Working in an office is draining me
If you’ve been reading my blog, you’d have noticed that I’m now working as an ‘assistant engineer’. I’m only really reaping benefits such as the experience of working for such a prestigious company. — Plus, it is a decent company I could place on my CV if I ever need to go job hunting. However, I’m still on my first month at this job and I totally hate it.
It is a full-time job, from 9am-6pm, however it might as well be from 8am to 7pm as I have to leave at 8am to arrive at work in time and I leave at 6pm and it takes an hour to get back home. After work, I feel drained, emotionless and gutted. — It doesn’t feel quite right.
Perhaps or I have a feeling, that I feel this way because it is an office job. I’m locked up in a big room, full other people looking at computer screens as if they are zombies trying to work out 2+2. There’s no emotion on peoples faces. I literally don’t know how people can do this type of job without going crazy. I was talking to my fellow engineers today and they said to me that they’ve been working at this company for over 5 years, some even over that amount. I called them crazy, however they just laughed it off as it meant nothing.
How could they have worked there for such a long time? — I thought to myself.
Perhaps, it is their work ethics.
You see, in Taiwan everyone has to do military service for a year.
I guess it trains the brain to do work which may have seemed ‘crazy’ to do before, knowing the fact that you’ve done worse and so any type of work becomes simple. I actually spoke about this to one of my co-workers and he said it trained his brain to be able to work hard and to do long hours without any issues.
Even so, I still think most of the people working at this company have become zombies, they just haven’t noticed that yet. I can’t blame them either, since in a country like Taiwan, there are no trade unions who have any power to help you; if you are in any trouble. There are no government agencies you can turn to, to really help you out if you are in trouble; money-wise. So I won’t blame them. But with this type of work ethic, how will other countries in the west compete in the future, when their (Asian) economies become more comparable. Why do I think my co-workers are zombies? Take this example:
Every morning there is a call out that goes through the speakers saying that the air-conditioning is being turned on. Everyone leaps to their feet to close all the windows and doors. It works like clock-work. You can literally record the same actions taking place on a daily basis. They are zombies. Plus, some have been working at this place for over 10 years. I don’t know how they stay sane.
All I know is that I want to live life, I don’t want to live working. Or this saying is actually more appropriate:
I don’t want to live life working, I want to work to live life.
This is so true. I would never ever force myself to do some dead-end career and waste my life doing that.