When you love your job, it’s no longer ‘just’ a job—it’s a calling. Your vocation can be anything: making powerful art, writing captivating novels, being a skilled chef, building huge Viking longboats in your garage, or… even being a janitor.
Most of us probably wouldn’t expect somebody to say that they love working as a janitor, but that’s exactly what happened on an ‘Ask Reddit’ thread. Redditor Lusterkx2 explained that they’re very happy working as a janitor because they have OCD and love cleaning.
What’s more, the job requires minimal interaction with other people and it means that they can listen to podcasts all day long.
A redditor told the internet that they love working as a janitor and explained why
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The Reddit community absolutely loved Lusterkx2’s answer, upvoting it nearly 10,000 times, and giving the redditor 3 Silver Awards, 2 Gold Awards, 3 Santa Nice Awards, as well as 2 Santa Rocket Nice Awards. Great rewards for a great answer, wouldn’t you say?
Now, we’ve heard of some of the upsides of working as a janitor, but it can’t be the perfect profession for everyone, right? What are some of the downsides?
The fact is, working as a janitor doesn’t pay much: while it might be enough if your expenses are small, it might be difficult to support your entire family on such a wage. Especially if you’re working part-time and during odd hours.
Whether we like it or not, some people look down on janitors because they view it as unskilled labor. Even if you’ve got a PhD, if you have a mop in your hands, some individuals are bound to look down on you.
Chron writes that working as a janitor is physically demanding and means that you can “get scrapes and bruises from cleaning, moving equipment and using tools to fix things.” Furthermore, you have to deal with ‘gross’ stuff all day long and you can damage your health if you accidentally inhale cleaning chemicals. On the plus side, having to constantly move means that you get a lot of exercise as you work.
Dear Pandas, have you ever worked as a janitor? What was it like? What were the upsides and downsides of the job? Would you ever consider working as a janitor? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.
Redditors enjoyed the positive story and a few of them had good things to say about janitors