Role of Jobs in Defining Individuals

Most people do not agree that the jobs they do define who they are. It is however true that the job one takes up eventually defines who they are as an individual. It is in their job that people find a way to cope with failure since most people take up jobs they never even planned on doing therefore end up convincing themselves that such a job does not define them. Further, people are spending more time working and thinking about their jobs thus taking over their lives in addition to having to deal with feelings of anger, acceptance, denial, depression and bargaining (Glass, 1996).

Conversely, jobs mean more to people as they have deviated from the conventional way of making money to a means of deriving fulfilment. This is evident when one asks a person to tell about themselves, they start by stating the job they do, thereby showing that they measure their self-worth depending on their job achievements. When people judge themselves based on their job status they are putting themselves in a self-esteem trap. This shows why people have evolved to value name tags more than ever.

Since jobs define who people are as individuals, they seek for validation from others. They use their jobs to impress people as well as boost their egos, forgetting that they are responsible for their own happiness. Moreover, people tend to judge others depending on the kind of job they do, which in turn reflects on themselves and how they want others to view them. Name tags make the most important things in people’s lives, such as family, personality and aspirations seem less important compared to the results they have to deliver in their jobs. This is evident from the story of the navy soldiers who refused to return to work and got jail term because their jobs were viewed as more valuable than their lives and rights (Glass, 1996).


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