blogging gobbledygook and such

1. Time
Well, time can be relative, but in direct comparison to each other, work obviously takes a longer time than school! Furthermore, students have a lot more break times than workers. Workers can take breaks as they see fit, but if they’re being observed to take one too many it creates a bad impression for their superiors. So people try to look busy and not look like they’re taking a break when they are.

2. Subject
As a student, you have several subjects to study over the course of a day, with usually the same amount of time. As a worker, most of the time you don’t get to do enough of an aspect of the job that you enjoy doing but you get more than enough of what you don’t like to do! And they’re never for a set amount of time. Murphy’s Law would dictate that the bit you enjoy working will be too little or something problematic will crop out to make you enjoy the process less. :|

3. Responsibility
Since a student doesn’t get paid to study, ultimately the only responsibility s/he has is for him or herself. Your parents can try to motivate you by means of encouragement or threats, but whether you pass or fail, the glory or shame is yours alone. It would also take a lot to get you kicked out of school. At work, because you are paid, you have to take some amount of responsibility, failing which you will earn some talking-to from your boss (depending on how nice s/he is) and the guilt that you are not worth the amount being paid. You might also cause further work for your colleagues to pick up after your mess. Talk about a guilt trip.

4. Friends
You can make friends more easily in school, and there are so many people to choose from! At work, of course you have to make friends with your colleagues, but the point of work is work. So you can’t devote as much social time as you would at school to hang out with your friends than you could at work. Even if you’re a quick worker and get your job done fast, you might be disturbing your colleague if you pop over his or her desk to chat one too many times throughout the day. For students, they have more time to be with their friends after school if they choose to. Workers sometimes socialise after working hours, but more often than not they don’t because they want to be home with their families.

5. Money
Well, that’s an obvious difference. With power comes responsibility! When you aren’t paid for doing what you do and it’s only “for the sake of your future”, you’re not very likely to take it seriously. There isn’t an immediate result when you fail a test as a student, except a scolding from your parents and a little momentary guilt. Maybe your pocket money will be lessened, but you won’t starve. If you perform under par at work, this will be reflected in your pay – you’ll probably get a smaller increment or none at all, if you’re still lucky to have your job! When you’re working, you mostly likely aren’t just responsible for your own self anymore – there’s loans and bills to pay, and family to care for.

Any more differences that I missed out?

Comments on: "The Difference Between Work & School" (20)

  1. oh first point is so true. One can bunk school but bunking one day at office is so difficult!!
    You are correct in all the points. I cant think of any more differences right now.

    sulz: i know! been on that road before and i felt very guilty, as if i was being so irresponsible. but when you only have 12 days of annual leave… i just find it impossible to have so few holidays and be satisfied about it! i wouldn’t mind having unpaid leave, but even taking those feels as if i’m being irresponsible. :(

  2. How I miss my school and college days :sigh:

    though I like the fact that I earn now, and am independent, there was lot of fun in those cash-strapped college and hostel days :) YOu just reminded me of that.

    sulz: couldn’t agree with you more!

    i think i’m quite like a broken record lately with talking about how much i don’t enjoy working now, haha. :P as my boss would say, this is my “learning curve”. meh.

  3. I want to run to grad school

    sulz: if you have the opportunity do! i wish i can study, but i don’t believe it’s possible. my parents would be upset at the loss of income and i would feel guilty for not earning the kind of money i used to earn because whatever odd jobs i could pick would only be enough for me and nothing to give to my parents.

  4. I think I’d take work anyday. Much more freedom.

    very nice blog. You have a light touch of humor :-)

    sulz: thanks! i agree, as a worker your money ultimately belongs to you. you won’t feel as guilty spending it than as a student spending with your parents’ money!

  5. oh almost all differences were covered
    you seem to long for your school days and i wish that it just gets over as soon as possible :P
    but i know i will understand its importance once i pass out :P

    sulz: haha, that was quite obvious! :P i never did like school all that much except college, but i didn’t feel like i wanted it to be over it.

    but if i have the chance to go back to school again, i know it won’t be as good as i imagine it to be!

  6. when in school we wish we could grow up & work & as we start working we wish to go back to school.. human nature ‘grass is always greener on the other side’

    you’ve nicely covered all the points…

    sulz: thanks, but i feel as if i miss out on a lot of things! hence the question. :)

    yeah, just as i know going back to school now won’t be the same, i still remember what i had and miss it because well, it beats my current situation.

  7. you really give all of your money to your parents?

    sulz: more than half. the rest is mine, but i’m owing my mom lots of money ‘cos of the new furniture in the room, haha. and i started paying back my study loan this month. haven’t saved since i started the new job! :( i’m bad.

  8. thebeadden said:

    Great post, Sulz. But then yours usually are!
    Whenever someone calls me ‘my friend’ at work, I cringe. That’s when I know they want something, like a deal or something done for nothing.

    For me, there are no friends when it comes to work. There are customers, clients and workmates. After work, fine. I rarely do work for friends if I can help it. I have done jobs for free. Even for people that are not friends.

    I’m very much a loner though. ;)

    sulz: haha, nice one! my colleagues would never consider me their friend for sure.

    i still like the idea of having friends at work, but only because i don’t have many friends in life at present. i’m not close to my family, so i’m too much alone for my liking. yeah, working for or with friends can be pretty difficult sometimes; i recall group work projects back in college. :D

    i can’t imagine you being a loner! i always had the impression that you’re quite social (not a total social butterfly, but enough!) and that you’re surrounded by a largish circle of friends and family. :)

  9. It sounds like leaving school and getting a full time job wrecks your social life. Which is rather unfortunate, to say the least.

    And money doesn’t seem like such a plus, either, when you realise you depend on that to live off.

    Oh, now I feel depressed. I don’t wanna leave school! Ah well, there’s always uni to look forward to, I guess.

    OK, other differences – you don’t have exams or homework to put up with at work, and nobody ever physically beats you up or steals your lunch money! Best days of our lives? :P

    sulz: haha, i think i was being too biased writing that. there are pros to working, just there is two sides to a coin. :) for me, i don’t like to go out after work because i’d come home late and won’t get enough sleep and that would make me really cranky at work. not to mention careless! my friends on the other hand reserve weekends for family most of the time, so yeah, no life for me. :(

    yeah, we think it’s great when we work we get paid and all, but we conveniently forget that we’re responsible for our own bills now, and that takes a lot of fun out of having your own dough!

    hey, uni is the best part of education. you have the freedom of an adult and the responsibility of a kid! your parents wouldn’t expect you to pay bills, and if you get a part-time job they wouldn’t expect you to contribute to household expenses yet since what you earn is probably only enough for yourself, and barely at that! so make the most of uni life. :)

    we don’t have exams or homework, but we’re constantly monitored without us realising it (and that affects our appraisals and salary increments as and when it happens). if we have to rush to complete a job, we have to stay back after work and do it, without getting overtime! i’d take homework any day. (well, that only depends on what sort of job you have lah. not every job has unpaid overtime.)

    (oh dear, i’m really a broken record about work, huh??)

  10. thebeadden said:

    How do I answer that one without sounding like a horrible person? I do get a fair bit of company and do go out quite a bit. My company is often not by invitation and going out is because I have been invited.

    Not that I don’t enjoy being around people. I usually always end up having a good time and being glad I went, but in all honesty, I’d be just as happy to stay home too.

    We never make our guests feel unwelcome at anytime. We’d never say no. Just that most nights, I’d much rather be kicking back and relaxing than running around playing hostess. I sure hope no one I know has followed me here….

    I probably sound so awful to you now. :(

    sulz: absolutely not! i think it shows you treat guests in your home as a big deal, which is why you rather not do it too many times or too unexpectedly! i know people who welcome guests anytime but the most they’d do is offer you a drink and go about their business as if you weren’t there. they don’t entertain you unless they feel like it. as for me, if i ever want to visit someone i’d notify them first. i don’t like dropping by unexpectedly and see that nobody’s home or worse, catching them at a bad time.

    personally, i need my alone time in the morning, and then i’m good for company for the rest of the day. :) if there’s nap time even better! :lol:

  11. Ooooh, now we know what thebeadden is really like! :cool:
    1. I remember “adults” telling me, as I was about to take my first job, that it would take some time to get used to the length of the day! But, I found when I left work, my responsibility was over and I could do what I want! With school, I had homework. :eek:
    2. Very true. (except for the Murphy’s Law part, IMO) ;)
    3. Yes, it is different. You work, you get paid. You don’t work, or blow it off, or don’t perform well enough, you don’t get paid. Scary!
    4. I’ve already said that I usually haven’t found friends through work, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen, particularly in a larger working environment like a college, for instance! ;)
    5. Yeah, once your parents stop supporting you, you have to get money somehow, don’t you?
    Other differences? Maybe you can have the best of both worlds. It seems you really like being in an educational environment, and colleges pay pretty well, have a lot of people to make friends with, and have longer holiday periods than some other work places. Hmmm.

    sulz: yeah, thebeadden is absolutely ‘horrible’! :mrgreen:

    i prefer homework ‘cos i get to choose when i want to do it. although i always leave it to the last minute. :lol:well, maybe it’s just my job! :)

    i just feel as if work should mirror school in some ways and since i found friends in college, people i’m really close to in some ways, why couldn’t i duplicate that at work? i’m not looking for a best friend, for sure, but at least someone i know who actually sounds like s/he isn’t making somewhat forced small talk with me when it happens. :(

    if only i’m not so unsure about me being a teacher… i just don’t dare to at the moment.

  12. Firerocket said:

    Hahaha.
    I work and go to school. Yay for me!
    I wouldn’t know which to choose if I could only pick one.
    X_X
    Nerd, I know.
    I liked reading this post, make me feel very… strange.

    sulz: how can you like me if you felt strange after reading my post? *concerned* you didn’t eat anything bad, did you?
    :P

    i think if i had school and work i’d like it too ‘cos my life doesn’t revolve around just one thing. when i was in college, i had a part-time job and while it was incredibly boring at times, i never had problems financially because of it and that was a good thing.

    i wouldn’t mind going to school again but i don’t think i can juggle work and school. it’s very tiring, i’ve heard!

  13. thebeadden said:

    Day time, I’m ok with too. Night time I like to be mine.
    Uh oh, now the secret is out. I AM horrible! ;)

    You probably have more friends than you think! Just that everyone has so little time anymore or they are wiped after work, it’s hard to keep up…

    But what do I know? That’s my favorite line btw. ;)

    sulz: rotfl! yeah, you’re absolutely horrifying! :lol:

    nah. for me, i like to keep my friends close. i may not meet a person for weeks and months, but we’d keep in touch in other ways. the ones i hardly keep in touch with, they’re more like acquaintances now. i won’t push them away if they make contact, but i try not to get my hopes up with them. there must be a reason why we didn’t keep in touch!

    haha, this post is revealing a lot of you. now we know your horrible secret and favourite line! :D hope i can keep digging up stuff on you in the next post. ;)

  14. I’d love to see an article like this for us University students who have to work part-time and go to school and for the really insane ones that work and go to school full-time. One of my friends did that last year and while doing her Master’s in a government/ political communications program. X_X

    I wish we could do neither and just sit on a beach with tequila and nachos all day! ^_^

    sulz: hey, i’d take you up on that offer and write a better one than this if you like. i deliberately left out a lot of other things in this post in the name of debate! i think there are many more differences, especially since i started working.

    sitting at the beach with tequila and nachos, and get paid for it! :mrgreen:

  15. 1stTimeBlogger said:

    This was my plan – I decided to work after highschool, earn money to pay for uni and then go back to school. 7 years later…. I’m still working. In the beginning working was great… but now … how I wish I had gone to school when I was still really young, instead putting it off all this time.

    The great thing about work is that its over at the end of the day and the night and the weekends are yours. The flip side is that your bored for at least 9 hours every single day! You work day in and day out for a few weeks of vacation each year. It just feels wrong.
    Keeping friends has been difficult after high school and in my opinion, you just don’t make real friends in a work environment. I’ve become pretty isolated.

    In retrospect, I know I had to work to earn money for uni, but I think I should have just gone to uni straight after high school and gotten a job at the same time. What’s a few years of exhaustion compared to a whole lifetime of boredom and frustration? Also, study something you enjoy and not something that will guarantee you a well paying job later. We don’t have to earn as much as we are taught we need to. Inevitably, we all have to work, but at least when you choose for something you feel passionate about and not for the money, then you’ll end up working with people who have the same interests and are inspired by what they do.

    sulz: it’s not too late to go back to school now, you know. all you need is passion and determination!

    i know what you mean. i do not feel close with my colleagues and it’s very isolating. thankfully, i’ve found a part-time job where i like the colleagues and vice versa. i will be working full-time there in a few months’ time and i wish it could be sooner!

    if you ever decide to go back to school, you’ll realise that your working experience does has its advantages. you’d be more focused on your studies because you appreciate that it is a life better than work. lecturers love students who had work experience because of this trait. :)

    i think you might want to consider changing your job if studying is not an option at the moment. it sounds as if you don’t like it and i know how dreadful life can be when you wake up 5 times in a week not looking forward to the day.

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