The Best Jobs 2020 and Beyond

 

So I saw a smart video about which are the best jobs.


They are not the ones that just pay the most!


Here are the three criteria to look for in your next dream job (aside from the money):


1) Autonomy – Work that is self-directed provides satisfaction that jobs that are closely or micro-managed do not. 


2) Mastery – Jobs that allow you get better at them over time  (technical proficiency) provide a sense of mastery and self-respect. 


3) Purpose – When you have a deep sense of purpose and meaning from your work there is simply no greater motivator and satisfier than this. 


I’d also add that the best places to work are the ones with:

  • The best bosses and the nicest people
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  • A solid balance for work and life


Overall, if we can reconnect the profit motive with the purpose motive then we have truly have the best jobs out there. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

WATERgate

These were pictures of some water sculptures that I took at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C.The waterfalls remind me more of the landscaping around Floridian high-rises or the water flumes at Walt Disney parks than of what you normally see around town, here.I liked these aesthetically and think we generally need more integration of nature and art into our urban (and often sterile) environment.

A little more green, a little more clean, and a lot little less crime and congestion–and don’t forget a decent climate–those were some of the things that I look for in attractive places to live and to work.

While no place is perfect, having grown up on the upper west side in Manhattan and then Riverdale (in the Bronx) and now in the D.C. area, let’s just say that there are differences all around us. 😉

Then again, as my father always taught me, you can live anywhere–if you have your health, family, and a good job.
He’s right, a place is just a place–and it’s the people and love between them that makes it great.

So water sculptures aside, give me a real home, and that’s the best place in the world that I want to be.

(Source photos: Andy Blumenthal)

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>Where Do You Want To Work?

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The Wall Street Journal (21 March 2011) published an article on the results of a study by Universum of over 10,000 professionals with between 1 and 8 years of work experience identifying who their ideal employers are and these are the results.

Interesting–from the top 10 employers…

– 4 are well-known, exciting technology companies (Google, Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft)

– 4 are federal government agencies (Department of State, FBI, CIA, and NASA)

– 1 is a childhood sweetheart…Walt Disney

– 1 is a non-profit dedicated to “eliminating educational inequity”…Teach for America

The complete ranking of all 150 employers can be found here.

The results were derived from young professionals picking up to 5 ideal employers from the list of 150.

Respondents could also write-in employers not listed and the top one’s requested were Facebook (with 600 million members are climbing, no surprise), Department of Homeland Security (critical mission, don’t know why they weren’t on the original list of 150), and the United Nations (the “great melting pot” as they say in NY).

The list provides some food for thought for those thinking about their own career aspirations–whether just starting out or looking to make a change.