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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.

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.

BBC One: Job Change

BBC News
July 20, 2020

Career change during the pandemic

July 20, 2020

Work Ties

Work Ties
January 1, 2019

Five ways to boost your job satisfaction

The Conversation
April 11, 2016
Are you part of the whopping 60% of people in both the UK and US who are feeling unhappy at work? Now that it’s spring – a time of new beginnings – perhaps you are scratching your head, wondering if it’s worth leaving your job and looking for something new, something more exciting and meaningful, something more satisfying.

The one key way to finding joy in your job

Psychology Today
March 29, 2016
No matter where you work or what you do, there will always be an element of drudgery. It’s impossible to avoid the routine and mundane in your everyday job activities. Do you have a lot of paperwork to get through on a daily basis? How about emails and phone calls? Are there people you have to deal with who annoy you no end? If you’re familiar with the cult classic movie, “Office Space,” you might remember the scene where the boss, played by Gary Cole, leans over and reminds the very disgruntled employee, played by Ron Livingston, that “I’m going to need those TPS reports, ASAP… so if you could do that, that would be great.” This, and the many other annoyances leads Livingston’s character eventually to leave it all behind. Clearly, this was an individual who felt completely disenfranchised from his job.

Here’s the real reason you don’t fit in at work

BBC Capital
February 15, 2016
Everyone wants to fit in. This is all very well when you’re a university student and can pick and choose your friends, but quite another when it comes to that first job – or even later in your career when your priorities might be entirely different. But what if your job depends on seamlessly working closely with your colleagues all the time? How can you find a company culture that is meant for you?

Wake up: This job is no dream

Sunday Times
January 10, 2016
Just because you love the job does not mean you will be any good at it. Do your homework before making a career move.

Work from the heart

Globes Israel
December 20, 2015

Battling know-it-all syndrome when you’re in charge

BBC Capital
September 29, 2015
Do you know when to keep your mouth shut? Neither does the boss sometimes.

Having a strong calling can help you make challenging career decisions

LSE Business Review
September 16, 2015
One approach to career pursuit encourages people to prioritize doing what they love and to pursue their passions, as exemplified by Steve Jobs’ statement that “the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking.”

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.
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