Most people these days have to hold a full-time job to support ourselves comfortably. Before we actually headed into our first job, most of our time was taken up by full-time classes. We learnt in school how we should present and conduct ourselves in an interview, and got counselling on the type of job we might be suitable for.
All of the above help to get a job, but have we actually thought about what we want in a job, or the ideal job that we want?
What do you want in a job?
Different people have different views to what a job should be.
- Some view it as a means to an end (aka simply getting money to pay the bills)
- Others think of it as an all-consuming goal that they will stop at nothing to achieve e.g. becoming the hotshot CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
Your definition of a job will help to shape the type of job you look for.
Think about what drives you to stay in a job.
- Is it the camaraderie and familiarity of having good relationships with your colleagues?
- Or is it the fact that you have got an appreciative boss who likes the things you do?
- Perhaps it is the learning experiences that you glean from the job, or
- The satisfaction of a job well done at the end of the day.
- The shiny addition of that branded company name to your portfolio?
- Pure laziness; the office is close to your place.
- A balanced work-personal lifestyle, perhaps?
- Or it could be the most prosaic reason of all; it is all about the staggering amount of money you are offered.
It is probably a combination of the factors above, but you have got to understand what drives you to stay in a job, before making any further decisions. In my opinion, money should never be the sole driving force behind a job. It is rare that one is satisfied by purely monetary reasons in a job, much less a career. Empty and unsatisfying jobs will have you hopping to another place soon enough, which goes in an endless cycle of interviews and adjusting to new environments yet again.
Is this what we want? More importantly, is this what you want?
Write your thoughts down as a list of needs, and think hard.
#3 Planning and application
Things usually go well when planned, and it applies here as well. Use the thoughts from above, and put it into practice. In your future job searches, match the job against your list of needs in a job. Raise relevant questions during the interview, and try to align your ideal job needs against that prospective job. For example, if you prefer to have time after work to yourself, getting a job which involves endless overtime (and probably endless nights spent feeling pissed off) might not be the best way to go about doing it.
This way, you will get a better idea of whether the job actually is to your liking.
Hopefully this post has raised some interesting thoughts in your head; feel free to comment on any other relevant issues for this topic.