I knew of someone who was plagued with doubts about her choice of career. She thought the job was administrative, boring, tedious etc. There were a hundred things she didn’t like.
One day, she chanced upon a reality series featuring occupations. Two celebrities were tasked to a day’s work in a new and different occupation each episode. One a “difficult” job e.g. construction work, and the other “nicer” work e.g. engineering and audit. The celebrities got to immerse themselves in the daily “grind”.
The series was hilariously funny, yet meaningful in a touching way: reactions range from relief to horror as job duties are explained. Shock, joy, fear, disgust. An example was a job to rescue strays of the street. Reactions range from “I love dogs!” to “ew, tons of dog poo to be clean daily?!”. Bloopers or even outright fatigue through the day. The light-hearted jibes with their “work buddy”, and the end of day interviews on what their buddies love or find challenging about the job.
After several episodes, a realisation struck: she wouldn’t be caught dead in any of the occupations in the series, even the “nicer” jobs and professions. Either there were daily safety concerns, pay was poor, uncertain (sales based), odd working hours, uncomfortable working conditions, smell, heat, dust, true tediousness etc or all of the above. The beautiful in her own career/daily work became evident.
The series changed her life. She not only grew to appreciate her job, but also daily services previously taken for granted e.g. the underground. The effort and sacrifice other people make daily to keep the things like clockwork was now apparent. This is a true story!
There is always something to dislike in an occupation. Every job has its “tediousness”. But each job also has its merits and exciting opportunities, though one has to strive for it. Striving may mean doing constant skills upgrading, critical to qualify for more varied and interesting roles or higher pay. To remain relevant / maintain an lifelong learning habit.
Or simply staying determined to produce high quality work each time, regardless how difficult or unfavourable the short term circumstances are!
Everyone has a different job preference. What do you like and dislike about your jobs?
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