How to decide what job you’ll love

“The only way to be truly satisfied is to do great work.  The only way to do great work is to love the work you do.”

These inspirational words of Steve Jobs might seem rather obvious. However, how easy is it to be ‘truly satisfied’? Is it too ideal to assume that it is possible for us all to find a job we love in increasingly competitive job markets? Can we even afford to be putting love for one’s career as the main factor when seeking work?

Whilst valid questions to ask, it is this kind of cynicism that is holding generation ‘Y’ back from factoring love into the equation when searching for work. The desire for high earnings appears too often to replace the search for an appeal and engagement in work that comes from loving what you do - remember that the two can go hand-in-hand and more often than not, it is the latter that leads to the former. It can be so easy to confuse ‘success’ with ‘happiness’, when in fact if you strive to do what you enjoy, you are far more likely to be successful. 

Steve Jobs is a clear example of this.  His reminder to our generation that our “time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life”, is a potent one.  Too often, living our own lives is forgotten about in the rush of everyday life and in the need to get results almost instantly.

It’s clearly time that we get back to the basics and keep in mind such everyday maxims in the way we approach our careers.  As a generation accustomed to being given constant direction, by the time we graduate and are forced into the real world of work, more often than not, the ability to think for ourselves and provide our own direction becomes a frightening concept.

We want to get all our members thinking about what they are good at and, subsequently, what kind of career would lead to greater job satisfaction. Too many bright people are locked in a perennial ‘I don’t know what to do’.  The truth is you do know what to do.  You’re probably just not thinking about yourself and your skills hard enough and are too weary of providing your own direction, and taking risks finding out more about a career.  Stand up to Steve Jobs’ challenge of finding a job you’ll love. 

Make a decision - don’t get locked into a vicious circle of questioning everything you do.  Follow your rational intuition and stick to it.  Have self awareness—don’t be afraid of playing to your strengths.  Know what these are and utilise them, as accepting what it is that you are good at will undoubtedly lead you towards a more fulfilling career. These basic ideas, may, again, seem rather obvious.  Yet, it is such basic notions that seem to get lost in the complex minds of bright people who are not clear enough on their own abilities.

Remember that finding a job you’ll love is not just an intangible concept; if you stick to your intuition, play up to your strengths and keep in mind that there is not always a right answer or direction to be taking, then you can certainly make this a reality.

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