Are you someone who “works to live” and has no passion for that work? Do you get out of bed dreading the day, or excited to get it started? The desire to be satisfied with the work we do, to make the saying “live to work” a positive one, is becoming greater and greater. According to a recent article in Fast Company1, “More than 50 percent of millennials say they would take a pay cut to find work that matches their values, while 90 percent want to use their skills for good."
Instead of focusing on the best benefits package or the highest salary, more employees today look for the emotional reward of fulfilling work. The good news is that you don't have to give up a good paycheck to do meaningful work—aligning your values, even your hobbies, with your career can bring both emotional and financial satisfaction. While some people opt to work at a nonprofit organization that serves the community or to provide direct, one-on-one support services such as becoming a nurse, you can also find broader ways to cultivate meaning in your career.
Try these five approaches to finding a match between your talents, your interests and your career:
If you're looking for job satisfaction outside of your paycheck, open your mind to your options for finding a career that can provide you with a sense of purpose and is aligned with your values as well as skills and talents.
1Fast Company, "What Millennial Employees Really Want," June 2015
2Forbes, "The Ten Happiest Jobs," Sept. 2011
3Conscious Lifestyle Mag, "The Eight Keys to Finding Meaningful Work,"
4Jenna Goudreau, “Malcolm Gladwell says All Great Jobs Have These 3 Qualities,” Business Insider, Nov. 10, 2014
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