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Ahhh!   Yes!!!  As I get older the burnout periods seem to get a bit easier, but there seem to be more of them :^(  But I work for myself, so I get to go AWOL every now and then, or I bitch to my more patient peers, or I throw a puerile tantrum at the next contractor who pisses me off, or I play Midtown Madness II for 1/2 an hour or so.  I leave drinking to when I want to appear sociable :^) 
You don't overcome burnout, you weather it; you steer the boat (yourself) out of the storm (the trap of internalization and depression) and search for fair winds ....
One of the tricks is, I believe, to take "long" holidays from the career, and let the tension dissipate to the point you feel relaxed enough to think that you could contribute to the industry again.  I've yet to take that advice, but it has a ring of truth about it.  In the past I've usually sold up everything and moved to another country.  Can't do that now ... got responsibilities apparently :^)
I shouldn't speak on behalf of others, however, you are probably in good company with many of us and, although that doesn't really help, to know others out there have the same traumas, can sometimes make it easier to reflect on "solutions".
If you are like most of us (dare I suggest it?), if you "like" engineering, it will be hard to leave it, and if you have had any successes, then it may be worth hanging in there.  It seems that the immediate problem is your work environment.  Try changing that first.  It's said that a change is as good as a rest.
A "Bed & Breakfast" sounds really good at the moment ... :^)
Hang in there buddy!

Thor A Tandy  P.Eng, MIPENZ
Victoria BC
e-mail: vicpeng(--nospam--at)
----- Original Message -----
From: burnedup
Sent: Thursday, July 18, 2002 2:42 PM
Subject: Job burnout

If there is anyone on this list who has successfully overcome
job burnout, I need some help on how you did it.

After years of demanding clients, faxed due dates, contractors
with personnel who can't read construction documents, RFI's
requiring immediate response, and incomplete architectural plans,
I am ready to give up.

Add to that seeing registration law violations on a weekly basis
by the owner of the firm who will not discuss them since he makes
money that way, having to furnish my own computer (unless I want
to use a 486) and design software, and having to pay for
continuing education. No pay raise or profit sharing even if
everyone works 12+ hour days, but the boss can take overseas
trips.  Paychecks bounce because money is not transferred
into the accounts soon enough.

The only plus is that I seal the documents on my projects and not
have someone who has never looked at project place their seal.

I have looked at other firms in my area and am amazed. How can
someone work in a cubicle that doesn't have the space to open
a set of plans? Also the noise for me is overwhelming to the
point I can't concentrate.

If I don't get any replies, does any one know where someone with
30+ years experience could end out their career doing something
affiliated with structural engineering?

--burnedup and out

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