I'm a MRO (materials, repairs, and operations) Purchasing Agent. I basically buy parts, tools and equipment. Pretty mechanical stuff, and my usual tools are a loupe, micrometer, tape measure, PDA, and cell phone. Busy, active, and productive. A local state university had an opening for an MRO buyer, and given the vastly improved benefits, I applied for and got the job, only to find out upon arrival, that the job actually entails nearly exclusive purchasing contract management. (In so many words, it's an 8-10 hour a day, chained to the desk in a cubie job) Go ahead and laugh. Now I'm Dilbert. Now, I'm miseable, but I'm afraid that jumping ship so fast could damage my career rep. On the other hand, some of my outside contacts have told me that if I'm exposed for too long to a government position, I'll be branded as a "slug". I can't get out of this hellhole fast enough. I'm I as screwed as I think I am?