Before going back to school today, we had been asked to think of a metaphor that describes our job. I thought about this for a while. Then gave up. Then I thought about it more. Then I gave up. Then, as today approached, I thought about it again, and in a moment of genius, I came up with my metaphor: the Ikea Helpline.
My reasoning for this:
- I give my “customers” all the parts they need to build something (in their case, this is knowledge).
- I even give them a handy set of tools.
- I give them easy, simple-to-follow instructions of how to carry out their task.
- Yet, if they need help, I’m always there to give them a hand.