BRIEFLY DESCRIBE YOUR IDEAL JOB for INFRASTRUCTURE DESIGN,
PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTATION, DEVELOPMENT
Answer / jitu
Your Ideal Job
I have read that something like 70% of workers report that
they do not like their jobs. And a look at the personal and
career development sections of any bookstore will show many
titles that state that you can “Love what you do,” or that
you can find your authentic career between the covers of
Is it true, that the majority of us do not like our work? I
think that most of us, given the chance, would choose to
have more leisure time, perhaps more adventure, sometimes
more pay, or whatever grass looks greener at the time. I
also think that it is socially acceptable to complain about
our work, and that this provides a necessary outlet to
reduce the stress that many of us feel as we juggle the
many demands of modern day existence. Work is generally
demanding, and we naturally would like to have some relief
from those demands.
Back to the point- is there an ideal job, and what would it
look like? Taking away the demands and the complaints, just
how bad, or good, is your current job for you at this
point? How might you analyze your job to determine the fit
with what you want and need in your work?
Ideal Work Day Exercise
One method that can provide a valuable perspective is an
exercise that I call “My Ideal Work Day.” Basically, you
read through the questions and let them sit in your mind
for a day or so. Then, finding a comfortable, quiet place
to sit and reflect, you answer these questions. Writing out
at least short answers is a very helpful part of this
process, as this will bring your entire awareness to the
The questions are, in part:
• What time of day is it?
• Describe the place where you work.
• Who are the people you come in contact with?
• How are you dressed?
• What is the very first thing you do every day at
• What skills and talents will you use today?
• Will you sit at a desk? If so, what is on the desk?
• Is the job predictable or frequently changing?
• Is the pace fast or slow?
• Will you be working alone, as part of a team, or
• Describe your supervisor’s style.
• Will you stay in the same location most of your
day, or travel?
• When you think of your work, what words come to
• What passions, interests, or values are part of
• What motivators are present in your work?
(Achievement, recognition, etc.)
• What are some of the challenges that you face in
• How are you compensated for your work?
• What are some of the benefits that you bring to the
• How do you feel after your work day?
• How do you feel when its time for the next work
• Compare with your present job
Once finished with the exercise, you can then compare
your ‘ideal’ work day with your actual job conditions. This
self test can be very revealing, and often quite
surprising. My clients frequently report that once they
have done this exercise, they can see their work in a new
way, and begin to think about how they might make small or
large changes to improve their relationship with their
One of the questions in the exercise asks about motivators.
A lot of research has been done in this area, starting back
in the 1930s. The results reported back then are very
similar to the results observed by Frederick Herzberg in
the 1950s and by others today, that the strongest motivator
we have in the workplace is recognition, followed by
interesting work and the chance for advancement. If these
important motivators are not present in some way in your
work, then you are likely to be unsatisfied with that job.
Surprisingly, salary is down on the list of motivators.
This may be due to the theory that “expenses rise to meet
income.” This may also explain the phenomenon of lottery
winners and their difficulties, and reinforce the old
saying that: “Money can’t buy happiness.”
Jobs and personal vision
In one of my earlier articles for this publication, I
talked about the concept of personal vision. To briefly
recap, if you have a vision for yourself, a picture of what
you want to be in the future, then the day-to-day realities
of your job take on a different aspect. A job is then more
of a means to an end, and you will focus less on
the “grind” and more on how you are doing relative to your
Doing exercises such as “My Ideal Work Day” can be very
helpful, to evaluate the characteristics of your current
job against what you would like them to be.
Einstein or Edison or someone said something like 'Enjoying
your job is like being on vacation everyday'.
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