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What makes your job fun or engaging?

I am 10th Grade student at Galileo High-school in San Francisco California. #career #money #technology #programming #developer

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Armand’s Answer

Hi Hiyab,

A very good question! A company's culture and values are very important --and can make all employees' jobs more fun, rewarding, and engaging. For instance, my firm UBS has an emphasis on employees' professional development (learning new skills through training and hearing from leaders inside and outside our firm at events and webinars), connecting with other colleagues such as through our employee diversity networks, and to get involved in the community (even during work hours!) through volunteering and philanthropy . These are just a few ways, but ultimately it gives employees a chance to contribute, learn, grow, and make an impact -and put simply, makes work more fun. This contributes to employees always being open to meet, network, and collaborate together --ultimately supporting each other and making our firm better, stronger, and more innovative.
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Rahila’s Answer

Hi Hiyab,

I love this question! I am a Human Resources Business Partner at a major Technology Company and often engage in conversations with different team members on career opportunities. More than any specific role or company, I always try to encourage others to think of elements of work and work environment that are important to them. You can often find these elements in multiple roles and companies. For me, the following are key - having a job where I have challenging and meaningful work, an opportunity to make an impact, strong leadership support and a culture and team that aligns with my personal values. As a HR Business Partner, I get an opportunity to work with executives globally and help them navigate complex challenges like attracting and retaining employees with key skills while ensuring they continue to develop their own leadership skills.

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ambrosia’s Answer

What makes your job fun or engaging?
This is a great question! It is not just about the position you are in at your job. Job culture comes into play quite a bit. What I mean about this is that the job that you are working at has other workers, those being your co-workers possibly doing the same job as you are. Some are doing other needed jobs to run the establishment. When all of you keep an open and fun work environment it makes you want to wake up and go to work every day. I know some jobs will do pot-lucks to reward you when certain Goals are met, raffle off free items and gift cards as rewards, even Take the last hour off of work just to have a "work" meeting but in reality the meeting was only half of the time and the rest you played games with your co workers or just got to mingle and catch up. Having an open communication job, meaning you are never afraid to submit new ideas or give feedback for how things are ran where you work. there are so many things that go into what makes your job fun or engaging, and not all of it falls on the employers. when you get together with your team and have a spirit week for what ever the occasion is and have a contest to get all workers to join in and there is no anger, hate, or judgement that is what makes a great work environment.
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Andrew’s Answer

For about 10 years, I've worked jobs where I'm primarily programming; specifically, writing code to build UI (user interfaces). This means that when you use a website, or an app, the code that shows puts all the text, images, buttons, boxes, lines, arrows, animated effects— that's all been built by a UI engineer (also called a "front-end engineer").

From a young age, I had a deep interest in computers, video games, and graphics. While today I'm not necessarily designing video games, or physically building computers, that the work I do has just enough in common with these early passions that it feels *fun*. To me, designing and building different pages for an app or a website is, in a way, like creating a sequence of levels in a video game. If you can find a kind of business that is related to things you've had a long-term or deep interest for, your interest for that subject can do a ton to help keep you interested and engaged.

Because software all requires programmers (engineers/developers), and software is almost everywhere these days, there are so many opportunities to find programming work that affects your hobbies/interests/passions:

If you like volunteering/philanthropy, there's an endless list of non-profits that need better websites, or better administration software.
Perhaps you're a sports fan. There's tons of software that runs behind the scenes in sports-entertainment networks.
If you have an interest in personal finance / investing, there's a wide variety of jobs in FinTech (financial services technology) across all skill levels.

And the list goes on. Programming is such a widely-applicable skill that touches almost every industry, you can almost certainly find something that touches or impacts some area you really care about in life.
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Lisa’s Answer

I am working as a developer for process mining. It is a new tool for our company to help find process issues. I enjoy learning new skills and tools so that makes it fun and engaging. The company work culture and people at Verizon also makes it fun to work there. I enjoy working with my coworkers find process problems to improve the business and make it a better experience for our customers. Finding value in what I do, improving the customer experience and business keeps me engaged and excited to go to work each day.
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Andrew’s Answer

For me, it's the company culture and the people I work with. Of course, you should ideally also be interested in the problems you're trying to solve at work. :)
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Betty’s Answer

Hi Hiyab,

I work at Salesforce and although I'm not a developer in my current role, I do work with many developers. The thing I love about my job which can be rewarding and fun is:

1) I am challenged to solve very difficult problems that makes the full use of my broad set of skills and experience.
2) The friendly and intelligent people and coworkers I come across daily. It's like your second family.
3) Working on innovations and features our customers love and find helpful.
4) I love working at a successful company like Salesforce as we continue to reinforce the importance of Net Zero carbon emissions, equality and helping business succeed in the Digital world. There are regular guest speakers, performers and speaker series that keep us engaged, entertained and inspired.
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Sara’s Answer

Hi Hiyab:
Great Question!
In addition to the above, what makes the job engaging and fun is the people that you work with and the people you see everyday. Its important to like who you work with and what you do and your surroundings. Also, it helps that you have a job that is meaningful and important to you. You want to do a job that you are passionate about and gives you joy but also that challenges you and makes you work hard so that when you finish the project or task you feel accomplished and proud! You need a job that gives you purpose and meaning in life. In other words, it is your true calling and that you feel this is something I should be doing, I am making a difference!

Find your passion and joy! You have the power to be the best person this world has seen! You only get one life and its important you find something you enjoy and are passionate about, don't just do something for the money
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Hannah’s Answer

As I work in Learning & Development this is something that I feel people working within this job role crave and need. One of the main elements I also look for is that the team and the company I am going to work with/for has the same focus. I would also agree that finding a role which inspires and excites you as well as challenges you is a great way to ensure your role will do this. I have worked for many different companies globally and the key element of the roles I have felt this way about has been those where I feel I am making an impact an really benefitting people’s lives. I would suggest finding out what your strengths are (you can use many online tests/tools - Gallup has a particularly good one) and be very consciously of looking for roles that will work in-line with these. I can honestly say that I am now in a role which I feel plays to all of my best strengths and this is a really energising place to be.
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Chanice’s Answer

Hi Hiyab,

I love your question. What makes my job fun or engaging would have to be my co-workers . Job culture is very important in order for you to love what you do, and come to work being the best person you can be each and everyday. When you have good people around you, work never feels like actual work. You wake up wanting to be there and see what the day has to offer. I know one day you will find a career that fulfills you and you will love engaging with your co-workers just like myself.
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D’s Answer

Hello Hiyab,
I write system software for a living. This is software that goes into the operating system that controls devices or implements things like the file-system that hosts your files (including video files, images, audio) and directories/folders.

Writing system software can be very rewarding because it has to be very correct and very fast.

Any errors and your device hangs, or worse, bricks.

If it's not as fast as it can be it makes the device sluggish and sends users of the device looking for another vendors.
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