What to Look for in a Job to Feel Fulfilled

If work is what shapes and defines people, then it is prudent to say that it’s best to perform a job that contributes to one’s self realization, rather than performing a job that hinders it.


To achieve this we must find an occupation whereby in addition to a salary, we can embark on something that somehow gives meaning or purpose to our life. Find a job that gives dignity to us by representing a product we believe in as well as giving dignity to the person producing it.

A product, movement or service where you touch the workers in their personal lives is the ideal path to take to feel fulfillment. In other words a job in which work tasks or a job description is as important as the product being produced, where work is as valuable as what it produces.

Going even further, doing a job that meets the needs of the body, mind and spirit is the ultimate goal. However, finding a job that fulfills all these expectations is very hard and people that do what they love are considered extremely lucky.

According to theologian Matthew Fox, many people complain by saying: “Our jobs are so empty and vague! They don’t give us any internal satisfaction.” For many of us work does not offer anything attractive, we can’t perform our job with genuine enthusiasm and no real sense of direction.

Sometimes our occupation even involves performing monotonous activities, meaningless, with a purposeless endeavor. We perform a duty without the slightest participation of playfulness, a tough task that teaches nothing. Worst of all, our work does not offer dignity and hope to our future. And when our work lacks dignity and hope, we also lack of it.

Many big corporations argue that in the production process what really matters is effectiveness, independent of what has been promised to the workforce.

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Either way, the job is not created to suit the needs of the worker, the worker must adapt to the needs of the job, which demoralizes the worker and makes the job a more or less unpleasant need. While the modern workplace has been advancing in favor of protecting the physical aspect of its staff, little or no attention has been paid to the possible harm that many jobs have done to workers’ psyche and spirit.

By contrast, work becomes important for the worker when, in the words of Studs Terkel: “It becomes a way of finding meaning in daily life and to earn a living, to get recognition and money to stimulate the capacity of astonishment rather than being a source of torpor.”

Fundamental ideas work well but the following are some examples of practical actions that help break the monotony at work:

  • Create a group of workers that want to expand their knowledge through training using scientific procedures. The victorious combination of science and skilled workers will enable them to open doors to get offers for promotion and tangible opportunities and through this group they will be able to express their needs and concerns.
  • Implement the provision of scientific laws and principles that apply to job tasks that workers are performing, these rules replace traditional and outdated methods of labor management that often become monotonous and boring.
  • Regardless of all its flaws, for the sake of our future it is necessary to save the structure of the workplace. This is not to disappear, because it is through work that we emphasize everything we are as human beings.
  • Work is the foundation, the precondition of everything we do, through work we gain and through work we evolve and learn. Whether it is for basic needs or high intellectual and artistic pursuits work is the medium in which we can achieve a common or sophisticated goal.

However, the information age is changing the nature of work and the market will need to reassess, redefine and establish what work means to us. That is the means through which we shape and form ourselves to be re-structured in an ever evolving journey through life.


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