Should You Love Your Job for Corporate Career Happiness?

You may not love your job, but that doesn’t mean you should do something different. Corporate careers offer more than you may think.

You Don’t Love Your Job?

When it comes to working in business, I don’t think I’m going out on a limb to say many of us don’t feel a deep passion about we do on a daily basis. We aren’t head-over-heels in love with our work.

So if you don’t love your current job, does this mean you should do something new? I used to think so, but now I view work differently.

The Pressure to Love Your Job is Real

Here’s the issue: advice such as “follow your passion or do what you love” paints a somewhat idealized picture of work. It can leave people in corporate roles feeling a bit down about their chosen path, as if they settled for less and should be on a quest to discover their dream job.

I can totally relate because that’s how I felt early in my career. Shortly after landing my first real job post-college, I realized it wasn’t my dream job. Sure, working in the tech industry was interesting and challenging, but it didn’t scream “dream career” to me.

As a result, my 20s saw quite a bit of job hopping as I explored new opportunities and tried to figure out the work that would be the perfect job for me. And you know what I discovered from my search for more exciting jobs?

I realized that my day job doesn’t have to center around a “classic love story”. There are many other interesting genres we can choose from.

More Than Just a Love Story

Look, just because you don’t love your job doesn’t mean you can’t have a meaningful and fulfilling career in business.

In fact, pursuing a career path in the corporate world can offer much more than you may think — and have a positive effect on many parts of your life.

Choose Your Favorite Genre

For instance, your job can be all about unlocking your potential—throwing yourself into new experiences. 

It can be a chance for personal growth, turning into a better version of yourself. If you love to learn and are serious about development, the corporate world has much to offer, like earning a degree on your company’s dime.

And hey, work can be about an adventure, taking you around the world and introducing you to different cultures. If you long to explore foreign places, or even live in a different country for a while, focus your job search on international companies.

Of course, work can also be about a way to reach your financial goals and retire early.  If financial security is important to you, growing your career in corporate can be one of the best ways to get there.

For me, work meant managing my career in a way where it included all of these elements. While I wouldn’t say I was super passionate about my work, my work environment did provide me with plenty of the things that I enjoyed and valued.

Plus, by focusing on career advancement and hard work, I not only gained a high sense of accomplishment, but was able to make my dream of early retirement a reality.

Don’t Limit Your Options

And here’s the best part: you don’t have to limit yourself to one work genre. What you enjoy about work can change over time.

Maybe what gets you excited about work is seeking out adventure and new experiences, but over time your your motivation for work becomes more about making a positive impact on your team members or leaving a lasting legacy.

When you think about work from this angle, doesn’t it seem limiting to seek out your one true career calling?

After all, the person you are today is likely very different than who you were a few years ago, and will certainly be different than who you are in the future.

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Make the Most Out of Work

At the end of the day, the main point to remember is this: don’t feel like you’re missing out if you don’t find a love connection in your current role. It’s enough to simply gain enjoyment and job satisfaction from your work in a way that holds personal meaning for you.

Meaningful work doesn’t have to center solely around a love story. It can incorporate aspects of action and adventure, personal growth and development, or even a classic rags-to-riches narrative. It’s up to you to choose your favorite genre!

Rather than taking advice to follow your passion and love your job, I encourage you to enjoy your journey and make the most out of your corporate career.


About Author

As a former CMO who started as an admin assistant, Alison writes about climbing the corporate ladder to achieve financial freedom. 

You can read more about her story here.



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