This statement is not based on any racist idea, but simply a testament of my life experience. In a way, the decision to quit my job was made difficult not so much because of the financial challenge but the fact that like so many people my job had become wrapped up in my identity so much so that I could no longer think of myself outside the context of career.
In many ways, the personal and work are inseparable this is primarily because our personal identities are in many cases underpinned by a sense of work. From the experience of factory as described by Gerry Mooney, (2009) many workers at the steel mill who were interviewed viewed their job as an extension of their lives, a permanent condition and something they could use to define their identity and individuality. The men were proud of their work and were optimistic that it would be there for their sons and in future. While I was not working in a steel factory I never expected my children to take over from me at the hotel chain, like steel workers I had come to see myself as my job defined me. The fact that I had risen to the position of assistant manager did more than give me a sense of financial security, I was proud of the fact that I had made myself into a vital part of something bigger than me. The job gave me a feeling of continuity and not just for me but my family, they could depend on me as I depended on the job and as long as I had it I was assured I could keep a roof over their heads. In addition, my working day was structured and rigid but not in a bad way, I would wake up purposing to go to work like millions of other people across the country, I felt I was contributing to my countries growth and in addition to this, there are various social events and experiences that are shaped around a working day. Sometimes in the evening, I would join my friends for drinks “after work” or join colleagues for baby showers and