Finding Meaningful Jobs

A Gallup poll found that a staggering 87% of people worldwide don’t feel engaged at work, more specifically only 29% of millennials are engaged at work. It’s also important to remember that millennials have the highest rate of unemployment and underemployment in the U.S. but somehow we are still described as an idealistic generation. The poll also found that again 87% of millennials believe development is important for meaning in a job.

The first insight from this of course is that people do not simply want jobs, like so many politicians claim, but in fact they want good jobs. A good way to think of it is to think if it were possible to add millions of jobs to the economy by simply picking strawberries all day, that would be missing the point! Just imagine how much less people would be engaged at work. People want to go to work and find some kind of meaning without doing too much actual work, in many ways the paycheck is just a byproduct of this. What exactly makes people engaged at work? And more importantly, what makes any type of work more meaningful than others?

The tempting thing to say is that whatever work you choose has to fulfill some unsatisfied desire in someone. This is like if someone gets a job working for a charity then they’ll start to feel better about themselves, or if an artist starts to sell more work and makes a business out of their art. In fact this is the modern idea of what meaningful work is, that it is only the subject matter of the work that makes it possible to find meaning. But this is obviously problematic, considering the close to 5 million people that work in the food service, which from personal experience I can say is less than fulfilling. It’s a romantic idea that everyone can find their dream job and if we work hard we’ll all get to that job that really fulfills us. I hate to be a realist but it’s important for us all to settle at some point, to settle for the best we can. And at that point it becomes more important than ever to ask what really makes work meaningful.

If it’s not the content of the job, then maybe the success really lies in how much a person is allowed to progress in the job. For instance constant promotion and pay raises might make a crappy job just a little more bearable. Which I guess is plausible, maybe a job is purely just for pay and that all meaning to life is supposed to be found outside the workplace. This could be through hobbies, relationships, ect. While in a large part this may be true, it misses a crucial part of what a job actually is. In it’s very basest form, a job is just a social interaction of a group working for a certain goal. When looked at it that way, it is natural to look at the manager of the workplace to see their actions.

If the workplace truly is just a social transaction, then the best way to see the deconstruction of this transaction is to just look at a workplace when business is incredibly slow. When business is high, then the workplace is completely formal, the boss is giving orders, presumably everyone is in their place doing their job and so on. But when business is slow then suddenly everything is informal. It is more accustomed to joke around, interact with coworkers and especially your boss. As the contemporary philosopher Slavoj Zizek points out, there is a certain point where you can no longer rebel against your boss because of the friendliness they may act towards you. In a way it is impolite to rebel just because they are not as authoritative at the moment.

At this point in the workplace is someone able to find the most amount of meaning. It is not the work itself, but the almost forced casual interaction with coworkers. In fact the biggest difference in finding meaning in different jobs, is just how much you get along with the coworkers there.

Now this is not to say that you should develop an intimate relationship with everyone you work with, because not everyone there should be your best friend. The beauty of workplace friendships is that there is a certain distance between you and the other person, namely that you are only friends at that particular time. If you notice there is a lot of discretion to keep the relationship that way, and that is also why friendships that try to evolve outside the workplace often end in disaster, because they overstepped their limits. That’s really what meaningful work is. You go to the place, do the work (half-assed as you want), joke with the people there, maybe have contempt for the boss, go home and continue your life. The meaning is not the job itself, but the relationships we form and the lessons we learn from it to apply to our regular life.

This is why people that pursue a job as their meaning to life feel so empty in the end. The job is not the meaning, in fact in many cases the job is the part you’re supposed to despise. It is simply the thing you do to continue the other part of your life. In the picking strawberries example I used above, it could then be argued that this job is no different than being an artist or CEO. In some superficial way this may be true, but the problem is that picking fruit lends even less meaning to every other aspect of life than being an artist does. You don’t develop as personal of relationships due to the strenuousness of the work, you don’t have as many applications in daily life, you have less resources in daily life, and so on.

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37 thoughts on “Finding Meaningful Jobs

  1. I completely understand the need to feel fulfilled in a job, everyone wants it. I doubt more than 5% are truly satisfied with their job to the point they love work and it is their reason for cartwheeling out of bed in the morning.
    However, like you say, the reality is menial jobs arent going anywhere and the enjoyable jobs are massively competitive. Working shitty jobs is like makings ranks in the army, we try and get something better the older and more experienced we become.
    And ther are always going to be shit jobs until robots do everything, and then once that happens, the shit job will be fixing the robots lol the circlular nature of it all.

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    • Many people in America are just waiting for that job, which they have been wanting, to just come to them. They don’t try to advance their educational abilities, or their job skills. Rather, they act as if they were entitled…and sometimes, they d’t even know to what,

      This can be like the person who is just sitting on the shore, waiting for their ship to come in. Burt sometimes, you just have to swim out–and get on board.

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      • Very true the same effect occurs over here, few want to do a crappy job or put extra effort in.
        Sadly the job market is horrible though compared to say thirty plus years ago when jobs were more plentiful and you didnt have to jump through hoops and fill out needless forms just to get a basic job.
        There are too many people who think they dont need to work for their ideal and the fact so many go to get a degree also means evrryone has a degree making it about as useful as high school qualifications. Mix in job scarcity and there isnt a lot to be hopeful for for quite a lot of university and school leavers, so its quite complicated at least in the UK.

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  2. You leave the out the distinction of having a labor intensive job versus a non-labor intensive job out and the compensation associated with certain jobs, which is central to the argument you are trying to make. Picking strawberries – and I strongly emphasize (though I’ve never done it before but I’ve done other labor intensive work) is NOT the same as being a CEO or artist which you will most likely be in a clean and air conditioned room. A CEO controls their own schedule, a CEO won’t be cheated out of their wages, a CEO can walk out of their jobs with a golden parachute and barring a huge fuck up, they can find another similarly high paying job. An artist may be poor or starving, a true artist finds fulfillment in making art and if they’ve no family to support and no one to take care of but themselves, the life of a starving artist is seen as a noble one, almost a de rigueur before becoming ‘successful’ – whatever that context is for each artist.
    In America, our job title denotes our social status. Whereas a CEO or a starving artist, novelist, journalist, writer has respect and prestige, a strawberry picker doesn’t. A strawberry picker is most likely an immigrant, gets paid less than minimum wage as as all farm workers aren’t subject to minimum wage laws, some are denied bathroom breaks and safe working conditions (Driscolls) and so how can any strawberry picker find meaning in that work? They are micromanaged to the extent of when they are allowed bathroom breaks, when are they supposed to ‘engage’ with their other strawberry pickers as a form of social interaction? Also, when you are dead tired from being in the fields and working under micromanagement for such low pay, there’s not much quality of life there as well.
    You correctly point out that having any kind of a job, well paid or not, full time or not is a luxury for millennials (it’s really not just millennials) and that millennials seek to find some ‘meaning’ in their work, they are perhaps really trying to find meaning in their lives, but driven by economic circumstances and crushing student loans, they’ve equated working with living life. Despite Oprah’s mantra of ‘if you love what you do, then it’s not work’; very very few people gets to experience this. Work is just that, work, which entails office politics, it’s own specific kinds of hardships and difficulties, navigating difficult personalities, working with difficult coworkers and bosses, getting your work scrutinized, your projects getting shelved in favor of someone else’s etc., none of is particularly pleasurable if you break it down, but one must do it.

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    • I made the distinction briefly in the last few paragraphs, but it’s important to keep in mind the occupations of the economy. More and more we’re moving towards an economy controlled mainly through financing and service, neither of which is labor intensive. The problem you point out is very real, for instance when picking fruit it is painfully obvious when you’ve done a hard day’s work. But with financing there is still alienation, but it is not directly experienced by the worker, giving a different sense of what work is for them

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  3. The problem is that companies once presented themselves as “families” where the aim was to employ workers who would work there over the course of an entire lifetime (and of course to make money in the process). Long-term employees were seen as a benefit. Now employees are seen as expendable and the ONLY aim is to make money. Experienced and highly educated workers are actually less desirable because they want to be paid more so there’s no effort put into maintaining employees. Millennials don’t have passion for their workplace because their workplace has no passion for them. I’m a teacher and schools are run the same way even though they’re not making any money. A first-year teacher is more likely to get a job than someone with ten years in because they’re cheap and it looks better on a spreadsheet. Companies are just soulless corpses that run on greed. Who could feel passionate about that?

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  4. This is an extremely thoughtful post! This definitely shifted some paradigms I have about fulfilling work. I’m constantly searching for meaning in my life (less fun and romantic than it sounds). Slowing down to smell the roses does make everything a little nicer, eh?🌹

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  5. I have a “pen-pal” in Australia who had his own small farm growing apricots and oranges, until his health no longer allowed him to perform his work, for example picking the oranges. He was and is a very happy and compassionate man who loves and cares for his family and community. Once, when I was job-hunting, he suggested I look for a job as an orange-picker here in Florida.

    On a different note, corporate greed (imo) is destroying America. Lots of people of all ages are trying to land almost any job they can get. However, for most of these jobs, the employee can not work fast enough, hard enough or get paid enough.

    And on another different note, imagine if “welfare” ceased tomorrow. Where would all these people work, when there’s already many who are struggling to find any job.

    Pardon my scattered rambling.

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  6. Some very good points raised. Work is the the means to other ends. If you get emotional and creative satisfaction, are able to use your skills and training, establish meaningful and constructive relationships, acquire enhanced self worth and self esteem, and earn status and loads of money, these are bonuses.

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  7. One thing that is helpful if one is spiritually inclined, is to view work itself as sacred – doing one’s part in the big scheme of things to keep the ball of human civilization a rollin’ – imperfect as it all is. Everything we value is the result of work in one form or another.

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  8. For me working in public service helped me find what I was looking for in being fulfilled. Every day is different and I have seen over years the impact on history and our society in the U.S., which is unique, and I really treasure it. But to note, there is a lot of day to day work that is repetitive and I’m honest about that when hiring folks. But there were definitely compromises I made staying at my agency even though I’ve had different jobs/positions over the years, overall I made in taking less pay which affected other decisions about where I could live, etc. We do have a of younger (millennial) workers now in our office/agency — I hired one myself — they all seem to enjoy the work and despite the lower pay, they seem to appreciate the flexibility for going to grad or law school at night, etc. They all may not stay and I understand that — but everyone has to find their way. I think they appreciate the supportive environment we have. That I think they consider it a benefit unto itself which can be hard to find. They are also very inclusive of the interns and the cooperative students as well — there don’t seem to be many barriers between them as permanent workers, and this is encouraging to me.

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  9. I really like Jim Collin’s insight (from “Good to Great”, an incredible business book) that one of the secrets of going from good to great is finding a simple concept that blends three things: Do what you love, what makes you money, and what you could potentially be the best in the world at.
    “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls”
    — Joseph Campbell

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  10. Interesting propounding. I have noticed that millennials are not inclined to work whether meaningful or not. They seem more consumed with telling everyone else how our system sucks, enumerating all it’s failings but not willing to do anything to make a change. Things are never as simple as they may appear.

    If welfare ended tomorrow perhaps people would get off their asses and enact change. Maybe. I saw many young millennials in welfare lines using all the new findings of ADD, ADHD, bipolar, complaints of bad backs or whatever current new excuse there is to qualify them to not work. And if you think it’s not easy to get an excuse, trust me they have a network of people they refer one another to to get what they want. I don’t mean to sound uncaring but I’ve seen it all, having worked in social services.

    The conundrum for employers are the laws in place that penalize them when offering incentives. It used to be they offered insurance, retirement and other offerings and then the government started requiring them to pay taxes to match the taxes the employee was paying on those benefits or some such and many employers began to drop them. When the government began to require employers to offer benefits to anyone employed full time then employers quit hiring full time. Any more now only government jobs give you all of that.

    I have children and grandchildren that fall into the millennial category. My son has had a horrible time getting worthwhile work with his degree. He works at a job that pays decently but is unrewarding. He has a family to feed. His wife is a teacher (government job) thank heaven for that! He had six years in the Marines in addition to his education. It is frustrating. It’s true they (employers) believe they have to pay them more for the degree. (I was once told by an interviewer not to show my credentials or I might not get a job as a cashier) In the meantime my grandsons have both gotten great jobs, doing great work with employers anxious to pay incentives and they got bored and walked off the job or didn’t show up. I’ve talked to other parents and grandparents who are telling me the same story. Kids today feel if they do not get a job worthy of their expectation they’d rather go busking on a street corner.

    It is hard to get people willing to work. That is why you see more older people at jobs because as one employer told me, “No one wants to work anymore, at least seniors will show up”. When gen x’ers do show up, like what was said above, they show up to put in a “half-assed” workday. That’s another reason why many employers like “illegals”. They will work and not complain. They will do anything. Is picking strawberries tough? Damn straight, so is any field work but as one farmer told me, they tried to employ people on welfare and they just won’t work. It’s too menial. They complain, are slow and half the time, don’t show up. But why should they care? They know they can work the angles and get back on government assist. It’s too easy not to.

    I have done quite a few different jobs in my lifetime and I’ve felt unchallenged before but I have never been out of work or had trouble transitioning to something else. I’m of the mind that if I can’t enjoy my job at least enjoy my work environment. If employers can create an environment that makes an employee productive then he’s going to get employees to stay. Managers do not have to be bullies.

    I visited Dreamworks not long ago and I understand, it’s not unlike Google. There are cafeteria’s with good food, a gym, and other diversions to keep them productive. Not every company can offer or afford to do that, I understand. The Japanese do the same. They create a work environment that even if your coworker is not your best friend, you still like being there. I would be happy if I had a lounge where there were cots to lay down on, or comfy chairs to read in. Or a gym nearby that they contribute the cost to.
    Just a thought.

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    • “Our sires’ age was worse than our grandsires’. We, their sons, are more worthless than they; so in our turn we shall give the world a progeny yet more corrupt.”

      This is a quote from the Ancient Roman poet Horace, from around 20 B.C.E. The point here is that it’s almost natural for a generation to look down upon the succeeding generation. Just being out of high school I can already notice the disdain my generation has for those in 6th and 7th grade!

      I’m not saying that there isn’t a problem with work ethic in millennials, trust me when I say I’m experiencing it first hand. The true problem comes from my generation’s reaction to the environment which we were thrust into.

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      • I believe what you are describing is called Juvenoia: the act of perceiving one’s present generation as smarter than the last but wiser than the new. Vsauce did a good video about it. Indeed you’re right in that it exists with every generation.

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  11. In my experience, while I completely agree that having wonderful coworkers is important and part of what makes a job fulfilling, I also think that feeling like you’re contributing something as an individual is important. Being underemployed as many are and as I have been at times means that you often feel dissatisfied because you know you’re capable of more. You want to be responsible for tasks that utilize the skills you perhaps developed in college, or the talents you’ve nurtured throughout your life. To serve coffee when you’re capable of doing something requiring more skill–writing copy for example–is disappointing, even if your coworkers are extremely supportive and friendly.

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  12. I think that’s it is ultimately a good thing that people have parts of their jobs to complain about for two reasons. On the individual level it leaves you with a constant appreciation of what your life should be like rather than what it is and the absence of goals leaves you feeling aimless and depressive. But this also leads to what resembles a balancing beam as complaining too much leads to abandoning realism for blind ideological thinking.
    On a larger magnitude no one can have a ‘dream job’ where everything is rose-tinted because everyone has a different idea of what a dream job is. For instance, some may prefer a job with a more amicable boss and not a orderly, strict and formal one but for others that is awesome for them. If you let everyone get what they want you end up with no one getting anything. The amount freedom one receives in society comes with a proportional amount of responsibility. Neither one can exist without the other if you want to avoid chaos.
    You’re absolutely correct in saying that both good and bad relations with peers is by far the most important part of the work space. Humans are social animals and dynamic interaction stimulates the mind which guarantees some degree of productivity.

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  13. The question is really about the meaning of life, no slight intended to Monty Python. As societies advance through the various stages of civilization, and yes, there are stages but no particular ending point, they go from the hunter gather based society to the computer age society and whatever may lie beyond. As human beings, we seek to understand our world and find that vague thing called meaning. True enough there are only two prime directives to our lives, procreation and survival. We live to pass on our genes, all very Darwinian. But that is not enough for our inquiring minds, particularly the brightest of us.

    So we invent things like religion as almost every society does and supplies the world with a pantheon of gods. When god isn’t enough we embark on a thirst for knowledge and scholarship. In many ways knowledge and scholarship are suitable employments for those who are smarter than average. The average individual usually finds religion more to his liking. But for those who have no specific god, then spirituality becomes the order of the day and is met through a variety of methods. Some find meaning in playing sports or other physical activity. Others want to find meaning in social activity. And still more seem to believe that work should provide some measure of meaning to their lives.

    I have held a number of jobs in my life. My first was working for E J Corvettes, a big box retail store back in the sixties. Can’t say I found much meaning in stocking shelves, only in earning the money I needed to live on. Later on I worked in a factory operating a spot welding machine and riveting parts together. Boring job in a very noise filled building. By the way, working in a noise fill environment such as a factory have a negative health effect, makes you feel mean. Being in Uncle Sam’s Merry Band of Pranksters gave one some sense of meaning but not enough to make a career of it. I’ve flipped hamburgers, been a message delivery person, and a few other jobs like that.

    However, working for the phone company in outside construction was a pretty good job. After about a year I found that I could “own” my work. I was a cable splicer and often worked alone. To a certain extent I had control over my job. As boring as splicing cable can be it did offer the opportunity for problem solving. The job environment is never like the pictures. And on a spring day up in the hills working off a telephone pole I might have a wonderful vista and the warm sun on my shoulders as I worked. When I went over to the maintenance side, that is where the real fun began. Shooting cable troubles is problem solving. I lived for that job satisfaction and the outrageous overtime I made. Never needed an alarm clock to get up for work. But after five years I had become bored, same old problems, time to move on.

    So I went inside to the switching department and became a digital switch tech. More problem solving but more frustration. Every new switch model meant more information hiding. Everyone talks about how wonder the computer age became, but it wasn’t. More and more information became proprietary and the providers wanted a big piece of the maintenance action. More and more I was relegated to changing circuit packs without understanding the real problems. Then came the CLECs and competition in voice, data, and cable tv. I had a dream job for two years. I have been elevated to communications engineer, mostly by my own education and application. The new company put me in the new technologies group and we had a license to play. We were to research all new technologies that could be of possible benefit to the company. This is the ultimate meaningful job, getting paid to learn as much as you could, play with all the newest machines, and have a great time with others like yourself. You can’t imagine such a job until you have one like it. I was somebody in the telecom industry. Then the bottom fell out and my last hurrah came in 2001. God, I loved technology but it never loved me back and I became an outcast along with a quarter million other telecom employees.

    So back to retail for a job with no job fulfillment. Then to a call center where I had to lie most of the time. Finally that last refuge of the working man, long distance truck driver. four years later and a mild stroke took my class A away and I went on disability. What have I learned over the years? all this talk about finding meaning in work is bullshit. Meaning is like a job skill, you bring it to work. You own it. Yes, the company you work for should make an effort to socialize you into its routine, but you have to do your part and make an active effort to socialize yourself. But I want to contribute to the world. Maybe so, but you do that by doing your best effort on the job. It’s the attention to quality that makes a difference in the world, not whether you serve a hot meal to a starving child. It’s your attitude towards work that makes the great difference because you influence others in the workplace. It’s the means that give meaning to the ends. A man or woman may become involved in social work but it’s not the number of individuals they help, it’s how they help them that is the difference. This is why I am so amused by all the bullshit talk about meaningful jobs. The meaning ain’t in the job, it’s in the person doing the work.

    Post script: Now I write as evidenced by the above. I also think a lot, as evidenced by the above. No one pays me a dime to write, I do it because I want to write, I find meaning for me in writing. Writing is a process of expression and one expresses meaning by some activity and thought. Maybe you engage in a daily yoga routine, maybe you draw or paint or do some other art, maybe you give talks of spirituality. These actions express your idea of meaning that you have given to your existence. So I write and I find meaning to my own existence.

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    • Another term that goes with “meaningful work” is craftsmanship.

      And the continuing lack of opportunity to engage in craftsmanship is part of that struggle for meaning in the workplace.

      Standardization, while financially efficient, creates a hunger that a mere paycheque can’t sate. This creates waste as people try to fill that hole, which is ultimately financially inefficient.

      And when you see the very rich struggling themselves to find meaning in their lives and with a rather cynical view of mankind, this underscores the issue.

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  14. Loved this post. Although I must say that I find it a bit optimistic, actually. Finding a job that one loves – that’s not happening, period XD. I don’t see many people past their 20s still unemployed because of this, it would be incredibly stupid also because, where I live, if you pass your 30s you suddenly disappear from the job-radar. So you better hurry to find a job, whatever it is.

    Also, one can find meaning in a job in different ways. With the right kind of job, even the relationships with the co-workers may mean nothing (they do not fulfil me, although I have a very nice relationship with almost all my colleagues) because the meaning is in what you accomplish with the job.

    But an alienating job with dreadful relationships can still be totally ok if it respects my time and my efforts. Where I live, it is difficult to find an 8-hours/day job that allows you to rent an apartment for yourself, however small. If by miracle you *can* rent it, you surely have to work extra hours, so you will not have time for yourself and your interests, nor you will gain enough to afford much else than the minimum for living and keep the apartment. Once I read an article of a journalist who was scandalized to see so many 30 years old still living with their parents. She said that they should leave and find something, even a hole, to live. That’s just unrealistic, they can’t rent even a “hole” anywhere with the jobs that they have. When the job requires me 8+ hours of work, doesn’t pay me enough to live my life, sucks all my energies and my better years, I find it obvious that one can choose to just go jobless. Why bother. If said job isn’t even a certainty, really why bother? One can start have meaningless and alienating and underpaid jobs after their 40s, at least they will not have burned out all their youth working for scraps.

    I often get criticized for these ideas, because they say that I “do not want to put in the effort”. I put in the effort. I have a job, which is not fulfilling in the least and with which I could feed myself for maybe a week. I don’t miss days unless I am ill, I do not slack around, sometimes I even stay longer than the normal hours (with no extra pay). My colleagues (some of them are over 40 and 50 years old, so I do not think they are millennials!), who worked my job for years, have a much more relaxed attitude and show to work whenever they want sometimes. Guess why ^^.
    I do not want to make the job my life, it should not be so. The job (if it’s useless, alienating and not fulfilling in itself) must be a means to enjoy *the rest* of the life. If it sucks all the better parts of you and leave you a corpse only able to “wake up – work – sleep – repeat” – *why bother*? Often I get the answer: “Because you show your efforts and you will come to a better job/better job conditions”. That’s a dream, a utopia, that’s just not true, it’s a lie. And a cruel one.

    So, I guess what I wanted to say is simply that I do not see all these people searching for “meaningful” jobs. A shitty job is ok, the shittiest job on earth is ok, if it acknowledges the fact that it is only a means to another, more important, end.

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  15. I am currently unemployed, staying just outside a small country town in Victoria, Australia, whilst undergoing a course of treatment for a virus. The employment prospects, should I choose to stay on here, are bleak. However, a return to the big smoke is on the horizon where prospects are better. Personally, the trick for me is not so much finding a meaninful job, as finding a work-life balance; I want to find work which will allow me to continue to pursue my other interests – a meaningful job would be a bonus.

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  16. The guy who does the reality show, Dirty Jobs, Mike Rowe, gave a commencement speech at a university and his message was simple. Do not follow your passion. You may be passionate about tennis or electrical engineering, but if you suck at that job, what good is your passion? If you expect your job or career to provide you with balance between work and life, meaning, passion, you have the wrong idea about work. You say you are looking for balance. Just exactly is balance? Define it please and just how is the job suppose to accommodate your need for balance?

    I will clue you in. work defines who you are in society. It defines how your think. Will an engineer think differently in an engineering job than an English and Literature? Oh you better believe that is true. Few brick layers think like structural engineers. And few biologists think like petroleum engineers. If you want a thirty hour week and your boss says he needs forty hours a week from you then you have a conflict and it will not resolve into some sort of balance.

    The other point is that unless we are independently wealthy, we must work for someone. Even an individual who is a sole proprietor has a boss, the customers that pay his wage and expenses. That right, we all have bosses unless we are independently wealthy or retired. Never forget that fact. And the job will never be meaningful unless we think it is so. ain’t no such thing as a meaningful job, we find meaning in work no matter what it might be.

    I wish you luck in finding employment to your liking. You may stumble upon something and you may not.

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  17. Thanks for the good post. Very realistic, but also dis illusionary view. I still refuse to accept that the only meaning necessary in a job is relationships. If we all are satisfied with that, there will be no better world. We don’t need algorithmic trading, but we need more nurses. We don’t need to maximize profit for shareholders, we could contribute to a co-operative community. Such meaning in a job I am convinced are necessary for a sustainable world.

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  18. Very thoughtful post on finding meaning in work and/or in workmates. Coming soon, many humans, even professionals like doctors, will find their jobs and leadership largely because of progress in artificial intelligence. There are many crises coming our way that threaten where/how we will find meaning in the future. The décroissance movement are experimenting with simple lifestyles that challenge our current unsustainable, intensely competitive, way of life. Your wisdom will hopefully become more common. Creative solutions will be much the key to our species’ future. Thanks for liking my post!

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  19. Most people are in jobs they can’t stand but it pays, or, it pays very good. Quite a few people are in jobs that they don’t belong in, or, should not be in and we see the results with the hysteria in the country at the moment.

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  20. Your post touches on a subject I often rant about (mostly to myself). I believe that people should find a way to monetize doing what they love doing. Picking strawberries? If touching the earth and working hard is something you love – then do it. Programming? If that is what you love – do it.
    Personally, I play and teach music. I would do that for free, but I have been finding ways to support myself doing do. I also love designing and working in gardens, and building art of various forms. And I have found ways to monetize it – not because I love money, but because – face it – I do have bills to pay.

    But I think that too many people get jobs because they feel they have to, or simply because of the money. And I think that’s backwards. That’s why their jobs are unfulfilling. Instead, do what you LOVE and find ways to make the money follow.

    Simplistic, yes. But it’s also simplistic to bitch and moan about “the economy” when it’s clear that a person has made no effort to find a satisfying job and then, when they have one – to actually provide a quality service to those who have hired them.

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  21. Hi! Thank you for sharing that piece of research❤️
    The reason I guess millennials are treated as an ideal is cuz they won’t stop till they get what they want!
    The whole generation as a whole is developing, constantly questioning the status quo!
    And that is a beautiful chain reaction for the world..
    For a single guy/ gal who hate their job, please think of what would you love as a job!

    Focusing on stuff that we choose to have more in our life, brings it forward..so instead of running away from the job, as one does their job it’s so important to nourish their dream, their idea of that job!!! Cuz the Mor e they imagine, the faster it Vl appear…

    The world is getting better n better..
    Thank you for an awesome write,,

    Happy to have bumped into you ..

    Love n light,
    Aryaa

    From India❤️

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