9 to 5 or Just High School for Adults? How to Stop Being a Teenager at Your Job.

Călina Mureșan
4 min readDec 12, 2022
Kids playing old school video games.
Photo by cottonbro studio

Education differs around the world, and your school might have been more progressive than mine, but they still have a common point: they claim to prepare you for getting a job. Then, you also need some higher education (in most cases) and you end up realizing that you will almost never get the job thanks to what you’ve learned in high school.

Let’s get this out of the way: high school has its value, and it’s needed in order to develop our knowledge, so yes go to school, but don’t take everything as the universal truth.

While the high school didn’t offer a lot about how to get a job, industries, and different career paths (you know the 9 to 5 is just one option) it did prepare us for life at a 9 to 5 job, especially if it’s under a big corporation.

It wired us perfectly for some morning chit-chat over a coffee in the kitchen (catching up with your classmates before class), staying nicely at a desk, pretending to work hard when the boss is around, getting everyday tasks (homework) from your superior, being told to come up with initiatives, which you do because you were a good student, but usually, your ideas will never take form, joking with your teammates while working, following or even being part of the office romance stories or dramas that are happening. Ah, then there is lunch, that hour or half hour when you eat something not very nutritious, usually surrounded by other people, and when you are supposed to recharge your batteries. After that, you just feel like skipping class, but you can’t because this is real life and you need the money.

It’s exactly the same high school structure, just older people. As with everything there are exceptions, if you are working at one of them, that’s amazing, spread the word. Until then…

Even when working online, in some cases, the structure remains, but it is indeed less obvious, and you have more responsibility when it comes to how you manage your workload, that is if someone is not constantly interrupting and checking on you.

Why is it structured like high school though?

Because it works. We are not so disciplined (we never learned how to) that we can be productive…

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Călina Mureșan

I am all about wellness, fitness and mindset. Sharing the struggles & pleasures of becoming better. The code is written in your lifestyle. calinamuresan.com