Do you fit the stereotype of these popular jobs in Jordan?
1. Any position at the big four
Your office is your home. You are overworked and underpaid but you still stick with your job because you know that being part of the Big Four (Deloitte, PWC, EY and KPMG) means you will be making more than 6-digits in 5+ years.
Somewhere along the line you start realizing that you're starting to have all sorts of back and neck aches, you're drinking a lot of coffee and you leave the office at 9 pm on a good day. Your closet is filled with suits and shirts and you can't wait till it's Friday so you can finally lounge around the house in your sweatpants (that's if you're not working that day).
Akhh!! You architects are always dreaming of quitting your jobs and starting your own firm. Your Instagram feed is filled with local designers; everyone from Abidi wa Hakki, Ammar Khammash to Sahel Al Hiyari or Aperçu Designs.
Your first year as a fresh graduate was spent designing toilets and pipes. If you happen to be working with a small design firm now then chances are you're dealing with moody clients who think you're some sort of miracle worker with the power to move mountains.
If you're working with any of the big firms, like the CC or Dar, you regret the day you went into architecture on a daily basis. You leave the office at 10 pm on a good day and you design multi-million dollar projects.
3. Social media Influencer
You are living the dream my friend, getting paid to go to events, restaurants and the likes. You probably once had a very corporate job before deciding you would take a leap of faith into the world of social media. You expect people to know you when you go anywhere with your on fleek #OOTD, and your snaps feel like you're talking to millions of "fans."
By now you've probably appeared as a guest on Roya's Caravan or Donya ya Donya to discuss the inner realms of the world of social media.
You once dreamed of launching your own company, but your daddy's finances wouldn't allow it. Determined not to give up, you watched countless videos of Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Richard Branson to learn the ins and outs of entrepreneurship. They impressed you so much that you started imitating their style. It wasn't long after that you packed up your business model and pitch deck and headed over to Oasis500.
You got your first investment and the first thing you did was change your job on Facebook to "CEO & Founder" of x company. You then printed a few business cards to brag about being an entrepreneur. You now constantly mention that one time you snubbed a TechCrunch interview (which is probably false because we all know that TechCrunch is the holy grail of entrepreneurs).
If all goes according to plan, you will rent out a space at the Business Park or take over a desk at Zinc. That's where you'll finally get to meet all of Jordan's entrepreneurs and start comparing notes about incubators, Angel investors and VC's.
5. Employee at the Diwan
You love your job so much that you don't really care about the paycheck. Working for the Diwan means you've reached the top of the food chain.
You're always at political events, you aren't allowed to talk about your job and you know all the ins and outs of the country. After a few months, you change your Facebook profile picture to one that includes anyone from the Royal family shaking your hand.
6. Adervtising account manager
As soon as you sign your contract, you sever all relationship with friends working at any competitor firm. Alternatively, and if you do go out with them on occasion, you never discuss clients. Instead your conversations revolve around comparing trivial notes and boasting about who gets to leave the office earlier.
Incidentally, you're the type of person who leaves the office really late particularly when a campaign is set to be launched the following day. You make sure no data is leaked, or else it's your neck on the line.
7. Graphic designer/ 2D/ 3D artist
You believe you have the most underrated job of all, and people assume you spend your time coloring and drawing lines. Your boss makes vague requests, like wanting a red background. You stare back blankly because in your mind there are over 1,000 shades of red and picking one to satisfy a client's request is always a hit and miss.
You spend weeks at a time working on a design, only to have it murdered by your superior who wants a new model in just three days. Its things like these that make you curse the day you took on design as a career.
Specific project guidelines are your worst nightmare, particularly when they're coupled with a "you're the designer do whatever you want" fib.