- 8 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
@starfishnight: “So…you’re a guidance counselor.”
No I’m not! A school psychologist is different from a guidance counselor! It’s a specialist degree at the minimum requiring 65 graduate credits. We have different roles, which is why schools have BOTH school psychologists and guidance counselors.
And after I go on a spiel about what my profession entails – some people still see it as a glorified guidance counselor.
**This is no disrespect to guidance counselors – it’s just…that’s not my job!
@starfishnight: I am a prostitute (I work in Australia in a parlour).
I get fairly awful comments about my work. Clients will ask – do you have a boyfriend, do your parents know you do this, other ridiculously personal information, and consistently ask to date me. Women who find out are just nasty. I get told I’m going to get STIs, tell me my vagina will get loose, babble on about how it’s un-feminist and tell me I must hate myself.
The most annoying comments are from doctors and nurses (I get sexual health checkups once a month), and they glare or harp on about religion or ethics or are just plain rude.
I worked at this place for 3 years, hate hearing the ringing tone of the phone till this day.
I’m a CPA, and the assumptions of what I do are hilarious. It ranges from being able to answer any question about personal taxes, doing people’s taxes, working for the IRS, etc. I am also incredibly boring apparently. Oh, and it’s shocking if I’m busy any time except April 15….
I actually specialize in corporate tax, so while I know some basics about individuals, it’s not enough to help you with your tax return when you call me on April 14 (happened more than once).
I also had someone tell me “you have the most personality of any accountant I know.” Since it came from an engineer, I gave him an equally hard time.
@starfishnight: I am not yet a teacher, but I am about halfway through my schooling and people are constantly telling me “Wow, you must have a lot of patience!”, “You’re gonna end up hating kids, watch!”, “Are you really sure that you wanna choose babysitting as a career for the rest of your life?”, “Did you choose that career because it’s easy?”, and the WORST one, from a veteran teacher of 15+ years was “Oh, I mean I really like my job, but if I could give you any advice it would be to choose a different career.”
It’s sad and it always feels very discourging.
People assume because Im a doctor I’m rolling in money and swan in for a half day before heading off for the golf course in my Ferrari. Definitely not! I make a comfortable living but I’m not anywhere near making that kind of money. And I do work hard, I regularly work through lunch and am required to work a fair amount of overtime. When I worked in Ireland I was working 34 hour shifts at least once a week – you work your usual job from 7 or 8 am to 5pm, then you go “on call” which usually meant that you were even busier (like not eating, drinking or peeing until 2am type stuff). If you were lucky you might catch an hour or two of sleep – usually broken by your pager going off. And then you were back at your day job at 8 am and stayed until 5pm. No wonder I left the country!
I also hate being referred to as a junior doctor, or people assuming that I am basically a medical student because I am still in training. I’ve been fully qualified for 5 years, and I am basically at the highest level that I can be at until I become a consultant. I have loads of responsibility, I always have at least 1-2 juniors below me to supervise as well. Doctors stay Jin training for 10-15 years usually before they become consultants,and they are working for all of it, it is not the same as being a student.
The thing that bugs me most though is when people assume I must be a nurse not a doctor. I mean absolutely no offence to nurses, but I find it to be such a sexist assumption and I really hate it.
Another teacher here and glad to see that the comments are the same across the pond! We get too many holidays, our working days are ridiculously short etc. I have mostly given up arguing with ignorant people about my job but when I do get complaints about holidays, I always say, “Why not quit your job and become a teacher then, as we get sooo much time off and work sooo little?!” People are usually quick to backtrack then.
I will also say that I’m a secondary (high school) teacher in the UK and the one I get the most is how terrible it must be to have to teach all those ‘awful teenagers!’ Not true! Teens are awesome and inspiring people to work with – its the minority of badly behaved kids that fuel the stereotype!
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