The School of Life on Work

When it comes to the working world, our culture has set us a devilish problem: promising us that fulfilling jobs exist while, at the same time, leaving us woefully unprepared for how to discover our own aptitudes and appetites. The School of Life have created a range of classes and workshops designed to help us understand our talents and to move forward using the opportunities that are open to us.

Our range of classes and workshops offer individuals a radical new approach to learning. One of the most extraordinary and yet quietly routine assumptions of our age is that we should be able to find work that we can not only tolerate for the money, but profoundly appreciate - work with a high degree of purpose, camaraderie and creativity. We see nothing strange in the remarkable notion that we should try to find a job we love. However, modern culture has set us a devilish problem: promising us that fulfilling jobs exist while, at the same time, leaving us woefully unprepared for how to discover our own aptitudes and appetites.

At The School of Life, we believe that in order to stand any chance of honouring our desire for meaningful employment, we will need to lavish concentrated brain power, time and imagination on its underlying complexities. The following classes have been expertly curated to help to correct an epochal problem which quietly gnaws at our lives and tramples upon our legitimate hopes. We come away better able to understand our talents and to move forward using the opportunities that are open to us.

Our Classes on Work

Finding a Fulfilling Job - one-day workshop

For those looking to combine our entire Work curriculum into a single high intensity session, we offer all three classes in workshop form for £150. This one-day workshop insists that, in order to stand any chance of honouring our desire for meaningful employment, we will need to lavish concentrated brain power, time and imagination on its underlying complexities. In this day of concentrated study we will break down the challenge of finding a fulfilling job into its component parts.

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Examples of lessons learned during our classes include:

  • Discovering how to align our potential with the opportunities of the professional world.

  • Considering a variety of blocks and inhibitions which prevent us from pushing forward with our instincts and desires.

  • Paying particular attention paid to parental and societal expectations.

  • How to master shyness about advancing our plans.

  • What lies at the heart of the dread of failing, especially as it relates to a loss of status and dignity.

Testimonials

"Very good, very helpful, very interesting - and confirmed something I've always wondered about myself."

"Life changing, absolutely brilliant."

"Great combination of conceptual ideas and practical exercises."

"Very positive, touched on some really interesting points concerning the reasons we act like we do. Inspiring."

"Brief, but very fulfilling. I feel enlightened and, literally, lighter with the burden of my imminent failure (!)"

Shop our range of Work-related products

Prompt cards
Career Crisis
These cards are here to unblock career crises and free up our thinking around work - setting us on a path to a job that will tap into the best parts of us. £10 - SHOP NOW
Career Crisis
Finding a job we can love and that makes use of our talents is the single greatest challenge we face. Unsurprisingly, many of us regularly hit career crises: moments of intense anxiety about finding our true vocation in the time we have left. We can get painfully stuck in how we think about what we should do. £10 - SHOP NOW
Book
How to Reform Capitalism
The path to a better sort of capitalism starts with a clear-eyed understanding of our emotional functioning and the workings of our psyches. £10 - SHOP NOW
How to Reform Capitalism
It is normal to feel frustrated and sad about aspects of modern capitalism. At the same time, realistic hope of change can seem either utopian or demented. In fact, the way that capitalism works is inherently open to alteration and improvement. This is because the problems of capitalism are, in their essence, not about money, law, or politics, but about human psychology - the field of expertise of The School of Life.  £10 - SHOP NOW
Card game
What Should I Do With My Life?
A simple card game which helps to illuminate the many options we have when trying to decide: ‘What should I do with my life?’ £10 - SHOP NOW
What Should I Do With My Life?
 The cards work together as a fun and competitive trump game but beneath the play, the game is also trying to help us with one of the most serious tasks we face: knowing what we might usefully do with the rest of our lives. £10 - SHOP NOW