A challenge for future grads: convenience vs. contentment

Rebekah Secrist, ’Doah Contributing Writer
March 26, 2013

Understanding one particular gem of wisdom may help college graduates in obtaining satisfaction in the workforce. While finding work is always presented as the ultimate challenge in this economy, the greater decision comes when a prospective employee must choose between two jobs. It’s important to remember that not all jobs are created equal.

Satisfaction in the workplace is not about money. While students might be tempted to take a job just because it pays well, it is important to think long-term and consider a job that fulfills personal aspirations over a job that fulfills bank account desires.

Dr. Kelley Crowley, a mass communications professor, discusses this conflict of convenience versus contentment quite often in her classroom and encourages prioritizing. “Money is the least important thing when defining what your ideal job is,” said Crowley. Often when you base a job decision on nothing but the money, you wind up in a position you hate, something Crowley has experienced herself. “When you’re driving to work crying and completely hating the fact that you have to go to that miserable place you work at, it won’t matter if you’re pulling in six figures.”

While this may at first sound ridiculous to a student buried in loans, future graduates must be inspired to always choose passion over money. Do what you love and love what you do, and this requires striking that balance between the necessity of income and the passion for a cause.

It is important to have priorities that will never allow money to stand in the way of real aspirations. Contentment is more important than the convenience money can bring, so contentment should be given higher value. Prioritizing job offers based on inner goals as opposed to material comfort may be difficult at first, but can be accomplished if you stay true to yourself and what you want.

Catherine Floyd, a junior mass communications major, puts it simply: “I want to change the world. Money can’t change the world, but I can.” Floyd’s short but impactful statement shows how it should be considered more valuable to pursue goals for specific purpose instead of taking a job for the money it offers. It’s a strong message and a challenge to students who are getting ready to graduate and find their “dream job.”

It might be tempting, but it is unwise to make business decisions based on money. The best thing for future graduates to do is to challenge their passions and to never settle for anything less than the most their passion can accomplish.

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