In just under 15 weeks (or maybe 16) my contract as a legal secretary will be finished and I will be studying full time for a few months. I will need to supplement my income somehow and definitely find some work afterwards. All this has got me thinking about what my perfect job would be in a perfect world (a lot of provisos there).
Two things influence my thinking in this area. Firstly, the New Economics Foundation’s idea of a 21 hour work week which in their words
“could help to address a range of urgent, interlinked problems: overwork, unemployment, over-consumption, high carbon emissions, low well-being, entrenched inequalities, and the lack of time to live sustainably, to care for each other, and simply to enjoy life.”
Secondly, I think nature gets it pretty spot on most of the time and think it has some great lessons to teach. Have you heard of resilience? An ecosystem ‘protects itself’ (obviously not a conscious process of all the animals getting together in a pow-wow although I do like the idea) by having several species perform the same function so that if one is wiped out the system doesn’t collapse. So there are lots of different bugs that break down matter to form soil. Bees and butterflies pollinate flowers (although this has gone a bit awry of late). Species also severe multiple functions. Bees pollinate flowers, make honey which other species eat, are food for some birds, and so on.
I think in a similar way humans are not meant to do just one thing. We get bored (or is that just me?) when stuck doing the same activity every day. Sometimes we want to create, sometimes sit and think; some days talk to people and other days not see anybody. Also in times of economic hardship having multiple sources of income might be better, so if one area of income dips or disappears you still have others you can rely on. In this model of work you will most likely never be rich, but you might just be happy.
So in a nutshell my dream job would allow me to spend part of the week working for an environment/development organisation. Making a difference in other people’s lives. The rest of the ‘work’ week would allow me time to spend time on other things that make me happy: crafting, photographing, painting, just plain making things.
Is it unrealistic? Maybe, but I will never know unless I try.
Basically I just want to
What is your dream job?