shift should be banned as it's impact our health...me being a little bit of fitness freak..feel that  people should be given onsite opportunity in IT industry instead of making them awake in Night which makes them feel miserable..they are earning in billion of dollars can't they do little bit like this... we are not doctors or nurses who attend emergency operations for whom night shift becomes mandatory to save a person...

    I don't have any loans...just my savings is not that much .I have a dream to purchasey own bullet bike and travel to trans Himalayan ranges...hence I am working plus saving money to give my parents a reasonable luxury life.
     
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    Vishal Hegde wrote:. . . . we are not doctors or nurses who attend emergency operations for whom night shift becomes mandatory to save a person...

    People do banking, travel, use mains gas and electricity 24‑7. If any of those things goes down, it could result in loss of millions, accidents in travel, failure of power and water, and some of those things can kill people by the hundred. So your job is important. I agree that night shifts are harmful; that is well‑known already.
    Telephone support for a shopping website, well maybe that isn't quite as crucial.



    I don't have any loans...just my savings is not that much . . .

    In that case, you probably have financial stability already, so sorry for misinterpreting what you said at first.
     
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    Vishal Hegde wrote:I joined a new company solely for Salary purpose but unfortunately it's a night shift


    Not to sound unsympathetic, but you knew this when you took the job. You decided that a night shift doing support was worth the extra money. There's a reason the job pays more.

    Campbell Ritchie wrote:You may have to stay on the nights for some time, a year or two, so as to show staying power and commitment.

    Other people will doubtless have completely different opinions.


    Unless you were at your previous jobs a short time, I think it is ok to be at this one a short time. It doesn't look bad on the CV if rare. And you can say "I realized the night shift wasn't for me" when doing it. From how you describe the job, I'd worry more about skills atrophy than the nigh shift. When you look for your next job, what will you  have recent experience doing? Just monitoring? I imagine the daytime people do the more interesting parts such as scripting.  Do you have the option to automate some of what your job does? That will prevent boredom and save money. It does raise the possibility of automating away your job though.


    Vishal Hegde wrote:only thing I hate is sitting 9 hours behind the cubicle.


    This is something you do control. Can you get a standing desk? Can you stand every 30 minutes? 15 minutes?
     
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    Some people love night shift jobs.

    Yes, the night shift can be hard on your health, and rotating shifts can be absolutely brutal, but there are people who like the ability to do all those things that those of us on day shift cannot do like shop during the day. The main thing is that you're probably going to be trying to sleep when it's bright and noisy, so you need to make yourself a protected space so you can rest properly.

    Night support can be like working for the fire department. Lots of dull time, punctuated by panic. If you don't mind that, you can spend the idle time in self-improvement, and be a hero when things fall apart. Or at least you could before everything had to be ultimately "efficient". Today's bean-count obsessed management is likely to resent that idle time because you're not putting in 110% and dump slop on you that is actually likely to keep you from being able to properly respond when things do go off the rails. Then again, they do that to day-shift workers too.

    Back when batch-oriented mainframe computers were the norm, the night was when the heavy production batch processing was done and after that, when off-hours maintenance was attended to. Batch processing was one of those dump the job in and wait sort of things, so you didn't have to constantly hurry and scurry. Maintenance, however, was another thing. If someone had put in some changes for application overnight and a system didn't come back up again, the operations staff would call or page whoever was responsible for the broken system. And those folks in operations could be infuriatingly cheerful when they called me at 3 a.m.!
     
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