Would You Be Happy Doing Her Job?
In a society where careers are given so much weight, people tend to hold the belief that the ultimate measurement of a person is how successful s/he is in his/her career. Conversely, career success is measured in terms of position held, money earned, chances of advancements and retirement benefits. With this concept in mind and the fact that most people spend half of their time working on respective careers, people miss one very significant point, which is to give more consideration to job satisfaction. When was the last time you asked yourself if you’re happy with your job? Do you enjoy your work and don’t even notice the passing of time; or do you feel that work is such a burden and you keep watching the clock wishing the workday would end soon? If you’re unsure about how much satisfaction and happiness you’re getting from your job… do you think you would be happier doing the jobs listed below? Read on and find out.
• Sportscaster. Who said that sportscasting is only a man’s job? More women are in the field bringing the latest sports updates, and proving as capable as their male counterparts, mind you. If you’re a sports buff with a pleasing personality, you’d be a good fit for the job. You have to smile a lot too…you’re on TV! The pay is quite generous with a start-up salary of $21,000; but you can easily fetch a million bucks as you get more experience and exposure. Think you’d be happy delivering blow by blow accounts of a sporting event?
• Supermodel. Don’t you just envy those tall and skinny supermodels that look like human Barbie dolls? Maybe. But being a supermodel can be very stressful starting with watching your weight and maintaining an invariably slim figure. If you’re aspiring to be one, be ready to immerse yourself in a world that requires discipline and focus, and revolves around all things beautiful. The road won’t be easy, but if you succeed you may become one of the most admired women on the planet. Prepare yourself to stay on your feet and perform all sorts of poses for hours under the direction of a professional photographer. Supermodels get to wear designer clothes and shoes, meet prominent people and socialites, and are included in the guest lists of the glitzy social gatherings and glam parties. Depending on the agency, a supermodel may get about $45M in one year. How’s that for grand living!
• Queen of England. Being of royal blood definitely has its upside. Respect and awe are expected. No matter what era, you have a lot of power and influence over people – even in these modern times, a queen is still a queen. But being the queen has its drawbacks, too. You have to perpetually mind your reputation, your manners, every little thing you do and say gets noticed and talked or written about; it’s like being under a microscope all the time. People might not realize it and have this notion that the queen has total control of her subjects. The truth is her existence is controlled by the very status that has made her powerful and by what the subjects expect of her. It is said that the British government allocates an annual budget of 40 million pounds for the queen. Think you’d be happier if you traded places with her?
• Wet Nurse. These women are hired to take care of and breastfeed other mothers’ babies. This happens when the child’s birth mother is unable to produce milk or can’t attend to her child because of work or illness. For some wet nurses, there’s a certain irony in taking care of other people’s children to be able take care of their own. Then again, the sense of maternal fulfillment could be twice as rewarding. With average annual earnings of $30,000 would you be willing to take on the responsibility?
• Waitress. This job category has the lowest wages in the U.S. with an hourly rate of $3.30 – $7.81, but a good waitress can still take home more than $100 per day in tips. This job requires minimal education and some just work part-time. It is often seen as a dead-end job, although it could be a good stepping stone if you want to pursue a hospitality management career – but only if you treat it as a stop-gap and don’t stay too long on the job.
Being happy is relative. It largely depends on what values you hold and what matters to you most. No matter what kind of work you have – whether it’s extremely strenuous or relaxed, low- or high-paying, glamorous or menial – the more important thing is to enjoy and love what you are doing. Enjoy the weekend, folks…and be happy!