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A well-known story relates the following encounter (adapted from Ryan, 1977):
But, especially this year, one is conscious of the many ways in which this year’s graduating class has been ill served by their elders. They enter a bad job market, the hangover from decades of excessive borrowing.
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In a challenging economy with limited job options it can be easy for many to feel discouraged and disappointed about their work. Additionally, we often hear about the work successes of others through our friends, family, colleagues, and especially from the media and perhaps expect similar successes for ourselves. While there is no simple and magic formula to obtain job satisfaction and career fulfillment there are two words that I think you should always try to remember when reflecting on your job satisfaction.
"H ave the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.
If you could do one thing to transform your life, I would highly recommend it be to find something you’re passionate about, and do it for a living. Now, this isn’t as easy as it sounds, but it’s well worth the effort. If you dread going to your job , or find yourself constantly lacking motivation, or find what you’re doing dull and repetitive, you need to start looking for a new job. Staying in your current job will not only continue to make you unhappy, but you are not realizing your full potential in life. Imagine this instead: you get up early, jumping out of bed, excited to go to work. You might put in more hours than the average person, but it doesn’t seem difficult to you, because your work hours just zoom right by.
Do you think you know everything about choosing a career? Many people think they know the right way to go about picking an occupation, but they often wind up choosing a career that is unsatisfying. Here are ten myths of choosing a career along with resources that can help you make an informed decision.
Over your lifetime you may make several career switches and have at least 12 different jobs.
Pursuing what you're passionate about is a key component of living a happy and healthy life.
In my last blog post , I wrote about how graduate students need to start thinking about the nonacademic job search. To those outside academia, it seems only logical that if your planned job path gets blocked, you should just seek another path.
Anyone reading the Chronicle of Higher Education can't help but notice a trend in their career advice columns: an increasing recognition that many graduate students will not be working in traditional academic careers.
During the next couple of weeks, twenty-million students will head off to college. The majority of them will make it through those four or five years without serious problems.