When its not just about the 9-5. I got thinking about it this morning as I was checking work email. Yes, Sunday morning and I’m checking work email and I’m not expected at work until Monday.
So I got thinking about what a job is, when a job becomes a profession and when it is a calling. I think I was born to be a reference librarian. This morning, an offhand cliche in a text with a friend, led me to discover just what the cliche really meant. I can’t help myself, I even answer retrospective questions!
So many people are stuck in jobs that they don’t like, but because of a multitude of reasons, they stick with it. Others like their jobs, but its still just a job. Those who have a profession, are generally considered as people with formal university qualifications, working in the field of their qualification. Me, I’m one of the insane, I love my job, I do work out of hours more often than I realise (because I don’t consider it to be work), so maybe its more of a calling for me than a profession even. And there are those who would be considered professionals because of their qualifications, but who work at it as a job. Confusing I know.
To make it more confusing, there are people out there, who love their work and go above and beyond the call, but don’t have a formal qualification. I see them being professional in what they do, even if it isn’t considered a profession.
So which do you have? A job, a profession or a calling? And if its not one of the latter two, do you want it to be different? Easy to say, hard to do, I know. But speaking from experience, there is virtually nothing in the employment sphere, that is better than doing what you love (and getting paid for it…..) 🙂