Many Americans dream of being able to climb the corporate ladder and eventually make it to the top of the “pecking order” in their place of work. They dream of having power, authority, and a lot of money. However, I personally have no desire to have a career. Of course, considering I’m not independently wealthy, I am required to work in order to meet my needs. However, building a career is another thing entirely.
I’m not competitive. Careers typically require competition with others for credit, promotions, and raises. I don’t want to have to step on anybody else or have anybody step on me for money.
I don’t want to invest that much of myself into a job. I want to work to live, not live to work. I don’t want my job to be the focal point of my life. I don’t want my identity to be intertwined with what I do for a living. I want my work to make my life possible. Of course, this doesn’t mean I don’t want my work to matter or to be enjoyable.
I want to be paid for all my time. Most careers require you to be salaried (except for independent contracting, which comes with its own downsides). I don’t want my employer to own me to the extent they feel comfortable calling on me any day of the week, any hour of the day. If I put in more than my 40 hours, I want to be paid time-and-a-half for it. There are a lot of people in salaried positions who seem to make a high salary until you realize they routinely work 60+ hours a week.
I don’t want to manage others. Not all, but many, career positions require supervision of others. I don’t want to have to answer for anybody other than myself.
Does anybody reading feel the same way I do about having a career or have any of their own thoughts to add?