“So, what do you do for a living?”
We have all been asked this question, and often by people we do not know very well. Some people are able to answer it without a second thought. Others have to choose their words carefully because they know their answer is likely to be met with a negative remark.
Apparently there is a social code that dictates what is classed as a profession worthy of respect. This same code gives others a licence to;
- insult an individual solely on the basis of his or her career
- make negative generalisations about a personâ€™s profession
- forward an email to someone containing lame jokes about their area of work
- declare â€œI hate _______!â€? (Insert â€˜unworthyâ€™ profession of your choice)
I am not sure how many professions are considered â€˜unworthyâ€™ but I know that people who work as any of the following have been at the receiving end of someone else’s negativity;
- Traffic Wardens
- Police officers
As one who is a member of a profession that has been vilified by society I know what it feels like when someone you barely know dismisses the reason you get out of bed everyday. I often wonder what sort of person one must be to have the audacity to speak ill of something that I have worked hard for, spent years studying.
I am fed up with such remarks and the people who make them. If a person needs to be reminded that there is a good and bad in every profession, then in my view such a person is not in a position to hold an opinion on anything.
Maybe I need to speak in defence of the above examples, giving reasons why I feel they deserve respect but I am not sure. What I do know is the next time someone makes a ‘smart’ comment about what I do they shall wish they hadn’t. I am not standing for it any longer.
I am quite certain that there are other professions that are equally as hated and if I have missed one out let me know.