Comments on: Job Titles http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/job-titles/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:35:50 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Vanessa http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/job-titles/comment-page-1/#comment-750252 Vanessa Sat, 28 Sep 2013 23:24:50 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40451#comment-750252 Museum exhibit designer = pays the bills
Being called “Mommy” = fills my heart
Blogging = fuels my creativity and need to share

Of all of these “jobs” – Being called Mommy is the best and most rewarding (as well as underpaid!)

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By: liz bohannon http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/job-titles/comment-page-1/#comment-745277 liz bohannon Tue, 24 Sep 2013 23:57:37 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40451#comment-745277 CMM: Chief Mischief Maker. Or simply, “a cobler” when I am feeling mysterious and/or short.

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By: anne | flax & twine http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/job-titles/comment-page-1/#comment-743566 anne | flax & twine Mon, 23 Sep 2013 15:11:39 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40451#comment-743566 I find this so challenging. I used to be an Investment Banker – that was easy. Then, Real Estate Asset Management, that was easy, too. Now that I am a Blogger/Designer/Photographer/Stay-At-Home-Mom, it is so much trickier. None of those things defines what I do in its entirety. Blogger seems so cliche – and sometimes comes across even flatter than “I stay at home with the kids.” Craft, DIY and Fiber Blogger isn’t much better – I write a blog about lovely handmade things? . . .it’s so hard. Maybe simply A Writer and Designer . . .I obviously need to work on my elevator pitch . . .

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By: kits http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/job-titles/comment-page-1/#comment-741730 kits Sun, 22 Sep 2013 00:03:29 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40451#comment-741730 I’m an associate producer for public radio. I’m so happy to have a job title I’m proud to share. It’s been a long, winding road to get where I am.

It’s funny how important it feels to have a job title to fill out in, say, immigration forms on the airplane. I’d done many things before starting a career in radio, but none were easily explainable. I know my job title shouldn’t define me but I can’t help but value in it. Maybe it’s because I really, really love what I’m doing. And before this job, I spent a chunk of adult years wondering “what I’m going to be when I grow up.” It’s so fun and such a relief to actually know the answer to that question, even just for now.

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By: Bdaiss http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/job-titles/comment-page-1/#comment-740489 Bdaiss Fri, 20 Sep 2013 22:22:14 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40451#comment-740489 Ask me and I’ll tell you: Corporate Director of Sustainability. Yes I’m a mom too. But I am one of those that really likes to think I have other things to talk about than just my kid. Also? I am damn proud of what I do. It’s my job to make sure our operations, located mostly in National Parks, are as friendly to those glorious aces on Earth as they can be. It’s a hard, sometimes tricky, job balancing economics and sustainability and I feel privileges to hold the position.

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By: JennyRose http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/job-titles/comment-page-1/#comment-740477 JennyRose Fri, 20 Sep 2013 22:05:46 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40451#comment-740477 I never give my job title. I just say that I work for Community Youth Services, a nonprofit that works with at-risk youth, many who are homeless.

If they probe I let them know I’m an admin assistant, but I think someone knowing about the organization and the work being done here is a lot more important than them knowing my position.

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By: Yuval http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/job-titles/comment-page-1/#comment-740401 Yuval Fri, 20 Sep 2013 20:29:52 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40451#comment-740401 Wait! Maybe I’m being naive, but couldn’t her reaction have been a result of her own regret? Whenever people say hurtful things, I try to remind myself that it might have more to do with their own experiences, and not me.
Either way, it’s lovely that you were able to make such a clear decision.

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By: Mrs. LIAYF http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/job-titles/comment-page-1/#comment-740315 Mrs. LIAYF Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:13:42 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40451#comment-740315 @traci – the people who do not respect you do not understand what you do. I adore and respect all of my son’s teachers – especially his pre-school teacher and his current 1st grade teacher. Teachers have extraordinarily difficult jobs and I have observed them perform their jobs with humor and grace. Before I went to law school and became a judge I worked in a pre-school setting and realized early how difficult the job is and how truly skilled our teachers are.

I’m so sorry to hear about your injuries. Perhaps when you situation has improved you can volunteer in a classroom as an art teacher or art assistant? Perhaps volunteer on an art beautification project at a school? Many classrooms and schools do not have enough art and your skills would be more than welcome!!

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By: Mrs. LIAYF http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/job-titles/comment-page-1/#comment-740305 Mrs. LIAYF Fri, 20 Sep 2013 18:05:20 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40451#comment-740305 I’m an administrative law judge – I really love my job and worked hard to get where I am. However, I don’t bring it up unless asked because it’s not everything I am (I’m also a PTA board member, a room-parent, wife to a great husband, and a mom to a very active 1st grader and nearly 11 month old). And, when people learn what I do, it sometimes makes them clam up or think I’m unapproachable – which I am definitely not!!

This year I met a very lovely mom whose daughter transferred to our school and was assigned to our classroom. She and I have chatted often at drop-off about our sweet kids, our wonderful teacher, art projects, field trips, etc. Yesterday she asked me what I did and when I told her she said “that sounds so important. I’m just a party planner.” I responded that I would much rather hear about her party planning than talk about my job, because it usually involves child support, elder abuse, and medical assistance. We then had this really great conversation about all the fun stuff she does at work, and how she created this job for herself and has been working at it since she was 18 years old. It was clear that she really loves her job too, which is truly the most important thing. And, I had to admit that I was a bit jealous. :)

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By: Churchill http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/job-titles/comment-page-1/#comment-740183 Churchill Fri, 20 Sep 2013 15:34:03 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40451#comment-740183 I too am a designer, working as an architect. At work I say I am an artist, working as a designer. At home, I am a mother and wife…..that is the most rewarding : )

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By: the emily http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/job-titles/comment-page-1/#comment-740155 the emily Fri, 20 Sep 2013 15:02:16 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40451#comment-740155 “Mom.” My husband is an epidemiologist and everybody always says “what’s that?” :)

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By: traci http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/job-titles/comment-page-1/#comment-739855 traci Fri, 20 Sep 2013 07:35:43 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40451#comment-739855 I’m with you cath. I was a preschool teacher for over 20 years & dreaded the ‘what do you do’ question, teachers get so little respect & I have no idea why. Early Childhood teachers seem especially looked down on, everybody thinks all we do is play all day. It’s so frustrating to feel judged for your job rather than yourself, & it sounds like the other commenters feel the same way. I would usually answer ‘teacher’ & if pressed say ‘for Head Start, which is a federally funded preschool for poverty level families’, that usually helped stop them from judging me but it is a little exhausting to feel the need to justify your existence to a total stranger.
& then 2 years ago I was severely hurt at work & have been recovering from subsequent surgeries. This spring I was told that I will never fully heal & that teaching is too risky & not recommended. I haven’t been working, but am planning to open an online store for my art soon, & someday will go back to some sort of service work but for now it hurts my heart too much think about doing anything other than teach. How do I answer the ‘what do you do’ question at this point without going into details or spiraling into a pity party?
& cath- sometimes I would answer that I am raising children, when they asked how many I would answer ’20′ & then walk away as their jaw dropped!

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By: cath http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/job-titles/comment-page-1/#comment-739745 cath Fri, 20 Sep 2013 04:59:07 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40451#comment-739745 well I’m a teacher. I find it harder and harder to tell people, as teachers have such a bad rep in my country; I don’t know whether it is because everybody has been to school and have had teachers and thus have opinions about that particular job, I don’t know. But when I meet strangers away from home, I just say I have kids. I read all the comments, I didn’t find one teacher.
I think teaching has become really uncool, I’m just wondering when that happened! Anyone?

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By: Caitlin http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/job-titles/comment-page-1/#comment-739673 Caitlin Fri, 20 Sep 2013 03:39:07 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40451#comment-739673 I love this conversation. I’m going to echo Laura and Shannon and say that I find it hard to say “I’m a writer” but I guess at this point in my life, that best describes me. My husband and I don’t have kids yet and we just moved to China – we were hoping we’d land in a position where he could make enough for us to live off of while I gave full-time writing a shot. It actually worked out (and rather well, since living in China is actually a perfect excuse not to try to find a ‘real job’) and I’m trying to get the courage to say “I’m a writer” regularly. I’m hoping to get an agent for my just-finished novel soon – maybe then I’ll feel more confident saying it? Till then, I guess I just pretend to be confident. So, I’m a writer. :)

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By: Mina http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/job-titles/comment-page-1/#comment-739459 Mina Fri, 20 Sep 2013 00:42:49 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40451#comment-739459 Even after 6 years, I still don’t say I’m a “blogger.” Not sure why! Goodness knows I love it! But, I typically just tell people my day job (the one that puts food on the table)… “teacher” (which I also love, btw). : ) I think it also depends on who you’re saying it to. A little old lady who doesn’t even have a cell? “I’m a teacher!” To the hip, cool, graphic artist : “I’m a design blogger!” It works out. : )

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By: Shannon { A Mom's Year } http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/job-titles/comment-page-1/#comment-739442 Shannon { A Mom's Year } Fri, 20 Sep 2013 00:34:41 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40451#comment-739442 I’m the same way! Even when I worked full-time, I hardly ever talked about work off-hours. I’d even feel kind of bad because I never remembered what people did for a living–but I could tell you about their hobbies and what restaurants and movies they liked!

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By: Shannon { A Mom's Year } http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/job-titles/comment-page-1/#comment-739431 Shannon { A Mom's Year } Fri, 20 Sep 2013 00:27:52 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40451#comment-739431 Great topic!!! I totally get what Laura’s saying about the terror of calling one’s self a writer. I quit my day job as an editor to stay home with my kids, and it took years for me to get the courage to call myself a “writer” without mumbling. Being an editor was so tied up in my identity, it was hard to let it go. I mean, to be an editor you have to know about gerunds and where commas go, but anyone can be a writer. :)

Now that the kids are in school I’ve started editing again, so I get to call myself a “freelance writer and editor.” Yea!

P.S. I actually decided to stop thinking of my kids as my job a few kids back, because I found I was a lot nicer to them when I didn’t think of them as “jobs.” I know it’s really a case of semantics, but still!

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By: Lila http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/job-titles/comment-page-1/#comment-739309 Lila Thu, 19 Sep 2013 22:37:40 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40451#comment-739309 I’m also a nanny and proudly so. I used to always get questions about what this kids’ mother did (never their father though!). I’d say she was a writer who worked from home for brevity’s sake, but a lot of people would interpret that very negatively as a woman who “dabbled”, was supported by her husband, and hired out the care of her children. I always got defensive on her behalf and would haughtily follow up with, “She’s the chief financial editor for a publication that reports on the bio pharmaceutical industry”. It was nice to see them shut up but I also felt like I was selling out a lot of women who work extremely hard but can’t defend themselves so quickly with an impressive title.

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By: Fiona Westmoreland http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/job-titles/comment-page-1/#comment-739180 Fiona Westmoreland Thu, 19 Sep 2013 20:49:15 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40451#comment-739180 I’m a Carpet Designer. I am often torn because I am also a mother with 2 small children. As a working mother, I constantly feel pulled in both directions…what do I need to be doing at work and what do I need to be doing at home….or who needs to be where and what time do I need to leave work in order to get them there? It is so hard, but I sometimes feel like the jack of all trades, but the master of none! I am very thankful though because my work allows me to be at the kids activities at school when possible.

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By: Anja http://www.designmom.com/2013/09/job-titles/comment-page-1/#comment-739171 Anja Thu, 19 Sep 2013 20:43:20 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=40451#comment-739171 I’m a clinical psychologist/psychotherapist. When I say that, people usually respond: “Oh, now I have to be careful what I say in front of you”. I then respond: “I’m still in training”. Some people then continue to ask whether it is true or not, that people who study psychology just do it to cure their own issues. I loathe that whole conversation! But when I stayed home with the kids I couldn’t just say that I’m a full-time mom either or even a homemaker (the German word for that is “Hausfrau” which would be “house woman”).

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