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What do you look for in a job?

AidanAidan Clever idiotPosts: 1,172 Fanatical Poster
I've had a recent re-evaluation of my dream occupation (abandoning the psychiatry path to return to my old goal of being in the RAF, if you must know), and I was weighing up the pros and cons of either job. One paid more, had greater benefits, is more enjoyable but is potentially life-threatening. The other is important and makes a difference more locally and would be a job for life, however isn't the most important thing to me.

I was curious what other people looked for in a job. Adventure? Stability? Money? Power? Making a difference? I'm just curious.

Thanks guys :)


  • MikeMike Posts: 1,594 Staff Moderator
    Interesting question... :chin:

    For me, the money needs to be comfortably liveable but I'm not driven to earn any more than I need. Stability is preferable but not essential, power doesn't matter and adventure is good if it's not physical (#lazy). Ultimately though, I need to be doing something I want to get up and do every day. My last job was in customer service and I just spent my days dreading going in because I didn't enjoy it or feel like I was actually achieving anything with my time (unless you count making a mean ice-cream sundae or latte). Long term, that's not a healthy thing to put yourself through!

    Edit: another huge thing for me is the environment. If the organisation or workplace doesn't look after its people, that's a huge red flag. Good colleagues can definitely make or break a job for me.
    "900 years of time and space and I've never met someone who wasn't important.”
     - The 11th Doctor
  • FeatheredDreamsFeatheredDreams Posts: 91 Miniposter
    The end-goal job anyway, wage needs to be suistainable and enough for a holiday once every so often - though high wage isn't really a pull, more like a sustainable wage is a requirement.

    As for the rest, hmm. I don't mind instability in an individual job but stability in the sector as a whole is needed and if unstable, a low amount of ""transition time"" to a new job ie very little time spent between employers.

    I'd love to make a difference with a job, but more importantly i mostly want to have fun. My aim is to just do psychological research for as long as i can because it's both fun and potentially world-changing :D Mostly fun though. And hella interesting. Discovering new stuff...thats what i wanna do :D

    Organisation of a workplace is pretty much essential though. I DESPISE awful management. Jobs with as few last minute changes as possible suit me best due to how inflexible my schedule is, and managers that don't care or are really bad at organising anything....or lets not forget, they didn't tell you you needed to do something that the job doesn't usually require/that you aren't expected to do, but they expect you to do it anyway....i have a grudge against bad managers and i will personally curse them with paranormal magics. :P

    Also I can't handle work colleagues who are straight up a-holes - i'm talking the racist, sexist etc. kind. Looool no thank you to any workplace with them vibes in it.
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