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Loving Your Job

16 Apr

Here’s a question right off the top: Have you ever been in a restaurant and seen a waitress wearing one of those shirts that read, “I love my job.” Inside, you probably laugh a little. She may like her job, or making good tips, but does she truly love her job?

Forbes.com released a list of the top 20 happiest jobs in America. Newsflash: Some people really do love their job. Here are some that caught my eye, and I’ll end with a challenge.

Topping the list was Software Quality Assurance Engineer. This is a well-paying job that is vital to the success of software manufacturers.  Tied for second were Executive Chef and Property Managers. Following these on the list were quite a few more involving software developers and technicians, while some were common jobs such as electrician and accountant.

Some on the list were management positions, which would make you think, “Of course they’re happy, they’re making good money.” But that might not be the whole story.

Consider this: “Many of the happiest jobs have some component with working with people,” Heidi Golledge, CareerBliss’ chief executive said. “Folks who work with others tend to rate their happiness higher on our site.”

While working with people, they likely possess certain gifts, traits and skills that made them a great fit. Essentially, they’re doing something that they were made to do. You can’t replace passion and genuine desire to do a job.

Can you say that about yourself? Maybe not yet, but what about your studies and degree plan? Are you studying something that you know you were meant to do?

If so, great. Continue to follow and pursue it so that you can hopefully make money doing what you enjoy. If not, what will you do about it? Changing careers is one possibility. First, do a self-examination to see if there are other things that could affect your happiness at work.  Then look at your job in a new light, and try to highlight the characteristics that attracted you to work there in the first place.

Not all of us will go around wearing t-shirts bragging on how much we love our job, but that doesn’t mean its not something to strive for.

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Too Many Choices – Part 2

4 Apr

** This post is a continuation of Too Many Choices Pt.1**

We’ve grown up hearing about being created with a purpose, finding our calling, and making sure that our decisions are in God’s will, in addition to probably never having heard the Jeremiah 29:11 passage in its proper context. Given this track record, it makes sense that we have certain expectations of how focused our lives should be, and expectations of how clearly God should communicate with us. Unfortunately, our natural propensity to lean towards the “easy way out” manifests itself in these teachings. The “easy way out” says that there is one sole vocational purpose that we were created for, one sole, life-guiding calling to walk in, and that God’s “good and perfect will” is somehow the sum of these two things. It’s “easy” because according to this line of thinking, there is only one right answer for your life, ad Jeremiah 29:11 tells you that God wants to let you in on it. God chose it for you, God chose you for it, God wants you to do it, and He wants to work everything out for your good. How could life get any simpler?

We believe that if we fit all of the pieces of this equation together and follow the formula perfectly, the result will be a stable, and relatively comfortable, life. However, none of this sounds like a life evidenced in the scriptures. If anything, we’re often warned of the fleeting, unstable nature of our world, and the fact that our only hope for consistency lies in the immutable nature of our God. The whole deal is really quite ironic, because we find ourselves shrouded in stress of ecclesiastical proportions, trying to decipher this perfect formula for our individual lives. The spiritual implications include loosing trust in God when He’s seemingly unclear on what you should do, and the practical implications include being frustrated with having no idea what to do with your life. With the exceptions of pastors and other forms of “Christian celebrities,” it seems as though this traditional line of thinking just leaves the “average” Christian stuck. So where does that leave us? How then do we decide? -Keep Reading→>

Too Many Choices – Part 1

28 Mar

Working in the Career Center as a Career Counselor, a common question that I ask students is, “What would you like to get out of our meeting today?” A common response is, “I want you to tell me what major I should pick, and what I should do with my life.”

Making choices, and sticking with them is so difficult. What if I make the wrong choice? What if I choose a major that I enjoy now, then in five years, find out that I hate it? How can I know that this career is something that I’ll love, even thirty years down the road? I just don’t want to pick something for the wrong reasons, but at the same time, I want to make sure that I’ll be able to provide for my family. Sure it makes sense that I pursue this path, but how do I know that it is God’s will? These are questions that we all inevitably are confronted with at some point during this process called life. Keep Reading→