On several occasions, I’ve been told to find a job at (ironically) my job.
By day, I work front end at my parent’s restaurant doing cash, packing meals, making drinks. It’s a 10 hour shift, and a 60 hour work week. I couldn’t be more proud helping my mom push through during these COVID times.
What irks me though, is that somewhere along the way, restaurant, retail, and service jobs became “lesser than”.
That if you were working one of these jobs (something that helps you pay the bills and keep your life running) you became somebody who settled, who gave up, who was for some reason in transition for a better job. I know in some cases at least one of these scenarios would be true, but again these are blanket statements.
Somewhere along the way, we’ve developed the instinct to “find a job related to our field of college study” simply for the sake of finding a job related to our field of college study because that’s what everybody else says you’re supposed to do.
And if you didn’t? You became somebody who settled, who gave up, who was for some reason in transition for a better job.
Somewhere along the way we forgot that the world had changed, and “finding a job” wasn’t the only way to live a good life.
The job instinct is alive and well, I’ll say that much. However, in a world that’s about to become a lot more human, I hope we start questioning our behaviour around jobs a lot more.