How Does Job Satisfaction Affect Wellbeing?
In a meta-analysis, researchers found that subjective wellbeing is composed of several facets: life satisfaction, happiness, positive affect, and the absence of negative affect. Job satisfaction was positively related to subjective wellbeing.
So How Does One Become Satisfied With Their Career?
We may not land our dream job the first time. Follow the advice below to feel fulfilled at any job and take steps towards building your future.
Jodi Glickman (Ted Talk above) suggests that instead of spending our lives trying to find work that we love, we should first learn how to "be loved." Essentially, how to enjoy any job and exude a positive attitude that will open doors to further career development.
Glickman suggests following the GIFT method:
- Generosity - Share your time and energy with your coworkers by networking, praising, and coming in to work with the thought in mind, "How can I make my team's job easier today?" Doing so will also help you make connections for the next step in your career.
- Initiative - Go above and beyond the tasks that are expected of you. If you aren't feeling challenged enough at work, ask your supervisor if there is anything else you can do to help out. If you have a specific skill in mind, ask your supervisor how you can add that skill into your tasks.
- Forward Momentum - Always think ahead. Industry leaders keep track of both current tasks and what goals there are for the future.
- Transparency - Be honest about and learn from mistakes.
Additional Global Campus Resources for career exploration
Finding Your Best Fit Career
Emma Rosen shares her story of quitting her secure college graduate job in search of her passion by trying 25 different jobs before she turned 25 years old. While not everyone can afford this approach to exploration, we can glean what Rosen learned. After trying everything from farming to being a movie extra, here are Rosen's tips:
Don't think about the job titles, instead, think about your personality at the time by asking yourself 3 questions:
- What skills does that job use versus what skills you enjoy using?
- What do you want to get out of your work?
- What kind of working environment do you want to be in (i.e. office, outdoors, company size)?
Try out a variety of careers so you make your decision based off of experience instead of assumptions about that job.
- WSU's Academic success and career center has some helpful links, including Handshake, that can give you an idea of jobs and internships to look into.
- Volunteering is another way to both give back to your community and try on a career. Check out Volunteer Centers of Washington to search opportunities in your county, or USA.gov national opportunities.
Keep in mind that your interests may change throughout the years. Be open to changes in your personality and the industries and remember that learning is a lifelong process.