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My favourite is the guy in the cigarette machine, largely because I know that look on his face so well. I wore that expression for the three years of my life that got swallowed by our local supermarket. That’s the look that means “Holding this sarcastic remark back is causing me actual physical pain”. Mixed in with a little “But if I come out with it, I’m sacked”, of course.
Life really is too short for the wrong job. In each one of these ads, each person looks profoundly miserable and that’s what the wrong job will do to you. The wrong job is one that does not have a single redeeming feature. The wrong job will make you go cold at the very thought of Monday morning. The wrong job will suck out your soul.
And frankly, I don’t think anyone should have to put up with that. An imperfect job, fine. The perfect job didn’t exist even when the graduate jobs market was looking a little healthier, it doesn’t exist now and I very much doubt that it’ll exist in the future. You can’t expect to have a job that’s all sunshine and butterflies. An imperfect job is a perfectly natural thing. The wrong job isn’t.