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Shashi Bhat on the worst office job ever

The author of The Family Took Shape talks about the day job that made her hate day jobs.
Shashi Bhat has been shortlisted for the Journey Prize and the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. The Family Took Shape is her debut novel. (Twitter)

Shashi Bhat is the author of The Family Took Shape, and was a finalist for the 2010 Writers' Trust of Canada's RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. Below, she shares the high school job experience that turned her off 9-to-5 jobs forever.

When I was in high school, I interned at my mom's computer leasing company. Basically what I did, every day from 9 to 5, was remove staples. Just hours on end, removing staples. I was removing the staples from documents they wanted to scan, and I kept all the staples I removed, so over the hours and days they started to accumulate on a pile on my desk. It was terrible, but people would walk by and make jokes about how I could melt them down and make them into a car.

From that experience, I acquired a hatred for the 9-to-5 job. I don't think I've worked a 9-to-5 job since then. I really recommend being a university professor to anyone who has trouble with that lifestyle, although I do imagine a lot of 9-to-5 jobs are not as terrible as removing staples.

Shashi Bhat's comments have been edited and condensed.