I saw something yesterday about a list of "worst jobs" or something, and sure enough, a couple people repeated the old cliche/stereotype about accounting/accountants being boring.
And I know I've said some similar things in the past, but it's starting to annoy me. It's taken me a while to realize why that's offensive, and it's because it's such a bourgeois thing to say.
It's like, it must be nice to be able to prioritize "being interesting" for what you want in a career, instead of just "whatever makes the most money that you're capable of doing". It must be nice to have the luxury of calling others boring, because you live in such a plush, comfy fantasy world that you can think about being interesting, instead of having no choice but to be useful, or else be left to languish in misery.
Me? We were the absolute lowest you could go, while still calling ourselves "middle class", "normal-ish", and that was at the BEST of times. We had the norms of the middle class, but not the money. And we've since deteriorated from even that and been powerless to do anything about it. I look back and I kick myself that I ever complained about ANYTHING as a kid, compared to today, it was paradise (for many reasons). We weren't quite all the way in the middle class, we weren't firmly established in it like what seemed like most others around me, so I was supposed to be aspirational, I was supposed to establish myself in it. I literally couldn't afford to prioritize being interesting when it came to a career choice. I arrived at business out of thinking that, I'm better mentally than physically, and I'd prefer to avoid actual physical risk, so I'm a better fit for the professions than the trades. And that was the culture of home, school, and the community. But I wasn't so good mentally, especially with math, that I could really do STEM, so business it was, because it was the next-best-paying thing, and accounting has a reputation of safety, security, and stability, which is exactly what I needed and should have been thinking about. The problem is, I thought I could think about being interesting - but that was wrong, in the end, all that did was fresia me up. I should have known that I was NEVER in a position to think outside of the most utilitarian choice. My interests, unfortunately, don't GET to matter. What I should have been thinking about was, be an accountant or some other kind of professional - is it interesting? No, but it's better than being powerless and low-status. It's better than feeling like a victim, better than feeling like you're in life to just have to take it. It's better than absolute humiliation.
So all these people being like "oh durr hurr accountants are boring", must be nice to be you and live in a world that doesn't revolve around money...horse's asses.
And what qualifies as an "interesting" job to people anyway?