Things like this make me sad.
Those of us that leveled a job (or three) the old way embrace Abyssea because the grind gets repetitive after job #2, and it's an easy way to start a new one. I'm sure, as I'm writing this, you eventually got your first spot and are no doubt, at least level 50 (only that low because of limit breeaks) and will never know the true experience of climbing levels.
Again, I simply love the idea of taking away the grind...if you've already experienced it, and most have. If you haven't though, you're really missing out on a critical FFXI experience...learning to love a job.