how stressful is finals compared to a real job?Watch
In short it is at least as stressful, probably more.
I have found my job less stressful than uni personally - I generally have less projects to do at once (although more work), and also deadlines which are closer, so less easy to put work off.
Infact I found secondary school to be even more stressful than uni.
I'm feeling weak and beta (yes I said it) for getting stressed out over these I should be able to get a first without losing a wink of sleep. Also I imagine this is only a fraction of actual job stress but could be wrong. Finally I have read an article saying that men with high stress are less attractive. It's all pointing to me being lower down the food chain.
Senior roles in big organisations are presumably very stressful, but it's probably more because responsibility rests on you, rather than your work being comparably intense or difficult.
My reference point is a law degree. There probably are degrees that are less stressful than most jobs.
Without attempting to hijack this thread, is it normal to feel the stress of exams throughout the whole year at uni? For me, it feels like you're under this constant, over-bearing pressure every single day. You're assessed throughout the year so it feels like you can never relax. I've always been worried about falling behind and no one gives a damn if you fall behind like they do at school. You don't get any indication of how you're doing, how far you're progressing, how far you are behind and this adds to the stress. You're all on your own.