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How to find meaning in your science career: Six expert tips

February 26, 2024
Philosophers, social scientists and a Nobel-prizewinning economist on how researchers can get satisfaction from their work — and make a difference to the world.

Work shift: Can’t get no (job) satisfaction
June 20, 2023

This way you experience more meaning in your work

April 8, 2023
Many people associate this weekend with themes of sacrifice and renewal. And that can lead to questions such as: what do I actually give my time and energy to? What do I really find important? Last month, Shoshana Dobrow, Hannah Weisman, Daniel Heller and Jennifer Tosti-Kharas published a large meta-analysis – of 201 previous studies – on calling and the good life. Important questions were: does it help if you experience a calling in your work? Does that make your work better? And does that also apply to your life as a whole? First things first: what is this “good life” that the authors are talking about? They focus primarily on the experience of pleasure, happiness, meaning and purpose. And what exactly is a calling? The meta-analysis produces two different lines of thought.

BBC One: Job Change

BBC News
July 20, 2020

LSE IQ Podcast

LSE IQ Podcast
March 22, 2022
The idea of ‘following your passion’ is widespread in popular culture and on social media. With the pandemic having given many people pause to reflect on meaning in their own lives, this episode of LSE iQ asks whether the advice to ‘follow you heart’ or to ‘find your calling’, is good advice. We’ll learn how following a calling turned one LSE graduate to beer and building a successful social enterprise, via a holy revelation. We’ll hear stories of animal hoarding, passions gone wrong and burnout. And there’s some hopeful news for those of us who just haven’t found our passion yet.

How the pandemic could redefine our productivity obsession

BBC’s Worklife Vertical
January 7, 2021
Accelerated changes to work-life routines are leading some people to radically rethink their approach to productivity – and even change the quality of their lives.

Jobs for life go out of fashion
January 27, 2014
January is the busiest month for people switching jobs and new data shows that a growing number of people will change careers during their lifetime. Hayley Platt looks at the trend and the risks some have taken to pursue their dream.

Career change during the pandemic

July 20, 2020
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