A new life on the graveyard shift

  • April 02, 2019

For many people, the notion of working nights is completely alien. There’s a perception that nightshift workers lead a lonely, lopsided existence, sleeping in the day and working at night. Yet qualified professionals who are willing to work nights are very much in demand in cyber security, particularly for SOC roles. Being a shift worker doesn’t mean that you’re suddenly separated from the rest of society, or have to live the kind of life normally reserved for students or vampires. It just means that you need to become accustomed to a different way of working. If you can do that, working nights actually has a number of benefits that you don’t get in your average day job.

Fitting work around your life

How often have you had to take time off work so you could make a daytime appointment? There’s no such problem when you work nights. With the whole day in which to fit any appointments, chores or other tasks that you can only get done in the daytime, you simultaneously free up your weekend for more fun activities. Working nights also gives parents the chance to spend more (awake) time with their families and take their young children to school.

Avoiding the rush

Imagine not having to squeeze onto a hugely uncomfortable tube train (not to mention the peak-time fares) or sit in a traffic jam just for the privilege of getting to work. The quality of your journey to and from work can really have an effect on both your mood and your productivity, so don’t underestimate the importance of a pleasant commute. Working at night means no more rush hour.

Getting things done

Whether it’s the post office queue or the dentist’s waiting room, everything’s quieter during the daytime when most people are at work. It’s also so much more pleasant doing your shopping on a quiet weekday morning rather than on the weekend, along with everyone else. Working nights means you don’t have to squeeze each of these things into an hour’s lunchbreak, effectively missing out on a lot of your downtime.

Dodging distractions

Although it’s nice having colleagues to chat and collaborate with, everyone needs a little quiet time. With fewer people in the office to ask you for assistance, drag you into meetings or distract you in other ways, shift work provides you with a calmer environment where you can actually focus.

A new social life

Working antisocial hours doesn’t mean that you can’t have a social life. In fact, it opens a brand new world of activities that might otherwise have passed you by. There are parts of London that almost never sleep. Many events at renowned venue Printworks start during the daytime and run through the early hours, allowing night owls to do their socialising before work. Similarly, events hosted by Ministry of Sound often finish when most people are getting ready for their workday, which leaves plenty of hours for a nightshift worker to pop along while others are skulking away.

Increasing your earnings

Although there’s no law that nightshift workers should be paid more than their daytime counterparts, some employers will be willing to pay their people more in exchange for working antisocial hours. This is something you can agree with an organisation when discussing a potential role. If you’re planning to work shifts only for a limited time, this could be the ideal opportunity to get your earnings up.

Signing up for a night shift doesn’t mean you’re signing your life away. It’s a new experience, a chance to see a different side of life and learn your trade from another angle. 

Whether you’re an early riser or a night owl, Blackthorn Trace recruits for cloud and cyber security jobs of all levels. To talk to us about our current opportunities or about your career, contact one of our experts now.