When I worked in a grocery store, nobody but us clerk types cared that the computer code for Anjou pears was 028. When I worked as a waitress, customers didn’t care how we rolled the silverware. When I was in sales, clients couldn’t have been less interested in how my company divvied up sales territories or how I organized my Rolodex of leads.
Looking back at my professional life, I’m shocked to see how much time I spent learning stuff that was completely useless outside of the job — jobs that, 99 times out of 99, I didn’t have for long.
Then I discovered copy editing.
Finally, the stuff I learn on the job is interesting to a whole lot of people — not just folks wearing uniforms that match mine. Here are some of the issues that have come up during the course of my regular work that you, too, may find useful.