I Want A Meaningful Job, But How Do I Get One?

Last updated by Lauren Hart

In life, I think we’re all looking for meaning. Personally, I want my work to have meaning, because otherwise what’s the point? We spend our lives working, sometimes to the point of mental and physical exhaustion. So we might as well make our work worthwhile. It’s the best way to get up every day and be motivated. But how do we obtain a meaningful job? I’ll give you some answers in this article.

I Want A Meaningful Job, But How Do I Get One?
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Achieving a dream goal

Here at Wengood, we’ve often discussed the Covid health crisis, particularly in terms of its psychological impact. We’ve especially seen that there was an awareness and a desire to work less after the pandemic. However, even if many people want to reduce their working hours, this isn’t necessarily possible in practice. We live in a capitalist society where we need to be useful and productive in order to generate profit.

We may not like working, but we often have no choice! Yes, it’s a privilege to be able to go without work (especially because you have capital) or to do a job that’s exciting and meaningful to you. Of course, the first option appears to be more unattainable (unless you win the lottery or marry a rich CEO 😅)... But what can you do to get a meaningful job?

How to get a meaningful job?

At primary school, secondary school, and university, one question keeps coming up: what do you want to do for a living? Some people answer very spontaneously and stick to the profession they’d given as a child. Others are still looking for an answer 🤔.

If you fall in the second group, you need to ask yourself the right questions by taking stock of your situation in order to define your values clearly. In general, what is meaningful to me in life? What’s important for me? Because to do a meaningful job, it needs to be in line with our values. We, therefore, need to ask ourselves profound questions about who we are before we even consider looking for a job.

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Personally, I have strong convictions: I’m a feminist, an ecologist, and a vegetarian because I’m angered by inequalities, violence, the patriarchal and capitalist society, and the lack of consideration for animals. Did this lead me to work in an association that had a link with my values 🧐? Maybe it did, because it’s important to consider our usefulness in society.

Reflecting on your usefulness to society

Once we’ve done this introspection in order to, in a way, find our ikigai, our reason for living, we need to zoom out to focus on another dimension. Knowing yourself is crucial when looking for meaning in your professional life, but you also need to ask yourself about your use in society: what might be useful for others?

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Many people spontaneously think of jobs in care, for example, but in reality, there’s no right answer. There are many areas that can help others, including art and entertainment. Indeed, where would we be if we had no way to escape through the artistic creations of others?

Taking stock of your skills

Nevertheless, you can’t change jobs at the click of a finger. Of course, wanting a meaningful job can be an argument during a job interview. But before you get to that point, there are other steps to take first. We need to see if our skills match the sector of work we’re interested in. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine someone who wants to become a doctor without having studied medicine at all 👩‍⚕️... This is a bit of a caricature, I’ll admit, but the point is that you can’t just jump into something that’s too distant from what you know. You can start a major career change, but you need to have all the subtleties in mind and do a skills assessment to make sure you don’t screw it up.

🙇‍♀️ As well as avoiding coming a cropper, skills, and values can also be combined. For example, someone with a degree and experience in marketing (skills) could work for an organization that matters to them (values).

Finding meaning for yourself

This could have happened to me, but I decided to take another aspect into consideration: my passions. They’re overflowing, take up a lot of space and in my eyes, they’re what give meaning to my life. So, beyond the values/usefulness aspect, we also need to think about what makes us happy. Indeed, we have the right to give importance to something that appears secondary to others.

I’ve already talked about the importance of art in our lives, but if, for example, I were to ask my grandmother about it, she’d laugh in my face! For her, a profession isn’t supposed to bring joy, she’s a bit old school 😅. You need to work hard and be useful to society, otherwise, it doesn’t make any sense!

Even if, in this case, there’s a big gap caused by the difference in generation, from one individual to another, we won’t have the same definition of what’s meaningful. What matters most therefore is to be in tune with yourself to avoid getting stuck in a brown-out or, worse, a burn-out. What makes sense, in the end, is to be fulfilled!

Editor’s note: An important quest

We’re all looking for meaning in our lives, we need to know why we get up in the morning, and that’s normal. If you feel that your current job lacks meaning, that it doesn’t fit your values, and that you’re suffering from this, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with a psychologist in order to take stock and find out what could contribute to your happiness.

🤗 Understanding yourself, accepting yourself, being happy... It’s here and now!

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Article presented by Lauren Hart

Writing is a beautiful means of expression that I cannot do without. It has allowed me to channel my hypersensitivity, plus I love writing about psychology and personal development. For me, self-understanding is the best way to move forward!

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