So, we’ve all been through the drill.
After our Bachelor’s or Master’s, we are expected to land a cushy job which will pay the bills and rent, and be our first step into the world of ADULTING.
Our parents will be super proud to quote the names of the MNCs or other major corporate firms where their kids work, and our work hours and salary will be a feather in their cap, an achievement of both them and their kids.
After I finished my Master’s degree in April, I went through this drill. I got a well paying job at a big corporate firm that my parents were super duper proud about, and started working 9 hours a day, 6 days a week, in front of a computer.
However, I chucked the job in 5 weeks.
I realized that as perpetually broke students, a corporate job to us means being able to live life the way we want to, eat without restrictions, travel, and shop, all at the price of sitting in an office everyday. Right?
Yes, you earn money, but you don’t have time to do anything you even remotely enjoy.
Your salary is spent on transport to and from office, food, and rent.
Your friends are also busy working, and you hardly have time to meet each other.
When you get home from work, you just want to change into your PJs and sleep.
And on Sunday, your one day off, you can’t even think of going out, because you just want to catch up on sleep.
No Job Security
The corporate world also does not guarantee job security, with managers who can take illogical decisions and hold a huge amount of power in their hands.
I’ve seen some really hardworking people get fired at the drop of a hat, without a proper explanation.
Why Higher Studies Are Better
On day 1 of my job, I felt out of place. I was placed in front of a computer and that’s how I spent the next 5 weeks, as a human machine constantly meeting productivity targets.
I was sick and tired of it, and applied for a PhD. I didn’t want to sit idle at home after resigning, I wanted to do something productive.
And believe me, returning to academia was the best decision ever.
I actually get to read, do research, and work on topics that actually interest me, rather than something random and boring assigned for the sake of meeting targets.
I have reasonable hours once again, and don’t have to kill myself in front of a computer for 9 hours a day.
I get to attend interesting lectures and workshops that enhance my knowledge, which is very important to me.
The corporate world hardly leaves you with any time and energy to focus on yourself at the end of the day.
What I believe is…
Even though the HR team told me at the exit interview that my work was good and that I would be welcome back any time, I don’t think I’ll ever step into the corporate world again, now that I know how it really is.
There’s more to life than being in a relationship with computers and deadlines, and I want to live my life happily, even if it means being a teacher or researcher drawing a lower salary than an MNC employee.
I want to travel, to have time to read, to relax, and to add quality and value to my life.
What’s the point of earning lots of money if your job makes you miserable, anyway?
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