Finding A Fulfilling Job
One of the most extraordinary and yet routine assumptions of our age is that we should be able to find a job that we can not only tolerate for the money, but profoundly appreciate – a job 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.
This one-day workshop insists that, in order to stand any chance of honouring our desires, we need to lavish concentrated brain power, time and imagination on the process of understanding what meaningful employment means for us, and how to find it.
In this day of study we will break down the challenge of finding a fulfilling job into its component parts:
What do I find pleasurable?
We look at why it is so easy to be vague and confused about what we actually enjoy. We try out a number of exercises to get back in touch with our authentic interests, looking back at childhood as a source of clues.
How love can hold me back from doing what I love
We look at some of the most common blocks that impede people from acting on their desires. We consider how families subtly signal what a ‘good job’ is for someone like us, our sense of duty, the fear that we don’t have enough time, and assess how helpful some of these considerations may be – or not.
I know what I like, but am practically blocked
Many of us blame a variety of practical obstacles for our inability to progress in our chosen area. We unpick what these might be, and whether we are right to respect them as we do. We consider the phenomenon of fixation on certain careers - the belief that it must be X or nothing.
How realistic are our expectations?
We examine how our expectations about a ‘good job’ were formed. We probe whether these are grounded in reality, and consider a helpful alternate notion of good enough work to guide our ambitions. We finish up by considering some of the downsides of all jobs, even those we consider the most fulfilling.
Please be aware, Finding a Fulfilling Job contains material from the following individual classes: How to Identify Your Career Potential, How to Fail, and How to Be Confident.
Ticket price includes refreshments, drinks and a copy of our book A Job To Love on the day.
9.40am Tea & welcome
10.00am Morning Session
1.00pm Lunch Break (times vary)
2.00pm Afternoon Session
5.00pm Workshop Ends
'I like work: It fascinates me. I can sit and look at it for hours.'
– Jerome K. Jerome
Christian Stenta is an experienced leader in the public sector and social innovation. Over the last 16 years, he's managed social projects in large NGOs, run an inner city welfare centre, mentored over a dozen social start-ups, managed a $1M social investment fund, and ran Australia's first national festival of social change. In 2016, he joined the Department of Premier and Cabinet in Victoria to establish the Victorian Behavioural Insights Unit, and now leads strategy and engagement across Public Sector Reform and Innovation.
In addition to his work in the public sector, Christian is a lead faculty member with The School of Life, developing emotional intelligence through the help of philosophy and culture.