I always have difficulty answering the "what do you do" question, mostly because it's usually meant to find out about one's profession but then tends to define who a person is. To me, it's not just work that defines someone; hobbies, interests and family are just as important.
In some cases, though, the answer can be an easy one if it's a job people understand. When the profession is less understood, or tends to be associated with uncomfortable issues, the answer can be tricky.
How I've handled this question is the topic of this week's feature. I still don't have any clear cut responses, but I have learned a few lessons along the way when asked what I do.
Jim, Corrections.com editor
Pride and Prejudice
By Jim Montalto
Describing a difficult profession
My family and I moved to a new town not too long ago, so when a neighbor invited me over to share tips on growing herbs and vegetables, I eagerly accepted. As can be the natural course of any get-together our conversation turned to the challenges, and wonderfulness, of raising our kids, which included the stress associated with caring for our family while balancing careers.
Well, he mentioned it actually. I gladly popped open a summer blueberry ale, breathed in the fresh scent of just-picked dill, and listened. He spoke about working a full-time teaching job in a town several miles away, while his wife taught in a school district also quite a distance from their home. All of this being done while figuring out who got which kid and when since the children were in different preschools in different towns. I nodded, and added the occasional “wow,” and “I hear ya,” at appropriate times. Read this week's full story.
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The 2008 Women Working in Corrections and Juvenile Justice National Conference will be held October 26 to 29 at the Marriott Hotel in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Dr. Brene Brown
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Dr. Marilyn Van Dieten, along with colleagues from the field, will deliver a day long work shop on "Merging Evidence-Based Practices and Gender Responsive Research: An Innovative Case Management Model."
This year's conference also will include five main tracks of interest:
- Leadership at all Levels - Motivating staff, dealing with change, issues for women in leadership
- Workplace Climate and Culture - Team building, multi-generational workforces, diversity, workplace relationships
- Corrections and the Community - Working with victims, collaborating for best results, reform movements in juvenile justice
- The Offender's Journey, Helping Facilitate Change - Reentry, gender-specific programming, working with females in the juvenile justice system
- Living a Balanced and Healthy Life - Evaluating and balancing your priorities, the value of coaching, managing stress
For more information on the conference and to register, please visit our website www.womenincorrections.com
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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
"By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity. Another man's, I mean."
- Mark Twain, (1835 - 1910) U.S. humorist, novelist and short story author