Feb 20, 2019 - 04:48 PM
The job you should have is the one that provides you as much of what you need economically, psychologically, and socially as possible. More specifically, your job should provide what you need in terms of:
- income to support your lifestyle (economically).
- job satisfaction, meaningfulness, and identity (psychologically).
- social status, which includes belonging to a group of like-minded persons (socially).
A magnificent quote by the 20th century writer Studs Terkel illustrates this: "Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor, in short for a sort of life rather than a Monday to Friday sort of dying."
Most people want more than just economic fulfillment from work. They want to feel like they belong where and with whom they work, and be proud of what they do. But the formula for achieving all of that is different for each person, and requires knowing yourself and your motivations inside out. Only you can answer what is most important economically, psychologically, and socially, and in what proportions.
Taking a scientifically valid career test can be very effective in helping you determine whether the job you think you should have aligns with what really motivates you. If you are still a student or have access to your school's career counseling services, you might be able to take such tests for free, along with having a professional guide you in interpreting the results.