Slaving away at a corporation as an accountant or analyst.. MY GOD. I would rather kill myself. I love bodybuilding.. I love fitness.. I love health.. I love vacations.. I love my friends and family.. But I don't think those will pay the bills. I plan to invest in bonds stocks and real estate. I'm an engineering major and I think I'll want to work 5 years max for a company. Other than that.. fck that. Just sounds absoutley soul draining and miserable.
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Most Helpful Girl
It might be 9-5, but I love my job. It's in science, and requires a lot of specialized knowledge and creativity/innovation. The research was exciting, and now there's the end goal of a fully developed and functioning product and instrument that will help a lot of people. Hopefully the work will improve treatment options for many patients.
I often put in more than 40 hours a week, but I honestly couldn't be happier with it. It's also cool to be a part of a very intelligent, knowledgeable and productive team of people, who are also fun, good people. We get things done, but the environment's friendly. We play music in the lab all the time, go on retreats, have socials, etc. now and then. I also like that I'm not tied to my desk and computer screen, and get to be on my feet and in the lab too.1
Most Helpful Guy
I think the solution to this problem (which I acknowledge) is to find a job that you actually ENJOY performing. Being a continental European, I know exactly what you mean because we certainly put more value than Americans on the idea that you should "work to live instead of live to work". However, I don't think that working hard and having fun in life are mutually exclusive. It's all about finding something that is true to your interests and your passions. Ideally, you should be able to work in a profession where you can connect your hobbies or interests with your work. For some people, this is indeed working at a big corporation (not everyone hates it ;-)). For myself, it is academics. The education system in my country Switzerland works rather different than in America or England and college is not something everyone goes to (because all of the general knowledge that is taught in American colleges is already taught in high schools here). Only a small percentage (15-20% of the population) actually goes to university, because you have to be very good at school to get in. If however, you study at a university, a bachelor's degree is usually not enough (you wouldn't find a job with that), so almost everyone gets a master's degree. Since I love and enjoy my subject a lot, I would like to add a PhD to that and later go into teaching and research. I would also enjoy becoming a high school teacher, which is a very good, challenging and well-paid job here. I think if I manage to get into either of these professions, I would be very happy and I wouldn't find sitting at my desk late at night sometimes preparing the next day's lessons or correcting exams because it's a job I would truly love.
At the same time, I think there are also alternative ways of living that you can find for yourself and that are - in my opinion - just as valuable and good as the way most people live. One example is my best friend who has been working 60-80% ever since (he hasn't gone to university, so he's been working for quite a while already). Of course this lifestyle becomes harder once you have kids but for people under the age of 30 it's a great alternative I think. If he had a 100%-job, he would earn around 5,000 Swiss Franks (5,300 USD). Now, because he doesn't have a family, he doesn't need all that money. Of course he could work hard and save up the money but that's not him. He rather takes life easy, has one more free day per week, spends more time with his friends, has more time0