Career Mental Health

You Are Getting More Than Just Your Paycheck From Your Menial Job

The job you have right now may be menial. The hours may be long. It is tempting to give up on a role that prevent you from showcasing your skills and does not take advantage of your passion, skills, or your degree. However, you earn more than just a paycheck from your menial job.

“You need to work even if it is a menial or dirty job, because every job is participating in the process of creation.”

Sunday Adelaja

Until this day, you dream of a job that pays you well and allows you to spend more time with your family. Alternatively, your goal in life is to start a business, make it successful, sell it and retire early. Whatever your career goals are, if you are a regular twentysomething who just recently graduated, your job probably has little or nothing to do with the career you envisioned. If you do not belong in this group of people, you are very fortunate.

For those whose jobs are considered “menial”, you are not the only one, nor are you mindlessly throwing your time away. Even if you believe that you are not learning anything valuable from your job besides receiving a monthly salary, you should re-examine this from a different, more thorough angle. You may not know it, but you are gaining more than just a paycheck every month.

1. Nearly all jobs train you to be street smarter.

Particularly if your job requires you to deal with customers and clients frequently, you are developing the skills needed to communicate cross-culturally and solve intricate issues. However, if your role has nothing to do with customer service or relations, you are still gaining interpersonal skills from collaborating with your colleagues on team-based projects. So next time a client or colleague wears you out and you are about to call it quits, consider how this challenging experience may assist you in becoming a wiser, more resilient person in the long run.

2. You are earning your respect.

Suppose you have to work for long hours and have been giving your all for a while, but your contributions have yet to be recognised. In such a situation, it can slowly chip away your good psychological health and eventually, you are pressed to throw in the towel. As demotivating as the situation can be, it helps you recognise the menial employees’ struggles. Staying put in a draining and an underappreciating role will remind you to treat everyone you meet with kindness and respect because you understand how it feels to be overlooked. When you are a business owner, you would know the name of every janitor. You will be the kind of person who knows how to make other people feel worthy. Being sympathetic for others will take you far in life.

3. Your menial job forces you to discover ways to make the best out of any circumstance.

The role may be excruciating, and you may have to go to the office during the weekends. Still, you always encounter several instances to giggle with your colleagues or develop close connections with clients without question. This is a gift that keeps on giving because you will occasionally see yourself dealing with complicated problems or have a brutal day in the office throughout your life. Whether you are starting a business that sells handknitted sweaters or work as a bartender for minimum wage, it is crucial to always view life as a glass half-full instead of half-empty.


Final 2¢: Every experience serves a purpose in your life.

Over time, the longer you work for a given company, the more likely you will feel that you are throwing your precious time away on something that does not capitalise on your strengths and prevents you from unlocking your full potential. Nevertheless, regardless of the kind of job you have, you acquire more than just cash in your pocket every month. You are developing your people management skills, learning to treat others respectfully, and uncovering ways to remain optimistic and resilient when life throws stones at you.

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