A Job With Purpose is More than a Job
Once upon a time, I enrolled in an MBA program. Knowing I had to support myself, I figured a job in accounting would be a safe bet. Far from exciting, businesses always needed accountants. I thought public accounting would be my calling and was hired by one of the large international firms. It was truly a grueling experience having to work with a stop watch beside me. The stress was unbearable.
Then, I escaped the frying pan and tried out corporate accounting. The stress was far less but the work was monotous with routine tasks month after month after month. My next stop was the corporate treasury field and it was certainly more fun. I could measure my performance by how well I did in the markets. Every day was different. Over the years, I always found the work challenging and it was anything but routine. Boredom was not part of my vocabulary.
However, something was always missing. A job well-done was good for the boss and the company. It improved the corporate bottomline. But that was it and nothing more.
I reached a point when I realized I needed a career with purpose. What was so terrific about climbing the corporate ladder anyway? Luckily, I met a neighbor who was attending a graduate library program at the University of Denver. Alas, I found an opportunity to be a do-gooder. Afterall, who doesn’t like a librarian?
So, I took the plunge. I took a part-time position in a medical library and returned to school. Helping physicians indirectly help their patients proved to be highly rewarding and plus, school was fun. Following graduation, I found myself in a public library setting where I still am today.
With my business education and experience, I am helping small business owners grow their businesses and job seekers learn about the many resources we have to find jobs. No amount of money could substitute for the reward of helping others and contributing to the betterment of the community.
So, here is the moral of my saga: If you are seeking a new career, consider working with people in a social service environment. Sure, the dollars could be less than in the corporate world, but your feeling of personal fulfillment could be so much greater.