The other day I had a conversation with a friend of mine. She asked if I was going to return to my job in the fall. I told her I planned to return. Her response to my decision was not exactly what I expected.
“I can’t believe you are going return to that job. I could never do it. Working outdoors in all sorts of weather, dealing with demanding parents, horrible hours, and the pay is awful. I don’t know why you are going back?”
My friend’s comment made me wonder, “Does everyone think the way she does? Do people think I’m nut to return to a job that seems to offer so little?” I responded to my friend saying the job did have challenges and my decision to return wasn’t easy, but despite the hard work I felt the work I did was important. For now, the job was what I was looking for professionally and personally.
Making a decision to stay at a challenging job isn’t easy. When you have a family it can make the decision more difficult. I think what makes my job unappealing to some is there is no glamor involved with it. Most of what I do isn’t visible to the public. It’s behind the scenes. And when people do see me they often see me dealing with difficult situations.
Not having a glamorous job reminded me of a poster I saw once. It was a poster that featured from TV star Mike Rowe. Years ago Mike was sitting with his high school guidance counselor discussing his future after high school. During the conversation Mike mentioned he thought going to a two-year college, instead of a four-year one would be a good choice for him. His guidance counselor told him that going to community college was beneath his potential. Mike’s guidance counselor pointed to a poster on the wall. On one side of the poster was a blue-collar worker; on the other side was a college graduate. Underneath, the text read: Work Smart NOT Hard.
Mike decided he didn’t like the message his guidance counselor’s poster said, so he created one that seemed to make more sense. There are many jobs that most of us wouldn’t want to do, but what would happen if we didn’t have people to do them?
After 15 years of being home caring for my boys I returned to the workforce. If I waited until I found a glamorous, dream job I doubt I would be employed right now. There is no shame in doing a job most others wouldn’t do. Doing a job well is what matter’s most, no matter what the job is.
For now, the glamour in my life will have to be done with an updated wardrobe. Sure hope my husband agrees.