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Or is it just something you do for money?
what you do?
it's made me a lot chirpier and chattier in life and also I am VERY very polite at all times.
Other than that, it doesn't define who I am. I just make coffee.
So yeah, it does.
Still don't know (or care) what a large proportion of my mates do. Barely know what my girlfriend does, to be fair. It involves spreadsheets though.
I think I know what she does
There are some people who are content to be defined by their jobs, or even enjoy it, and I'm happy for them. But it's not for me.
I was at a party last weekend, chatting to a friend, and two blokes came and introduced themselves. We exchanged names, shook hands, then the first thing they said was, "So, what do you guys do?"
I just laughed.
but i just tend to leave out the bit about working in tesco, focus on the freelance 'journalism' i do in my spare time and neglect to mention that i don't get paid a cent for it
I start really talking it down and joking about it, when actually it's a pretty responsible and complex job that pays well and I am good at it. The curse of administration jobs.
Any link between your job and your personality is the opposite way around to what you're asking - you go into a certain job or career because of who you are and what you like in the first place
I do it for the love of brollies. The cash is a nice, but unnecessary, bio-product of my job. I'd still be designing umbrellas if it gave up raining forever or I moved to the Atacama desert.
given it's a direct result of my usual interests anyway but it probably gives people a fair indication of what i'm like to an extent
I've worked in an office and hated it.
I dunno. There are lots of teachers who have no life at all outside teaching and are dull as hell for it, so I'm reluctant to say 'yeah this IS me' too loudly. But I can't imagine being as happy doing any other normal job*.
*I'm not counting 'lead guitarist in awesomest band ever' or 'pilot of first spaceship to make contact with aliens' or stuff in this. I'd ditch the kids and the red pen for those like a shot.
I'm fortunate enough to have been able to choose what I do for a living.
I wouldn't say that it defines me, rather that it's an extension of my personality.
last job i had was as a secretary/assistant/receptionist type person and it was basically just something that i did for money, but because i always behaved in a certain manner whilst in work, i found myself behaving more and more like that in my spare time as well. like, i was suddenly the tidiest, most responsible person around – and anyone who knows me also knows that my life is usually just a massive mess. it affected how i looked too (and still look now, months later). and that was, to begin with, a proper working for the man just to get a paycheck type job.
other jobs that i've had in the past have been more within my areas of interest to begin with – like when i was a horse riding instructor, or worked in a bookshop. so it might have seemed like those jobs were more "part of me", but that was because of who i was before i even got the job, not something that i became because of the job.
to some extent, as in when someone introduces themselves as, say, a writer, but they earn 90% of their income through magazine advertising sales in a zone 2 office, I'm always, and will always be liek "pSHAWW". I've only called myself a musician on a given month where I've made more money doing musiccy stuff than from an office job: it's not even a moral stance or anything, just strangely ingrained.
It's probably a kick against the many people I've met with impressive / artistic sounding roles that when you get to know them better, they have a great deal of old money behind them and are, in fact, a do-fuck-aller. The kind of person who in their middle age ends up with a small shop at a large loss off Ken Church street selling lamshades made out of horses foreskins or somesuch, never seeing how the money moves around until they realise on their deathbed that it was all an insurance front for some uncle who was in the haulage business.
So maybe, a bit? I dunno.
It's a lot more responsibility and accountability and I'm starting to think (SHOCK HORROR) that I may, from now on, spend the vast majority of the working day actually doing work.
Ohh no. Spending the day at work doing work must absolutely suck!
I'm reserving the right to change my mind and revert to being a shit employee though.
PLUS I finally found somewhere that stocked that long-sleeve Fred Perry polo shirt I was after in my size today. So happy.
Brilliant news about that long sleeved Fred Perry. Its a nice top.
I actually do it well, all things considered, but I certainly don't play to my strengths, much less my interests.
i am stacked.
like even if it is just to get money, it's usually pretty easy to get a job that interests you for money.
but I think a lot of people on the same course as me (medicine) would be happy to make that one of the defining features of their persona, especially once they're qualified. For me it's just one thing among many. But then people who place huge defining significance on things that should just be one facet of who they are are a bit of a bugbear for me.
Because it would define me as a borderline retard
and my old boss is still managing to fuck me around. My job therefore defines me as a loser and a mug
Love my job. Very jolly and smiley at work. I spend my day with 30 childen aged 4 and 5. Runny noses, lost gloves etc
When I get home I become very sweary, sarcastic etc to get it out of my system.
My workplace also has 30 female employees and 2 male. Which can be wearing.
Applied for a primary school teaching uni course but my D in GCSE science means I couldn't get in despite 3 A grade A-levels. Annoying
Though that twat Gove is moving the goalposts. (See the White Paper released today.) If you have have experience of professionally killing people you would make a great teacher he says. Wanker.
to how satisfied you are about your life and yourself as an individual
it's pretty much my life's aspiration (above everything else) to try to do something i care about and that i think makes a difference
maybe that's silly
I work in telecoms as an installation coordinator/administrator. Theres not much I can take from that into my normal life and what I could take, I wouldn't because its all shit.
Thats about it really.
jobs shape you a little/a lot, rather than define you.
Even my first jobs at the Co-op, Chinese restaurant and music shop have informed the way I am towards others.
So even if you're not defined by them, certainly you'd be different if you'd not done them.
like, if you spend enough time in a certain environment, i suppose you start to adapt to it. i know that rings true with me anyways.
but i mean it's all pipe dreams at the minute.
and it completely defines and dominates my social life... which I'm happy about, really, seeing as I love the theatre, but it is a bit mental when you remember most people aren't expected to be out three nights a week for work.
that are congruent with the kind of job that I do.
or words to that effect.