20 November 2006

Jobs and Careers: A need for some to stop talking

...that's what you get for not having an education. -- William Atherton, Real Genius, 1985


...You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and you do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, uh, you, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq -- John Kerry, 2006



This December 20th I will have been a college grad. for 20 years.


Time flies when you're paying bills.


I've had quite a number of jobs in that time. I've done warehouse work, office clerk work and computer work. Most of the skills I utilize today have to do with the computer. I've never done, tried to do, or wanted to do certain things. It's not that I wouldn't do them if I had to, it's that I have taken steps to not have to.


But.


I have a great deal of respect for folks who do those jobs, and John Kerry should too.


I probably shouldn't say that...only because John Kerry isn't the only culprit in this area. His comments of a few weeks ago were an echoing of attitudes held by many people in this country. Even while they are making use of the service they look with disdain at the person performing it. They do this, even though they are physically unable to do it and/or lack any training to do the work. These are also the same people who will screw up a DIY repair and then end up calling the same person to unbotch what they did and do it correctly.


There is no way to support our population without people who are willing to scoot on their backsides under cars to change an oil filter, to pick up and deal with the garbage, to unjam plumbing and sewer lines, to climb poles in bad weather to hook up wires, risk their lives putting out fires and protecting us from criminals.


But even if we only had the numbers of a century ago, we would still need people willing to do work that some consider less than desirable...but not just be willing, we need them to take pride in what they do. Trust me, you would not want the opposite. Imagine a garbage collector dumping his truck's load in a drainage ditch half-way to the landfill, or the guy who flips burgers not throwing away the one that just fell on the floor. Yeah these things happen, but they're the exception, not the norm.


So instead of belittling them, why not thank them? I can guarantee you they don't get that very much because we tend to take them for granted.


It's just a thought.

1 comment:

beautyinbaltimore said...

Good point. I think it is important to note that a few of the professions that you named actually pay more than plenty of office jobs.