My Job Isn't All That Different From Yours
By TheTshirtMama on October 17, 2012
Lately I've been feeling like my job has come under fire.
I'd like to say it's as much other people, but in reality, it's mostly because of myself.
Just like in the workforce, everyone needs regular reviews and evaluations, and about every quarter I harshly criticize and review myself as a mom and a person.
I almost always snap out of the negativity, but typically when this happens, I actually walk away feeling better about my career and position.
Up until this point I've found my career fairly easy to manage with simple tasks like balancing and maintaining the budget to administrative duties, but lately, my job has required some special training and professional development with every new position that I take on. Just this morning, I was learning all about growth opportunities and project management.
Now, I might not be getting paid what I should in the form of money, but I do get bonuses and perks that make up for all the hard aspects of my position.
I have to work late most nights, and when I can wrap up early, I often lose sleep over stress about the upcoming day.
And let's not even get into the toll it's taken on my body. Who has time for workouts when you're required to be at work by 7am and usually don't wrap up until 8pm?
I often find myself feeling extremely under appreciated and thinking terrible thoughts about my co-workers incompetence or lack of understanding of the tasks at hand, but I have to keep in mind that they're usually only considered part-time at best and have other priorities at their other jobs to think about.
And don't even get me started on my subordinates! I mean, how juvenile can they be??
Travel is not an exception, but the rule. Often times the travel is local, but I still see this as a perk since I get to visit new places and meet new people on a regular basis. This helps break up all the mundane days where I'm stuck in the office.
I also get to see progress and completion on projects first hand! Whereas I know in most businesses, you complete your part and it gets past along to the next team.
And in my career, you don't have to worry about your future! You might also like to know that my retirement will be taken care of if I investments properly.
What's my career?
Well. . .I'm a mom.
I know what you're thinking, and I promise it's actually a career!
According to Dictionary.com,
1. an occupation or profession, especially one requiring special training, followed as one's lifework: He sought a career as a lawyer.
2. a person's progress or general course of action through life or through a phase of life, as in some profession or undertaking: His career as a soldier ended with the armistice.
3. success in a profession, occupation, etc.
If you go back and read through my job description, you might find that my responsibilities are very similar to yours in the workforce. The only difference is I'm self-employeed, but also an employee. I have the difficult task of working with family members under stressful situations. Although my career might not be found on Monster.com or theLadders.com, and it was definitely one I just fell into rather than applied for, it doesn't make it any less legitimate. It's one I have to be truly passionate about to continue because unlike your job where the money justifies the work, I don't get paid a dime.
So as I'm approaching 30, and I have those thoughts that cross my mind like "I left my job for this?" or have other people that make me feel like what I do isn't a "real job" but a duty or just a stage of life. . . And for all those times, I've felt embarrassed about saying "I'm a stay at home mom" because I'm afraid you'll judge me and think it simply means I'm lazy. I can now laugh because I know the truth.
I'll now get off my soapbox now.
Thank you for listening.
Sorry if I offended anyone.
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