Is your work really a work for you?

Updated: Oct 22, 2020

Right Job!!-Asking yourself- When? Why?

There are 2 key points that I am going to discuss in this article:

Résumé and interviews and Selecting your career or the right job.

Résumé and interview are the first of those things that are taught to us when we join any Bachelor’s program. Be it from engineering to BBA, BCA or BCS or BA or BDes; teachers always talk about how you would be put-to-test after leaving the course and how one will have to be prepared to crack it. They tell us about how life will take a turn and how your two-page résumé will end up getting you a job somewhere in some cubicle.

There are hundreds of sites that talk only on how to crack interviews and how to build résumés. These sites are often taking concerns about what all people who have decided their life will flow only in one direction. But, there are people whose résumé talk about their life in such a varied way, that one tends to think about how this person can do so much in just one life. These sites also offer various templates and flow charts to allow one to decide how their résumé will look, depending on the job profile, preferred by the candidate. Also, on these same sites, you will find various interview questions and the tips to crack it. You won’t need to go anywhere else to find information regarding anything, to relate to résumé and interviews.

But there is this one thought constantly nagging us, that whether the job we chose is the right one. Will it always make us happy? Will it always make us proud of ourselves? Will I be contented with the work that I will do here? How many sites are there which talks about what job is right for you?

I read an article on the Forbes site, written by Muse, the contributor. This article talks about how one can choose the right career path and then decide where to go. I found this piece of information when I was searching for a site regarding how to choose the right career for myself. Believe me or not, there are fewer sites that make you think about career, practically.

Here are the questions you can find on that site which I found interesting:

1. If I could choose one friend to trade jobs with, I’d choose____________, because ____________.

2. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to do ____________. It’s interesting to me because ____________.

3. If I had the right education or skill set, I’d definitely try ____________, because ____________.

4. If I had to go back to school tomorrow, I’d major in ____________, because ____________.

5. My co-workers and friends always say I’m great at ____________, because ____________.

6. The thing I love most about my current job is ____________, because ____________.

7. If my boss would let me, I’d do more of ____________, because ____________.

8. If I had a free Saturday that had to be spent “working” on something, I’d choose ____________, because ____________.

9. When I retire, I want to be known for ____________, because ____________.

When you are done, by answering these questions, you will realize that you never gave a serious thought about your career until now. I too did not know what I wanted to do for a long time!! ” This thought-provoking!! I would like that you question yourself about the job/work you do. Many people complain that they aren’t happy where they work. The reason I found is they do not think seriously about what kind of work they want to do. Students take up courses because their parents convince them that they are good at something or they are misguided by someone influential person or what they see on TV. Having a will for a particular course isn’t bad, but answering these questions might give an insight into whether what you chose is right or is not worth your time.

I checked one lecture named “Your Job is not your job” on YouTube given by a professor at MIT. His name is Prof. Fred Kofman. He talked about how one can define the goal in one’s work profile. If a person is sure what his job is, he will be so certain that he will not be fed up with work again. For example, if I ask a teacher what is your job? She may reply that my job is to teach. But, Fred Kofman says that no, your job isn’t teaching!!!! Your job is to help other people learn. People come to you because they think you are their best guide. This is the difference that Prof. Fred Kofman stated in that lecture.

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