From Sex Workers To Pilots, People Are Sharing The Misconceptions Surrounding Their Jobs
We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share with us some common misconceptions about their jobs. We received countless insightful responses that provided more context for many misunderstood jobs and areas.
1. “I am an ordained woman, a member of the Christian clergy, and there are several misconceptions about my profession. At the top of that list is working only on Sundays, writing sermons, and doing weddings, funerals, and baptisms. Another misconception is that I'm supposed to "behave" and look a certain way or that I'll try to convert you.” On average I work 60 hours a week, have one day off a week and get a little more than $20,000 a year year. I must have a college education with extensive training in Greek and Hebrew, but also very intensive training in pastoral care. I receive 24/7 calls to visit someone who is dying or has someone in crisis - some of these crisis situations can include self-harm, domestic violence, assault, addiction. You name it, I've seen it. Even on our day off, we often think about work-related things because our to-do list is never-ending, including our commitment to ongoing study."
"Another misconception is that we just sit around drinking tea and eating cake all week while we visit your grandma, or our minds are on a 'heavenly cloud.' I wished! I spend 12 hours a week just on administration and meetings The rest of my time is spent in meetings, training, research, community involvement, professional development, working with social agencies, social justice projects, etc. Sermons are well researched and thought out, but only put it on paper on Saturday or Sunday morning because I don't have time during the week.
"As for my looks and demeanor, I have a pierced nose, had a pink and black hawk for years, ride a motorcycle, wear makeup, and like my loud music. IDGAF when meeting no one Other expectations of what a minister should look like because I am professional, caring, hardworking and take my responsibilities seriously. I wish people knew that most clergy are normal people who are overeducated and just want to change the world for the better.
*The above is an overview of our pre-COVID work. Our work has doubled in responsibility and intensity from 2020 to now!*
2. “I work in cannabis retail. People think we're all lazy, happy stoners, but there are countless regulations that are constantly changing and there's a wealth of knowledge we need to know. White-collar workers make $2 above minimum wage, and managerial positions range from $50,000 to $70,000."
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3. "I'm a sex worker and almost everything about my job is misconstrued. I don't need to be rescued and I'm no more exploited than other workers. It's not all glamorous either. Most of the time it's just a job. Occasionally I have an exceptionally cool or glamorous experience. People assume that all successful sex workers are young and look like Playboy models or porn stars. I'm 41 and look like your average middle aged indie rock girl around town. I've made over $130,000 a year (before taxes) for the last six years.”
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