Meaningless Jobs

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What happens when people start each day facing work they believe is meaningless, and in some cases actually makes the world a worse place?

They get frustrated, demoralised, angry, and even depressed.

And then there’s the BIG issue of productivity!

For many people, work appears to serve no purpose whatever. In his new book “Bullshit Jobs”, David Graeber (anthropologist at the London School of Economics) sites recent surveys showing 37% of British people think their jobs are meaningless, and in the Nethelands 40% believe their jobs had no reason to exist. (It would be surprising if Australia was much different.)

That’s one indicator of meaningless jobs. Another according to Graeber is to stop doing a “bullshit” job and see if anyone notices! If it makes no difference to anything then it is indeed a bullshit job and should be stopped permanently.

Graeber thinks that a sense of uselessness gnaws at everything that makes people human. This observation leads him to define bullshit work as “a form of paid employment that is so completely pointless, unnecessary, or pernicious that even the employee cannot justify its existence.”

A related aspect is job suitability. Young people have strong needs to feel involved, and to engage with meaningful work. From the individual’s perspective, “meaningful” depends both on the nature of the work, and the individual’s attributes.

Finding suitable, realistic and meaningful career pathways requires self-knowledge, knowledge of the world of work, a proven decision-making model, and an action plan.

Well researched, proven career planning resources play a vital role. So also do career professionals, but they need reliable and valid tools.

Contact us to find out more.

Bob Bredemeyer
e: bob@jiig-cal.com.au
m: 0417 093 696