Future Career: Joy is What You Need

Criteria in Bold (Numbered next to headings)

We spend our entire lives learning and explaining our wants and needs. We know what they are but seldom communicate them to others fully. Joy and satisfaction are the most sought-after emotions in life. However, most people are not joyful 100% of the time. Lots of people are happy, but joy is something you have even where you’re unhappy. It’s a mindset, a choice, a locus of control. We often put too much time and energy into receiving it from others, but joy can only come from the within. That’s why it’s important to set goals. That’s why it’s important to establish boundaries. That’s why it’s important to find a career that you enjoy, provides fulfillment, and that satisfies you (long-term). Building a specific and unique set of job criteria can help you better understand what you want and, most important, what you need.

Salary, Location, and Environment (The Big 5)

It is quite common to place a lot of importance on salary. Without adequate pay, many argue that your work cannot satisfy you in the ways you need. Salary is important, but I wouldn’t consider it to be at the top of my list. Like many others, I have always dreamt of living an affluent lifestyle, free from the financial worries and complications of life. However, due to recent world events, I have discovered increased value in other things such as family, the weather, and other little things we often take for granted. Do not misunderstand. I will gladly accept a huge check, but not if it interferes with receiving joy from the other 14+ things I need in life.

Location is critical for me as I want to be close to family and the city. Ironically, I also want to live somewhere that feels secluded, snows, that’s close to the beach, or on the lake. In reality, there is no such place. I am willing to make a compromise on all these factors except family. Family is very important to me, and I would rather live farther from the beach than my loved ones. I want them to be able to come to where I work, make purchases, receive services, and be involved. Many consider work and family to be separate. For me, having a career that understands and values both family and your time is most important.

Like a family, I want the environment I work in to be close-knit, creative, and loving. I want to know how my colleagues are doing, and I want them to know the same about me. I want to share ideas, communicate often, and feel open and cared about by those around me. Like family, your co-workers are around you every day. You might as well enjoy their company. Something that aids this process is a productive, creative, and efficient working environment. I want my job to be somewhere I can work, have fun (when appropriate), be creative, and collaborate.

Overhead, Structure, and Flexibility (4)

Aside from the big five, I also need to have the right kind of boss. While some don’t understand what I am talking about, others are all too familiar with the struggle. Like my colleagues, I need an employer that knows me, communicates with me, and values my work and achievements. I do not need a pat on the back or a gold star for doing my job. Nevertheless, I appreciate being acknowledged and appreciated for my contributions. Someone who goes above and beyond to look out for their employees is my ideal employer.

I do not mind having management. Although, it presents possible issues. The person in charge is who decides what happens and how. I want the person who knows best, who is primarily team-motivated and highly experienced, to be in charge. It could be a manager, but more commonly, it’s the boss. Having a middle man makes my job harder, but as I said, if it’s necessary, it’s a small price to pay.

The right amounts of structure and flexibility are also important criteria for me in choosing a career. I don’t enjoy micromanagement, and I value collaboration and personal assignments, but I need flexibility. In the event something happens, I need to work somewhere that will allow me to leave. As previously stated: family is very important to me. I need the flexibility to have time off, take care of my future wife and kids, etc. I need a workplace that allows me to work in-office or at home. I need somewhere that follows protocol and can be both creative, serious, and fun. Having a relaxed structure, loose where it can be and tight where it has to be, is essential. Somewhere that truly understands the work/life balance is the ideal place for me. 

Little Details (4)

Creativity is another aspect in which I don’t wish to compromise. I spent a large majority of my last post talking about using creativity in any career. Unfortunately, for many, creativity is limited by who you work for and the tasks you perform. I want the ability to do new things and the pleasure of doing routine things. However, ideally, I would have the ability to combine the two and do routine tasks in new ways, utilizing both protocol and creativity. Travel is an excellent example of what that means to me. Although heavily dependent on my family and circumstance, it is something I want to do. I don’t want to be away all the time, but I do need the ability to work in new places, on new solutions, for new/diverse people. I want to see and experience the world for all it has to offer. 

Growth and Goals (2)

The last two criteria I have for a career are the ability to grow and the ability to move up. I want to eventually make more money, work somewhere new, and have different responsibilities from time to time. I need to start a career knowing that if I work to the best of my ability, I can be at the top in x years. No-one can predict your luck in moving up in a company. Therefore, I must have room to grow and the ability to do so. 

Conclusion and Reflection

I know I’ve written a book at this point, but I hope I’ve given you an idea of what I need, making it easier for you to decipher your needs as well. One thing I noticed is that many of my criteria go hand in hand. Often, I can’t have one with the other, whereas others can’t come apart. It’s important to think about your wants as needs and your needs as wants. Arguably, the only thing you need is money. However, to be successful, the things you want sometimes must be considered as needs as well. Think about it from an employer’s perspective. Your satisfaction is important because your work will show it. You want your employer to benefit from your employment just as much as you do. Think about who you are, find a career that matches, and remember, joy is what you need.

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Creativity, Confidence, Joy, and Originality

Creativity is how one formulates ideas and concepts to express themselves in everyday life. Whether you are an artist or a tax auditor, creativity is essential in everyday life. It is useful in problem-solving, building relationships, building a business, etc. Creativity makes life more enjoyable, and for me, it makes everything I do worthwhile.

Aside from creativity, confidence is also an essential quality that makes workplace communication and networking so much easier. For example, if I were to write a report and use phrases such as “I think” or “while I am not sure,” I am only pointing out my uncertainty to my audience. Inappropriately expressing uncertainty causes the delivery to be unsuccessful and takes away from the author’s overall purpose.

In business writing, you can only build confidence through experience. If I have no experience, how can I expect myself to do well, and how can I expect others to feel the same? When starting or approaching a new subject, it is best to gather factual data and formulate useful, relevant, and knowledgeable thoughts that others can understand. Read over your work and have others read over it too. If you review your information and have others do the same, you will have more confidence in your writing. You cannot be fully confident about everything, so it is most helpful to put your best foot forward and hope others take notice.

Above all else, I enjoy being myself and being happy. Everything in life is temporary. It is vital to use every moment to live life to the fullest. I find comfort in my faith that while life can get us down, our problems are so small when compared to eternity. I cannot expect everyone to agree with me. However, I find life is more fulfilling when you put your trust in God. Imagine your problems as temporary setbacks and your joys as eternal victories. Your outlook on life and everything you do will change. This mindset makes your work more satisfying and helps you to keep in mind your end goal. Writing with a higher purpose makes your work sound more confident, creative, expressive, and powerful.

Speaking of power, one piece of advice in the book I found especially helpful was toward the beginning, when the author talked about working toward your goals while simultaneously finding your purpose. I found this highly inspirational because we often find ourselves doing one or the other. In doing this, we limit the creative and confident aspects of our work, and we lose sight of what is truly important. Speaking your truth, being you are, who you want to be, and accomplishing your goals are steps that ought to go together.

On the flip side, the book also made an overly subjective conclusion. The author lost my attention by saying no idea is original. “Steal Like an Artist,” while successful in delivery, neglects an important concept. We are each culminations of different genetics, backgrounds, and experiences. Nothing we do can be 100% emulated by anyone else. Many people can come up with the same idea. However, how they got there and why are both unique. Society misdefines originality. They tell people that if they do not come up with something first, it is not original. However, all ideas have arguably been dreamed or pondered on by someone before. If someone is creative enough to come up with an idea (untold and entirely new to them), that to me is originality at its finest.

Creativity, confidence, joy, and originality all go hand and hand. It is hard to discover each one, but it is up to us to manipulate each quality: making the most of our writing and making the most of life.

Cole Gambrell: Introduction to Me

Hello Everyone. My name is Matthew Cole Gambrell (Cole). I am a junior here at NC State University. I am majoring in Business Administration – Marketing, and I plan to be a creative marketing director, CMO, or entrepreneur. I enjoy writing because I find a lot of peace and creativity in being able to do so. I do not have any professional writing experience; however, I have considered being a writer if the right salary came along. I find enjoying writing very convenient because Marketing careers deal heavily in writing and creative storytelling. Furthering my passion for these areas will be very useful in the workplace and this class. My creativity is expressed through my passion for interior design boards on Pinterest and through posts I write on Facebook. I typically cover the news, religious information, life updates, goals for my future, and spontaneous thoughts. Without bragging, I have been told for much of my life that my writing skills are advanced, creative, and imaginative. While one may think that means I do well in English, I typically struggle because of the reading portion. I am a slower reader, fast writer, and those do not always go together. I enjoy writing, but as much as I love typing, sometimes the old fashion way is insurmountable. 

The Myers Briggs personality test was quite interesting to take, especially when looking at my results. Some of the questions seemed repetitive, but clearly, they had different purposes to fulfill. After completing the short assessment, I found out that I place in the INFJ (introverted, intuitive, feeling, and judging) category. I am described as somewhat introverted, organized, highly intuitive, good with feelings (both mine and others’), and judging. I agree with many of the descriptions the results provided; however, I like to think that I don’t judge too much. Hopefully, people don’t judge me too much either. While many do not believe in personality tests, they can be very accurate if taken correctly. No-one knows me better than me, which I am sure is true for many others (especially if you have introverted tendencies as I do). I enjoyed getting to know myself and strongly identified with many of the descriptions and experiences the exam associated with my personality type. I look forward to seeing how I grow by having this information. I hope my personality continues to reveal itself through my work and personal life.

As far as this class goes, I plan to develop my personal and professional writing skills (hopefully ending with an A). Communication within a business is so important. It is equally, if not more, important in one’s personal life as well. I am prepared and excited to learn about and master new writing and communication skills. I am also excited to have the opportunity to work in teams and to collaborate on creating/finetuning assignments. I look forward to getting to know the teacher as well as some of you. I am confident that we gain skills in communicating ideas and themes that will be useful in all aspects of our life.