What does your job say about you?
THERE is no denying that, for better or worse, everyone is defined by their job. You spend the better part of your life there and as a result, it unavoidably reveals something about your personality.
Sometimes these characteristics are the reason you were attracted to a certain profession in the first place and others are a consequence of working in the industry for an extended period of time. Either way, there are links that can be drawn.
Cafe owner: This person is not only the foodie of the group but the hostess will hostess. They’re the person organising catch ups, dinner parties, weekends away — usually centering on food. They’re also a good listener — it’s amazing how much people will unload on their ba- rista during a 10 minute coffee break.
Nurse: The clichéd thing to say is that they care, which is true, but nurses have a toughlove streak. They work too much, and sleep too little, to be putting up with drama queens on or off the job.
Midwives: They literally coach people through one of the most challenging, yet rewarding, days of their life. They’re cool in a crisis and know all the right, encouraging things to say. Outside the walls of a hospital, they can likely be found hurling inspiring words of wisdom around a team huddle at three quarter time.
Primary teacher: You have to have loved school to want to go back. These nurturing nerds are young at heart and often get more fun out of cutting, pasting and packing for school camp than the kids. They’re also the ones who bring the wacky game ideas to camping trips or long car rides.
Personal assistant: The word organised springs to mind but they’re actually borderline control freaks. Their love for lists and Post-it notes typically extends to their home. They’re likely to keep an old-school, hard copy calendar and have the kind of pantry (complete with neat, matching labels) that you would see in an Ikea catalogue.
Lawyer: When you argue for a living, it’s hard to turn that off outside the office. Curious but with an agenda they’re the one that will get you free entry to the new bar with a line around the corner, cheap cocktails long after happy hour has finished and a refund on your meal that was cold all because they were bold enough to ask.
My job description as a professional storyteller probably sums me up pretty well. I’ll leave you to ponder what your job says about you.