My Issue, Your Issue, Their Issue, Our Issue: How to Find Fulfilling Work

By Theresa

This short post introduces two resources which offer help and guidance to business & human rights job-seekers.

When I started my first job hunt, I collected an immense amount of information, and asked friends and acquaintances for their input to find out where I could go professionally. In retrospective, the process was very chaotic (not in the good, inspiring way) and time-consuming. One of the things which surprised and greatly depressed me was meeting people who were one, two or three decades older and wrestling with the same issues. Apparently, this is one of the jobs which do not dissolve itself when postponed. Since the private is political and there is a surprising lack of good career-guidance in our world, this post offers two resources to the inclined business & human rights job-seeker.

A very crisp, five minute guidance on how to approach finding a fulfilling job is offered in this video:

I found the video on upworthy.com and its content are based on Roman Krznaric’s book How to Find Fulfilling Work which was published by the School of Life. I only vaguely remember reading the book, but the thing I remember in concrete terms is following the instructions in this video two years ago. I found the instructions useful, but insufficient for my career building. I still lacked information on crucial questions such as: how will getting into the charity sector immediately after graduating affect my chances to be hired by business?

This kind of information forms part of the enormous compilation of knowledge by the 80,000 hour project. Their target group: people who want to make a social impact in their career. The wealth of information they offer is particularly valuable due to the well-structured way in which they present the information. Recently, they released a book on the topic which offers, inter alia, a reply to my question: it is easier to switch from business to charity sector than vice-versa in the UK and the US. The ebook version is intertwined with the webpage which makes for particularly interesting learning experiences, e.g. chapters direct you online to take tests and delve deeper online on specific parts of the webpage.

I received the ebook version as a former alumna of the online course Learning How To Learn (LHTL). In my perfect world, everyone learns how the human mind operates, digests information and creates knowledge and skills. In our world, you needed to hunt for this knowledge until Dr Barbara Oakley, Prof Terrence Sejnowski and their great team filled the gap. If you need to learn anything in your life, particularly if it affects a spot in your mind where you feel you lack all abilities and talents, this free online course is for you. I am particularly grateful to the LHTL-newsletter because I ignored the 80,000 hour project back in 2015 when a friend told me about it for the first time (Thank you, G.!).

Maybe ignorance – be it due to information overflow or lack of access to information – is one of the reasons why the quest for fulfilling work affects people of all ages. To end on a positive note: another reason may be that in today’s world a far greater number of people than ever before is no longer limited by the requirement to work for survival.

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