Finding a job can be hard these days. Finding a job you love seems downright impossible. You want something that fuels your passion but also gives you enough money to pay the bills.
I recently went through the process of changing jobs, and believe me when I say it was a process. It came down to two positions, each with their own pros and cons, and choosing between them was not an easy task.
There was soul searching.
There were conversations.
There was wine.
There was a giant pile of pro-con lists.
Find a Job You Love
When it was all said and done there were three things that helped me decide to stay with my current district over the new position I had been offered. I’m sharing them with you today to help you with your own job search. Whether you’re looking to change jobs or start your first position ever, it really can be easy to find a job you love.
1. Define your needs.
Do you need to be close enough to home to let a pet out on your lunch break? Maybe you need a flexible schedule so you can attend classes part time? Come up with a list of three-five things that are non-negotiable for you and make sure that any position you consider meets all that criteria. This helps narrow down the list when you begin your search and makes it easy for you to know if an offer is a good fit before you even have to interview.
2. Define your wants.
Do you hate commuting? Do you want a workplace where you can proudly display tattoos? This is your list of what your best-case scenario job would look like, not essentials but things that would make you that much more excited to get up in the morning. When choosing between positions these items will be what tips the scale in favor of one position or another.
3. Define the life you want.
At the end of the day your job is just that, a job. There are some people who live to work and I am happy to say more power to them. Then there are those of us who were able to find a job we love without making that job our whole life. While work life balance can be fleeting and difficult to define, even the best job in the world is not worth your overall quality of life.
In my case I knew I needed a job that allowed me to work with children, had health insurance, and offered either trainings or funds towards continuing education.
I wanted a job that had a reasonable schedule, a short commute, and a chance to work with students with Autism.
I ended up choosing a position with a lower starting salary because the working hours, professional trainings, and commute made the difference. It can be hard to let go of money when real life comes into play (those student loans won’t pay themselves after all), but it really is impossible to put a price on the life you want.
Taking all that into consideration I can honestly say iLOVE my job.
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