The need for nuanced professional identities

Banker. Mechanic. Lawyer. Journalist. Doctor.

So many people’s careers can be boiled down to a simple word. But so often those words are loaded terms that earn nods of approval or side-eyes of judgement.

However, this one-word professional identity hammers against self-worth when you’re a dreamer who is doing work to pay the bills.

Take, for example, my friend who is an aspiring playwright. Right now, she’s unemployed, but she’s pursuing full-time jobs with digital marketing agencies. At what point can…