A Question that Makes Small Talk a Big Chore, Washington Post, 7/6/19

Caroline Kitchener who writes for the Washington Post publication The Lily had a piece published on July 6 that deals with a topic I’ve often wrestled with: How to deal with the question: “What do you do?” This seems to be the quintessential way that Americans introduce themselves. It’s not as popular in Europe and elsewhere.

As she points out in her piece, the question is fraught with creating comparisons and hierarchy based on careers. It is particularly problematic for women who are often working at home raising their children and attending to families.

It’s a good piece. Click below to read it.


Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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