Job satisfaction can be a difficult thing to attain. Many of us don’t have the luxury of being able to pick and choose the perfect job at will. We need to pay rent and bills, buy food and support families. We can’t wait till find the job our dreams, that we feel we can contribute to meaningfully, improving the world and ourselves. You have to take the jobs that are available, and if they leave you feeling alienated, demotivated and disappointed, well, you’re in good company.
Today we’re looking at ways to find meaningful work and boost your job satisfaction. The key is to look beyond the obvious – joining the police force and becoming a detective to solve crimes is certainly meaningful, but not many people are suitable for the role and being disappointed in your search for a meaningful job could lead to some severe depression.
Instead, think about different roles that are available within the criminal justice system. Prison pharmacy jobs are just as meaningful, you contribute to the course of justice and are part of something bigger and more important than you, but you also don’t need to meet the high standards of fitness, qualifications and experience that the police force requires. Work as part of the justice system is also stable, and comes with a generous pension so you could certainly make a worse choice.
As well as looking at absolute values of ‘meaningful’ – ie, things that help society as a whole – you could look at what motivates you, what makes you feel useful. Look at your hobbies, your values and then careers linked to them. If you love amateur acting, then the theatre represents a variety of careers that could make you feel like your contributing meaningfully to something you love. You don’t have to drop anything and start attending open auditions for West End musicals! Theatres need managers, administrators, and recruiters, as with any other industry.
Even if you’re not able to pursue your dream job, thinking about what you care about it, and looking at the available roles within that sphere to see what matches the skills and experience you’ve built up throughout the course of your education and work to date could well provide you with a breakthrough that leads you the job that sets the path for the rest of your life, and one that makes you happier than you’ve ever been before.