acrossthelake wrote:hyakku wrote:I've got a question for all the people that are saying take years off, etc. I'm not saying that's a bad idea, but at the same time I'm curious as to what you all were doing from ages 15-21 if you weren't working while going to school? Maybe I'm different because I had to work to help out family, but I'll be a K-JD with at least a year and a half of full time work (not stuffing mail, but a combination of working at various offices and firms) by working full time during the past five summers or interning somewhere, and that's not including the additional hundreds of hours logged doing part time work for more trivial jobs.
I'm not trying to brag or rip on anyone, I'm just genuinely curious as to what you all did for so many years that so many haven't had a "real job" for 21-22 years of their life. Extracurriculars don't take THAT much time, and I get out a lot so it's not as though you can't socialize. Just genuinely curious.
When people talk about "real jobs" of work experience they're referring to actual full-time 40-hr+ work weeks for longer than the summer. It's incredibly normal for people not to be doing that while in school. Neither did you, it seems. Though correct me if I'm misreading your paragraph.
Also, as someone who didn't really work "real jobs" in the 15-21 range....no need. I worked part-time jobs, but I tended to go after summer jobs such as being a research assistant. Plus schoolwork just genuinely took up a lot of time.
Perhaps thats what you mean, but I simply consider a "real job" something someone does for salary. Whether you work it for a year or five seems to be irrelevant to me in terms of classifying the job. I've had 50+ hour work weeks when working doing the same tasks next to people supporting a family with the same job. I'm sure many others have as well. Outside of technical jobs, the American workplace generally isn't an astoundingly challenging environment.
But yea I see how my post could be misconstrued. For me, I generally work 20-30 hours during the school week and 40+ when off at my present job. Like I said, i don't think anyone is wrong in anyway for taking time off, and I definitely could see some ways I could probably benefit from it that I would consider more heavily if I had the luxury. I just see this sentiment so often on this board to get a years worth of work experience in the "real world" and always wonder how people spent 12-15 months of summer at the minimum not in the "real world". Sometimes I forget to step out of my perspective though.
Also, I reslly need to be better terms than real world and real jobs.