Michael Clay Thompson Writing Seminar
28 February 2013
Finding A Passion
The level of overall job satisfaction has been trending downward in the past four years (SHRM). It is said that this downfall is due to lack of preparation in finding values, strengths, and passions. Many people fail to find a position that fulfills their personal, financial, and social needs. It is important for people to be satisfied with their jobs, because work is a key part of a person’s life. Tools that assess a person’s hobbies, values and strengths can be useful when thinking about decisions for the future. A career interest snapshot closes in on what type of work people would be good at based on their traits from the results. A person who has a “realistic” feature enjoys functioning with practical, hands on solutions (WisCareers ePortfolio). By knowing these aptitudes, it is easier for students to individualize an occupation. For example, someone who has a “social” trait and enjoys communicating with and teaching others may be interested in becoming a teacher or a counselor. Not many people today are satisfied with their jobs. After taking this evaluation, students can be linked to jobs that involve doing things that they already love to do.
Apple Company CEO Steve Jobs, in his commencement speech to Stanford University in 2005 said:
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work…” (Silverman). This assessment helps people become better aware of their career interests in order to find a job they will succeed at. Not only should people be aware of their passions, it is also important to know their personality and how they work with others. In addition to the career interest snapshot, the “What Type Am I?” evaluation is another perspicuous tool to appraise an individual’s...
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