My job doesn’t suit me after all – the quarter-life crisis
The quarter life crisis. Young, gifted, able workers who have done all the right things and got a job in a corporate field – only to find by their late 20s that they are unhappy with their work. And it’s hardly surprising – being good at a subject or having mastered a skill is not necessarily a guide to whether you’ll like a job which uses those subjects or skills.
- Being good at English doesn’t mean you will love being a lawyer – you might hate the pressure.
- Being good at maths doesn’t mean you’ll enjoy accounting – you might not agree with a large accounting firm’s values.
- Being good at cooking doesn’t mean you will enjoy being a chef – you might hate the night work or the stress.
- Being a great designer doesn’t mean architecture is for you – you might hate the client contact, sales aspects and conflicts with tradespeople.
- Being good at photography doesn’t mean you’ll be a successful photographer – did you realise 90% of your time will be spent at a computer, and a sizeable part of it on marketing, invoicing and other business activities?
There are more things to a work environment than the actual tasks. Your own values and your own personality are also huge influencers in job satisfaction and easy to overlook in the hunt for a career.
The New Zealand Herald also recently reported a survey showing that the key values for many people in their 20s are personal fulfillment and personal growth.
Coming soon – ways how to find out if a job might be for you.