The Zen Of Job Satisfaction
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Finding the right job is mainly about finding the right job for you, the one that you are most suited for. Still some external factors do play a part in job satisfaction.
Payscale.com has done considerable research on job satisfaction.
The following jobs ranked low on job satisfaction:
- Food service workers
- Graphic designers
And the following jobs ranked high on job satisfaction:
- Fire fighters,
- Educational administrators
- Chief Executive Officers
What nugget of wisdom can we glean from this information? Perhaps, people like jobs high in meaning that offer positive human interactions.
4 Questions to Ask Yourself
Many people have poor quality, low-paying jobs that make them feel disengaged. But this trend doesn’t have to be true for you.
Through some introspection, you can figure out what type of jobs suit you best.
Here are some questions to ask yourself:
- What am I naturally good at doing?
- What do I find interesting and engaging?
- When have I been happy?
- What type of people do I enjoy spending time with?
6 Ways To Improve Job Satisfaction
After you understand yourself better, here are 6 things that the Mayo Clinic suggest you do to improve your job satisfaction in any job you do.
- Take on new challenges in your work.
- Mentor those with less knowledge or skill at your work.
- Learn from any mistakes you have made, rather than feel bitter about them.
- Stay positive regardless of what is happening around you. Things ebb and flow.
- Be grateful for what you do have.
- Follow your passion.
3 Sample Jobs People Love
With millions of possible jobs, any list of the best jobs is bound to completely miss the mark. What one person considers fun, someone else will hate.
With that in mind, here are 3 sample job descriptions and the type of people they appeal to the most.
- People who love technology love jobs associated with either hardware of software.
According to the Gwynedd Mercy University, one of the top computer science schools in PA, a “Computer Information Science program is built on a core curriculum of mathematical theory and problem solving. It incorporates programming, web design/multimedia, networking, architecture, and database design and administration to provide you with the level of skill needed to compete in this influential and in-demand field.”
- People who love learning new ideas and sharing them love jobs where they can be the go-to expert. They make excellent consultants or teachers.
Business analyst Matthew Kuzma does not think of talking about the things he loves to be work.
“My personal opinion is that the best possible job for someone who is intelligent but lazy would be to be a professional expert at something — to get paid to just share your thoughts and opinions about things with people who will do the heavy lifting,” he writes.
He suggests finding the things you love to learn and then finding people who would like to learn it from you. What you may consider fun and easy is often hard and challenging for other people.
- People who love their work may be willing to forsake high pay.
Becoming a kindergarten teacher is a job is rich in satisfaction.In fact, 89% of kindergarten teachers love their jobs. As a teacher, you are impressing important values in fertile minds. These values will last a lifetime and shape destinies. The downside is that this job does not pay well. On average, kindergarten teachers earn about $35,500 in mid-career.
5 Factors to Consider For Job Satisfaction
Subjective considerations have a lot to do with job satisfaction. But it’s not the whole story.
Here are five things that can ruin even a job that you love.
- Wages below the cost of living.
A job that will not allow you to cover your cost of living will not please you in the long run. If the job does not help you pay for your livelihood, you will have to move on.
- A long commute.
A job that requires a long commute will stress you out. You will be losing valuable hours of the day traveling to and from your job. In the long run, you will exhaust yourself. You will have little time to do the things you love. You won’t spend quality time with your family and friends.
- No work-life balance.
Even if you find a job that you love, but all you do is work, you will burn out. You need some “me” time to feel like a whole person.
- No future.
As you work at a job, you will get better at it. As you increase your knowledge and skills, you will look for new challenges. If your job has a ceiling, you will get bored with it.
- Terrible colleagues
On average, you will spend 8 hours a day and 40 hours a week with certain people. If you don’t enjoy their company, it can make the hours seem longer. If you reach a point where you dislike or hate them, then your job will turn into a nightmare.
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