How do you stay sane on two weeks of vacation a year?
January 8, 2013 7:43 PM Subscribe
I just accepted my first real job offer! I'm excited, but kind of freaking out about adjusting to a traditional working lifestyle.
posted by circumspice to Work & Money (49 answers total) 33 users marked this as a favorite
I'll be graduating from college this June and am slated to start full-time work in August. This will be my first ever real grown-up job. I've been a student my whole life, and I really like the rhythm of having semesters broken up by winter break and a long summer vacation. I've always taken challenging course loads and I'd say I have a strong work ethic, but after sprinting through the semester I really rely on long holidays to recalibrate and recharge.
At my new job I'll be starting off with the US-standard two weeks of vacation. I'm really psyched about the work I'll be doing, but doing anything for 50 weeks a year sounds excruciating to me. I've held two full-time summer internships in the past, and while I enjoyed them, by the end of the summer I was already starting to get bored and was glad to go back to school for a change of pace. The thought of doing the same job EVERY SINGLE DAY with only two weeks off each year just sounds so monotonous and exhausting. I really am looking forward to this job, but I still can't help but worry that I'll be sick of it within the first six months.
So, fellow working Americans, level with me: is this experience going to be as painful as I'm anticipating? How do you maintain this kind of schedule without getting burnt out? For anyone else who's struggled with this transition, how did you adjust?