A look into why having a job you don’t like isn’t so bad.
By Laird Chris Lilly
From the time you start school you’re already thinking about it, before your GCSE’s you’ve already been made to do one voluntarily and by the end of school you might already have a part time one or dabble with the family. Either way, it’s drummed into us that we have to get a job. The government wants us to get one in order to fund the country and people who don’t get one. Our parents want us to get a good one to make them proud and we just want to have fun and not get one at all.
This is mostly the problem with the world of work. No one likes it, unless you’re Jeremy Clarkson. When you get up in the morning to go to work your body, in protest, makes you feel like crap, when on days off you get up at the same time in the morning and feel alright. What chance do we have if our body and brain are negatively reinforcing the idea of going to work? It’s a little wonder I’ve been told I have a bad attitude at work, I’ve tried explaining that I’m a creative person and mundane tasks make me restless, they didn’t see it my way of course. This is the problem with most jobs, they involve you doing something that either has no interest attached to it or you have no interest in it. This usually makes you feel worse in the morning if you have a boring job. Now I’m no work shy peasant, I like having a job; it means I get to eat things I like and not just pasta all the time. Besides most boring mundane jobs are there to serve and benefit the rest of society, which is tedious, vital and boring.
I’ve asked myself many times how to get out of the public service sector because, unless you have a lot of responsibilities you can forget about getting paid nicely and you know the job will give you RSI’s. It seems as though some people just get lucky breaks, and yes this is true in some cases. But when you think about it, luck isn’t a constant, so sometimes you actually have to work to where you want to get in a job you dislike. I only say dislike because everyone who says they hate their job is still grateful every payday, especially if it’s cash in hand, which makes the tax man cry and in turn makes the government upset.
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