Should You Love Your Job?

By Lee Koslow, Career Services Advisor Team Leader

Lee Koslow

According to conventional wisdom, you should find work that you love to do. But is that always the best advice?

That depends on your point-of-view. For example, suppose you spend 40 hours per week at work. That amounts to more than 35% of your waking hours. Why would anyone not want to be as happy as possible during that time?

On the other hand, what if the jobs that appeal to you also encroach on your home life? Would it be wrong to accept a less stimulating job that allows you to really enjoy your remaining 72 hours?

Imagine John, an accountant who loves to work with numbers. The salary is good, but lately the stress of meeting deadlines and the extra hours are putting a strain on his health and his marriage.

What if John were working as a school bus driver? He might miss the mental challenge of working with numbers and the higher salary. However, with over 1,000 annual openings in New York State, John’s job should be secure. And the median salary is a respectable $34,300 per year.* Furthermore, he would be able to leave work at the end of the day and really enjoy his outside life.

If you were in John’s place, which career would you choose? Of course, that would be entirely up to you.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey

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Lee Koslow is a Career Services Advisor Team Leader for the RochesterWorks! Career Center on 255 N. Goodman St. He has been delivering employment and training services to individuals for 12 years, the last six of those at RochesterWorks!.

Some of the services that Lee currently provides at RochesterWorks! are:

  • Helping jobseekers to make good career decisions, including selecting a new line of work.
  • Assessing individuals for the RochesterWorks! training grant, which can cover some of the cost of tuition and fees at local schools and colleges. 

Lee endeavors to empower jobseekers by helping them to make sense of the wealth of information and career advice available to them.

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