Over the course of your lifetime you’ll spend over 80,000 hours working. That’s nearly 10 years straight with no breaks. Think you have that kind of endurance 😉 You get the luxury of choosing where you’ll spend those hours so does that mean your choice reflects who you are as a person? Are you your job?
According to Tyler Durden of “Fight Club” you are not your job, but when you spend enough time in any situation it rubs off on you and becomes a part of you. If you’re in the military you become military minded, if you’re a doctor you see the world in a whole different light than if you’re a real estate developer. Professions give us selective perception since each profession creates a lens associated with the job. Not only that it creates association for all those we deem titles necessary (99.9% of the human race) and puts us into certain social circles based on who our co-workers and related vendors are.
What do Different Professions Say?
Each profession requires a different skill set, are these skills who we are? Are all accountants introverts who enjoy being left alone to crunch numbers? Are all cops and firefighters out there to save lives each day to the best of their ability? Different professions speak different languages and hold different views. An environmental scientist most likely will not become a full time logger. A nun will most likely not become a prostitute. Why not? Because these professions are not in line with who they are.
So each profession could say something about the person who does it, but does it say enough to judge the person at face value? I don’t mean judge in the shallow sense, but judge in the sense that we already know a bit about them and what they value.
If someone says that they’re a doctor what words pop into your head? Helping, hard worker, rich? How about if someone said web designer? Nerdy, trendy, artistic? Association happens for each profession because each profession is different. They also have completely different connotations based on societal norms, which are then placed on whoever accepts that profession.
Like it or not, your profession is your title, and your title is how others view you because they often have nothing else to go off of. Much like a Janitor could be called a custodial consultant, your title will affect how others perceive you and thus how you’re treated.
Are You Your Co-Workers?
At this point you may or may not agree that you are your profession, but let’s take this one step further. Are you your co-workers? If you spend 40 hours a week with someone I’m willing to bet they might rub off on you a bit. This also tends to be the case with your friends. If your co-workers complain a lot, you’ll probably start complaining too. If you’ve got a great boss, you may turn into one yourself. That’s why if you pick up a new job, the people you work with are just as important as the job itself. You can have the greatest title and position in the world, but if you absolutely hate your co-workers that job is going to suck big time. Should we then interview our future co-workers before we accept a job to save the hassle down the road?
I know that some companies have several of their staff interview the new candidate for this very reason. This has happened to me in a couple interviews. It makes it a bit more intimidating having five people interview you at once, but it also seems to create a greater feel for the organization as a whole. Personalities play a huge role in the cohesiveness of an organization and will play a significant role in who you become, therefore chose your co-workers carefully.
Dating by Profession Only
One of my buddies who’s visiting this week mentioned that he’s specifically interested in teachers or nurses as a potential girlfriend or wife. For work he’s a cop back in Wisconsin. His reasoning was that the profession one chooses says a lot about the person. For example teachers and nurses generally care for the well being of others and aren’t necessarily in their profession for the pay. At least on the surface they’re more interested in helping others and are more giving. These are the traits that he values most.
He went further and stated that he felt he’d have a harder time with a girl who was in business or possibly an attorney because their personalities would be different. I tend to agree with him and when I think of an ideal girlfriend I would be interested in one who values thinking outside the box, is self motivated, and enjoys new experiences. Therefore it wouldn’t be shocking to say I’d like to date an entrepreneur or someone in the business field. Do you choose your dates by profession, or is that a bit shallow?
Whether it’s dating, finding a new position, or simply telling someone what we do at a cocktail party our professions give others an insight as to who we are and what we’re about. What does your profession say about you?
What do you think? Are you your profession?
When dating do you look for certain professions?
Think about your closest co-workers, have they rubbed off on you at all?