Is “Work” Enjoyable?

The website BlogHer has a monthly challenge for bloggers to post daily. I actively participated in November for NaBloPoMo, posting daily and linking to the blogsoup on their site. However, December brought me a new set of challenges, so I’m participating unofficially. I am using the writing prompts provided, though. If you’d like to see the prompts, click here.

The prompt I’ve chosen for today’s post is: Do you enjoy your current job (or your last job)?

My short answer is, yes.

The long answer is much more detailed. My last job was as an Escalations Manager for a large corporation, responding to customer concerns and issues of other large corporations. Simply put, I solved problems and tracked down resolutions.

I received phone calls and emails from my customers that detailed problems, big and small. It was my responsibility to engage the people who could fix those problems and see the whole thing wrapped up in a nice solution.

Challenging? oh, you betcha! There were times when I was faced with requests that seemed virtually impossible. There were times when I had my ear bent by highly frustrated people.

Rewarding? oh, you betcha! Fixing a problem feels good. Building relationships with people inside my company and throughout my customer base feels good. I worked with a lot of really good people.

There were many things about my job that were stressful. However, it was not the most stressful job that I’ve ever held. There were also many things about my job that I enjoyed. However, it was not the most enjoyable job that I’ve ever held.

I truly believe that work can be enjoyable and I’ve advised my children to pick jobs they enjoy. It sure makes going to work much easier when you enjoy your job. Driving into a job that you hate is a daily exercise in stress, frustration, tension and tolerance. I don’t recommend that to anybody.

If you hate your job, then you need to make a change. Know that every job is not suited for every person and if this job isn’t for you, there’s no shame in that. Find a job that fits your skill set and your personality and everybody wins!

Life is too short to be miserable. Don’t shorten your life by causing stress and strain on your health. Find your passion and pursue a career there. Or, at a minimum, find a job that you can perform without hating. There are lots of jobs out there. It’s worth finding one you like.

I have a couple of jobs that I think would be perfect:
   Writer – I love to write. I love to set my own hours. I love wordsmithing and verbiage manipulation. I haven’t yet made a living at writing. I grew up reading Laura Ingalls and Erma Bombeck. How I dreamt of being like them. Maybe, one day.
   Marine Biologist – I love swimming. I love dolphins and sea turtles. I love tropical locales. I love boating. How come I didn’t know about this career option when I was making life choices as a college student in North Central Ohio. (Oh, Ohio may have something to do with that. Not so many opportunities for swimming with dolphins here.)
 Swimming Pool Life Guard – when I was in high school, this was the perfect job! I love swimming (see above). I love sunshine. I love kids. <tweet> “One bounce on the diving board!” <tweet> “No Running in the pool area!”
Bookstore Owner – I love books. I love words (see above). I love the idea of a store cat. I have a dream that one day, after I’m a rich writer, I’ll own a bookstore.

All of those jobs would be enjoyable to me.

My last job is no longer my job. Corporations, being what they are, reorganized and downsized. I am currently investigating my options and looking for my next job. Maybe, one of the perfect jobs will be it.

Stay tuned, I’ll let you know how it all works out!


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