It is my opinion that frankly, jobs stink. No one should have to rely on someone else’s business to make income. Time and time again, pensions are cut, salaries wane, and layoffs are imminent. Ideally, we’d all be self-employed, creating our own wealth. From a monetary standpoint, that is how I feel. However, I do believe that there are certain jobs that people should experience, because, as a whole, we might just be a little more compassionate towards one another.
Following the advice, “Work to Learn, Not to Earn,” these jobs will give lessons way beyond a paycheck:
Did you know that many states don’t pay waiters and waitresses the federal minimum wage? Some only make $2.62 an hour! Once you’ve spent 8+ hours a day on your feet running around trying to please people, you’ll think long and hard the next time you want to skip on a tip.
2) Daycare Worker
It should be a requirement of all middle and high schools to have their students work in a daycare environment. Sure babies are cute and cuddly, but it truly is an eye-opening experience when you have 12 or more 4-year-olds screaming at the top of their lungs because they’re tired, or hungry, or upset.
Not only do you quickly learn patience, and excellent communication skills, it quickly makes you realize that working with kids is work…no matter how fun it can be at times.
3) Elderly Caregiver
If we’re lucky, someday we all will reach a ripe old age in good health.
In reality, bodies shut down and people become frustrated with the loss of freedom they once had. Elderly caregiving forces us to gain perspective, patience, and reminds us to take care of ourselves while we still have the ability to do so.
4) Customer Service Agent
You know who you are. You’re rude to someone on the phone or online just because you can’t see them face to face. Never mind that they’re trying to help you figure out your problem.
If you had to spend a few days in a customer service role, you’d have much more compassion with the people you talk with on the phone. You develop techniques to diffuse situations, and learn how to create win-win situations.
5) Anything in Sales
Negotiating skills are needed in everything. Not just in business, but even to persuade your spouse or kids to do something they might have resistance to.
People generally have distaste towards salesmen, and the lessons learned through any job are highly beneficial to gain confidence, self-esteem and learn the art of persuasion. Should you ever go into business for yourself, you’ll need these skills to sell your products and services. If you wish to work for someone else and are ever up for a promotion, you’ll need to persuade your boss into choosing you.
Everyone should try sales at least once. There are hundreds of Direct Sales companies from Avon to Tupperware to those selling telephone or legal services. Get your feet wet and let the education begin!