Meet the graduate who chose peace over office politics, opted to work at a graveyard

At a time when most graduates scramble to work either in tech or marketing, this Chinese graduate has opted for the serenity of the cemetery over the chaos of the 9 to 5 corporate job.

The 22-year-old graduate who goes by the name Tan, proudly gushed about her ‘cushy’ job where there are cats, dogs, and the internet, without the drama of office politics. She also shared online pictures of her ‘workplace’ a tranquil graveyard on Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok.

“Let me show you the working environment of a Gen Z grave keeper. It’s a simple and cushy job. There are cats and dogs and the internet,” she wrote. The graduate also gleefully described the job as a “life of early retirement.” It comes with no demands for overtime, and plenty of leisure time.

Tan is reportedly being paid 4000 yuan (Rs 45,000 approximately) per month. She will be working six hours a day from 8:30 am to 5 pm with a two-hour lunch break. Not a bad deal at all! Her duties include greeting guests, sweeping graves clean, and selling coffins.

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Tan has also made it clear that although the job may look unusual to others it is her ‘dream’ job. She has no plans to move on to a more mainstream career later on. The graduate who had majored in burial and cemetery management, wrote, “I am satisfied with my life at the moment and I will stick with this job.”

According to the South China Morning Post, Tan’s post has become viral on Chinese social media. It has also drawn attention to the growing ‘anti-work’ attitude among the Chinese youth.

In recent years there has been a trend of
tangping or ‘lying flat’ among Gen Z and millennials in China to counter the culture of working long hours and hustle that exists in the corporate. Several Chinese who are below the age of 40, are now reportedly satisfied with doing the bare minimum to get by.

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