This is Aaron. He was cool enough to request to sit in with different departments at the station to find out what radio is really about. This was done for a careers class at the local high school. His visit really got me thinking: what would you say to a wide eyed pre college student to 'sell' your job?
It seems as though so often, the mundaneness of the ol' 9 to 5 takes over and the zest of challenges, daily potential creativity and overall job positivity gets lost. Does your job give you anything else besides financial stability? How would your life be different if it did? What to say to the younger generation about the best parts of your job, that have become overshadowed by responsibility, workplace politics and the sinking feeling you get from time to time while going to/leaving work?
I feel as though 'work' should stimulate many aspects of one's personality that makes them a better person when they leave the office. I think we should have a check list of things required to be happy in the workforce. Something like:
My job enhances other aspects of my life
I am able to be creative and positive every day
I work hard every day, not because I have to, but because I require it of myself
I do something every day that makes me proud of myself
I do something every day that I could brag to others about
I go in to work knowing it may not be the best day, but it definitely won't be the worst
I will create something today that I can talk with my family about
My job makes me a better person
Perhaps everything can't be perfect, but overall, my job makes me smile
Corny to a point? Yes. However, you deserve to be happy. If most of these things are unheard of in your career's vocabulary, what can you do to change it? What would you do if a kid showed up at your desk, excited to do your job someday? What would you be able to tell him to make a positive difference in his career before it had already begun?
(Thanks for your time, Aaron. I had a blast talking music with you today!)
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