Out to Lunch by J. Seward Johnson

Out to Lunch by J. Seward Johnson

The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

First thing you should know about me: I have my dream job. Yesterday was my one year anniversary as the manager of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh- South Side.  I often walk into work and think, “Wow, I get to work here.” I’m surprised I have any sort of career, let alone one that brings me so much personal and professional satisfaction. (See next paragraph.)

Second thing you should know about me: I hate school. I hated grade school, middle school and high school. I hated college so much that it took me eight years to graduate. When I was done it felt like I had completed a prison sentence. I vowed I would never go back. I wouldn’t even go to Oakland.

In 2004 I was hired as a library clerk at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh- East Liberty. I loved it. Wait a second! I get to talk to people all day about books and I don’t have to work in a cubicle? Sign me up! I had to grit my teeth, suck it up and go back to school. Gross. But it was worth it. I am doing what I was meant to do.

(Every advisor I ever had dropped the ball on this one, including the jerk who suggested secretarial school.)

Find your perfect career at the library!

There are so many job and career resources at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. One of my personal favorites is a database called Career Cruising. I love the Assessment Tools. Take the Matchmaker test and discover what you should be doing! My first recommended job was cement mason. Roofer and chimney sweep also made the list. I think because I said I like working with my hands and being outside? Or because I love swearing? (I really do.)



There are a lot of other neat tools at Career Cruising, including financial aid and employment searching, resume building and school comparison profiles. And don’t forget, you can always, always, always ask a librarian for help!

I’m not really a Who Moved My Cheese?/7 Habits of Highly Effective People/How to Win Friends and Influence People kind of reader. I’m less Oprah, more this. However, there are a few books that I have found worthwhile, especially when talking about having a calling in life.


The Butterfly Hunter, Chris Ballard

Stories of people who found their callings way, way, way off the beaten path. Learn how glass eyes are made, learn the history of window-washing and meet a dude named Spiderman Mulholland.

Getting Unstuck, Timothy Butler

Feeling stuck in a rut, personally or professionally? Find yourself thinking that there definitely should be more of…whatever? Business psychologist Timothy Butler will help you recognize your rut and unstick yourself from your paralysis.

A Life at Work, Thomas Moore

A little touchy-feely, but if you are like me and define yourself by your job then you’ll enjoy this book.

Do you have a dream job? Or a very, very worst job?



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8 responses to “Working

  1. Tonya R. Moore

    It’s a really strange thing. I love writing. For a very long time, I dreamed of being a writer. At some point, it occurred to me that I WAS a writer. Understanding my own strange nature, made me realize that I would probably enjoy writing less, should I embrace it as a profession. I’m a Police Dispatcher. I never meant to make a career of it. Six years on, I’ve come to realize that this is a profession to which I’m most suited. I love my job. I still write. Both are interesting enough to challenge and keep me preoccupied for the foreseeable future.
    … sometimes, I’m really not sure what to make of that.

  2. You took the words right out of my mouth when you said stuck in a rut. I have a little poem on my blog about being stuck in a rut. I don’t know what my calling is yet. Currently looking, been looking ,for a job at home that’s what’s needed right now for extra income and ,being able to stay home with my. kids. I’m trying my hand a little bit of everything. Blogging is new to me I have a small website business I can’t seem to get off the ground because as you know money makes the world go round. So stuck in a rut that’s me .At the end of the day I just want to be happy with no worries and to me that’s the American dream.

  3. Sheila

    What a true blessing to be able to really enjoy, be happy at, get fulfillment from, dare I say “love” your job. We take it for granted until we hear family and friends, complaining about their hours, their workload, their bosses and coworkers, etc. We few, we precious few, we library workers. We lucky ones.

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