It’s Just a Job…and Your Job Is Not More Important Than Mine

I just read this and almost cheered out aloud. How right Dr Profeta is. A job is a job is a job and your job is not more special or important than someone else’s. And maybe this explains why we have too many graduates with no jobs to apply for and so many people unhappy with their lot; somewhere along the line, we were told that we were special and that we are entitled to a special job.
Every job is special.

Sure, a medical doctor has all that training and the responsibility for making life and death decisions, but without the kid who went to TAFE and learned how to tune a car, the doctor wouldn’t make it into the office. The lawyer may think they are special because they get to offer their advice and represent us, but without the farmers working 16 hour days, they would starve to death.
The CEO makes big decisions. The receptionist makes sure that customer calls are connected. It doesn’t matter what the CEO does or says if the receptionist isn’t making sure that sales can happen and the company makes money.

We need to stop attributing some roles as being ‘better’ and to always be looking for something more. Appreciate the job you do now. Do the very best that you can and be thankful for every chance you get to keep on learning and growing.

It doesn’t matter if your job is not the one you imagined you would have. It matters that your job is important. And it is.

Be proud of working hard and contributing to society. Don’t ever think that someone else is better than you, because without the work that you do they wouldn’t be able to do the work they do. Stop stressing and worrying about how you think others feel about your job; it’s just a job and shouldn’t define you.

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Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson

Shared Services Manager at people2people
Lisa has been working in the recruitment industry since 1996, working in administration and payroll processing, temporary and permanent recruitment for accounting and finance professionals. In February 2007, Lisa joined onsiite, the RPO subsidiary of people2people, having worked with and known the Directors since 2000. Lisa now manages the shared services and administration division for people2people and onsiite.


  1. Lyn says:

    Great article, Lisa Johnson. Every job IS important. I would be happy with just about any job but I haven’t managed to secure one for a while. My years of experience as a secretary/PA/receptionist/dictaphone typist/carer are going to waste but no one will employ me as I am ‘old’, at 53. The other factor working against me is constant job cuts just about everywhere. Australia has virtually zero manufacturing and seems to have turned into a service-industry based economy, now that the mining boom is over. I don’t see how this is sustainable for our economy.

    • Lisa Johnson Lisa Johnson says:

      Lyn, I will be 46 next month and my partner will be 49 very soon (he is denial about this and likes to point out that he is literally a 10 year old boy trapped in a 48 year old body) and I read somewhere that middle age starts at 53…so think of it like this – you have ONLY just become middle aged! And I certainly don’t consider 53 as ‘old’.

      You are right that the Australian job market is changing, and along with all the other changes in our society, it’s kind of happened when we weren’t looking. The down turn in mining has had a devastating effect on communities, and impacted in ways that those of us living in Sydney cant really comprehend. And in addition to this, many jobs have been off shored to overseas shared services and customer service centres.

      And yet there ARE growth industries here ( and in NZ) and some of the most successful are in technology related industries. Xero has taken the world by storm (not bad for a wee online accounting system from EnZed) and Atlassian is unbelievably successful, and their head office (I think) is here in Sydney. The issue is…they will never employ the same number of people as the mines did AND they require staff with completely different skills.

      Perhaps we are at a bit of a cross longer will we have major manufacturing companies employing thousands of people. We will have successful niche manufacturing companies, we will have more small to medium businesses in both primary and service industries and we will perhaps develop more technology related powerhouses – who may not employ thousands, but will still generate cash in our economy and provide welcome taxes to the government to support health and education.

      Our mission (us just about and just middle aged) is to stay relevant. Be adaptable, be willing to learn and to change. Let’s not worry about change, but embrace it and look for opportunities when they arise. And be smart enough to realise that sometimes opportunities come where we least expect it.

      Good luck Lyn, I sincerely hope that good things come your way.

      • Lyn says:

        Thanks for your words of encouragement, Lisa. I truly believe that my current skill set is relevant and can be adapted and applied to the now and the future workforce, the difficult part is getting a foot in the door. I certainly don’t look or feel 53 (however 53 looks or feels). I believe that I am lucky to have the perspective and experience gained from my past but that there are a myriad of new lessons for me to learn. The tech experts say that we should all be learning the language of coding as this is the way of the future. Perhaps I should start studying.

  2. Thanks Lisa Johnson for sharing this great post. I totally acknowledge your view that every job is special and job satisfactions is very crucial in today’s era.

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