While some people frown upon having two relationships at the same time, we think that it’s ideal… as long as one of them is with your job! You might think that it sounds ridiculous, but the best way to have a successful career and achieve your potential is to simply love your job!
It’s not easy, you know. Of course, at first you feel the butterflies and you’re excited about the little things – your desk, your shiny new business cards, your colleagues. You then go through a couple of rough patches, but you start loving it even more. You push through the deadlines and long hours and make it work! If you think about it, maintaining a healthy relationship with your job can actually be more work (no pun intended) than with a romantic partner.
But what do you do if you’re not sure if you love your job, never did or have fallen out of love with it? How can you tell – there are no magazine that have quizzes that tell you how much you love your job (are there?). At SuperGrad, we’re all about loving our jobs and our jobs loving us back, so we made this list to help rate your own job relationship.
All you have to do is count how many points you agree with. Be honest with yourself – we don’t keep score so you might as well do it right. Remember your final score and read the results at the bottom of this article. So here goes:
I am constantly learning new things and most of the time I go home with a little more knowledge.
I don’t really notice when the working hours are almost done.
I think that my manager and my team support me in being the best at what I do.
At the end of the month, I’m at least 80% happy with what I did and how much money I have in my wallet.
I always know what I want to achieve professionally in the next month.
I don’t wake up in a bad mood because it’s a work day and not the weekend.
When I’m not at work, I often find my mind drifts off to new ideas that could help me improve in my job.
When people ask me what I do, I usually talk for at least 5 minutes straight.
Most of my friends know what I do for work because I talk about it enthusiastically.
I always feel like I would rather take on a challenge rather than doing the same tasks every day, with no extra-responsibilities
0-3 points agreed
You’d better get out of that destructive relationship before it eats all your enthusiasm away! It’s easy to fall into an unhealthy routine and just not realise that you’re professionally unhappy. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t look for something else, something that helps you achieve your potential. The right job for you might be just around the corner!
4-6 points agreed
There’s still room for improvement. There’s a spark there, but the fire isn’t quite burning yet. Relationships are hard and you constantly have to do more to make it work. What you should try is taking on some new responsibilities and see what happens from there. You might find out that you weren’t finding your job challenging enough and you were feeling slightly bored. Or you might find that you’re not quite right for it and that it’s better to look for something else.
7-10 points agreed
This is your dream job. You love it and want to marry it. You wake up eager to start working and it almost never feels boring. It’s the first thing on your mind when you wake up and the last when you go to bed. Not in a creepy way, but in the best way possible – you’re so passionate about it that you want to be better every day. Even when you’re feeling a bit gloomy, concentrating on your work lightens your mood. Treasure this feeling, you’re one of the lucky ones!
If you don’t have a job yet, don’t despair! You can bookmark this article and after every interview, have a look at these 10 points. Think about what would happen if you got the job and if you could fall in love with it – it will help you make a healthy decision.