First: great news! My sister got a job! I’m so, so excited for her! I would be anyway, but especially in this economy – I think it’s a real accomplishment. It’s technically temporary – she is a conditional employee for the first 3 months, and at that point they decide whether or not to keep her on, but I’m not concerned about her skills/work ethic. She’s basically brilliant and a really hard worker, so I’m confident they will extend her a long-term offer. I know anything can happen (especially given the current economy…) but she said that they made it sound like the 3-month rule is just a formality, that they wouldn’t have offered her the position at all if they didn’t fully intend to keep her long-term. Go her! I’m so relieved.
Nothing is really too new in my world, financially or otherwise. This is one of the tough points in the school year, when the kids are itching for summer vacation and aren’t really interested in concentrating on school work. It can be a headache sometimes, but I was thinking about my job yesterday, and even though I’m never going to be a zillionaire, I really value the fact that I go home every day feeling like my work matters – to students, to parents, to the community, etc. I get frustrated with my scarce salary sometimes, but I think that the feeling of deep satisfaction that I derive from the value of my work is truly priceless. I’ve never experienced another line of work, but I don’t really think I could work in an industry that I didn’t really believe, that I didn’t feel mattered to society at large. After all, we spend an incredible amount of our lives at work – I think that time should be devoted to jobs we believe in.
How do you feel about your job? Is it meaningful to you? Why?