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Jobs and People… What’s More Important?

Happy almost May everyone,

I want to try to briefly discuss work and careers with you all today, what with graduating last year and looking for work/a better job (still looking at the moment) it’s been on my mind quite a bit. More specifically, I want to identify the two most important factors in any job… As I have noticed in my experience. These are (1) finding a job you like and (2) liking the people you work with.

Now the first of these is something I’ve heard time and again throughout growing up. You should work a job you care about because at the end of the day it means you’ll apply yourself more and work harder at that job. It makes sense and really is an applicable factor to have when looking for work, but I’ve found that the other factor is far more important to me.

You can have the best job in the world, the one job you may have always wanted and is the absolute ideal for you. But if you are working with people you dislike, surrounded by rude people or people who don’t work and you begin to resent them, how long can you actually maintain liking that job. In my experience, the easiest and most fun of jobs can be entirely ruined because of this, insuring I would never return to work there again.

A person buffing a floor with a buffer

Yeah, buffing a floor is fun with the right people… especially if you get thrown around a room trying to figure it out.

On the other hand, the inverse of the above situation is true. Lets say you’re working a job you don’t necessarily like. A job that is a placeholder as you look for better work, or maybe a job you finally had to settle on. If you’re working with nice people and you become friends with them to the point that it is fun to be around them, how long could you really resent your job? You can almost look forward to the work, because rather than returning to a job you may hate with people you dislike as well, you’re returning to hang out with friends. The work is almost incidental when you can enjoy yourself in the process.

Anyway, I just wanted to share these thoughts down for this week. I hope you all are doing splendidly,

Stephen R.

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