Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Security, Satisfaction, Money

Last night at work, I was with the part-timers for a good portion of the day. The ones that work there twos days a week after school to pay for books and Ichiban.

It's a real pleasure to work with these guys because they are in school and a lot smarter than the majority of the rest of the crew.

Somehow we got on to the topic of what is most important to us in a career. Job security, job satisfaction, or money, and how would we rank the three.

The first nine people all gave different answers. Which was somewhat of a surprise. Some of the answers weren't surpirsing at all though. One guy in particular, probably in his mid-to-late fifties gave an answer that was very predictable. He said, "Having the job is the most important", so he values security, then money, then satisfaction. It wasn't surprising to me at all because of his age and the fact that he was working in a warehouse doing labour at his age.

Another kid, younger maybe in his early twenties, an anarchist/punk rocker type said satisfaction, security, then money. Which wasn't surprising to me because that seems how he approaches just about everything.

I said Satisfaction, Money, Security, but really overwhelming amounts of any one of those could over power the others. Mainly overwhelming amounts of money could keep me in a job I was indifferent to.

There is no wrong answer though, only poorly formed reasoning. What do you think about it and why?

-Gary Milner

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