Half of All College Grads End Up Hating Their Job
Survey results suggest that half of the almost 1.5 million 2006 college graduates will end up being miserable and hating their jobs, according to a recent survey from The Conference Board. This is disturbing when considering the large amount of money and time that are invested in earning a college degree and choosing a job.
Further figures show that 50 percent of people in the workforce in America are not happy with their jobs.
According to Michael Spremulli, a corporate personality profiler, college speaker and CEO of The Chrysalis Corporation, there are keys to making the right job choice. College students usually receive little or no practical information from advisors about the selection of a major or about joining the workforce, so they may make choices and choose careers that result in them being unsuited for their choices.
Spremulli's company is a consulting firm that helps companies make the right choices in hiring. Based on his expertise with college students, he has developed a guide to help with this difficult individual decision - the Triple Crown of Success. He says, "A key solution is a student identifying their personal Triple Crown of Success early in their college experience. College students must be proactive and not wait around for some guidance counselor to take them by the hand through the process--it's not going to happen."
The theory could also be used by anyone trying to make a career choice. It is based on three elements-personality, abilities and motivators. "Each is equally important," he says, adding, "Once someone knows all 3 of their elements, discovering their ideal career path becomes incredibly easy."
Personality This is an important and basic part of the evaluation. The person must access how his personality will fit in the chosen field. For example, a shy person may not be happy in a job that requires a lot of social interaction with co-workers and may not be at ease dealing directly with clients, an area a more out-going person would enjoy. Is working alone, with few interruptions ideal, or are group projects preferable? Examine personality traits honestly.
Abilities What are you really good at and what do you enjoy? Are the strengths in writing, the computer, research, problem solving? It is much easier to perform in a job that capitalizes on strong points, so consideration must be given to these areas in the choice of jobs.
Motivation Spremulli states that motivation is the driving force in career happiness. Motivation is important because it "drives behavior" and people who are clear on what motivates them "are ahead of the pack to landing a job they are jazzed about." Motivation, be it money, power or personal growth, is what fuels behavior in every area of life, not only in a career. If the position taken is not in line with these motivators, career happiness is very difficult to obtain or sustain.
Salary is also an important part of any job choice, but it is not the most important consideration. There are two factors that consistently rank higher-job satisfaction and personal fulfillment. These two objectives must be given weight, if it is in choosing the entry level first job, or when deciding to switch jobs or even careers.
By giving careful examination to these key elements- personality, abilities, motivation- years of frustration and unhappiness may be avoided. There may not be a perfect job for everyone, but, hopefully, the chances will be in favor of finding a job you are "jazzed about".
Spremulli's http://findyouridealcareer.com/blog/category/figuring-out-what-motivates-you/ free podcast offers advice and students may call in for personal help and in his words, "It's like 'Car Talk' but for your career."
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