What does your job say about you?

Geelong Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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