Job Experience Summary
After this fifteen post extravaganza, I think it’s worthwhile to take a step back and add some emphasis to the major highlights — as well as lowlights — of the journey.
- It’s important to find employment in a field that is a reasonable fit for you. The core function needs to be, at the very least, tolerable for you or you won’t be able to tough out the grind. Put another way, going into something just for the money is going to result in too much misery to bear. (For the record, I think that I managed to do this. I enjoy logic, problem-solving, and messing around with computers, so on that count, things have been A-OK.)
- We all bury pieces of ourselves in order to successfully assimilate into work culture.
- I highly recommend downsizing your career toward the end, once you have a significant stash built up, if you absolutely can’t stand your job. Go ahead and make less money, and instead, let the money you’ve already made work for you. It’ll help you get through the last few years.
- I often see people on financial independence forums say things like: I’m saving so that a future version of me will be happy. As the current version of “future me,” let me say this: I’m incredibly happy that past me has stayed the course. And that’s a drastic understatement. This needs to be over — and thanks to the choices I’ve made, it will be, soon.
This whole “Job Experience” set of posts ends up reading, by and large, like an exercise in misery. I’m perfectly aware of that. Thing is, this isn’t unique to me — it’s par for the course for folks, across industries and fields. White collar jobs are far preferable to the alternatives, but that still doesn’t make them a worthwhile way to spend the entirety of your existence on this planet.
Many people continue to believe that everything will be corrected if they can only find the correct fit for them. You like activities A, B and C, and your employer needs someone who enjoys doing the same. It should work out, right?
But it doesn’t. Not over the long haul, it won’t. This is because of the inherent qualities of full-time jobs. They don’t match up with how people are wired. The requirements of employment make it a certainty that even if you’re doing something that, at its core, you love, that you’ll be cured of your affection within a few short years.
It isn’t people that don’t fit jobs.
Jobs don’t fit people.