My Dream Job Is No Job At All

Is the traditional 9–5 job dying?

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I’m 24 years old. For nearly four years I had been working part-time in retail until I was made redundant and the experiences I had whilst working in retail still haunt me to this day. For nearly three years I have been working 9–5 like the vast majority of the world population. It’s been fun, both have their pros and cons, I’ve learned a lot about myself, about money, about how the world works, and I’ve met some glorious people. However, I can happily say I am ready to retire.

Obviously, this can’t happen as I have another 48 years to go according to UK law. Well, if this is the case then I can happily turn around and say that my dream job is to have no job at all.

This is an exaggeration. In actual fact, I want to be self-employed. Since the start of the pandemic back in March 2020, there has been a sharp rise in those who now have their own side hustle. According to Smallbizgenius, from 2020 there are now 582 million entrepreneurs within the world.

A lot of my friends now have a side-hustle/second income because the corporate world just isn’t cutting it for our generation. We all understand that we need to work in order to survive, but we also understand that we need be a slave for someone else and work towards their dreams when we can be our own slave and work towards our own dreams.

Additionally, over the years we have managed to pull the wool off our eyes and realize that the system has a good habit of oppressing us and keeping us within the capitalist ideology. People are out there working 50 hour weeks with no entitlement to sick pay, no bonuses, and hardly any pay rise. As much as organizations do attempt to offer us great benefits, there is no benefit that can equate to freedom.

Thanks to technology and societal developments, working for yourself is more of a possibility than it ever was 20/30 years ago. If you had asked me what I had wanted to be when I grow up at a young age — which was around the early 2000’s — the chances are I would have replied with the words ‘lawyer’ or ‘singer’. On the contrary, if you ask children today what they want to be when they’re older, their dream job was more than likely not even an option when I was a kid. For example, a study conducted by The Sun found that 34.2% of children asked to want to be a YouTuber when they grow up,18.1% want to be a vlogger/blogger and 8.4% want to be a writer.

Speaking of becoming a writer, let’s take that as another example. 20 years ago, writing platforms such as WordPress, Vocal Media, Fiverr, and Upwork weren’t as easily accessible as they are today. Those who currently claim to be full-time writers most likely started doing freelancing, discovered they are talented, thoroughly enjoy the work, and quit their 9–5. They want to work for themselves. They want to make their life a lot easier by not having stressful commuting journeys, setting their own working hours, their own lunch/break hours, and their own policies and standards. They are their own corporate organization.

In addition to people wanting to work for themselves, those who do have a 9–5 job want to run away from physically being in the office. Before the pandemic, the average Londoner spent 74 minutes commuting to work and back. That’s a lot of time being taken out of someone’s day and a lot of stress being placed upon the individual.

According to, 57% of American workers now have the ability to work from home. Take me for example, thanks to lockdown forceable changes have come upon the organization I work at, and guess who gets to work from home? Me! Guess who isn’t going back into the office full-time? Me!

Let’s face it, no one wants to slave away at someone else’s dream under someone else’s rules when the chances are those at the top of the organization make up their own rules anyway. If you won millions of dollars, would you still go back to work? No, you wouldn’t — because you would now be free to do what you want when you want and how you want. The chances are that you would get bored and start your own business, get other people to run it for you whilst you sit back and reap all the rewards and profit.

This is the exact dream that I have. Not to win the lottery, but my dream job is no job at all.

BSc Psychology. PG DIP HR Management. U.K. based. Editor of Show Your City publication. Top Writer of Food.

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