why-you'd-choose-to-be-that, professions. Like fiddling with people's teeth, or being a butcher, a sales person, pharmacist, soil conservationist, bingo manager, auctioneer or elevator inspector.
Occupation: Dental Assistant.
1) Job - a task that has to
2) Profession - a principal
calling, employment or
vocation often requiring
3) Career - a profession for
which one trains and is
undertaken as a
Before my lips became too numb to be serviceable, I asked Jodi, the dental assistant, what led her to choose this profession.
(I didn't say this next thing to her, but wondered if her stream of contemplation was anything like, Hey, you know what I want to do more than anything? Mess with people's teeth. Yup. Lifelong dream, YES!
As a kid she was interested in working in a medical field. Early on she decided that cleaning people's tushes (her word) was not part of her glamorous career ideals, so she crossed Nurse off her list. Then in high school she had braces put on her teeth.
"I had really bad looking teeth," she said. "Kind of all over the place."
"In every school picture and family picture that I was in up until high school, you won't see me smiling. I was too embarrassed to because of my teeth."
"Having braces changed my life."
With straightened teeth Jodi gained more confidence and self-esteem, and wasn't ashamed to smile, smile and smile some more.
What about you? What compelled you to do what you do?