What’s A Real Job?
What makes a job a “real job”
After getting a lot of emails about employment opportunities in industries relevant to my college major, I decided to go back to LinkedIn and update my profile with my new work experience. I did a very great job at explaining what I do in my work history section; however I was a bit stumped on what to put as a job title in my header.
Do I list all of my trades?
Do I headline myself as the trendy, but somewhat pretentious “digital nomad” title?
Whenever people ask me what I do for a living and how I am to travel around so freely, I typically respond by saying I work for a company remotely. Since this is a pretty vague answer, I usually get a variety of responses, especially from my peers in my small New Jersey suburb.
Them: Who do you work for?
Me: A variety of small brands.
Them: Are you in one of the MLM schemes?
Them: How did you get into that?
Me: Networking, word of mouth, and/or finding and pitching to brands for work.
Them: How many hours a week do you work?
Me: Varies on my workload.
And my absolute favorite response:
Them: That’s not a real job!
Me: LOL, k.
Not a real job you say? Let’s see what Webster has to say:
1.a piece of work, especially a specific task done as part of the routine of one’s occupation or for an agreed price:
2.a post of employment; full-time or part-time position
3.the material, project, assignment, etc., being worked upon
4.the process or requirements, details, etc., of working
1.the state of being employed; employ; service
2.an occupation by which a person earns a living; work; business.
- a sum of money demanded by a government for its support or for specific facilities or services, levied upon incomes, property, sales, etc.
If I’m doing a task for money that helps me pay for my necessities, and if Uncle Sam is knocking on my door every year asking for his share of my money, then…..it’s a REAL JOB. It just may not be YOUR ideal job. And that’s cool if it’s not. Different strokes for different folks, but why downplay it? Why worry about how green someone else’s grass is? Why be a dream killer?
Even though I try to avoid being condescending, in a way I can understand why “unconventional” workers poke fun of those who work in the “coventional” lifestyle. They, generally speaking, are usually the first ones to downplay alternative lifestyles and aggressively push the agenda of what is “right.”
Humans are multi faceted beings. We are all gifted differently. We shouldn’t discourage someone from stepping outside of the norms, especially if they have a thought-out plan on how to achieve their desired way of earning a living.
Whether you’re a CEO, janitor, banker, retail associate, web developer, a writer, real estate agent, busboy, artist or a CNA your job matters and is needed because it contributes to making other people’s lives easier. Let’s stop belittling people based on their job titles and career paths. We are more than that.