Thursday, March 14, 2013
what's your name?
I remember seeing Fabio on a talk show once. Might have been Ellen, and Ellen asked, "Just what is your job title?"
"Fabio", he answered.
"No really", Ellen continued, "when you do your taxes, what do you write in the box for 'occupation'?"
Do you like your job title? Do you think it adequately describes what you do?
I belong to a few tutoring discussion groups, and this came up recently in one of them. Someone thought that "tutor" had a stigma attached to it. He felt something more like "Personalized Learning Consultant" or "In Person Instructor (IPI)" would be more appropriate.
At first, I thought surely he was joking.
But then, no. I think he was actually serious. I was glad to see most of the replies indicate that they were fine with the title of "tutor". Some starting out with phrasing like, "I don't know what it's like where you live, but..." or "What's in a name?" One guy, who is a bit of a group clown, replied, "Wizard".
To me, having some high-falutin' adjective-adjective-noun job title gives the impression that the title holder is trying to overcompensate for something.
I used to be an "Instructional Paraprofessional", but I sure felt more like a "teacher's aid". Either way, it was the worst and most boring job I ever had. Sounded good, though, no?
And for the record, I'm quite satisfied with "Crossing Guard", although if I were in the UK, I would get to be a "Lollypop Lady", and that would be awesome!
Looking for a fresh title? Go [here].
Then there's [this article] that makes me wonder, "really??"