Ahhh, the 9-5…the anticipated 9-5. You go to school for four years hoping to score your “dream” job, which in many cases will be a 9-5 job (obviously this does not apply to every profession). Then, you land your not-so-dream job right out of college and begin working 9-5, which is honestly the strangest thing. Let me break it down…
College: Every day is different depending on your class schedule. Some days you may have three classes, your part time job, your internship, and barely enough time to fit in the gym. Other days you may not have class until 2 p.m., and that’s your only class of the day! Some days are stressful while other days are lax, but overall your life is pretty easy. You’re surrounded by friends and intelligent professors/academic advisors/internship advisors who are willing to help out whenever possible. You can go out on the weekends; you rarely have to wake up early; you don’t have many (if any) bills to pay. Other than studying, life is pretty simple.
Summer after college: Then you graduate. Now, take note that I graduated with a communications (PR) degree, so I wasn’t guaranteed a job right after college like some majors (JEALOUS). The summer after college can be: 1. relaxing 2. stressful. Time goes by so slowly and so quickly at the same time–you spend hours upon hours job searching and applying.
Then suddenly, months have gone by and you’re like HOLY SHHHHHHH I need to get it together. You keep applying, you score an interview, it goes well, and you get offered a full-time job. YAAAAAAAAAY!!!!! Your first full-time job, with benefits too if you’re lucky.
Your first “big kid” job: It’s your first day. You are SO excited to tell the world that you have a job. No more spending hours upon hours searching for a job that you are both qualified for and think you’ll enjoy. Ah, but your schedule is exactly the same. Every. Single. Day. Personally, I don’t hate this, but that’s because I’m a boring human. Working a 9-5 is opposite from college because in college your schedule varies, while in “real life” your schedule pretty much stays the same. Working 9-5 makes life go by faster. I mean, eight hours of your precious, precious day are now GONE and spent with people who, up until yesterday, you didn’t know. You begin seeing these people more often than your family, friends and significant other. You begin feeling exhausted and, if you weren’t already, you will more than likely become a coffee addict. You get a little more grandma-licious and a little less crazy.
When friends ask, “Do you want to go out?” you have to really think about it, whereas in college you’d be like “DUHHHHH.” Or maybe that was just me?
Now, I’m not trying to hate on the 9-5. The 9-5 is inevitable for many people and it has allowed me to get on a consistent routine as for as working out, meal prepping. blogging and TV watching goes, which is a good thing. I need consistency in my life.
Please note that I’ve only been in the work force for about three months now, so I’m not sure if I’m qualified enough to write this post, but this is what I’ve gathered so far. Maybe some of you can relate or have additional thoughts?
Q: What did you major in? Did you go through a similar mind frame during your college and post-college years? What is your opinion of the 9-5?