We all know what the perfect job is. It’s highly-paid, well-respected, high-profile, intellectually stimulating and emotionally rewarding. We also know that isn’t our job.
We read the career biographies of famous musicians, actors, sportsstars, charity crusaders, politicians, celebrities and all-conqueringentrepreneur CEOs. We watch people fight for a dream job on TheApprentice. We see people energetically and passionately overcoming obstacles and achieving their ambitions and dreams. And yet we never seem to get to do any of this.
This class is designed to help you think about what you really want from your working life and what you want to do for a living. We start by looking at the factors that shape our career choices – from family background to personality tests – and whether these help or hinder our search for new opportunities.
We’ll explore what a meaningful job would really look like – one that does more than just pay the bills and instead expands our personal horizons. Should we be pursuing money or status? How important is it to have a job that embodies your personal values or that uses your talents? Is it better to be a generalist or a specialist – a wide achiever or a high achiever? Will your dream job really be as satisfying as you make it out to be?