When I entered law school I saw myself being up at all hours of the night preparing for a case, not working a 9 to 5. I had every intention of being a prosecutor right out of law school. But life had other plans. Surprisingly, I enjoy working a 9 to 5.
I have been at my current job for six months now. I will go into more detail about what type of law I practice in a later post, but this post is all about the Pro’s and Con’s of working a 9 to 5.
PRO’S & CON’S TO WORKING A 9 TO 5
Pros of a 9 to 5:
1. SET SCHEDULE: After 5 p.m. I am free.
2) WEEKENDS: This is the biggest pro. Because I do not work on the weekends it allows me to focus on my blog, Youtube channel, and work a part time job without feeling like I am spreading myself too thin.
3) STEADY PAYCHECK: Right now I am at the point of my life where a steady paycheck gives me a great sense of security, especially since I am on a debt free journey. Each month I know exactly how much I will be paid; thus I am able to calculate an excepted date of when each of my debts will be paid.
4) PAID TIME OFF: If I want to take Friday off I can and still get paid for it.
5) THE BENEFITS: I work for the State Government so at a time where healthcare is up in the air. It is nice to know I am ok in that department.
Cons of a 9 to 5:
1) REPETITIVE: Sometimes my job gets very repetitive and I find myself zoning out during the day.
2) DESK JOB: I do not like sitting at a desk all day. I have never been the type of person to remain idle for long periods of time. Luckily with my job, we do go on “field trips” to speak with clients during the week.
3) NOT YOUR OWN BOSS: With my blog and Youtube channel I am the CEO, manager, supervisor, employee, designer and all the other things that are associated with running a successful business.
4) EVERYTHING HAS TO BE PLANNED: I cannot drop everything at a moments notice. I got invited to go to Vegas one weekend at the last minute. But because I did not know weeks in advance I was not able to take off because I had not accumulated enough work time.
Overall, a 9 to 5 is what you make it. I always tell people I got really lucky with my first job. I still get to work in the field of criminal law. While I am not in the courtroom every day like I intended I still enjoy my job for lots of other reasons that outweigh the cons.