For Michael Hardy (21), his summer holiday has been an endless parade of Instagram stories announcing he is ‘on the grind,’ drinks with his friends that he describes as ‘networking pow-wows,’ and relentless use of the phrase ‘powerlunch’ to indicate literally just eating a quick bite of chicken katsu curry with a mate from uni.
But despite the facade of being a hard-working, late-nights, started-from-the-bottom corporate player, Michael is hiding one key element from the world.
He’s been hiding how he got his job.
And he’s been hiding how much work he does in his job.
And he’s been hiding that he doesn’t need to ‘grind’ in his job at all, because at the end of the day, Michael is just working in a pretty chill administrative position his father, Greg Hardy, gave him at his firm, Hardy Nicholson West.
As an ‘Administrative Assistant/Office All-Rounder,’ Michael doesn’t need to be drinking ‘8 cups of coffee a day to stay on that grind,’ as much as he needs to be getting actual qualified lawyers 8 cups of coffee a day to fulfil his minimum contractual requirement as an office casual.
And as much as he might like to boast to his friends that his ‘full-time’ position is such a drag, analysis of Michael’s internet search history from the Hardy Nicholson West IT department reveals that cricket highlights of Pat Cummins’ golden summer, as well as Game of Thrones fan theories on Reddit, largely dominate his work day.
With university returning soon, Michael can’t wait to tell all his classmates about his ‘gruelling summer’ in an office that was kept airconditioned to twenty-one degrees celsius the entire time.
At least Michael won’t be entering a class titled ‘LAWS2703: Doing Pretty Much Fuck All And Getting Paid For It,’ because it would be the easiest 7 he’d ever receive.
We desperately hope there’s no more to come.