If you are job searching right now, I am sure one of the things you would love to find is a fun job. I am not saying you want to play all day or do something at a toy company. No. What I mean is you are looking for a job where you enjoy your work, enjoy the company you are working for and may even have a little fun while you are there.
Fun jobs are out there. Also, there are many fun companies to work for. I do believe it but it is going to take some work to find the right situation. If you can define what fun is in your working life, I think that is a great place to start.
Here are the top five questions you should ask yourself when assessing if your next job is going to be a fun one or not:
- How much freedom do they give you?
- Are you doing the kind of work every day that you enjoy doing?
- Are the people around you there to help build you up or break you down?
- Are you learning and growing in your career every day that you are there?
- Is your day job helping you with your goal of your dream job?
These five questions will really help you take a look at your current situation (for “fun-ness”and any situation you are considering. If your answers don’t align with your hopes and dreams, you should start exploring a new direction.
I used these questions in one of my biggest transitions in life a short while ago. Here were my answers:
- I had very little freedom in the manager job I had. I worked in a cubicle (I hate cubicles), got into the office around 8am, left around 5pm and hung on for the ride every day. I supported three different teams and the organization was a highly complicated one where there were many different departments you had to work with to get anything done. I felt like I had some freedoms to make decisions but not the freedom I was looking for.
- I wasn’t doing the kind of work I like to do every day. I felt like I was just a warm body looking for a paycheck. There were some projects I enjoyed doing but the day-in-the-life work was not something I looked forward to doing every day.
- The people around me were in the same spinning vortex I was in and were too busy or too tired to help me get better. Everyone took care of themselves and the managers were too busy justifying their very existence so there was little help in supporting my development. It was similar to other companies where there were “development programs” but no real motivation to do them.
- I was learning new things every day including how to work with various people within the organization. So there were parts I felt were helping me to grow. The other parts I was learning about included how to work within the long-standing processes that were already set up and going. There were places where I could make or suggest changes so the opportunity was there for me to take.
- My day job was helping me a little with my dream job because it was giving me another perspective on how to market and sell products and services in the world. So I was receiving indirect help with my goals. But it wasn’t preparing me to run my business or how to survive in a very complicated world.
In summary, there were things I took away from my job which helped me move forward in my career but there were many things that didn’t help me in my career. I wasn’t very happy nor was it fun. What it did was help me understand what it felt like when I wasn’t having fun in my job. I realized that fun wasn’t playing tricks on people or being juvenile, instead fun to me meant that I should be enjoying my day-in-the-life at work and if I wasn’t for too long of a period of time, it was time for a change.
Think about your day-in-the-life…do you have more fun/enjoyable times or are they a burden. If too many times they are a burden, start looking for something new. Fun jobs are out there. You deserve it.
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