I don't really know where I was going with this post, I think it's ended up just being a mishmash of thoughts that have sort of, not really, come together. So I hope you can forgive me for this slightly random one! So having been in my new job for just over three months now I've been thinking quite a bit about job satisfaction. I'm incredibly lucky to not only be working in the museum sector but to be working in my preferred area of museum work. I know a fair few people who have gone into different sectors, as museum jobs are hard to come by, especially with budgets being slashed. I think with most things it's a case of right place right time and networking like crazy.
You can't seem to go anywhere on the internet without coming across inspirational quotes about how you should love your work and everything about your life. I don't think it's a ridiculous suggestion that you should try to gain employment in a sector that challenges you and is fulfilling. Working in the museum world you learn at the very beginning that you can't be in it for the money (mainly because there is none) and you have to have a real passion for the job.
But I also think that it's ok if you're job is not so satisfying. All these inspirational quotes can sometimes make you feel inadequate if you feel you don't quite measure up. The thing is though, we all have different priorities, some people are super driven career wise while others might be more family orientated or more interested in enjoying their life by travelling as much as possible, and that's ok. We all have our jam, and maybe focusing on the positive bits that make up every day and every week is something that might help. I definitely think that having a daily or weekly round-up of the good bits from a week has helped my general outlook, I mean I've always tried to be a positive happy person, but it can be so much harder to keep that up the darker it gets in winter.
Job satisfaction can come in many forms either in the actual work you do or the working conditions and the people you work with. I've been lucky in that even in jobs where I wasn't necessarily such a fan of the work I did at least work with some great people who always made you smile and could have a chat with. There are good parts and bad parts to every job so we can't expect to be 100% happy all the time, and I think that's maybe something that social media forgets. The world is ours in an instant through the internet and there's always going to be someone who tells you that your problems are insignificant, or because you even have a job you should be happy with what you've got. But we all have our own issues and we're all just trying to get through and enjoy as much of life as possible.