Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Do you like your job?

Things I like about being a lawyer: talking to people, writing, reasoning, making good arguments, lots of jobs.

Thinks I don't like about being a lawyer: sitting at a desk all day not talking to anyone, research, helping one person attack another person, feeling like a pretentious pariah when I tell people I'm a lawyer, long books full of rules.

What are the pros and cons to your occupation?

2 comments:

-Dave said...

Economist's opinion:

Pros:
It's an interesting job. Having access to all sorts of data, which I independently process and try to draw conclusions about the economy-at-large. It requires independent judgement, and the ability to draw conclusions out of the data and being able to back them up. I like having a job where I can give people answers to their questions, where I can serve the public, and that I can be confident will exist for as long as I want it. I enjoy the challenge of digging up information, the thrill of seeing my numbers used in the news, and the ability to set my own pace.

Cons:
It can become tedious. I don't talk to others much, and the background noise in the office is generally no more than clicking keys - if my roommate is working nights, I could go days without speaking a single word aloud. It's a state job, and there's an element of political/budgetary positioning and posturing - of departments existing merely to perpetuate themselves.

I like my occupation. And I like my job, though the two are not synonymous (occupation = type of work: cook, lawyer, economist, airline pilot. job = your specific employment: economist with R&A Bureau, service pastor at Coram Deo, etc. Dealing with employment numbers for a living, I like to see the terms used appropriately).

jose said...

Pro:
Working with people. Working in my passion, that is, music. Flexible hours.

Con:
Working with people. Working in what is my passion. It's easy to just keep working and forget to punch out.