- 5 years ago
This might seem trivial to some, but to me it is actually a big thing. Please don’t bring into question my tastes and desires because that really has nothing to do with my question at all.
Also, if you vote, please make sure you read everything. If you don’t want to bother, then please don’t vote.
First some background… I’ve been to two colleges and one university (college and university are different in Canada) for all sorts of different programs. I excelled and got top marks (even made the Dean’s list every time), but I truly hated being there. I hated the classes, hated the programs, and hated the potential careers. I really tried to find something I liked and was passionate about, but in the end, I left school because I couldn’t figure out what I wanted in life.
Right now I’m 22 and working for my family’s real estate business as an administrative assistant. I don’t love the menial work that I do, but I also don’t mind it. I don’t love that I only make $12 an hour, though. My family keeps encouraging me to get my real estate license and really become part of their team because they have enough business that I could be making more money, no problem. I don’t love the idea of being a real estate sales person — much how I don’t like anything else — but the difference is that the money is good, the schooling is minimal, and with my whole family in this industry getting a client base would be easy.
All that seems great, right? Here is the thing… I’ve always been my family’s black sheep. While I absolutely dress like a professional at work and hide my more “unusual” piercings (stretched — but very small — ears, septum nose piercing, etc), I definitely dress how I want when I’m not working (skinny jeans, converse running shoes, band shirts, corsets, hoodies, etc). Moreover, I love tattoos. Since I was twelve, I knew I wanted tattoos, and lots of them. I don’t have any yet because I still live with my parents and my conservative mother threatened to kick me out (I can’t quite afford this yet) should I have any while under her roof. As it stands, she is already unimpressed with my piercings. Now, don’t get me wrong. I am not looking to get them on my face or neck. I guess I would be open to the idea of a chest piece, but it is unlikely. So all that area will be clean and fine; however, I do really want sleeve tattoos. My dream would be full sleeves, but if I absolutely had to (though I’d be crushed) I would stop at my elbows — with the exception of some wrist tattoos that I want, the placement of which is significant. These tattoos wouldn’t by any means be offensive; bright, colourful, and pretty. These future tattoos are really significant and important to me. Its who I am, and I don’t want to give them up.
With that said, without passion, I don’t want to end up in student debt. Real estate is a way of making really great money without going into student debt. But of course, I don’t want to go into a career where no one would be willing to work with me because of a little body art (assuming I go the safe route and do half sleeves, at which point only a little ink would show during the summer months. While I know tattoos are becoming more accepted in the work place and while I also think they shouldn’t make a lick of a difference to coworkers, employers or clients, I feel like it probably isn’t as accepted as much as I’d like to think.
So what this comes down to… Would you work with a realtor who had visible tattoos (piercings hidden while working)?