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April 28, 2012 6:15 PM Subscribe
What makes for career/life satisfaction? What jobs have it?
posted by kettleoffish to human relations (21 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
Quarterlife investigation underway here...
I've pretty much scoured the internet looking for info for my impending career/direction change. And I've hit a dead end when it comes to the real stuff-- finding out about the actual day to day of work in different fields.
Are any jobs that are reasonably satisfying, require intellectual diligence and creativity, net positive relationships with other people (coworkers/clients) and allow one to stay, real, grounded and have a life?
To clarify, I'm looking for a professional job, one that affords some independence (65K)-- not picky about subject matter or period of training, but more about these intangibles.
My first choice was college professor (throughout college). That's not gonna work out. But I now want something meaty and big to plan for. I won't be happy until I have a plan.
Where can I get stats on actual career satisfaction before committing to a track?
Does shadowing help? Are internet discussion boards-- indeed.com, studentdoctor.net, gradcafe.com-- realistic when it comes to discussing the pros and cons of embarking on different career paths?
Or does career satisfaction even still exist? Should I just be striving for minimizing dissatisfaction, and keep writing my novel on the weekends?