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Do You Think Your Guy Understands What You Do?

Short of handing your guy a detailed job description of your job, it can be difficult to convey what exactly it is you do day in and day out. Of course it's easier to grasp some jobs than others because they're more straightforward in nature, and some seem so obscure that it would probably be easiest to have a camera follow you around all day to make what you do more obvious.

Couples who work in similar industries can be at an advantage because it's easier to sympathize when you understand exactly what's going on without much explanation. When you're dishing about your day, does your guy understand? Or is he a handsome listener who you love but doesn't really get what you do for a living?


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jackandjlin jackandjlin 9 years
My boyfriend understands my job and what it entails, it's not hard to grasp, but I don't think he really understands how hard a day can be at my job. I work at a library so the work is not physically exhausting but is mentally draining. When I come home and am tired, I don't think he really gets that, he seems to think that unless you are doing manual labor all day that you can't be tired and worn out.
murdock99tx murdock99tx 9 years
He understands what I do. Ass't to the CEO; it's pretty straightforward! :)
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 9 years
My main job description is pretty easy to get BUT no one outside of my DEPARTMENT (so 7 people know what I do for a living)understand what my other titles/jobs are!!!
hmcmcd hmcmcd 9 years
I think we both pretty much get what each other do. Sometimes it takes a little more explaining about some situation for him to get it, but overall I think he does. He just will never concede that my job is more stressful than his.
ms-foxy-girl ms-foxy-girl 9 years
I'm a claims adjuster and my bf knows what I do, but I agree with (Lovely_1) He does not understand how stress ful my job is.. I handle Workers Comp claims.. and he thinks I sit on my ass and use the computer all day and make a few phone calls... not even close! My job is hectic and stress full.....
Schaianne Schaianne 9 years
NOBODY who's not in my line of work can understand what it is I do. But hubby can understand a little.
Berlin Berlin 9 years
we're both bartenders, so we get it exactly lol.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
my job isn't straightforward, but he gets it. he's a smart cookie.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
Nobody gets what I do for a living without me having to give a detailed explanation. And I am too lazy for that. He gets the gist of it and understands better than most, but he doesn't know all the intricacies of my job.
maggieleigh maggieleigh 9 years
He knows what I do, but doesn't really get all the details that it entails. And he doesn't understand why I have to travel so much - I'm gone all the time :(.
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 9 years
He understands what I do, but no matter how much he explains what he does ... I don't get it!
ikimashokie ikimashokie 9 years
We just graduated from the same school with the same degree, so in most classes we follow, but in electives it can be iffy, since he took programming electives and I didn't. I'm sure now, since he's going on to a job that has to follow ITAR, he won't really tell me too much what's going on, and since I'm taking another major, he'll get the gist of it, but not follow exactly. They all think I'm crazy for taking a second major.
bengalspice bengalspice 9 years
I work in book publishing, and he works in digital music. We kinda get what the other is talking about when using industry jargon.
GinaSnyder GinaSnyder 9 years
Haha... No, I really don't think he has any idea what I do. I'm in sales for a news distribution service, so I'm pretty sure that anyone outside of the news or PR world just doesn't get it. But Ben REALLY doesn't get it. :)
Sydney-C Sydney-C 9 years
We both work in aviation, he's a pilot and I'm in aerospace sales, so yes, it makes convo pretty easy. I know he's glad he has a gf who understands pilot lingo.
linb linb 9 years
He knows *what* I do, but I doubt he knows *how* I do it. I'm a graphic designer, and he barely knows how to use a computer.
mjane79 mjane79 9 years
Our jobs are similar so it's easy to talk to each other about what we do. I even did his job at another place. We worked together at that point. Now he works at a business started by people we used to work with, doing a combination of both of our old jobs. Sometimes he emails me asking how to do things since they use the same computer system we had at our old job.
hkdkat hkdkat 9 years
He understands it to a great extent, but I don't think he respects it as much as I'd like him to. The main reason - he couldn't do it, and he does something very different so at times he isn't sure why I do what I do. I don't want this to come off bitter though because it's not, it's just interesting.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
He totally gets it. I've been with him for only like a couple months before I start this job (over 4 years ago) so he's been there through all the bosses, changes and everything. Also, since I work from home now, sometimes he asks what I'm doing and I explain a report or show him how it's useful. He's very impressed by my Excel skills haha
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
Yes, we are both architects working in the same office, although we deal with different areas.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
My past jobs weren't straight forward like some people so I'd often have to tell him certain things I've done.
ffemt1201 ffemt1201 9 years
he hasn't the slightest idea...which is good. i don't want to sit at the dinner table talking about a bad structure fire i was in or a bloody patient i transported to the ER.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
He sort of gets it, but I don't get what he does either. But he does know the people at work and the basics, and that's enough for me.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
I think he has heard about it long enough that he gets it. When I tell him that the GC is being annoying and not following my design, he knows the GC isn't doing what I instructed them to do in my drawings. I have brought my drawings home before and he did ask all about what they mean and how to read them, so thats cool. I know less about his job. I know he audits, but when he goes into specifics with his crazy acronyms I can't follow.
gigill gigill 9 years
He gets it for the most part, but still doesn't realllly get it. I like a bit of mystery!
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