The only way to do great work is to love what you do...Your
work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to
be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the
only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found
it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. – Steve Jobs
Many people mistakenly believe that their working lives, almost by
definition, have to be dull and barren with little or no scope for
joy. But this limited thinking doesn't take into account the many
career areas available that can lift the spirit and provide a warm,
fuzzy glow on a daily basis. Perhaps not surprisingly, most of these
jobs involve helping others – sometimes even other species.
If it feels like you're flatlining in your current job and just
turning up every day makes you feel heavy-hearted, here are some
"feel good" career areas that could bring satisfaction back
into your working life. And in the process, help make the world a
outreach worker – This is all about connecting with
the community, usually with people who are underprivileged or
disaffected such as people with addiction problems and the homeless.
It's liaising between community programs or services and the people in
the community who need them. Cultural sensitivity is essential as this
line of work often involves interacting with different ethnic groups.
trainer - Many people engage the services of a personal
trainer because they lack either the motivation or the knowledge to
achieve their fitness goals on their own. It can be extremely
rewarding for a personal trainer to help people reach their fitness
goals and see their clients gain confidence as their health and
fitness levels improve.
assistant – Does it get any better and fuzzy-wuzzy than
working with animals? You'll assist vets during consultations,
examinations and treatments. You'll work closely with animals in pre
and post-operative care, and your job can often involve comforting and
reassuring distressed animals.
care worker – For people who love children,
supervising, entertaining and educating them has multiple rewards and
benefits, most of which usually come from the children themselves. A
child care worker is interested in the social, emotional and
educational development of their young charges in settings such as
child care centres, hospitals and educational centres.
nurse – This is a very hands-on and personal role working
closely with people who are often at their most vulnerable. An
enrolled nurse provides most of a patient's personal care, such as
showering, dressing and feeding, as well as the administration of some
oral medications. They work in a range of different settings including
hospital wards, aged care facilities, operating theatres or in
community settings such as Aboriginal Medical Services.
- Get your hands dirty and make little things grow. Or big things.
Whether it's a modest flower bed in a city park or planting a whole
forest of Eucalypts, working this closely with nature and natural
cycles can often be a deeply satisfying experience. Plus you'll get to
learn some cool Latin names. Dianthus caryophyllus anyone?