I won’t pretend to be a perfect person; I often get flustered, irritated or angry when things don’t go the way I imagine they will go. But I have learned that, when it comes to jobs, you should always be grateful.
That’s why I was unpleasantly surprised when I was greeted by a coworker at one of the schools I teach at, who loudly proclaimed upon our first meeting, “So you’re another woefully underpaid adjunct! Well, I hope you have a spouse with a real job to support you!”
Hold the phone, Professor! While I am keenly aware of the troubles facing adjunct instructors these days (since I had to reapply for my job, and made it through a 30+ person firing spree at one of my schools recently!), this job is a massive blessing. My job stability might be questionable, but I am employed. I may not be making six figures, but I am making more than I was waiting tables, with none of the physical labor.
I think this coworker needs to do a gratitude workout. I also think that, no matter what job you hold, you should be grateful.
Waiting tables earned me enough money to pursue a career I love.
Before school nannying paid for my weekly gas.
My office administration job was flexible enough to work around a school schedule.
My banking job introduced me to people who are still mentors and support systems for me in times of trouble.
Above all, these jobs paid me. What better reason to be grateful than to be able to afford a living, put food on the table, and support your family?
What are you grateful for?