I rebel against job stereotypes.

I know I know, we are living in a century of empowerment, equality and freedom. At least, that’s what we’re constantly fighting for. It may be relevant for the “western world”, but where I come from, things are different. Where I come from, an ex-soviet country, people still usually live in relatively stereotypical and closed-minded way.

I am not generalizing, obviously. The spread of the Internet and information nowadays has opened minds of many people “on the other side”, who are becoming more and more aware of the need to change. However, a radical development is yet to happen.

Why have I done this preface and what does it have to do with the world of jobs? The latter is one of the areas of people’s lives that is mainly affected by stereotypes, patterns and fixed mindsets. Moreover, even in Europe, where I am living now, I can notice numerous cases of job-inequality. And this needs to change.

If you speak to any person of my native culture, or even some old-fashioned representative of any other nationality, you’ll have this pattern in your head — if you have a job, you probably…:

  1. Cannot have fun. Because you’re working now, you’re adult and you have responsibilities.
  2. Cannot dress the way you like. Because that part of your uncovered knee is way too distracting.
  3. Cannot change. Because you have already found your stability, why would you need something else?
  4. Cannot spend your wage on what you like. Because it’s only made to pay bills and buy food. The rest is optional.
  5. Cannot be happy about it and enjoy your working journey. Because it’s routine, darling. Routine is boring. You gotta complain about your boss, your co-workers, about Mondays. You cannot be happy if you work.
  6. Cannot switch to another profession. Cause you have already chose one. You don’t like it? Well, darling, you had to think better in your twenties, when you were so aware of yourself. And now, suffer.

My only questions is: why?

Why cannot I have fun with my co-workers? Why should I be stuck with routine and cannot make my workdays more pleasant, even if I have a full-time job? Why cannot I move on with my side hustle? Why cannot I wear the dress that perfectly fits into work dress code and am forced to wear pants when it’s +40 outside in July? Why should I be afraid to change, move and search for the better for myself if I was already lucky enough to find this occupation?

Here we are — back to the good old point: listening to your gut, not to other people’s opinion. We sometimes have prejudice and stereotypes, and it’s due to our past and our culture that we have them. But it’s our personal duty to root them out of our mind and contribute to making the world even more open-minded, free and powerful, than it is now. Society was, is, and will be telling you should be someone, or do something, or behave in a certain way. Thank it for its opinion (that nobody has asked), but move on with your own path.

Change your occupation if you’re not satisfied. Move to another country if you don’t feel like at home in yours. Buy that pair of shoes. Invite your colleagues for an aperitif at the end of the workday or throw a tiny office-party in occasion of your birthday or someone’s promotions. Transform your routine in something you enjoy. And, for God’s sake, believe there’s nothing wrong with Mondays!

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