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The Job I Like To Do Essay

+ By Emma Mudan Harrigan Campbell

Over the course of eight years, I have switched career paths constantly. My first idea was to become a singer, then a dancer, and then an actor—maybe even all three at once. I liked how people would occasionally compliment me on my voice when I sang, and I figured why stop there?

I wanted to become someone great, someone who changed the world; mainly through theatrics. Then I switched to a more political standpoint and thought about being a lawyer. My mother said I would make a good lawyer since I manage to avoid questions by not directly answering them.

Today, I aspire to be a writer, any sort of writer—an author, a journalist, a blogger, anything. This was the doing of my third grade teacher, who read a short story I wrote out loud and said, “If this girl doesn’t become a writer, I don’t know who will.” The underlying connection between all of these jobs is that someone else told me I could be them. That I would be “good” at singing, or a “talented” writer. But, the idea of choosing something based on what other people say doesn’t appeal to me. Yes, I want to be a writer, but is it for the right reason?

“Do what you love, love what you do.” I found this quote while trying to break my writer’s block for an English essay. It may be cheesy and overused, but I think there is more importance to it than just a saying on a hand towel. When most people read this, the first thing they think of is their career. Why is that? I think it is because we automatically correlate the verbs “do” and “be” with a job. When someone asks, “What do you want to be?” People tend to say their future or current career choice. I have never heard someone respond with an emotion or a non­tangible idea.

Pondering this, I found my answer for what I want to be when I grow up. Instead of choosing a potential job that will change time and time again, I need a long-term plan. In the course of one lifetime, I want to be happy. Realizing this, the question, “What do you want to be?” might not provide the correct platform for my answer, “I want to be happy.” Maybe the appropriate question for this answer is, “How do you want to exist?” When I “grow up” I want to exist happily. Although it sounds simple, I can imagine it probably won’t be as easy to carry out. There will be highs and, there will be lows. I plan to take on the lows with a smile as my sword, and with the knowledge that I will make it out alive. Maybe I will become a writer, or maybe I won’t. Whatever I choose career wise, I know it will be because I am happy doing it.

About the Writer: Emma is 13 years old and lives in Annapolis.

Posted on: November 22, 2010

If your work involves something you’re passionate about you are a lucky person, particularly as it can bring enjoyment to your working life. Unfortunately, a lot of people have to put up with employment that does not satisfy them, and this makes going to work each day something they must do to pay those bills. If your life is going this way, step back and think again.

Hobbies and personal interests can be turned into satisfying and profitable careers. Many things you enjoy could offer a potential new, exciting and challenging career: flying, gardening, pottery, cookery, carpentry, needlework, playing a sport, writing, car racing and so on. The key thing is to play to your strengths and choose from your interests something that allows you to grow as a person in a stimulating way.

Here is a selection of our top tips about how to love your work:

  1. Always play to your strengths as this is your path to happiness at work. When your strengths don’t match your current role, you might feel less motivated and involved – perhaps to the point of wanting to change careers.
  2. Look around for better opportunities within your current company, and ask to be involved in projects that allow you to use your strengths to their fullest. You might not have to find a new employer in order to shine, the job you are looking for could be under the same roof. Keep your eyes open, and network with those that can influence your career.
  3. Don’t let anyone put you down, show determination to succeed. You can achieve just about everything you want by being proactive and being resilient to any knocks you encounter along the way. If someone doesn’t believe you are not good at something, don’t let their view dictate your own. Give it a try, and if you’re very good at it, incorporate that activity into your working life. Remember, your success will always begin with you.
  4. Think about the tasks you find both satisfying to do, and which stimulate you mentally and emotionally in a positive way.
  5. Use the ‘mirror of life’, or in other words don’t be afraid to analyse yourself. By looking at the highs and lows of your life you will uncover what really makes you tick. Think about how they apply to your personal life, your job and career. You will discover what you enjoyed or loathed; what you were good at doing and many other negative or positive details or your story that can guide your path to a better future. Self-analysis is one of the hardest things to do, but it is invaluable.
  6. Ask others about their perceptions of your strengths. While it’s not a good idea to let people put you down, it is a good idea to find some people who aren’t afraid to tell you about how they perceive you. Start with people you trust, asking them: “What in your view are my strengths and weaknesses?” You can then assess the validity of their views by asking other people who might not quite have such a close connection with you as a friend or family member.

You can discover a bit more about yourself by taking our Jobsite Personal Profile test.

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