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Question #91374 posted on 05/25/2018 9 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So, I got my Bachelor's. How should I get enough experience with types of work so that I can see which types of working I can stand? I have interests, or so I'm convinced when I'm too busy for them, but I am not sure how relevant they are. My ambitiousness may well not be directed at my career, now, and I don't want long hours.

-Honorable Worker


Dear Worker,

You could...apply for jobs...and do them? Perhaps they could relate to your...interests...

I'm not sure we have much to go on here, folks. Leaving this one to better minds than mine.

~Professor Kirke


Dear Worker,

What you are looking for does not exist.

You say that you are looking for experience in "which types of working [you] can stand," but admit that your ambition is "not directed at your career." The tone of your question could appear to some to indicate that you're looking for an easy job that isn't tied to the degree you just got. These jobs exist in droves. You can get full-time, hourly positions at any number of restaurants, retail stores, construction sites, trade professions (plumber, electrician, etc.), or civic service positions (post office, library, town hall, etc.). Surely one of these jobs will be something you "can stand" and make a living and there's no shame in that. Looking for that kind of work is fairly simple. Go find available positions in the town in which you're living and apply for the ones that are tolerable for you.

If you want more than that, you're going to have to change the way you're thinking about work. First of all, work is work. Even in the best jobs that cater to your interests, there are going to be tasks that are some combination of difficult, boring, worthless, or tedious. That's just the way work is. Instead of thinking about your potential experience as needing to be something that you can stand, you have to look at experience as just that: experience. What skills to you want to develop? Which people do you want to work with? What further opportunities would come from your work? Gaining that experience should make palatable the prospect of having to do something you "can't stand."

And then? Do what is necessary. Be willing to put in the time that is required. Your concern about long hours is legitimate in one sense. For example, I don't think it's worth working so much that you have no time to pursue your interests or spend time with people you care about. But it is possible that the tone of your question conveys the attitude that you simply don't want to devote yourself to developing those skills. If that is the way you feel then you either need to look at my first paragraph again more seriously or change that attitude and be willing to put forth more than perfunctory effort into your potential career.

Then again, you said that your ambition is not career-centric at this point. That's fine, but then I don't think you will get the experience you might be seeking. It's really one or the other. You either devote yourself to a set of skills you want to develop and experiences you want to have or you work a job which requires less of you but which offers you nothing more than pay in return. Your call.

-The Man with a Mustache