People Reveal The Common Misconceptions About Their Jobs They're Tired Of Hearing

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Misunderstood workers: vote up the most annoying misconceptions you're tired of hearing.

You know what they say about assumptions, right? It's easy to romanticize someone else's job when you're not working it, which leads to some misunderstandings. These people are sharing the common job misconceptions they hear people make about their work. If you'd like to avoid annoying workers, check out these stories so you know what not to say to people with these jobs.


  • 1
    10 VOTES

    Retail Management Is Just A Transitional Job

    From Redditor u/Addicted_To_Blistex:

    I work in retail management. I don’t think people realize how much large companies can pay their managers. I’m the Assistant Manager and I make $50k and I’ve been here for 2 years. My boss who’s been here for 10 makes $100k.

    I’m 33 and people still ask if I’m a student or act like my job is transitional. I’ve been offered a manager job but was not willing to relocate to the area with the opening. But my starting pay will be $65-70k. I get 5 weeks paid off (which will increase at 5 years). I never work over 40 hours. I can easily butt a SatSunMonTue off together for a 4 day weekend without using any time off. Soooo… it’s pretty okay.

    10 votes
  • 2
    7 VOTES

    People In Molecular Genetics And Bioinformatics Are Doctors

    From Redditor u/ThadisJones:

    Molecular genetics and bioinformatics. I run a lab that sequences people's DNA, and I write software to analyze the results.

    I'm not a doctor. Or even a PhD. Don't tell me about that thing that runs in your family and ask for advice, because if I know anything about it clinically I wouldn't be able to give you advice anyway. Other than "ask your doctor about this".

    I'm not IT support either. Yes I "work with computers" in the next office over to yours, and yes it would be faster to ask me to fix your computer rather than the actual IT people. That doesn't mean I'm going to do it, or be able to do it.

    7 votes
  • 3
    6 VOTES

    Tutors Are Supposed To Do Your Homework

    From Redditor u/HydratedHydra:

    I don't know if this counts exactly but: tutor.

    I have at least one student a day (usually more) who doesn't attend lectures and then comes to me expecting me to do their homework for them.

    6 votes
  • 4
    25 VOTES

    Social Workers Can Cure Anyone Of Anything

    From Redditor u/ihavequeztions:

    Social worker (in mental health).

    People assume I have a magic wand and can make waitlist disappear and create services out of thin air that doesn’t exist in the community I work in. They also think I can solve the mental health issues of my family members. It is so different when it is your own family and not ethical for me to work with them in a professional capacity.

    25 votes
  • 5
    22 VOTES

    Getting A "Good Attorney" Will Automatically Win You The Case

    From Redditor u/The_Law_of_Pizza:

    I'm an attorney.

    You don't automatically win if you get a "better attorney" than the other guy. It's not a duel.

    Attorneys are sort of like accountants. You can't just "get a better accountant" and suddenly defeat the IRS and no longer have to pay taxes. That's not how it works.

    Having a bad attorney or accountant can definitely screw you, but at a certain threshold of competence, the only thing that matters is the facts of your situation and what brought you to see us.

    If you deliberately ran somebody over while screaming, "I'm going to get you and I'll never give your daughter the money I agree that I contractually owe her!" directly into a high-res security camera, there's not a lot your attorney can do for you.

    You could fly to New York, hire the best partners from Cravath for $5,000/hour, and you'd still end up locked up and paying the daughter that money.

    It's shocking how many people believe that the law is some sort of eldritch battleground, where attorneys hurl spells at each other until only the best attorney is left standing.

    22 votes
  • 6
    20 VOTES

    People Who Work In Higher Education Get Summers Off

    From Redditor u/thutruthissomewhere:

    I work in Higher Education. People think I get summers off. That's gonna be negative. I'm not faculty. I work full-time, 12 months, 5 days/week. Also: "doing anything for Spring Break?" Yes, working.

    20 votes