Everyone had that time when you were young, wanting to be an adult ASAP. Then, the moment you enter the workforce, you wish to become a kid again. So which is actually tougher? Here is my personal take on the life of being a student or in the workforce.

Life is about enjoying where you are
Just enjoy where you are right now. Photo by Matese Fields

Of grades and exams

School life, the only thing we really needed to worry about were our grades. Aside from that, most students also really care about making friends and of course, relationships.

It might be lost to those who are currently studying but, you really have it easy. You have your parents to cover your daily necessities. Not to mention, school holidays, some even lasting a whole month!

Now that I am working, I find studying for exams something relatively easy. Repeated practices and understanding is generally the right way to clear exams, even if you are trying to aim for the top.

The stressful part that school brings is team projects. This is where the line between work and school blurs. Experience working with people in school can at most times, reflect what you will get when entering the workforce. But instead of putting your job on the line, your grades might get affected. \

Of politics and salary

Entering the world of the salaried worker is almost like going back to primary or secondary school. Your fashion style is controlled, you report and leave work on a mostly fixed schedule. The moment you reach office is where things differ. Instead of a teacher, you are left to work on your own.

The best thing about working is being paid. The ability to spend your own money as an when you like it is one of the best feelings. But that comes with some sacrifice.

Most jobs are 9 to 5, but we know that is rarely the case. Compared to school hours, most of your day is gone. The light in the tunnel here is that your friends also face the same thing, so you can still gather conveniently unless you have a friend with a different working schedule.

The politics stated here are not governmental but corporate. The endless struggle of “whose side are you on?”. Climbing that corporate ladder is the goal of every employee and there will be some who will use you as a step.

It is all the same

After writing those two paragraphs, I realized that there is little difference between school-life and work-life in general. Sure, the end goal is different but yet, the experience itself is very similar. Fixed hours, 5 days work week, OT and the occasional team projects.

So, be it school or work, make the best of your time where you are. Here at Horlu, we wish you all the best in the path you have chosen. Unless you plan to start your own company, STOP! Before you start, follow this link and learn about some lessons learnt in the world of startup

The politics stated here are not governmental but corporate. The endless struggle of “whose side are you on?”. Climbing that corporate ladder is the goal of every employee and there will be some who will use you as a step.