Last year, while interim executive director at the Brooklyn Community Pride Center, I overheard several graduate school interns bemoaning how much they hate looking for work. I chimed in to share that, as a consultant I was always “looking for work” and actually enjoyed it. I shared how much I liked meeting new people and enjoyed the prospective client meetings tremendously.
Somewhat incredulous, they asked if we could schedule a time to chat about how to find work you love. Being a bit of a gregarious person, I readily agreed but only if I we did it over wine one evening after work.
In preparation for the meeting, I created a list of “Thoughts Finding and Keeping Work You Love.” I think these rules apply whether you are just graduating from college, in the middle of your career, or considering semi-retirement options and can be divided into three categories:
Meditations on Meaningful Work
Suggestions for Enjoying the Job Search
Contemplations on Compensation
Tips for Getting Ahead