|Never has objectification felt SOOooo Good!
||[Nov. 3rd, 2006|12:33 am]
Editting slightly to make it more readable - I just realised it wasn't really that coherent
So, funny story.
In work, as an intern, I've been doing a lot of random programming and just generally putting my skills to the purpose of making life easier for people. It seems that having interns in a department, even if they don't have any specific job, is a good thing for a number of reasons:
- We have time to do things that others don't have the time to do
- We can bring in new skills and attitudes
Mainly, I've been working with option 1 - my manager didn't have time to trawl through reports etc etc. As a result, I've been dubbed as the local python wizard.
So, today, my senior manager came in and told me that he'd volunteered my services to another senior manager to sort out a problem. Apparently there's a program that's failing and it's no longer maintained (the department that wrote it have since been RIF'd - so there's NO support at all). So my job is to take its output and understand it and overcome the problems.
I dunno about ye, but I think that's pretty cool. I was thinking of it from the perspective that another senior manager will know my name by the time I leave. This is never a bad thing in a multinational company. If a manager in San Fransisco remembers the work I did for him, then he might be likely to hire me when I'm on the market for real.
When I randomly met Greg today (we met at the bus stop) and told him he said "Yeah, it says that he (my manager) sees you as a resource." I know how Greg meant it (i.e. an asset as opposed to a liability), but it sounds a bit like objectification in its way. "You only hire me for my resources" vs "You only love me for my body". And thinking about the idea of objectifying people etc and how some people can get so up-in-arms about it, I have to say I can see a good side to being objectified in this case.