(Closed) Which comments/attitudes from others about your profession do you dislike most?

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 227
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

My first degree was a four year degree in Early Childhood Education. Many bad comments but the worse – Oh, that’s strange, you need a degree to do that? Then I studied Naturopathy for four years and thankfully many people have no idea what that is. I still get horrible comments about being a teacher even though I don’t work in the profession.

Post # 228
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Helper bee

I’m a photographer and HATE being compared to  all the stay at home moms that got bored and bought a dslr and decides to start a photo business.  I am completing my BFA in photography in the spring and work for a photography company so noooooo.  One of the most frustrating things  about my career for sure

Post # 229
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church

That nurses are just the pawns of doctors and that we don’t have any sort of clinical training ourselves, so we have no right to make decisions or provide commentary on medical issues.

That I see our patients as guinea pigs instead of humans because I’m participating in pharmaceutical research.

That I’m a cog in the machine of Big Pharma and therefore inherently evil.

Post # 230
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’m a hairdresser. Probably one of the most stereotypical professions out there.

“So, like, you didn’t go to college?” Yes I did, it’s called trade school and I went for over a year.

“You get paid to play with hair all day!” Uh, no. I get paid to listen to you whine and complain about your life. And it’s not enough. 

“Can you cut, color and highlight my hair for free at my house?” (My favorite) NO. YOU DON’T WORK FOR FREE WHY SHOULD I.

People irk me

Post # 231
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I get the double-whammy of crabbiness from people, as I teach ESL and I DO IT FROM HOME! EGADS!

Native speakers love to tell me how anyone who speaks English can teach it. This is definitely incorrect. Native speakers have terrible skills, particularly in writing and speaking. (5 minutes on FB should back me up here! Haha!) Even if they did have awesome skills, there is a huge difference between knowing how to do something, and knowing how to teach someone else how to do it. For the record, I have a BA in Sociology and a post-grad certificate in TESL. (Teacher of English as a Second Language)

Working from home apparently means I do nothing all day. It means I’m available for people to call/drop by, that my “teaching” isn’t real teaching since I don’t have a real classroom, that my “work” isn’t real work since it’s online … I could go on, seriously. I’m the first to admit that things are extra-comfortable for me, sure. It’s nice that on a cold Canadian winter morning, I don’t have to go outside. It’s nice that, as someone who suffers with a terrible chronic illness, I don’t have to stuff my aching body into dress clothes, and I don’t have to be on my feet in front of a classroom all day when I’m having a difficult day. So what? Every job has perks. It’s not my fault you picked a career that doesn’t cross over into telecommuting! Gah!

 

Post # 232
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

I work with Special Education, behavioral and learning disorders. 

People easily think that either I am constantly threatened or just goofing off.  

I teach 5 different age groups each week, 4 different subjects a day.  All curriculum is teacher-made, nothing from the school or state.  it can be pretty intense (we are prepping for winter exams right now, and it makes my head want to explode).

I have one acquaintance who likes to ask simply “How is school going?”, the same way she asked when I was attending college, implying that teaching at a school is not “work” the same way her job is (marketing for publications).

 

Post # 233
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Newbee

I am an occupational therapist. The number one comment I get from people that don’t know the profession is “Oh, so you can find me a better job?”. I do give them props for trying, but that is not what I do (I work in pediatrics). 

Post # 234
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Oh I majored in Interior Design and Architecture… “Oh you need to come decorate my house!” 

“Oh like on HGtV?” 

“ooh what color paint should I paint my living room?”

NO I will not tell you how to DECORATE, I did not go to school to pick put throw pillows and curtains 

ugh I will fight that battle my whole life, no one really knows what interior design truly is!

Post # 235
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I work in reality TV, in post-production. I don’t get a lot of negative stuff, except for the people who say “Oh, I don’t really watch reality TV.” (Sure you don’t.) And since most people I speak to who aren’t in the business don’t know anything about it, they make a lot of assumptions. “Oh, so you’re an editor.” “Can you get me on your show?” “I love Top Chef, do you work on that one?”

For the record, I’m a coordinator. From a business perspective, I’m essentially middle management. I like to describe my job as “herding cats.”

Post # 236
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Okay, so I have three jobs. My first is teaching piano lessons and really the only annoying comment I get from people about that is “Oh, do you have a degree in music?” No. I don’t. That one isn’t so bad, because I know they’re just curious, so I usually just answer politely, and sometimes tell them how hard music degrees are to get, because a lot of people just honestly don’t know, and that’s fine. I’m getting married in April, I don’t have time or money for a music degree. Haha.

People also always ask me if I have a discount for siblings taking lessons. No. They take up the same amount of time and supplies as any other students. Does your school give you a discount on lunch because you have more than one student? No, because they both eat “supplies.” Does your hairdresser give you a discount if you have multiple kids? No. Maybe someone somewhere does, but I do not, because why would I do that when I can just fill those time slots with two kids whose parents will pay full price for them. I know I do this job for the love of music and teaching, but I still have bills to pay.

My second job is as a Total Body Modification practitioner. Here are some gems from that:

“Will you stab me with needles? Like accupuncture?”
 
I always try to explain right when I tell people what I do that it is very similar to chiropractic care with a combination of accupressure–which is like accupuncture without needles. And yet, they STILL ASK.

“Do you have a degree for that?”
 
No. There is no degree; I have a certification to perform it. For some reason, this is hard for people to grasp.

“Ooh, I could use a massage!”
 
It’s not massage therapy. It’s closer to chiropractic care.

“I’m not sure we can afford to pay for this.”
 
Sometimes, there are honestly people who can’t afford it, and I totally get it. But for people who I tell them what I do, and they have major health issues, I know they have already spent tons of money trying to get better. I seriously charge $40 for each of the initial two appointments since they take A LOT of time (like an hour each), and $20 for any appointments after that. Honestly, I just want people to get better, so I try to keep my rates as low as possible. I tell people I’ll still work on them, even if they can’t afford it, but I think a lot of people use this as an excuse to say that they don’t want to entrust their health to me. Which is fine, but I wish they’d just say it!

My third job is being a Birthday Party Princess.

“So you just dress up and go play with little kids?”

I just started this job two weeks ago, but people don’t realize how much work it takes to do this! Yes, I make very good money, but I also spend wayyyy more time than just going to the party. I spend prep time getting ready (usually about two hours), pile my poofy dress into my car, have to find their house using my GPS (which is sometimes easier said than done), then spend 30 minutes-90 minutes smiling constantly and convincing small children that “Yes, I am the real princess!” It’s totally worth it for the smiles on their little faces, though.

“So what high school do you go to?”

I am not in high school… So far most people I’ve talked to about this job assume I’m in high school. I’m like, “People! I am getting married! I am not in high school!” Perhaps I just look young, though, and I should take it as a compliment.

 

Post # 237
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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@AirForceWife78:  I hate this misconception with a passion. People always think I want to take away kids. Nope, I’m going into hospice social work, sorry! There’s a lot more to the profession than just taking away people’s kids.

Post # 238
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@starfishnight:  I think my career doesn’t exist in the US. I am studying to be a Clinical Biochemist, mainly to do all the lab work in a hospital, I believe that in the US that’s also done by doctors.

I hate that many doctors act as if we were their oompaloompas instead of professionals with whom they can discuss clinical stuff!

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