A Lot of Time is Spent Working
As a youngster fresh out of college, my father said to me, “You have to find a career you love because we all spend the majority of our days working." Was he right? Everyone at least tries to choose a major in college or a career path that interests them and then looks for matching jobs. But, if you delve deeper into finding the right job, is it possible to find an absolute dream job—do they even exist?
Celebrities and those full of fame and fortune love to offer up career advice. Before his death, Steve Jobs of Apple fame, gave a rousing speech to Stanford students on why you should never settle for a job you don’t like. Actually, Jobs said:
“I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle."
In a story by Frederick Allen of Forbes Magazine, “Steve Jobs’ Bad Career Advice" he disagrees with Jobs’ offerings. Why does Allen disagree? There are simply too many jobs people really don’t want but they are essential to society. I mean are there really people who want to drive around state parks emptying portable potties? Is that a career choice or a job someone takes because they need the money?
I agree with Allen, the advice offered by Jobs and so many others who made it big that urge the freshly graduated to only pursue careers they love isn’t smart advice. Society offers all sorts of jobs and if everyone only picked the jobs they “loved" there would be an even higher unemployment rate with many waiting in line to get the job they love someone else got before them.
But, does that mean you have to settle?