But I Don't Want To Quit My Job

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

For those of you who don't know, my full-time job during the week is an "office job." I'm a project coordinator at a creative studio. It's a classic 8-to-5, clock-in-and-clock-out, working-in-a-cubicle job.

And here's the kicker: I don't hate it.

Office jobs really get the short end of the stick. They are constantly dragged, especially by and to millennials, the primary connotation being that they're boring. Sure, "I work in an office" doesn't have as much of an exciting ring to it as "I travel and write for XYZ magazine," but there's more to it than that. And who answers "What do you do?" with "I work in an office" anyway? If that's how you phrase it, then yeah, maybe working in an office isn't for you.

That type of environment doesn't suit everyone, and that's fine. One of my closest friends (who I actually met at my current job) recently quit to spend a few months traveling. For her, it was the perfect decision. It makes total sense. I've never seen her happier.

Me? Well, I don't know if anyone has ever admitted to enjoying working in an office, but surely I can't be the only one. I know there are others out there.

Part of the reason I like it is because I enjoy the structure. There's a schedule and routine to it. It lets me easily separate my "work space" and my "home space." The two never really overlap for me. When I leave work, I'm done for the day. I don't take it home with me. I also like the feeling of community that you get from working in a cube with others. The comradery at my workplace is one of the biggest reasons I like it there so much. It's not something I'd be able to get working from home or moving around to various locations.

That type of atmosphere has its perks. Still, "office jobs" are commonly viewed as dreary, dull, and monotonous. In all of the criticism, there seems to be one common thread, the same piece of advice for employees: Quit.

Quit your day job! Get out of the office! Do something bigger! Something better!

But... I don't want to quit my job. And why should I? So I can do something that sounds better? What if I like what I'm doing now? News flash: Those "dream jobs" we always envy aren't always what we think they are, remember? What's important isn't that what we do impresses other people, it's that it makes us happy. Do what you enjoy. If that's an "office job," then so be it.

I'm sick of the Internet telling me that the key to happiness is quitting my job. That my life won't truly begin until I pack up and start anew somewhere else. That as long as I'm working this "office job," I could be doing better.

Day jobs like these aren't a waste of time if you're enjoying the work. They aren't holding you back. More likely, they're helping you propel yourself forward. Plus, the office isn't the job anyway. It's the setting. People at Google and Apple and all of these companies that are revered, they work in an office too. Offices aren't soul-sucking – they can be inspirational, motivating environments.

We can build something up without tearing its counterpart down. There isn't one, single path to take through life. So stop telling me I need to quit my job.

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