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Do you like what you do for your job?

Updated Sioux City, Iowa

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Corrine’s Answer


Hello Lillianna,

I am a project manager for Verizon wireline services. I can honestly say that I love the work I do because it gives me a chance to use my organizational skills (along with various other skills) to achieve a good outcome for both my company and the customer.

As a project manager, I oversee the installation of services for businesses/corporations. We work with the organizations within the company as well as the key stakeholders for the customer to ensure the circuits are installed and the service it turned up on time and within budget. I use various spreadsheets and databases to get the work done. I can allow my inner OCD tendencies to work together with my love of interacting with people to build good teamwork and get the job done.

Look for the skills/tasks that give you energy and use them to find what you can do that will bring you satisfaction. You may not love going to work every day, but you can find energy and satisfaction once you are there.

Barbara’s Answer


I immensely enjoy helping individuals reach their goals. I find it totally exhilarating. Working with a person is most satisfying when the individual actually desires to achieve success. I am doing exactly what I desire to do, what I am gifted to do, and what makes me happy. It is less satisfying working with someone who does not care about his or her own progress. I cannot make a person want to care. I can encourage, and motivate and provide information and resources. It is disheartening to watch individuals throw their lives away and not put forth effort, especially when resources have been furnished and supporters truly care. Watching individuals self destruct is very difficult. Hoping a person will take interest in his or herself is desired. Hope keeps me encouraged and motivated. When I answer questions from someone as you, I get re-energized. Each positive encounter allows me to keep doing what I do. Thanks for contacting me.

Barbara recommends the following next steps:

  • Some ways to encourage people. https://www.wikihow.com/Encourage-People
  • Finding your passion. https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbeswomanfiles/2014/07/02/3-practical-ways-to-find-your-lifes-passion-and-a-career-you-love/#34ef36241413
  • Never give up. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/05/28/maya-angelou-poems_n_5403816.html

Ken’s Answer

Updated Cleveland, Ohio

This is a good question. The dream for all is to become involved in a career area which you like and to which you look forward to working in every day. There is a way in which you can make that happen by getting to know yourself and those involved in career areas which you might consider to see how they relate to your personality traits.

Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .

Ken recommends the following next steps:

  • The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
  • Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
  • Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. You can locate them by asking your school academic advisor, favorite teachers, and the reference librarian at your local library. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
  • It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##