is having a job an important to your sense of self?

@emisle (3824)
Ireland
November 20, 2006 3:44pm CST
I was just doing a project on how employment affects your self esteem etc and would be interested to hear your take on it.
11 responses
@gabs8513 (48717)
• United Kingdom
6 Dec 06
It certainly did mine and now that I am not able to work I feel totally useless
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@emisle (3824)
• Ireland
6 Dec 06
But you're contributing to the posting of good stuff on mylot..:)
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@gabs8513 (48717)
• United Kingdom
6 Dec 06
Oh thank you for that you have made me feel good over that as I was hoping that I am contributing good Stuff lol and I do enjoy being on here Hugs to you
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@emisle (3824)
• Ireland
6 Dec 06
We're lucky to have you..:)
• United States
6 Dec 06
In some ways we identify ourselves with our jobs too much. I was a trucker, yet I was and am much more than that. I am also a mother, a bookkeeper, a friend, a researcher, a farmer and a person with wants and needs. Sadly we no longer say this is what I do and this is who I am. I think somewhere along the way we lost who we are and become what we do. Having a sense of purpose is always important to our self esteem, having goals and reaching them also has it's effect. In some ways we are much more complex than we appear on the surface and others much simpler. A stay at home mom has no 'employment' yet her job is the most important one a person can have. An entire generation depends on her. Goals rather than jobs, life rather than an office should be what we see in ourselves.
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@emisle (3824)
• Ireland
6 Dec 06
You raise some very good points. What I was researchiong is how employment is more than a job to many people. It gives them a chance to challenge themselves, to achieve goals, build social networks, achieve self growth etc..and jobs like teachers, nurses etc will give that person a high sense of satisfaction...there are so many things to consider. Thanks for the response..:)
• United States
7 Dec 06
Thank you dear.
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@14missy (3185)
• Australia
6 Dec 06
I feel that I have worked hard to gain a skill (I am a nurse) and hate not being able to use this. Even though I have 3 children and I took time off when they were little, I needed to be with 'big' people after a while and it was good to have the skills to be able to walk into a job even though I had time off. I only work one or two days a week now but still feel I am contributing.
@emisle (3824)
• Ireland
6 Dec 06
I know what you mean, I'm in college at the moment and would hate to come out with a degree and not make use of it.
@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
5 Dec 06
Sure, but it doesn't even have to be a job, just some activity that makes a person feel they are doing something worthwhile. Retired people often get involved in volunteer work or crafts projects to get that feeling of worth and accomplishment. And some European countries that give people longterm unemployment benefits are finding that having people do some kind of work, even if it's only parttime, helps their self esteem and also keeps their workplace skills from getting rusty.
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@emisle (3824)
• Ireland
5 Dec 06
hmm, i should have specified part time, volunteer work too. Work does give structure to people's day, and something to focus your energies on.
@imadriscoll (2230)
• United States
5 Dec 06
I think this is a great topic and I would assume that most people would answer yes. It gives you purpose and a feeling that you are needed. I haven't been employed for a little over a year now, as I have made the decision to be a stay at home mom. I would consider that to be my job and so I feel as though there is a great deal of purpose in my life. But, if I was just sitting at home all day I don't think that I would have very high self-esteem!
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@emisle (3824)
• Ireland
5 Dec 06
I'm focusing on married women in my project (because the topic is women in the labour force) and it's tough to distinguish just how much satisfaction a woman gains from being a house wife vs. working. Obviously there are women who live to look after their kids etc, but since everyone is different it's very tough to say. And than it depends on how much you enjoy working etc....so much to think about...
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
5 Dec 06
Let me see, I worked since a teen and found it a great way to live, though at times difficult. After marriage and working which was fine too we decided that we would have children and I would stay home so we did that too. Now since the housefire and thankfully the kids older I am working again. This time around I am different and a better employee. I have used working to leave the stress of struggling to regain our lives on this property. Even with re-establishing our lives I will continue to work since it is a balance for me and enables me to have money that I would not normally have! This has been an intersting topic!!
@emisle (3824)
• Ireland
5 Dec 06
well since i was doing a sociology project on it i thought why not put the topic out there! There has been quite a lot of research and theories put in place, which is great cos i actually had something to put in my project! lol!
@estherlou (5020)
• United States
5 Dec 06
It absolutely has a lot to do with your self-worth. If you can't hold down a job to get the basic necessities in life...food, home, etc. it would be very difficult to think you had any self-worth at all. Temporary unemployment or financial setbacks are totally different.
@emisle (3824)
• Ireland
5 Dec 06
I think as well if you're doing a job you really love, or feel is contributing to society (teacher etc) it is quite significant.
@polachicago (19075)
• United States
5 Dec 06
I always work for myself, and it is hard for me to judge, but I guess if someone is looking for job(=income)and cannot find it, may end up with depression and low self-esteem.
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@emisle (3824)
• Ireland
5 Dec 06
yah, they do say unemployment tends to lead to low self esteen and hence depression.
@punichow (40)
• Philippines
5 Dec 06
Yes because it defines who you are and what contributions would you like to give in this world.
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@emisle (3824)
• Ireland
5 Dec 06
I agree, a person's job title is always one of the first things you're asked when you meet new people.
@macubx (11433)
• Philippines
20 Nov 06
yes it helps me develop my self, personality, and self esteem..
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@emisle (3824)
• Ireland
23 Nov 06
I like your answer, that's basically what my sociology project is centred around....now i just need to get myself round to finishing it!
@Waiter (835)
• Italy
5 Dec 06
Yeah!! I think yes!!!
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