Finding a job that you enjoy is one thing, but finding one that is both fun and rewarding is quite another. If you want to embark on a career that brings you a sense of joy and personal fulfillment, you’ll need to do some thinking. Ask yourself what your goals are and what will make you the happiest when you walk in the door after a long day at work. Determine factors such as whether you want to interact with people, be inside or outside, bring home a big paycheck or simply do a hobby for a living. By learning more about what you want, you can determine your best path to a fun and rewarding job.
The Fun Factor
One of the best ways to determine how you would most enjoy your job is to ask yourself what activities make it easy for you to lose track of time. Maybe you are babysitting or playing with children. Maybe you’re making a huge breakfast for your family or baking cookies for your neighbors. Maybe you’re writing a blog or counseling a friend over a cup of coffee. Whatever makes the time fly is certainly something you enjoy. Make a list of these activities and consider how you might include them or a similar activity into a job.
Feeling like you’ve made a difference can be rewarding, but so can bringing home a big paycheck. When it comes to finding a job that is personally rewarding, you need to determine what “reward” means to you. If you feel more satisfied knowing you’ve climbed the corporate ladder and that your skills are being fully utilized on a grand scale, a higher-paying job with potential for career advancement might be your best choice. If your sense of reward involves reaching a specific population or people group, you should consider opportunities that allow you to connect with them. Determining what rewards you the most will help you discover the best career for you.
Putting It Together
If you want a job that is both fun and rewarding, compare the fun list with what rewards you most. Look for ways to connect items from both lists to discover potential jobs. For example, if you love playing with children and feel the most rewarded when you feel like you’ve helped shape young lives, consider a job in education, day care or nannying. If you love helping friends work through their problems and feel rewarded by big paychecks, consider getting a counseling degree. By discovering your true goals and looking for ways to connect fun and rewards, you can find a job that brings you great personal satisfaction.
Finding a job isn’t easy. But it can be done, especially if you know what you’re looking for. Once you’ve come up with one or two ideas for fun and rewarding career options, start looking for ways to get started. With a wide number of job websites, you can search for specific careers in any area you want. But don’t stop with the Internet; do some talking. Networking is one of the best ways to find open jobs, so ask around and see if your friends or family know of any openings in the field you’re pursuing. And don’t be afraid to knock on a few doors. Simply going into a business and asking for a job can be a positive move that leads you to the job of your dreams.
After graduating from the University of Kansas with a bachelor's degree in sports information, Jill Lee served for 10 years as a magazine editor for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Also a published author, Lee now works as a professional writer and editor focusing on fitness, sports and careers.