Some of the most prominent jobs may come across as rewarding and fulfilling, but what about the flip side? A recent social media post exemplifies how some people feel about the mistruths involved. Unfortunately, not all careers are what you imagine as a youngster. Here is a list of professions where the truth is hidden from popular opinion.
The misconception for many people is that if you love animals, working as a vet will be a rewarding experience. Instead, a litany of horrific experiences is all one contributor wants to share, if anything, to wake people up to the fact that veterinary medicine isn’t just about saving puppies. “I’ve sent animals home with invasive cancers because families can’t afford treatment,” says one beleaguered vet.
James Bond is the glamorous face of espionage, especially when he gets to try out M’s new gadgets. However, being a spy is “Super boring and lonely,” according to one ex-spook. “You keep your head down with the local ‘job’ you’re placed in and write reports at night. For years.”
Those with conceptions of good-looking architects working in hi-tech offices and designing iconic, opulent structures will be disappointed. Architecture is highly competitive, and someone working in this field says most architects end up designing “Warehouses, Walmarts, and strip malls.”
From what some people are posting, there appears to be a shortage of trained lifeguards available today. “Hey man, want to be responsible for a ton of lives for minimum wage in the hot sun?” warns one beachgoer. “You’re also going to be mistaken for a babysitter, mocked for trying to create a safe environment, and pressured to cover your unreliable coworkers’ shifts.” Baywatch, this isn’t.
5. Computer Game Tester
As cool as it may sound, developing games for software companies involves butting heads with clueless executives, sacrificing creativity, and getting burned out. One indie game developer warns, “there’s a 95% chance the work (into which) you’ve put your soul the last three years will be simply forgotten in a week as it didn’t gain popularity.”
6. Public School Teacher
Unsurprisingly, almost 10% of teachers drop out of education after their first year. This reality is summarized in a comment: “Fantasy: I’m going to change the world one student at a time. Reality: poor paying zoo.”
7. Dolphin Trainer
Anyone who saw The Cove or Blackfish knows that dolphin training is wrought with gritty realism, especially concerning the mammals’ mental health. Someone with a friend in this industry reveals how only “5% of their day” is spent swimming or performing tricks. Instead, the majority of the time involves “cutting up fish, (conducting) medical exams, and other stuff.”
8. Film Crew Member
“Long, thankless hours” is a description in this thread. The film industry is all about glamor, especially involving the red carpet. In reality, breaking into a film crew means you are on call all day and replaced if unavailable. Another crew veteran agrees that although they miss it, “12-16-hour days, seven days a week for a few months,” can take its toll.
Jeremy Clarkson’s brilliant TV series, Clarkson’s Farm, shows the harsh business of trying to turn land into profit. With environmental regulations getting more brutal each year, there is growing pressure to keep healthy cattle. One farmer tells us, “You have many days that go by swiftly and easily, then you’re hit with an emergency that makes three hours feel like a week.” It can be a high paying jobs with no degree required, but it’s not as easy as it seems.
10. I.T. Security Executive
I don’t think this job title sounds glamorous, but there will be millions of young people out there who do. However, an IT specialist concurs. “It’s not fighting hackers,” he warns. “It’s a bunch of checklists and hours of meetings on the edge of turning into an argument.”
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