I had an idea of doing a post of things I refuse to explain or justify but it ended up being an incredibly long waffle. So I’ve decided to break the topics up and when I feel a soapbox moment coming on, the material is ready for posting.
Number 1 in my “Series of things I don’t justify” is my 9-5.
I cannot be the only person that has run into job snobs over the years. To sum it up this is someone that thinks what they do is so much more important and worthy than what those around them do for a living.
They like to look down on others, for example some cannot imagine office life and spending the day in front of a computer. “So soul sucking” said a job snob I used to know. She felt she deserved “something purely creative” and wasn’t going to settle for less (interesting fact: she is still looking for the perfect job to present itself to her). My job isn’t creative at all. I need accuracy, the ability to work to deadlines and juggle tasks when needed. I require a massive memory and attention to detail is essential. So when I’ve had a long day I don’t need an even longer Whatsapp from a job snob telling me about their search for something creative and fulfilling as they continue to find themselves “as they could never sit in an office and lose their soul”
I very much still have my soul. But patience for such snobbery? Not so much.
Some job snobs work for themselves and cannot imagine what having a boss is about (“people give you work and you do it and then you get more”) said a self-employed friend of a friend in wide-eyed horror. Seriously – I wish I was joking but I’m not. The conversation was about deadlines but I might as well have been explaining life on Mars.
Some job snobs don’t work at all and want to think this makes them superior (“I could never deal with office politics” and “I don’t know how you do it”) Side note: I do it because I enjoy the financial independence working gives me. I’m good at what I do. I enjoy it. I also find things like a salary and pension to be quite handy.
I’m weird like that.
I’ve learnt to ignore job snobs because it isn’t worth your time actually engaging with someone that thinks what they do (or don’t do) makes them better than others. Not everyone can have the career they dreamt about growing up. Not everyone gets the opportunity or has parents to support them while they decide what they really want to pursue. I see many people who may not be doing their ultimate dream job but getting on with it and making a success of the path they are on. I take my hat off to people who study part-time while working – it isn’t easy – I know! I tried it years ago and it is really difficult.
In a nutshell, I won’t justify my career or be talked down by someone who thinks that their journey is so much more important and fulfilling because they had more options before they chose it.
What about you? Have you ever encountered this form of snobbery?