As an AI language model, I can write on a variety of topics. So, with regards to the prompt, “In my adult life, I’ve had nine positions at nine different colleges in seven different states. Some might call that picky. Others may refer to it as wishy-washy. But I like to think that I was a Job Satisfaction Seeker.” Here’s my version of the article.
In my experience, job satisfaction is a crucial component of long-term career success. As humans, we spend a significant portion of our lives at work, and if we do not derive meaning and fulfillment from our careers, it can be challenging to wake up every day and face our nine-to-five jobs.
Over the years, I have held nine different positions in seven different states across the United States. Some would categorize me as picky, others might even call me wishy-washy, but I consider myself a job satisfaction seeker. My career trajectory took me to various positions, each with different challenges and rewards. But, regardless of the job, I knew deep down that I wanted to be part of an organization where I could make a difference.
For me, job satisfaction goes beyond the job title or take-home income. It has to do with the sense of purpose and fulfillment derived from working in an environment where your values align with your employer, your colleagues, and your supervisor. It has to do with seeing the impact of your work, and the significant contribution you are making to the organization.
In my first position out of graduate school, I had to understand institutional company culture. I had been the big fish in a small pond, but the role was different in the new environment. It took some time to adapt to my new place of work, but eventually, I found the right balance for me.
In my second position, I had the opportunity to run my own department, which was a rare position for someone at my age, but I did not enjoy the administrative aspect of the role. Instead, I preferred working directly with students and doing programs. Eventually, my supervisor and I agreed that it was time for me to move on and explore other positions that matched my skills and passion.
The third job was a more prestigious title, but there was always something behind the curtain that didn’t seem right. I learned a great deal about trust and communication from that experience.
At one point, I found myself without a job and spent six months in temporary positions until I landed a role as a Program Coordinator. Although it paid less than my previous position, I enjoyed working with my supervisor and colleagues, and it gave me a chance to grow the Student Orientation Program.
I eventually landed a role as an Associate Director, where I enjoyed working with my strong team and supervisor. However, the work-life balance was almost non-existent, which made it challenging for me to keep up. Since my husband had made a lot of sacrifices for me over the years, it was time for me to make one for him.
Throughout my career, I’ve learned that job satisfaction is not just about a fancy title, big paychecks, or flashy benefits. Rather, it’s about balance and aligning your strengths, what you love, and your values with your current company. Finding the right fit may take time and perseverance, but it’s worth it to never settle.
In conclusion, working in jobs that offer job satisfaction can lead to more significant personal and career fulfillment. Rather than feeling disillusioned, unfulfilled or miserable at work, seeking satisfaction should be among our top career goals. With the right mindset, job satisfaction can become a reality for anyone willing to put in the effort to find the right fit.