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I am unemployed and living on social security benefit paymentsI am a university student studying for a degree in psychology Both of these statements apply to me and both are true As I look at them each statement brings forth a particular emotion within me I am inclined to sway towards the second statement that is the identity I wish to portray but I may be perceived by others to fall solely within the first statement which is also my work-based identity In this essay we will look at how employment and our occupations affect our identities I decided to start with the above statements to evoke a snap judgment from the reader for the purposes of this essay to support the fact that the way we are seen by others is hugely affected by our occupation Work-based Identity is fluid and involves a certain amount of agency We can see this from looking at our own lives But on the flip side of the above question we also need to address the counter issue In what ways can our identities affect our occupation and employment prospects to be able to understand the issue fully When we change our occupation we change the way we are seen by the world For instance a recently documented fact is that many university graduates are turning their backs on the academic world and are training to be plumbers and builders A recent illustration of this is Karl Gensberg He compared his wage slip with his plumbers and decided that his career in molecular biology on an annual salary of 23000 was over Words that could be associated with a molecular biologist are intelligence dedication and high-standing On the other hand the word plumber is often associated with practicality salt of the earth and dirty overalls I have no real basis with which to structure these connections in my mind but this is how I would probably see
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