Why I think ‘job’ is one of the most demotivational words in the English language.
Growing up I’ve always dreamt of a big city career and been lucky enough to have been encouraged to find the career path that makes me happy and leads me to for-fill my personal and professional goals. To me, my career is an integral part of my life, it’s something I take pride in, will continuously develop throughout my life and make it a fun part of my day-to-day.
Which is why I fundamentally hate the word ‘job’.
In Britain, we have some of the longest working hours which is probably one of the reasons why so many people refer to their working life as a job, a chore, something to make the ends meet. Which is fine for some. But in my opinion, we should all be reaching for a career.
Such a big part of our life is spent working so why shouldn’t these 9-5 hours be some of the most enjoyable of your day?
‘Job’ has such negative connotations, a job is a chore, something you have to do and probably won’t enjoy. Where you will spend your day day-dreaming about what to eat for dinner, why Love Island is now all people in work can talk about (I give Dom a week before he moves on), why have jetpacks not been invented yet so I can avoid the hell that is the Northern line, was running through fields of wheat a euphemism…….
One the other hand a career is something you get fulfilment out of, that drives you, that you wake up on Monday morning and think I’m not totally dreading this week. Don’t get me wrong I’ve worked in some great companies with colleagues who are friends and Monday (and Tuesdays’) have been a challenge at times; work/life always will be. But overall the good should always outweigh the bad days.
So, what to take from this little rant about language and the taboo of ‘Job’;
For employees, if you think of your 9-5 as a job think about what would make it a career. Talk to colleagues/friends/family and find out what you would like to be doing and how you can get there. Baby steps are better than nothing.
For employers, your staff are, I would argue more important than revenue – no honey no money. So, invest in them, help them realise their potential and their career goals. Make the environment fun and engaging, have a careers page, not a jobs page. Invest in talent and they will invest in you.
So please ditch the word and mentality of a ‘job’ when talking about your work. Having a career is far more fun.
'A career is an individual's journey through learning, work and other aspects of life.'