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Is a government job real work?
Tuesday - 6/26/2012, 2:00am EDT
I have worked for the federal government for thirty years — came here right out of college. Although I started young, it was not my first job. See, I was raised by Depression-era parents who believed in employment, even at the earliest of ages.
When folks find out I'm a fed, they occasionally work into their conversation an assumption that I know nothing of "real" work or "real" jobs. I'm always amazed at both their ignorance and willingness to show it. Because I learned at an early age that a job is a job and that all work has certain things in common … first of which is that it really cuts into your free time.
This brings me to my first (and most formative) job — an Akron Beacon Journal (ABJ) newspaper route. Every time I see the ABJ building in downtown Akron, I think of my first foray into the working world. And, from time to time, I think about how much that job had in common with my years as a federal employee. To wit:
- You have to show up — papers and federal services don't get delivered
on their own … Someone has to do it
- You have to grow up — the customer/taxpayer is not concerned about your
day, your feelings or your world view … deal with it
- You have to get the job done — everyone is concerned about the same
thing, their thing … whether it's a newspaper or a Social Security check
- You have to deal with bosses — the ones who pay you and the ones who
just act like they do
- You have to be positive … well actually you don't … but, remember — they don't pay you a dime more to be miserable!
NEARLY USELESS FACTOID
By Jack Moore
Sharing information about yourself online, on social networks such as Facebook, can produce a brain response as powerful as that for food or sex, according to a recent Harvard study. In one part of the study, participants were offered a cash reward for answering factual questions and a smaller award for discussing their own opinions about something (for example: whether they preferred mushrooms on pizza). Even with the smaller award amount, many participants opted to talk about themselves.
(h/t The Age)
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