Don’t ever be too good for any job.
An acquaintance of mine left a job over the feeling that she wasn’t given the proper respect that her education deserved. She would tell me that she was certain the management was jealous and felt threatened, and so she left on very bad terms only to discover she couldn’t find another job.
The idea that she was above certain kinds of jobs made it difficult to find employment. She continues to take college classes and spends money after money on more education, believing that she will, at some point, be guaranteed a high-wage job because more education is the ticket to wealth and what she is worth.
I want to tell her the truth.
She needs to get a job cleaning toilets, ASAP.
She needs to stop racking up student loan debt.
She needs to learn to live on less, in her finances and her pride, and in her opinion of herself.
I can’t say I loved most of my jobs. Nigh shifts at the post office loading dock, working in a kitchen, dealing with toilets…but having worked those jobs already, I find that I’m not terrified of losing a job. I don’t think anything is really beneath me.
When you’re truly willing to work, there is always work to be found.
It does not matter what your degree is, what jobs you used to have, what job titles you used to own, how much you used to make: you are not above cleaning toilets.
On weekends, I clean the office (and toilets) where I work. It’s extra money for my savings account. There’s a certain kind of personal pride to be found in cleaning up after others, being willing to serve other people. There’s a strange kind of pleasure in manual labor and physical work to get your pay. Maybe that’s the farm kid in me coming through, but good, hard physical work is extremely rewarding at the end of the day.
But my friend believes she is meant for the top, and she thinks she’ll never have to visit the bottom again.
If there is such a thing as top and bottom.
This blog post previously appeared on my Medium.com profile on October 18, 2013