Getting a Job - How to Start
Work is much more than simply a way of earning money. It defines
us as people in our society. Think of the number of
conversations that focus on what you do for a living.
Introductions are often based solely on this:
"Mike, I'd like you to meet my friend, Jan. Jan is a marine
biologist." Or, "Jan works at the new shopping center in town."
At social gatherings people spend a great deal of their time
discussing work-related matters, and it's easy to begin to feel
left out if you can't join in with a horror story about your
boss or coworkers. So it's taken as understood that you want to
But you don't just want any old job if you also want to retain
One of life's little pleasures is to wake up each morning and
think to yourself, "Wow! Another day at work."
One of life's miseries is to wake up each morning and think,
"Ugh! Another day at work."
It's important to find a job that will prompt the first response
rather than the second.
So how do you find out what job will make you happy (and keep
you sane) before you've spent years training for it?
Easy, really. You just have to know yourself.
You need to know: