You Are Not Your Job, Especially If You Don’t Have One

Simon Kuper has a thoughtful essay in the Financial Times about how people, especially younger generations, are identifying less and less with the jobs they have or the work they do, and more with stuff they put on their blogs or in their Twitter bios.

This is nothing new to many of us (I mean, my Twitter bio is “your emotional IT department” and it’s kind of what I want on my gravestone) but I appreciated his point that carving an identity around the career you have is mostly a particularly middle class thing to do, that it’s after all, “difficult to construct an identity from servile work,” and that “we middle classes are simply experiencing what the working classes have been through since the 1970s.”