Designing your dream job (pt 1)

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Booking under: Keith

Work. That Monday feeling. #TGIF.

For many people, work seems to be a paradoxical thing. Nobody seems to be particularly excited by it, but everybody needs one and will work hard to get one. Soon afterward, they might complain about their job and dream about quitting it, but reality sets in and they’re stuck waiting for Friday again.

Does work really have to be such a turn-off? This month, our authors talked about designing a dream job. Here are some takeaways:

You’re the job creator

you

Who’s your ideal job creator? You!

Reading this was a bit of a shock since most of us (myself included) are used to finding jobs via already-created job postings.

However, as discussed previously, the best jobs are usually not posted publicly, and the ones that are posted are usually vague and unhelpful descriptions. Bill and Dave reinforce this idea by proposing that job design is a continual process that requires your active participation. Instead of only looking through regular postings on corporate sites, we should get ourselves connected to the places and people that interest us.

This is not to encourage “using” people as a job-seeking tool or attending networking events simply for career advancement. Instead, the authors tell us that by exposing ourselves to these environments and asking for stories that interest you, you can learn about the opportunities that might be available, expose yourself to talents within the area, and educate yourself about potential industries to join.

I like the authors’ view on this topic. To be honest, I still feel like networking events are mostly attended for selfish reasons, with people looking to get something for themselves instead of enriching the conversations that are there. However, I wonder how much more fruitful these events will be when everyone (me included) applies this new mindset to networking. Maybe it is a paradox after all: the more we give, the more we get.

Summing Up

Another short chapter, but nonetheless an insightful one. Although I haven’t been attending networking events recently, I’ll be certain to keep this chapter’s insights in mind for the future. By being open-minded and not focused on simply getting a job, I might actually learn something in a future networking event. And who knows? I might unlock the next stage of my career!

 

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