You’ll be able to balance what you love with your job.
- Challenging job
That's all your sanity is going to allow here. Because, let's face it: It's mentally necessary to occasionally go home, have a couple of your roommate's Miller Lites, and watch a Bar Rescue marathon. Trying to have a "well-balanced" life is a recipe for a stroke.
You’ll hate your job.
It's not all bad. Even if you take a job more for the money than the "love of it," odds are you'll make friends, find some entertainment in it all, and then appreciate the money that allows you to buy video games, alcohol, and the company of the Girls of Madam Camae's Filipino Palace. Few people really, truly hate every minute they're stuck in an office.
Not anymore. Most jobs exceed those hours, because most jobs don't provide you with a steady stream of work every day. Hence a few late nights, as well as a few opportunities to take summer "Fuck it Fridays."
You can just disconnect on weekends.
An intern I know worked back-to-back-to-back 15-hour days at a bank. He took the 4th and 5th of July off to go back home. He slept in on the 5th. When he woke up at noon, he had four urgent unanswered emails, as well as a furious voicemail from a superior asking why he had taken four hours to answer an 8 a.m. message. This is not uncommon. Unless you go on vacation, make a big deal about "Disconnecting" and leave that ubiquitous Facebook status update that says"Disconnecting for the week," then you'll be expected to always be near your email.
Advancing is relatively easy.
Most people think that advancing in a company is mainly up to you. That, when you begin to apply yourself—i.e. brownosing the right people, charming the VP, and remembering to bathe regularly—you can begin a climb to the top. It doesn't always work that way. It's more random. A hierarchy isn't a strict meritocracy, meaning there will probably be some real morons ahead of you.
"I can just quit and go to law school."
DO NOT THINK THIS. Law school is an enormous investment, you'll probably leave it with over 100k in debt, and that exact philosophy is why there are a fuck-ton of law school grads looking for jobs right now.
You can save money by bringing lunch.
Well, yeah, that's true, but look: To leave the office for a lunch hour is a holy sacrament. Do you want to cheapen that by saving $6/day on a crappy PB&J?
You can’t go out on Thursdays anymore.
You CAN go out on Thursdays. Many people still do, actually, go out several days a week.
You should know, though, that if you go out every night until 2 a.m., and keep following that “OJ’s for mixin’, not for sippin’!" philosophy, you’ll be dead by October. Remember to sleep. In a bed, not the bathroom. That's for 30 minute poops.
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