This weekend I read an article written by Russell Smith of The Globe and Mail. Titled "Who needs nagging parents when there's CareerCast?" it takes a dim look on CareerCast's scoring system of "desireable jobs." I quite enjoyed the article as Mr. Smith did a fine job of drawing a parallel between CareerCast's approach and a nagging parent's admonishments to "Do something a little more practical, call your cousin who works for that high tech firm, they pay well there" and other nagging bits of "advice." (I'll let you read it to see how he incorporated "tiger-striped spandex zentai suit" into the article!)
The jobs selected were scored points for income, environment, and stress. Apparently Newspaper Reporter scored low because of "negative growth outlook," which means that opportunities are shrinking. Because of physical danger, military personnel, corrections officer, and photojournalist also ranked in the bottom ten! (Obviously the scoring system was biased. I sure hope that impressionable folk don't get turned away from a job they'd love just because of such a post!)
CareerCast is a job search site, not a scientific research organization; their articles are meant to attract visitors. But Smith was not impressed!
Smith does make a good point, and that is that jobs, vocations, careeers, lifelong pursuits cannot be made according to someone else's scoring system. My own job, Professional Resume Writer, may also score low as there is no real opportunity for advancement, the pay is not as good as a lovely government job, it's really lonely working in one's office all day, and one really never knows when the next client will book. Lots of uncertainty, no security, but no danger!
The article brings to mind how I love when a client comes to me with a new direction, one that really excites them. I've had a few recently. A couple of reorganized executives, who, just shy of 60 have decided to take this opportunity to redirect their talents into an area that makes them feel fulfilled - into not-for-profits.
Another client was so very impressed by the care her dad received as he lost his battle to cancer, that she is now working her way through an online college program in medical admininstration so that she, too, can join a group of professionals whose work has deep meaning to her. She's already getting into the environment with a volunteer position.
You know that old saying about working at something you love and you won't work a day in your life? It's so true. I am at my desk by 8am most mornings, barely take breaks (my husband has to remind me!), and find deep meaning in helping people establish, grow, or completely change their careers!