Cartoon: What Does Your Son Do for a Living?

In twenty years from now, this will be off the cards. But today, it’s still tough to explain to our parents what we make our money with, isn’t it? For years, my mother used to say that I did „something with computers.“ And who doesn’t know the famous phrase „something with media“? But it really is not that simple with modern jobs.

Just recently, a craftsman came into my office to maintain the AC. I was at the computer. He said: „Oh, that’s good. I was worried that I might disturb you!“ Hello? The average guy seems to associate things like Facebook, Clipfish, and YouPorn with people that sit at the computer, but no serious work. At first, I wanted to explain to him that he actually did disturb me a lot, since he had interrupted my flow. I came to the conclusion that he wouldn’t understand me anyways, and just mumbled „No, it’s fine,“ with a shrug.

How do you explain to your parents what you do for a living? And do you think they understand?

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Dieter Petereit

Dieter Petereit is a veteran of the web with over 25 years of experience in the world of IT. As soon as Netscape became available he started to do what already at that time was called web design and has carried on ever since. Two decades ago he started writing for several online publications, some well, some lesser known. You can meet him over on Google+.

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Christian
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My father is a Graphic Designer and has been for 30 years including web design for the last 10 years. He knows computers and photoshop, printing, etc.

I am a full stack web developer. But, when you get down to it, he has no idea what I do.

Pam
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No women need apply?

dalil
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thanksss for sharing

Henry Parsons
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Truth is no matter how simple answer with explanation about your work. They have follow-up question until they didn’t understand. Consequently, a never ending explanation.

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