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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Microstory 344: Career Integrity

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Oh my God, is this another entry about working? How many of these am I going to do? Give me a second to look into that... Okay, this is it. Last one. Thanks for bearing with me. Now. Career Integrity. What does that mean? Well, it basically means having a career that you can be proud of. Not only that, but it’s probably a good idea to find a job that others would be proud of. I know that this is all subjective, but there are some jobs that are obviously undesirable, and I don’t mean that it’s just crappy work. Don’t work for an institution bent on taking away the reproductive rights of women. Don’t work for a company that refuses to join us in the 21st century, or one that still rejects the 20th. Don’t work for Apple, Microsoft, or Amazon. Do not. Under any circumstances. Work. For. AT&T. Now these aren’t laws that you have to live by just because I say so. I guess it’s a little harsh to say that you shouldn’t work for them under any circumstances. Remember that you’ll only be able to reach this step assuming that you’ve climbed the corporate ladder far enough to choose where you want to work, rather than depending wholly on someone finally agreeing to hire you. Again, this is indeed subjective, but if you’re in a place in your life where you can be choosy, think carefully about your choice. If someone at a party asks what you do, or where you work, are you going to be worried about their reaction? Will you have to tailor your response so they don’t start questioning your, wait for it...integrity? This doesn’t mean other people should be your only factor. It is not immoral to sell your time to clients for sex, and you shouldn’t be ashamed if you’re in this industry. It should only bother you if, well, it bothers you. That’s the first step. That’s more important. But seriously, don’t work for AT&T. Do everything possible to avoid them altogether.

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