Our Job = Our Self
My Job is a book of first-person stories by real people at work around the world.
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Discover more about us and follow Suzanne as she captures the voices of workers throughout the US and around the globe. You’ll also be the first to know when My Job hits the shelves.
What Does It Mean to Have a Job?
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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
Our intention was to center around the experience of immigrants as contributors to the cultural, social, and economic fabric of the United States.
I invite you all to watch and witness their bravery and beauty of our eloquent speakers in the video.read more
Meet the Narrators: Arindam & Debaleena, eco-manufacturers, Assam, India "Our focus is to create jobs in poor rural communities in northeast India, making eco-friendly products from palm leaves. I wouldn't have been able to pull through without Debaleena’s...read more
I’ve always been a rebel. I never said, “What am I going to do?” I was doing it already. I was helping my parents pay rent when I was still in school. Music was my passion. It was like I never said, “Why do I want to go sacrifice eight hours a day of my life doing so I can be happy?”read more
MY JOB Readers in California Fund Jobs A small group of MY JOB readers has helped create jobs through programs working in Asia, Latin America, and Africa, proving it's possible to join forces for dignified work for all. The group, a giving circle in California called...read more
The reviews are in and the good news is piling up fast!
It’s always a pleasure hearing real, honest feedback from those who have read My Job. Listening to stories of readers who have experienced new perspectives, gained new appreciations and rejoiced in “aha!” moments after reading My Job is truly a great joy. It reminds me of the primary reason I wrote the book in the first place; to bring people together from all over the world, share experiences and learn from one another.read more
Every December I have three big goals: 1) finish up work commitments 2) scramble to buy the perfect Christmas gifts and 3) make my year-end donations. This year I’ve made my life easier by combining two goals – everyone in my family will receive MY JOB. Every book purchased funds job creation programs worldwide…read more