As many of us approach legal working age, we get eager to go out and earn ourselves some money. You may also be thinking about work experience, which is volunteering that can help you get a job in future. But making the jump from work to school is difficult, especially because it’s such a different environment. Here’s a few bits of advice from someone who knows a thing or two about long days at work!
One of the biggest differences between work and school is the long hours, and the lack of breaks. Most people have half an hour’s lunch break, and can spend the day doing the same thing. It’s quite repetitive, but beats doing homework I guess! People in Britain work some of the longest hours in Europe, and can feel tired at the end of the day. The best way to cope with the long hours is to firstly think of the money you’ll be earning – and when payday comes, you’ll be glad of it! Secondly, you can look forward to nice evenings in at home.
When you go out to work, you’ll be mixing with a lot of different people, not like school. Your colleagues might be older than you, and will probably have different interests and lifestyles. If you be friendly, polite and respectful (as you should be to anybody anyway) then you’ll get along fine with everyone. Same goes for your boss – if you do what they ask, then you won’t have to worry about going into work every day.
Work can get stressful, especially when you have too many things to do and too much on your mind. Most jobs at our age are ones that we can just leave at the office – when you go home, there’s nothing you can do about it, so why worry? Always remember that. If things get bad, you can ask a colleague for help, as a problem shared really is a problem halved. Also, try to remember that it isn’t the end of the world if you don’t manage to get it all done, it’s not unreasonable.
If it’s stressful, time tends to go quickly, as if you’ve run out of time. However, sometimes work can be the opposite, and time can go very, very slowly. If you try to avoid looking at the clock, it might help. If you do a more physical job, like working in a shop, you can break up the day by doing a variety of tasks. If you think of the day in terms of tasks and not hours, things will seem to speed up a little.
The best part about the working day, in the same way as the school day, is the coming home. Now, you can tuck up with a nice hot drink, your pet, and your favourite TV show. You should probably get an early night for the next day, but for now, put your feet up – after all, you really have earned it.
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