Journal Article — “Patching” My Life: Sociological Lessons for a Joyful Work — by Michelle Tanney
Various literature in the sociology of work, and my own past work experience, are consulted to develop a general philosophy of my work utopia. There are so many different types of work in this world. Some people may define work by their job or their career, most people only consider work to be paid work where they receive a wage for their labor, the time that they spend and the tasks they accomplish within their job. Some people love their work; they find joy in going to their job everyday. I want to do something I enjoy, something that even if I hate my boss I’ll still keep working because I love my job. I want to help people. I am studying alcohol and substance abuse in school right now. I plan to get my masters in counseling so that I can help people who can’t help themselves. I love working with people. Almost all of my jobs that have involved dealing with people have been my favorites. I like being a part of someone’s life, and by being a counselor I will be able to do this. In a way I want to be like the character Patch in the film Patch Adams, he wanted to help people with their problems, give them the hope that someone is there to listen to them. And so do I.
Tanney, Michelle. 2008. ““Patching” My Life: Sociological Lessons for a Joyful Work.” Pp. 219-228 in Sociological Imaginations from the Classroom: Plus A Symposium on the Sociology of Science Perspectives on the Malfunctions of Science and Peer Reviewing (Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Volume VI, Issue 2, 2008.) Belmont, MA: Okcir Press (an imprint of Ahead Publishing House).
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