Amy’s Life in Brief

Whoa! I’m a professional??
March 26, 2010, 7:25 pm
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I find it so odd that, in spite of having a Master’s Degree and working in my chosen field for about 10 years now, I often don’t see myself as a professional. I mean, I know I’m pretty good at my job and people will ask me for advice (even other professionals), but for whatever reason I don’t always equate that as being a professional.

And maybe what I mean is that I don’t see myself as fully an adult at times. That also seems weird to say, given that I am quickly approaching 40 years of age, am the mother of two boys and have been married for almost 10 years…all of that in addition to working as a Master’s level social worker for around 10 years.

I had this similar experience earlier in the year when I was asked to represent my employer in a TV news story. It was like, “Whoa! They think I’m an expert!”

I had moment today where I was kind of struck by the same thought, “Whoa! I’m like a professional or something!” I now have a second job…it’s very few hours but my title is part-time teaching faculty at our local community college. I’ll be teaching seminar type classes to child care providers for their continuing education credits. I never thought I would ever be “Teaching Faculty” anywhere and it’s kind of weirding me out!