Have you ever told someone what you do for a living and discovered they have a lot of crazy ideas about your work flow? A lot of jobs seem straightforward, but if you haven't done them, you probably shouldn't assume you know what they're like.
This long Twitter chain shows that most of the world is determined to be oblivious, and drag us all with them. It's kind of a nesting doll of rude things to say to someone after they open up to you. First people share what they do for a job, then they get the most common response. Like comedian Josh Gondelman, who indicates that when he tells people he's professionally funny, they try to make him laugh. With racism!
On the scale of annoying things, that's pretty bad. But lots of people's had stories about ways people annoy them, or hit them up for free labor.
"What do you do?"— Tim Byrne (@TByrne75) June 5, 2018
"I'm a lawyer"
Option #1 : "[Tells lawyer joke]"
Option #2 : "Wow, that's interesting. I was just wondering....[request for free advice]"
It helps if you don't have a job anyone understands.
Unless them not understanding is the problem.
“What do you do?”— your friend Helen (@hels) June 5, 2018
“I’m a food writer”
“Cool you’re a restaurant critic!”
“No, I’m a food writer.”
“I can’t believe I met a restaurant critic!”
“No, I’m a food writer.”
“You should review my college friend’s restaurant in Indiana! She puts cranberries in the salad!” https://t.co/QRmfp4h8i4
What is the difference between a restaurant critic and a food writer??
Lots of people have work advice for the industry they don't understand.
Or think it's like what they've seen in films.
Or mistake their opinions for your opinions.
Even about things you literally have a degree in.
Some people actually do want your opinions, which is refreshing, but can you really give them the answers they seek?
Especially if they're confusing you for someone else.
This particular story about having a PhD in pornography is actually a bit outside of most people's experience, actually.
“What do you do?“— 𝙹𝚘𝚜𝚑 𝙶𝚛𝚞𝚋𝚋𝚜 (@JoshuaGrubbsPhD) June 3, 2018
“I’m a psychology professor“
“Oh, so you can like, read minds and stuff“
“No, not really, I am mostly a researcher.“
“Oh, so what do you research?“
“Pornograph…. You know what, yes, yes I do read minds. Let’s talk about that.“ https://t.co/3XwY8MVZGo
But the chain started with this chemist, who tries to make their job more relatable by comparing themselves to the most famous chemist on TV:
"What do you do?"— Chemjobber (@Chemjobber) June 1, 2018
"Really? What kind of chemistry?"
"Oh, what's that?"
"It's making new molecules that are mostly made of carbon"
"Drugs - I make drugs. I live in a RV. I am Walter White"
Honestly, if you have a character n TV who you can compare yourself to, it's a mixed blessing.
Everyone will (again) assume you live a much more glamorous life than you do, which is frustrating, but it also makes things a bit easier to explain.
"What do you do?"— Virginia Glazier (@Prof_Glazier) June 2, 2018
"I'm a mycologist"
"Cool, what kind of mushrooms?"
"Candida albicans, it causes thrush and yeast infections"
You do what?