Career Services Update
I Love My Job. Do You?
I believe there are three things that make a job the right one for a person at a point in time. The job has to be one that you’re passionate about and that gives you energy. It has to give you the rewards that are important at this stage in your life. It should be a job that uses your natural talent and experience. My job meets all three criteria, and that’s why I love it.
I’m naturally curious, so I am very interested in people, what they do, and where they come from. I also have an insatiable interest in what goes on in the world in business and politics. In my job I’m surrounded by people who come from many different countries and who work in every industry imaginable. Every new class includes students from new and unusual countries or industries: a French military intelligence officer commuting from Paris, an American who runs a coal mine in Borneo, a Malagasy woman who works for the African Development Bank—the first person I ever met from Madagascar. A Mauritian who worked for a logistics company in Singapore and has recently moved back to Mauritius to head up a seafood processing company. How could I be bored?
A job should give you the rewards that are important to you at this point in your life. For some people, it’s money; it was for me many years ago. Now what’s more important to me is altruism, having a certain degree of autonomy, working for a well-known brand, working with a great group of people, and having a decent work-life balance. Career coaching is all about helping people. And although I work for Chicago Booth, I’m in Singapore, on the other side of the world from my bosses! The GSB has such a great reputation. At any business event I attend, almost everyone knows of the GSB. This greatly facilitates building relations with corporations, getting people to speak at the school.
If a job uses skills that come to you naturally, and the experience you’ve had is relevant, it makes the job easy and fun. I’ve worked in marketing and sales in the corporate world in Asia, Europe, the United States, and Canada; I’ve worked in headhunting and in HR. I draw on this experience every day. My job requires me to be a good networker. (I used to think that everyone could network but I’ve learned that not everyone has this skill. I’m lucky I have this gift.) There’s always room to learn, but I’m not forcing myself to do something I don’t know how to do very well.
That’s why I love my job. If you don’t love your job, here’s what you can do. Spend some time trying to understand what it is that excites and motivates you, and what skills and experience you have acquired. Only then will you be able to know which job or jobs might be the best fit for you at this time. I had someone email me recently with one question: What are all the hot jobs in Asia? I replied, “There are a lot, but the real question is, what do you want to do? Just because wealth management is a hot job doesn’t mean it’s for you.”
Someone once said, “Find your passion and success will follow.” It’s an old and perhaps overused expression, but it’s true. The sooner you find that passion, the sooner you will be successful.
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