Do you measure the worth or value of a person based on their majors or jobs?

United States
May 28, 2010 1:56am CST
I was discussing with my roommates about how when people are talking and they ask what do you do for a living they automatically form an opinion of the worth of the individual, instead of basing it on their personality they base their worth and value on their background. This happens when you judge someone based on stereotypes, whether they're good or bad stereotypes. For example: You are having a discussion with two individuals and one person says he's a doctor and the other says he is a janitor but they both look exactly the same. Same goes for someone who is a computer engineer major or a bio major, versus an art major or dance major. One's occupation and major say something about an individual but I would hate to be judged before I even got a chance to show who I really am. How many of you are willing to admit their guilt in having presumptions about individuals based on major/job? It may even happen subconsciously, as society has trained us to think that one thing is better than the other.
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15 responses
• Philippines
29 May 10
as what you have said the society that we lived in trained as to think that way. even when we are small our parents would tend to tell us that we need to study harder and get good grades so that people will look up on us and not to belittle us. but if we look at it carefully the job description, career, major or position doesn't determine us. what is important is that we live a life that we never step on others. judging people of how they look and position is not everything we need to look at the heart of the person. that doesn't make you a lesser person if you are a janitor or what for you are earning a decent living.
• Philippines
29 May 10
i don't really ask about education background unless they ask mine. and when i found out theirs, i don't really care if theirs is not so impressive BUT if i found out otherwise, i'm stereotyping them. say, i think engineers, accountants, lawyers and any graduates from reputable universities here must be really, really smart people. other than thinking they're smart or not caring about other majors or graduates' mental ability, i don't judge how people would fair as a HUMAN. to be frank, i'm more judgmental with the appearance rather than someone's job or major BUT ONLY with people who looks scary like really big men with really strong-looking features, uh i kind of hate seeing muscular men who seem can kill me easily. getting back on the subject, to me a person's worth or value is about how humane can he/she gets, how he/she interacts with people, how he/she contributes to the society's welfare, how he/she lived his/her life, and other things related to being "social". certainly, majors or jobs has got nothing to do with one's value. oh, and by the way, i really like art and music majors.^_^ i think low of actors and actresses before but later on i realized how tough their jobs are. as for artists like tattoo artists, graphic, etc. i had dream of becoming like them when i was younger until i realized i gotta have the talent. also, since i became part of the labor force, i'm already used to a mentality that blue and white collars are equally valuable.
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@cripfemme (7718)
• United States
29 May 10
No, I don't. There are many wonderful people who never have a job or go to college. They still have things to contribute and can be good friends. This is how I determine a person's worth. Are they there when I need them? Do they treat me nicely? Do we both benefit from our relationship? That stuff is more important than what they studied or what they do.
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@ronz30 (276)
• Philippines
28 May 10
Sometimes.. but I realized that we should not measure the value of other people because of their jobs but we should measure them based on their personality ..
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@nehmer (609)
• Philippines
28 May 10
for me i don't really measure the value of a person based on their majors or jobs.. because we human beings are equally created by God it does not matter whether you are successful or not in life or you have a good job or not... i don't know why there are so many people out there who are comparing persons based on their statuses in life the only thing that is important to me right now is that we are equal..
@greenace (124)
• Philippines
28 May 10
i agree..any person no matter what his/her background or color should be treated equally. tis does not happen in real life though. i think it's just that people are primarily driven by selfish intent (social acceptance, authority, even pomposity)that he could not help but judge others based on how they look, act, or how they feel towards what the other person is saying. in my case, i try as much as possible to treat others as my equal at times, even better than me.
@jamed28 (1910)
• Philippines
29 May 10
Since ancient time, job defines the level of man in the society. The higher earning your job is, the more respect you have. Good Day
@evepin (723)
• Philippines
28 May 10
i think all of us have at one point in time measured other people's worth or value based on their jobs or even material possession. this may be the initial thinking, but i think one's worth is deeper than their career/job and material gains. there is personality, there is the quality of friendships and relationships with people. how has he lived - did he live his life in a good way? has he contributed to the betterment of the society? these are things to consider too cheers and happy myLotting!
@syankee525 (6295)
• United States
28 May 10
yeah i know too many like this, they treat people different on how much they make. not just how the person is. to me it dont matter as you show me respect and i'll give it back to you. but i know people who have money with a good job and they are the biggest jerks, compare to people who dont have lot of money. money or the job dont make the person the person makes the person. how you respect and treat others
@srganesh (6350)
• India
28 May 10
Oh!This happens almost to everybody.People try to jump into conclusions with the way of our dressing and our behavior pattern too.That is why there is dress code for each and every profession.For example,I am a business man but people always mistake me for an employee at bank.
@chm001 (207)
• India
28 May 10
I don't hope that a person worth or value based on her majors or job. If u see on our township system maximum valuable person are leaving on the town. But maximum valuable person who are valued by their job/majors, leaving on town or big cities they don't no whats a social life. So I personally don't worth or value a person by their jobs or majors. I worth or valued a person by their work qualities and humanities.
@grayxenon (1307)
• Philippines
28 May 10
sometimes i adhere to this thought, especially if i don't have the luxury of knowing the person personally, like choosing a candidate for a government post, I value the worth of the person on his accomplishments his past jobs and his majors (educations. but i like to handle it on case to case basis, some individual act as if they don't have an education at all, and some due to lack of education they act unacceptably but i prefer the latter than the former. and yes i think we are not created equally on gifts of the mind and stature, some are greater and some are just common, I have accepted this notion a long time ago, but my respect is equally given to whom it deserve.
• Philippines
28 May 10
It all depends. If i'm talking to the two person about professional stuff like something about their job, i'll judge them based on their degree or professionalism. If we're talking about girls then i won't have any idea how i'd judge them if i haven't seen them pick up girls before.
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
28 May 10
I don't place any type of worth on what a person has majored in or not. What their profession is or not. I base it on the person they are. I don't really believe a job defines who a person is. I believe there are numerous lawyers and doctors out in the world who are not nice people at all. I don't think someones job makes me feel different towards them. The worth or value of a person is how they carry themselves and how they treat others in my opinion.
@markleob (1904)
• Philippines
28 May 10
well at first i tend to measure that way but when i realize that when you were with that person,what matters most is how they come along with you.... for me their personality matters...
@ruakawa (35)
• Indonesia
28 May 10
i think that happend to all people mind, so its ok. the matter is what our reaction after we hear about their job. dont even thing to humiliate people that have some "lower job" than the other.