Do you judge how educated &/or how intelligent a person IS by what type of job h/she has?
People's jobs oftentimes are a strong determinant as to their particular level of intelligence &/or education & people are judged accordingly. Doctors, lawyers, executives, & professionals are more highly esteemed than secretaries, waitstaff, & clerks. The former are viewed as more intelligent while the latter aren't.
I would not prejudge an individual's level of intelligence based on the job they have, as it is lazy thinking. To make a determination or assumption of a person's level of intelligence based on no factual indicators, but rather relying on the assumption that one having a clerical or McJob is not as bright is frankly not that bright. I will agree that in society many of us are more prone to having prejudicial thoughts, and as such label groups more easily (in this case the level of intelligence of people in certain jobs). However, many people do these jobs for a variety of reasons. Some people like these jobs because they are true 9-5 jobs. Others do it because they are married with children where one spouse takes on a job with more flexibility. Others just prefer those jobs. J.K Rowling was a secretary and at one time on benefit assistance before showcasing her writing talents. Several publishers would not give her the time of day as she was a "typical person on the dole" with no bright ideas. Those publishers missed out on the Harry Potter Series; Mark Cuban, billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, was a salesman for many years.
No, I wouldn't judge anyone by their present occupation.
One never knows how they ended up where they are. Maybe they were laid off their job and couldn't find another one in their field.
Everyone has what I call "a story" that explains why they are "there".
It's possible they are going to school and working this job because the hours are flexible. In other instances their "dream" may be to be in show business. Just about every major "star" at some point was a waiter/waitress, valet, taxi driver, telemarketer, or whatever.
Essentially this job is out of necessity and not their "goal".
Last but not least there are people who score high on IQ tests but lack ambition, drive, and determination.
They take whatever comes (easy) or is least stressful for (them).
Ultimately if someone (enjoys) what they do for a living they're successful!
There have been doctors who quit practicing medicine because their heart wasn't in it. Michael Crichton was one such doctor who went on to become an screenwriter and bestselling author. He wrote "Jurassic Park". Intelligence is finding a way to live life on your terms.
No, I wouldn't judge anyone by their job. Maybe they're just doing something that they enjoy, even if it's something that people would assume makes them unintelligent.
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