While evaluating some text books yesterday, I came across an excerpt in a chapter dealing with working/careers in the United States. The main point of the article was that more and more Americans choose careers not based on how much money they'll make, but rather jobs that interest them and make them feel personally fulfilled.
According to the author's study, the following are the most important things most Americans say they value in a job:
1. I'm treated with respect and shown confidence in my abilities.
2. There is variety in my daily work.
3. I find challenge in my work.
4. There is an opportunity for advancement.
5. The work I do contributes to society.
Reading through this list, I was reminded once again why I hate my job. When complaining to Superman or my best friends about why I hate my job, I tend to focus on the little monotonous issues I have with my colleagues. But really, it is these broader issues that have nothing to do with anyone else (well I guess except #1, which feeds into the issues I have with my colleagues) which are the real heart of my problems. Of everything on that list, the only one I can say I have at my current job is #5. And even that I feel is a stretch.
I'm still hopeful that 2012 brings a change for me. I know it's possible to love your job. I have had jobs that I loved. And I hope to one day (SOON!) be again able to say "My name is Amber, and I love my job."