For some people, the concept of “job satisfaction” seems like a myth perpetuated by disillusioned bosses. However, a job doesn’t have to be a miserable way to spend the majority of your day. That doesn’t mean it should be easy, but a job can be hard in a challenging and satisfying way. You shouldn’t feel unmotivated or uninspired by your work, but you might be struggling to find a career that makes you feel happy and passionate. Here are some suggestions that might just inspire you.
Careers for artists
If you’re an artistic person then you might feel stifled in your current job role. That’s because many creative people are falsely told at school that there are no artistic jobs in the “real world”. If you define creativity rather rigidly then that might be the case; it can be difficult to start a full-time career as a painter or a novelist (but you should pursue these activities in your spare time and hope something comes of them). However, that doesn’t mean you should pursue a dull job that offers you no creative freedom. You’re never going to enjoy a repetitive job if you’re artistic. You need a career that has a little variety.
Luckily, there are plenty of job roles that allow you to be artistic and get paid for it (mad, right?). For example, graphic design is a very rewarding career for skilled drawers and painters. Designing logos or even websites for companies is an artistically-rewarding job that’s well-paid too. You could even pursue a career in marketing if you’re linguistically creative; it requires talent to create adverts and catchy slogans. Businesses are always looking for creative people. You’re in higher demand than you realise if you have any sort of creative skill. Start thinking outside the box, and find a job that lets you express yourself artistically.
Careers for analysts
Logical thinkers have plenty of career opportunities waiting for them out in the world. If your current career doesn’t challenge you then it’s no surprise that you’re feeling a little uninspired at work. You need to find a job role that lets you work your brain to the fullest of its potential. A career in accounting, for example, could be mentally rewarding for you if you’re a very organised and numerical person. It’s a structured and straightforward job role but one that suits logical thinkers well. If you’re looking for a career with a little more variety and unpredictability then you could consider a career as a forensic computer analyst. Obviously, you’d need to do some training and studying in various areas of computer scene to qualify for such job roles, but it could be a very stimulating job role for a technologically-gifted and analytically-minded person.
Careers for socialites
If you’re the kind of person who needs to be around other people then a desk job might not be perfect for you. Obviously, some desks allow an element of socialisation with other colleagues and potential leads on the phone, but you might need more conversational stimulation than this. You could consider a career as an estate agent, for example. Helping people find the ideal property is a face-to-face job that could give you a healthy balance of time in and out of the office. It’s a sociable role, but it’s also one that allows ambitious individuals to flourish in terms of their personal careers. It’s a well-paid and sociable career that doesn’t involve sitting in a dull office cubicle for 8 hours. For some people, that’s the definition of a dream job.
But perhaps you’re not much of a salesperson. Maybe you’re looking for a social role that simply allows you to make a difference in people’s lives. You could consider fundraising for a particular charity; working in a fundraising role is a good entry point, and there’s huge potential for career progression in charities. Alternatively, you might want to consider a medical profession. There’s no better way to help people than to help them heal emotionally or physically. Of course, such a career would require qualifications and experience. You might want to consider getting a nursing MBA to prepare you for this industry. The studying is worth it for such a rewarding career. If you want to not only socialise with people but actively help them then a career in healthcare could be perfect for you.
Careers for introverts
Perhaps you didn’t click with any of the suggestions in the previous point because you’re not an extroverted person. Maybe that’s why you’ve disliked any jobs you’ve had until this point. If the thought of an office presentation or a call to a client makes you feel a little light-headed then you should seek a career that suits your introverted personality. Believe it or not, there are plenty of good options out there for you. Take a look at this blog, for example. You can make a lot of money from blogging and freelancing; better still, you can do it from the comfort of your own home. In the modern age, creating your own career is becoming a much more viable route to earning income for many people.
Of course, you don’t have to isolate yourself at home to find a good career as an introvert. After all, most people don’t fall at one end of the spectrum or the other. Maybe you want to get out of the house and see people, but you just can’t handle a socially-demanding job role. Perhaps you could consider a career in digital marketing. Managing social media for companies wouldn’t involve any face-to-face contact, and it’s a highly desirable skill that modern companies are seeking. If you have any sort of talent online (and many introverts do because we spend a lot of our time on the internet) then you should utilise this talent and turn it into a career opportunity. This is the digital age, so there are plenty of opportunities for those who prefer to sit behind a computer screen than to deal with too many people in the real world.