‘Get serious and get a real job,’ they say. ‘How long are you going to be doing that for?’ Or my personal favourite, ‘Are you doing that seriously or is it just a fun thing?’
How many of these kinds of questions do you get from the people around you – from parents to friends, or even people you’ve just met? Your job may be something unconventional. You may be a freelancer or a creative. You may be someone who works on cruises a couple of months of the year, or a surfing instructor in the Maldives. You try to explain to people what you do and they still look at it as a hobby or an ‘in-between’ thing until you ‘settle down’.
They’re all waiting for you to choose that old-school career that makes it seem like your life is stable and in order. You know those career fields: accounting, law, medicine, engineering; the things your folks actually wanted you to study and you almost did until you realised you didn’t have to.
Someone on Reddit asked, ‘What is a real job?’ Some of the answers included:
1 ‘You know you have a real job when you can tell a Baby Boomer what you do for a living without feeling utterly ashamed of yourself.’
A Baby Boomer is old AF. It’s someone who would have been born in the years following Second World War. There was a temporary increase in the birth rate during that time (between 1946 to 1964). A baby boomer could still be getting used to titles like ‘social media specialist’ and ‘influencer’.