Work is a main, significant part of our everyday lives. It takes at least one-third time of a day— >40 hours of our week (or more, I bet more) — but also play a significant role in defining who we are.
Think about it, when you first meet someone, the conversation often goes “Hello, my name is xyz. I’m a XYZ at ABC. Nice to meet you.” When asked, “who are you?” we commonly answer with our job titles, a description of our work and what we do whether it’s cool or suck.
As a society, we tend to be too concerned with what people do to pay the bills. The nature of the work others engage in is the first thing we want to know about them, and more often than not we judge them based on their job titles. “Oh, you’re a secretary at a doctor’s office? That’s so basic. I’m a financial coordinator at a top bank. Needless to say, I’m better than you.”
Naturally, the conversations we have don’t exactly unfold like this, but it certainly feels this way! If one person in the conversation is a lead manager for their company while you’re working an entry level, you begin to feel inadequate; as if your work is less important than theirs. From that one brief answer of what we do for work, others will make conclusions about our intelligence, education, income, drive, and value to society.
Work defines status in our society.
Consider how twenty-somethings have grown up. Members of Generation-Y were trained to believe that college would open them up to worthy jobs upon graduation. Millennials work hard to earn their bachelor’s degrees, dabble in a variety of internships, and make the necessary connections to land them a prized career in post-grad adulthood.
We are spoon-fed the theory that college will earn you a good job and if you fall short of that, then clearly you’re not going to climb the occupational ladder to financial success. While this mindset is rampant, is it even true anymore? Moreover, is what we do for work even that important?
We have to be something to earn a living. College is no longer the key ingredient in the recipe of success. Yes, a degree does make you qualified for more job opportunities, but it in no way guarantees you greater success over others without degrees. Sometimes a job falls in your lap when you least expect it to, and you may absolutely love it. If others do not see the value in your work, does that make you less important or valuable to society? The answer should be a unanimous “no.”
We work to pay the bills. Our paychecks afford our living quarters, groceries, the clothes on our backs, our means of transportation, and for some of us weddings, children, vacations, student loans, etc. We work to earn our livelihood. For some, this work is being a teacher, a law enforcement officer, a doctor, or mechanical engineer. For others, this work is being a photographer, writer, artist, or secretary. There’s no straight path to affording a pristine life. There are hundreds of thousands of jobs in the world, and therefore there’s honestly no right job title to choose.
We have to be something to earn that paycheck, but we don’t have to be something to be important.
Our identity should be defined as who we are as individuals. What we do for work is only a piece of our lives.
Disclaimer: I dont write this guys haha, I just found every words here are profoundly true to me, yea every words !