Job Fit(ness)

So many people are unhappy in their career or job choices. Are you one of them? Too often people feel stuck and are fearful of making a change. How do you know if a change is called for? How can you predict whether the next job or career will be better than the present one? It's actually easier than you may think. There are three basic criteria for making a career or job decision. It is not rocket science, but then again, most of us are not rocket scientists. Here they are.

First, you need to pick a career or job that will allow you to be self-supporting. This does not mean you should pursue a profession based solely on maximizing income.  Instead, self-supporting means that you can pay the rent or mortgage, own a reliable car, if needed, have health insurance, provide for your basic daily and weekly needs, save for the future, and still have money left over for fun.  This first criterion is important even if you have a spouse or life partner who makes big bucks; life can change in an instant and you need to be prepared.

Second, your job or career needs to be honorable. Honorable work contributes to, rather than depletes, other people.  Most work is honorable, ranging from carpentry to dentistry, from teaching to preaching.

Third, your job or career should bring you joy so that you embrace the day when your alarm clock rings.  Do you generally look forward to the day ahead or is it drudgery to get through each hour?  No job is going to be rainbows and lollipops every minute of every day.  Likewise, no job should feel as if the life is being sucked out of you, either. If you are well matched with your job or profession, then your days should be psychically energizing even if you become physically drained.

Those are the three criteria for job fit(ness).  That's it--it really is that simple.  Unless, of course, you are a rocket scientist.


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