A two day programme to answer a universal anxiety: how can I find work that truly fits my talents, circumstances and interests?
At The School of Life, we believe that everyone can find work to fulfil both their material and emotional needs. We specialise in equipping people with the psychological tools required to discover and transition into careers that they will not only tolerate, or endure for money, but profoundly appreciate. This two-day intensive course draws upon The School’s global expertise to answer the great, universal anxiety of our age: how to finally find a job you will love. Whether you are a banker in Rio, an Oxford geologist, or an anaesthetist in Luxemburg, we will impart everything you need to know.
Formal education offers only meagre guidance in this direction. It assumes that we should simply follow our gut instincts – trusting that once we we’ve finished university we will feel a reliable pull towards a career that is right for us. We end up feeling let down, impatient, and frustrated. We judge our lives by ambitious new standards by which we are continually left to feel we have fallen short.
Conventional career counsel, meanwhile, tells us that our lives will best be rewarded by bold leaps into the dark under the instruction of simple psychological tests and brief consultancies. But real life doesn’t proceed in straight lines, and no one-hour, one-size-fits-all exam or session can direct an individual with any level of seriousness or focus.
Finding a Job You Love is a correction to this flawed reliance on instinct and generic prescription. It is neither a Myers-Briggs style personality assessment nor the equivalent to speaking with a recruitment consultant; it is a personal, uncomfortable journey into your inner life, motivation and values. It recognises that our career choices are hugely important and consequential – and that, if we are to stand a chance of honouring our desire to find a job to simultaneously fulfil our souls and pay for our material existence, we will need to lavish concentrated brain power, time and imagination on its underlying complexities.
At its heart the vocational quest is not about fitting our previous work experience and skills to the readymade career options offered to us by the databases of career counsellors. Paradoxically, it’s not our direct past thoughts about work that are typically most useful in guiding us to new more fulfilling work – for our search is for work we will love, not work we have done. We should have the confidence to believe that large portions of a sound answer are already going to be inside us. Alongside likeminded people in our beautiful classroom in the heart of Bloomsbury, you’ll map your inner needs and desires against the opportunities of the working world, and develop techniques to manage your transition into a career that fulfils them.
By the end of this hands-on, highly practical two day course, you will have learned
•How to identify and better harness the psychological forces that have shaped your existing career.
•How to uncover and clarify currently hidden or vague motivations and desires for fulfilling work.
•How to overcome obstacles and inhibitions about career change, from familial pressure to perfectionism.
•How to overcome the difficulties of transition into a job you love, through trials, experiments and gradual evolution.
Our intensive workshops provide an opportunity to work with leading members of our faculty over the course of a highly structured session.
Sessions are limited to 22 participants and will be based at The School of Life. Food and drink, including lunch, is included in the ticket price.