Our Job = Our Self
My Job is a book of first-person stories by real people at work around the world.
Be Part of the My Job Book!
Discover more about us and follow Suzanne as she captures the voices of workers throughout the US and around the globe. You’ll also be the first to know when My Job hits the shelves.
What Does It Mean to Have a Job?
(Scroll down to experience the seamstress’ environment in full-color.)
A Message From the Editor, Suzanne Skees
Disrupting the Way We View Work
In the upcoming book, My Job, I contrast work lives from around the world to provide a lens through which we can recognize our similarities and diversity. The purpose of this book is to challenge conventional thinking about how a job is valued and undertaken from the viewpoint of distinct cultures. At its essence, this book is about the human condition and how very similar we all are at our core. I believe this book will surprise, enlighten and definitely move you.
Learn more about Suzanne here.
Time on the Job is Relative
We hear the phrases “In a New York minute” and “I’m on Hawaiian Time” because time is viewed differently across regions and cultures. How time is perceived by a society has profound impact on the way a job is approached and performed. For Americans, the concept of time has a direct relationship to matters of business. It’s viewed as a gushing well of opportunity; fast flowing, yet fleeting. For the American professional, time is money. In other cultures, however, the human condition dominates and time has its place on the periphery of life. For workers having this perspective, honoring a task, profession or business relationship is more important than being punctual for an appointment. Meeting dates and deadlines are viewed as flexible and pliable targets for these workers; a clear contrast to the American view.
How Do We Rest Between Shifts?
This photo captures a fisherman resting between shifts. Fishing, as an occupation in every culture, is hard work with long days. Fishermen of Western European cultures use their coastal homes for rest. This fisherman from Ghana uses the beach, where he docks his boats, as a place for both work and slumber.
(Scroll down to experience the fisherman’s environment in full-color.)
Job Talk: our journal about the My Job book
“A vocational and sociological travelogue that readers will find to be time well spent,” says Kirkus
“Highly personal, often poignant, sometimes gritty . . . portraits . . . will inspire readers by showcasing workers across diverse industries, income levels, countries, and cultures expressing how they find meaning in their work beyond earning money,” says Kirkus Reviews.read more
By Suzanne Skees Meet the MY JOB Narrators: Darius, Hip Hop Artist, Chicago, Illinois "Everybody has a destiny. The way I see it, it's like a road. You can go this way or that way, the good path or the bad path." --Darius, Hip Hop Artist, Chicago, Illinois How...read more
By Suzanne Skees Meet the MY JOB Narrators: Purnima, Interior Designer, Colombo, Sri Lanka "For my university internship, I wanted to redesign an auto repair shop. People said, 'It's about cars, and what do you know about cars? You probably haven't even ridden in a...read more
Petrov was operating a radar system built as an early detection for incoming missiles. Located in a deep bunker outside of Moscow, Petrov noticed something on his radar just past midnight. A single missile was headed towards in the Soviet Union.
His screen lit up with the “launch” signal to fire in retaliation.read more
Meet the MY JOB Narrators: Kevin, Architect, Cincinnati, Ohio "My style would be that I don't have a style . . . just figuring out what the building wants to be, rather than imposing myself on it." —Chapter 13: Kevin, Architect, Cincinnati, Ohio How I Met Kevin...read more
Meet the MY JOB Narrators: Nik, Equity Investment Manager, Hong Kong, China "If you want a career in finance, you can study whatever you want, in my opinion. You don't actually need to study finance or economics. That's not what banks actually are looking for. In my...read more