How To Find A Job You Love

We all know what the perfect job looks like - well-paid, high-profile, intellectually stimulating and emotionally rewarding. No wonder our actual jobs have trouble measuring up.

This class is designed to help us think about what we really seek from our working lives. We start by looking at the factors that shape our career choices – from family background to personality tests – and whether these help or hinder our search for optimal opportunities. We explore what a meaningful job would really look like; and take apart the word 'meaning' to discover the hopes we invest in this concept.

We tackle a range of career dilemmas: should we be pursuing money and status? How important is it to have a job that embodies personal values, or that fully harnesses our talents? Is it better to be a generalist or a specialist - a wide achiever or a high achiever? Are 'dream jobs' actually attainable? This class is a humane, culturally rich occasion for a full audit of our career hopes and opportunities.


18.00     Welcome & Class commences
19.30     Break (times vary)
21.00     Class finishes

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'Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.'


Anna McPherson has worked in both the corporate and non-for profit sector throughout her career and held senior management roles in Marketing and Business Development. She received her degree in English Literature from the University of Oregon and has worked for organizations as diverse as The Hilton International in Hong Kong, The Asia-Australia Institute, The American Chamber of Commerce, The Australian Ballet and most recently The Sydney Theatre Company. Anna's interest in The School of Life stems from her strong belief in the positive and practical benefits of engaging with the humanities. Anna was born in Asia, educated in Europe and The United States and now considers Australia her home.


Our classes have been designed to give useful insights around the big themes in life. You’ll be challenged to think deeply about the issues that matter most, and provided with a space to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences with other curious, open-minded individuals.

These sessions are designed by experts and taught by members of our faculty. They include a mix of lecture and group activity and conversation. Optional homework is provided for those interested in further study.

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How To Find A Job You Love


When and where:
  • Wednesday 23 August 2017 6 - 9pm,
  • Tuesday 26 September 2017 6 - 9pm,
  • Wednesday 25 October 2017 6 - 9pm,
    The School of Life, 370 Bourke St Surry Hills, Sydney NSW 2010


Full price: $80.00
Concession: $70.00
(+ $2 booking fee and 1.5% CC fee)

Valid concession cards include a Health Care Card, Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card and current student cards.

Please note that we are unable to offer refunds or transfers with less than 7 days cancellation notice before the original class date.

For ticketing and box office enquiries please call 0481 263 041 or email

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