Your Job or Your Work

Domino Sugars from Federal Hill

I’ve been telling anyone who’ll listen that a job is just a unit of measurement of work. Meaning, you don’t need to be an employee to find fulfilling and secure work. You need to work to find work. I also mean this in the sense that we sometimes think that we’re built for one career, when we’re really just a series of skill sets in search of fulfillment.

Journalists are discovering this. As newspaper jobs dry up, they’re finding work as corporate storytellers and marketers, copywriters and information makers. Photographers are learning that photography might just be one arrow in the quiver, and that they have other callings as well. IT professionals are learning that if they “embed” with business units, they stand a better chance of keeping their role in-house instead of falling prey to outsourcing. And several people are learning that they can be the outsourcing team, by picking up work from companies that need help and don’t necessarily want to send it overseas.

Many people worry about their job, but forget that it’s vital to keep networking and building relationships if they intend to stay busy with important and meaningful work. Your boss isn’t looking to find meaningful work for you. Your boss is just trying to get through the day and hit some numbers. Your family might want you to find meaningful work, but they can’t do all the lifting. Your school isn’t preparing you for work; they’re educating you to give you a base set of tools to become useful after you leave their institution.

It’s you. And it’s your mindset. And it’s your shaking free of the Matrix that holds you to the belief that being an employee is secure. You are, and forever more will be, someone who has a portfolio career, someone who is developing several projects, one of which may or may not be a salaried position. You’re here to work. You’re here to make meaning. But you’re not here to fill a job. That time is past.

Let’s get to work, shall we?

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