“What’s a jobsworth, Daddy?” The boy had lost interest in the question (and the answer) by the time we managed an explanation, but Daddy’s advice (as always) was worth repeating:
A jobsworth is someone who doesn’t think flexibly, who blindly follows the rules, and does things “the way we’ve always done it” even if that’s not the best way.
The best career advice I can give you is this: everything changes. Accept that, change with it, and you’ll be fine.
The boy’s response: “Can I have pudding now?”
Maybe we’ll repeat the sage advice when he’s nearly 19 instead of nearly 9. In the meantime I hope you find it a useful reminder today!