When I tell people that I work as an office clerk, most of the time they just look at me and go “oh, that’s nice!” and change the subject. There is a big stigma against working in an office; they assume that I probably hate my job and therefore don’t want to talk about it too much! And to be fair, there definitely are days I’d rather not come into work! But on the other side, there are many days where I can’t wait to get to work and see what everyone is up to. Here are some reasons that I do love my office.
- Get To Meet All Kinds of People
There are so many different types of people that work in the office I work in. For confidentiality, I can’t actually tell you the exact office I work in, but needless to say, there is a broad variety of people! I’ve met people from Europe who are here to learn about the international branch of the business, I’ve met people from Asia who have gotten great IT jobs here… And I’ve met college students doing internships, and parents who live right down the block. Working at my job gives me a new perspective on life!
- Get To All Kinds of Skills in Action
This applies both to office-related skills and random life skills. I’ve met people who can work real magic with computers; they can do things that look like hackers from movies. I’ve learned how to troubleshoot many issues with my own computer in the process! I’ve also learned a bit of saxophone; one temp played here for fun sometimes; I learned later that he got his sax from Wind Plays, so I got one from there too! Learning to play that instrument is something I never otherwise would have learned… it’s just one other great thing about working at the office!
- Get Exposure to Other Cultural Backgrounds
This goes hand in hand with the first point, but in a different direction! I’ve had real Chinese food… it’s nothing like what Americans think of as Chinese! It’s totally different, and you should give it a try! We’ve had real chai tea from India, and I’ve heard a lot about different religions from around the world. I love working here because I’ve learned a ton about how different cultures really work. It gives me a much better working understanding of how different people think. I think it gives me more sympathy for people’s opinions; understanding why people think what they think makes you understand more about people’s general and makes you a better person.
I love my office. After I got my alto saxophone my music skills have improved, I know more about other foods, and I’ve made friends from all over the world. So when someone tells you they work at an office, they might know more about life in general than you might think!