My Job

Our Job = Our Self

My Job is a book of first-person stories by real people at work around the world.

You Are What You Do

The contributors to the ‘My Job’ book comprise a detailed mosaic of places and people at work; from across the U.S. and around the world.

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What Does It Mean to Have a Job?

My Job explores the dignity, identity, economic opportunity, and inherent challenges of an occupation. How has the definition and notion of a job shifted in recent years? How does one land in a particular job, and what causes one to flourish or flounder in it? How does our job shape our sense of identity? How does where one lives affect how one experiences their occupation?

 

 

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Suzanne Skees author and editor of My Job Stories

A Message From the Editor, Suzanne Skees

Disrupting the Way We View Work

In the upcoming book, My Job, I contrast work lives from around the world to provide a lens through which we can recognize our similarities and diversity. The purpose of this book is to challenge conventional thinking about how a job is valued and undertaken from the viewpoint of distinct cultures. At its essence, this book is about the human condition and how very similar we all are at our core. I believe this book will surprise, enlighten and definitely move you.
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Time on the Job is Relative

We hear the phrases “In a New York minute” and “I’m on Hawaiian Time” because time is viewed differently across regions and cultures. How time is perceived by a society has profound impact on the way a job is approached and performed. For Americans, the concept of time has a direct relationship to matters of business. It’s viewed as a gushing well of opportunity; fast flowing, yet fleeting. For the American professional, time is money. In other cultures, however, the human condition dominates and time has its place on the periphery of life. For workers having this perspective, honoring a task, profession or business relationship is more important than being punctual for an appointment. Meeting dates and deadlines are viewed as flexible and pliable targets for these workers; a clear contrast to the American view.

How Do We Rest Between Shifts?

This photo captures a fisherman resting between shifts. Fishing, as an occupation in every culture, is hard work with long days. Fishermen of Western European cultures use their coastal homes for rest. This fisherman from Ghana uses the beach, where he docks his boats, as a place for both work and slumber.

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Job Talk: our journal about the My Job book

“It was Tough Growing Up Bicultural”

“She was the first member of her family to go to college and then on to a graduate school. We talk now about how there’s not enough women in computer science. I can only imagine then. She was probably like the only woman and the only Chinese woman. She taught herself English. I ran across her Chinese-to-English dictionary, where she had painstakingly gone and circled and underlined in red pen.”

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“If I Miss One Day, We Don’t Eat That Day.”

Before I drove a rickshaw, I used to work in a factory for six years that was a [textile] washing plant, producing dyes and garments. I used to work in there, but the salary wasn’t sufficient enough to run my family. And now I am riding the rickshaw, and I am getting the proper amount that I need to run my family.

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My Job is a project of Skees Family Foundation.

All proceeds of My Job go directly to nonprofit organizations supporting job creation in the U.S. and around the world.



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