About to finish school, but not sure how much I like sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day

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    Mar 21, 2012 8:40 PM GMT
    So, I finish school at the end of April and I have a job lined up with a law firm for May 1st . Ive been doing my job placement since January, working one 8 hour day per week at the firm and I honestly dont enjoy it that much...and the idea of sitting at a desk 5 days a week/8 hours a day for the rest of my life scares me.

    Anyway, I'm seeking some advice on whether anyone thinks it would be a good idea/worthwhile option to be a restaurant server or bartender part time and work an office job part time?

    I have a couple friends who make a very good living from serving alone and they do so working a lot less hours than the average person....and in my situation I would have both job security as well as less hours weekly that I would be working.

    Does anyone have any experience with doing anything like this or have any insight into the pros and cons of the idea?
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    Mar 21, 2012 8:41 PM GMT
    Take the office job.
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    Mar 21, 2012 8:43 PM GMT
    Get a job that lets you travel. You'll still do a lot of sitting, but at least you're going somewhere while you're sitting.
  • commoncoll

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    Mar 21, 2012 8:46 PM GMT
    Take the office job. It's a stepping stone. It's only 8 hours of the day, and you will probably end up liking it assuming there is nothing strange going on or someone out to get you.
  • TheBizMan

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    Mar 21, 2012 8:48 PM GMT
    May brther HATES being a waiter. Take the office job, work there for however long you are contractualy obligated, then once you have that experience doors will open down the line for something you actually want to do.
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    Mar 21, 2012 8:49 PM GMT
    A lawyer works just 8 hours a day?

    In any case. Nothing has to be "for the rest of (your) life"

    You never know what tomorrow brings.
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    Mar 21, 2012 8:57 PM GMT
    yeah, take the office job. it beats running around like a chicken with ur head cut off being everyone's bitch as a waiter. . . "can i refill ur water glass, ma'am?"

    at least u wont be physically tired from the office job.
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    Mar 21, 2012 9:04 PM GMT
    theantijock saidA lawyer works just 8 hours a day?

    In any case. Nothing has to be "for the rest of (your) life"

    You never know what tomorrow brings.
    . Well I'm a law clerk not a lawyer so yes 8 hours a day lol. I'm also interested in being a server because its a good way to meet new people and toronto is still a pretty new city to me. Are there any people on here who serve and have positive things to say? Lol
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    Mar 21, 2012 9:24 PM GMT
    I have done both. I worked in the restaraunt industry for 6 years and now IT the last 6. The office job is more rewarding, less stressful, makes more money, and has the best potential for even more money in the near future.

    Working as a server ...that's pretty much it. Do you want to be a bartender or a waiter all your life? Would you be proud to say, "Yeah, I got a degree, but I'm a waiter?" What's the most you could be? A manger of a restaurant? I've done that too and trust me, it sucks. There is nothing worse than serving human beings for a living and I also had to work every holiday and Saturday night while my friends were out having a good time.
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    Mar 21, 2012 9:29 PM GMT
    You guys missed wat I asked lol, I'm asking if it would be a good idea to work BOTH an office job part time and a serving job part time
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    Mar 21, 2012 9:29 PM GMT
    I have an office job, and I do travel, and believe me there are times I absolutely hate it (more and more over the last couple years). I like the traveling, but sitting in my office makes me crazy. I find myself often wondering if I'd be happier either as a bartender or doing something more physical.

    Someone said you would me more physically tired. I don't get that... when I worked retail while in school I was constantly running around the store. Yea I'd be a little tired when I'd get home, but after chilling for a half hour or so I'd be completely awake and ready to go out or see friends. Office work is MIND NUMBING and just makes me even more tired.

    As to whether or not you'd make more money doing one or the other.... Money is the comfort to when you're doing something you hate. It's kinda RARE that you get to do something you love and also make a lot of money. (so I find).

    Don't really have any advice, I guess... I'm kind of in the same boat. icon_confused.gif
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    Mar 21, 2012 9:30 PM GMT
    Why did you go to school if all you want to do is be a waiter or a bartender?
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    Mar 21, 2012 9:30 PM GMT
    I've had office jobs for the last 12 years and even though there were times when it got boring, it definately has it's advantages over serving the public.

    Even though I have to deal with idiots a lot of the time, it's mainly by e-mail. It's a much better idea to shout 'fuck you' to a computer screen than to do it to someones face icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 21, 2012 9:31 PM GMT
    Import saidyeah, take the office job. it beats running around like a chicken with ur head cut off being everyone's bitch as a waiter. . . "can i refill ur water glass, ma'am?"

    at least u wont be physically tired from the office job.



    Having done both, you are going to be "everyone's bitch" no matter where you decide to work.....

    Choose where you will make the most amount of money and endure the least amount of shit.....

    In the meantime, upgrade your skills.

    Edit: You'll find some tremendously obnoxious assholes working in law firms........icon_eek.gif
  • jmanorlando

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    Mar 21, 2012 9:32 PM GMT
    Take the office job and after 3 - 4 months you want to try something part time add it in.

    If you take a waiter or bartender job, it will be much harder to get your foot in the door if you decide you aren't happy with that. So take the sure thing first.

    Also waiting and bartender may appear easy but constantly working to please people, being yelled at, dealing with bratty kids and other items make this job more stressful than it may appear.

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    Mar 21, 2012 9:37 PM GMT
    Take the office job. It's just a stepping stone and some experience and stability to start you off. If you think about it, jumping into something completely random because you think you may like it doesn't mean you will. Just work there for a while and then look at other offers if you don't like it. At least you'll have some experience to back up your resume.
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    Mar 21, 2012 9:38 PM GMT
    ZennedDaFuckOut saidYou guys missed wat I asked lol, I'm asking if it would be a good idea to work BOTH an office job part time and a serving job part time


    I missed the "doing both" question. Sounds like you are considering an office job by day and a waiter / bartender job by night. My shifts as a waiter were usually until midnight. Baretendar until 3-4 am. Not only do you have the serving postion, but you have side work (cleaning) and closing out your register which will keep you there until late. Office jobs generally start at 9am. You'll be wiped and you are condering the waiting tables or bartender job to be social. How social would you really be able to be with two jobs like that?

    Also, the money in wating tables is in fine dining. That's real tough to get right into. You need experience first to get into 4 star restaraunts where you can make 40-50K a year.

    Seriously, the office job has greater earning potential and you will be off when most other people are off allowing you to be social and afford it. I've done both before and it really wore me down.
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    Mar 21, 2012 9:38 PM GMT
    ZennedDaFuckOut saidYou guys missed wat I asked lol, I'm asking if it would be a good idea to work BOTH an office job part time and a serving job part time


    If you think you might enjoy it, why not give it a try? Don't commit yourself (not that some people have a problem with that) to any extra bills and just resign if you don't like one of them (giving a two week notice).
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    Mar 21, 2012 9:41 PM GMT
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    theantijock saidA lawyer works just 8 hours a day?

    In any case. Nothing has to be "for the rest of (your) life"

    You never know what tomorrow brings.
    . Well I'm a law clerk not a lawyer so yes 8 hours a day lol. I'm also interested in being a server because its a good way to meet new people and toronto is still a pretty new city to me. Are there any people on here who serve and have positive things to say? Lol


    Any job you do can be fun if you enjoy yourself. Also you have no idea where one job or where life might lead.

    I think mostly what I was saying is that few things in life are "for life". Heck, you can't even count on life lasting a lifetime. No guarantees.

    But also I think you will find some success in life, regardless of what career you pick now or later, if you follow through with what you set out to do. What was your thinking when you decided to study for your current career path? Was your thinking off base then or do you think you knew what you were doing?

    Why not take the law clerk position full time as offered and then also work restaurants part time and see which you prefer. You might even like doing both.
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    Mar 21, 2012 9:45 PM GMT
    theantijock said
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    Why not take the law clerk position full time as offered and then also work restaurants part time and see which you prefer. You might even like doing both.


    Best option, really, if you want to do both. You could try catering. I averaged about 26$ per hour doing that and you get to pretty much decide your work schedule by chosing which gig you accept or not accept.
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    Mar 21, 2012 9:48 PM GMT
    Take the office job at the law firm. Two jobs, one likely beginning early in the morning and the other likely lasting late into the evening is probably going to wear thin very quickly. Split shifts are what people usually do when they have to, not because they want to. Since you're not the lawyer at the firm, if you need to get out for a while in the day, volunteer to be the to get in your car and deliver the things that can still not be submitted electronically with the court.
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    Mar 21, 2012 9:49 PM GMT
    Don't bartend... said from experience, it can be a nightmare and is likely to make you become antisocial.
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    Mar 21, 2012 9:55 PM GMT
    Firebrand saidDon't bartend... said from experience, it can be a nightmare and is likely to make you become antisocial.


    QFT
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    Mar 21, 2012 9:57 PM GMT
    I'd be happy to only have to be at my desk 8 hours... :/
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    Mar 21, 2012 9:58 PM GMT
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    ZennedDaFuckOut saidYou guys missed wat I asked lol, I'm asking if it would be a good idea to work BOTH an office job part time and a serving job part time


    I missed the "doing both" question. Sounds like you are considering an office job by day and a waiter / bartender job by night. My shifts as a waiter were usually until midnight. Baretendar until 3-4 am. Not only do you have the serving postion, but you have side work (cleaning) and closing out your register which will keep you there until late. Office jobs generally start at 9am. You'll be wiped and you are condering the waiting tables or bartender job to be social. How social would you really be able to be with two jobs like that?

    Also, the money in wating tables is in fine dining. That's real tough to get right into. You need experience first to get into 4 star restaraunts where you can make 40-50K a year.

    Seriously, the office job has greater earning potential and you will be off when most other people are off allowing you to be social and afford it. I've done both before and it really wore me down.

    I was thinking if I did part time at an office that my shifts would either be like 3 days a week, 8 hours a day or 5 days a week 4 hours a day and then serving say two days a week, one weekday and one weekend night. Not sure how easy it would be to get those hours but yeah lol. My firm offered me a part time position if i was going back to school but not sure if id be able to chose my schedule or what.

    I think I would have more time for being social if i was only working around 30 hours a week as opposed to 40...but you are right about the money part being in fine dining i suppose...and ive only worked at a resto for a month 2 years ago so id be starting entry level. :s. Isnt there just as much money working at a busy resto with a higher volume of customers as there would be at a fine dining resto tho?