5 Reasons Why People Hate Working & What History Degree Jobs Can Do About It
You know what? All jobs known to man are dull and boring– it doesn’t just hold true for history-related ones. Actually, let me paraphrase that: No job in this world is fun and exciting. And I’ll prove it in this article.
In order to justify my point, let us first understand the nature of work and man’s perception of it. Generally speaking, people hate having to work. But at the same time, they crave it. People hate having to go to the office at 9:00 AM everyday but miss doing so when they retire. A person can repeat to himself over and over that he wants to quit his job, but goes to work the next day anyway.
I’m telling you. If there should exist a perfect love-hate relationship in this world, it wouldn’t be between people. It would be between man and work.
Now, let’s start off with the first reason why I think my argument as valid.
Reason #1: People Dread Mondays
If we were to look at work as PURELY work, we can say man definitely hates it. I mean, have you ever thought to yourself “OMG. I hate Fridays. I want the weekend to fly by so fast so that I can get back to working again on Monday.” If you ever had thoughts like this, then I can say with all conviction that you’re the one who’s not normal here – no offense intended. I say this because NORMALLY, people would hate having to work. They would dread the thought of going back to work after the weekend is over. And they would definitely feel sick thinking of how much work is waiting for them when they return.
You’ve felt it. I’ve felt it. We all have probably felt it at some point in time. Therefore, I can deduce that man definitely hates work. That is, pure work.
Reason #2: People Are Never NOT Complaining About Their Jobs
Be it in the form of office gossip, random rants, or inner conflicts – people never stop complaining about their jobs. There is always something negative to say about it. Like “This job is making me too stressed” or “I don’t feel rewarded enough.” Sometimes, people would even make a mental list of things they hate about their jobs. Boredom, fatigue, discontentment, unrewarding, difficult, confusing, toxic, strict, and the lack of room for professional growth are only a few common complaints people have about their respective workplaces. And, it goes for all types of work and professions – not just for those going down the history-degree track.
You’ll always hear accountants complain about how difficult it is to deal with numbers. Lawyers? They’ll complain about how stressed out they are dealing with unreasonable clients. Now doctors, they’ll complain about patients’ irrational expectations – like lifetime cures for chronic ailments they often caused themselves. Thing is, whatever kind of work you do, no matter how high your salary is, you will always have something negative to comment about your job. So if I were to interpret this, again, I’d say this is all because people generally hate to work. They hate the concept of it. They hate being bound to a certain chain of responsibility. Now, if this still isn’t enough reason for you, let’s continue to number three.
Reason #3: People Won’t Work For Free
Believe me when I say, people will NEVER work for free. You may argue “How about people who volunteer for noble causes? How about people who participate or contribute to acts of generosity? How about those who engage in charitable works?” Well, I know I may come off as a skeptic to you, but do you really think people invest time, effort, and money for nothing at all?
Money isn’t the only compensation you receive when you put in hard work. You may also receive recognition, influence, acknowledgement, fulfilment, and praise – collectively referred to as the “warm glow” (see reference). These are what we term psychological rewards and naturally, people will yearn for them in order to fill their own voids in self-esteem. So, with this in mind, can you really say that it is possible for people to work for free? Do you think the probability of man working without monetary, societal, or psychological benefits is high?
I think not. Again, man hates work – regardless of the type and nature of work. If there is no eye-catching reward waiting for him on the other side of the bridge, it is very unlikely he’ll cross it. This makes you wonder, really, if true altruism does exist. But for now, let’s just leave it at that and save this discussion for another day.
Reason #4: People Naturally Procrastinate – Like All The Time
Procrastination is a terrible brain condition that plagues every human being on the planet. It’s like the opposing force to work conscientiousness. It tries to stop you from that one thing you should be doing and encourages you to do something completely different (oftentimes, useless) instead. Procrastination is a terrible condition to suffer from, although it is also very human.
I’m pretty sure you’ve experienced it before. When you were in college and had a ton of reports to write, what did you do? You probably kept doing something completely unrelated like watch TV, read comics, or stare at the ceiling for hours. You know you should be doing it. But the more you think, the less you want to act. And you’d prefer doing nothing over finishing the job early – only to regret it when deadlines start bombing on you one after the other.
Say, why do people procrastinate? Why do we become so aware of what we need to do but still fail at actually doing it? It’s crazy. But I can only think of one reason: People hate work. They hate it to a point that they would continually put off doing it unless necessary. They hate it so much that they’d wait for that make or break moment even when they had all the opportunity to save themselves from the rush a week earlier. Instead, they’ll choose rolling on their bed sheets, staring at walls, and bouncing balls at any given day if it would mean they could skip work. If this is not a blatant manifestation of “hating work,” then I don’t know what is.
Reason #5: People Never Stop Trying To Climb Up The Ladder
Love is contentment. If you truly love your work, you wouldn’t want to go anywhere else – let alone, do anything else! But why are people so eager to climb up society’s ladder to success? Why do we continuously desire and work for promotions? Why do we accumulate wealth? What is our reason for investing so much in our professional growth?
WHERE DOES ALL OF THIS END?
People work to reach a point of non-work – does that make sense? We work our whole lives so that we can eventually reach a point where we don’t have to work anymore. We aim for promotions, early retirement, and we even gamble hoping we could take a shortcut to living the high life. We work in order to accumulate enough wealth so that we won’t have to bother working a day in our lives ever again. This simple observation tells us that people dislike working. And that they will do anything it takes to achieve a labor-free future.
Sadly, however, that isn’t always the case.
So, now that I’ve presented my argumentative stance, what do you think? How do you feel about working? History degree jobs aren’t at all boring, difficult, or least favoured. Because all types of jobs are. This makes history jobs pretty normal. If anything, a degree in history may even educate you more about how people came to hate working.
At the very least, history degree jobs can take you to different places, let you meet different people, and get you to experience many things in one lifetime. Should there be a career track people would come to love working for, I think this would be it. After all, it encompasses all career tracks the world has come to know of over the years, through the ages. A little bit of adventure, wonder, and discovery may just be what you need to cure your own boredom and discontentment with work.
With a history-related job, you’ll never have to work the same job twice. This is because everyday becomes an adventure; everyday is a new chapter and beginning; everyday is a chance to experience something you never have before.
Compared to having to deal with numbers all the time, or debating over some never-ending issue, I’d rather rediscover and reinvent my view of the world with every passage I learn, with every record of history I uncover. A history degree job may not be the most ideal profession to many, but it sure promises you a lifetime of new discoveries. And that may just be the perfect cure for man’s innate hate for work.
Or so, I’d like to think.