The news on jobs – at least here in the UK – just seems to get worse. Yesterday The Guardian shared news of how 100,000 public sector folks will be put on notice of redundancy over the Christmas period. It’s the last in a long line of announcements about job losses, and there’s a real fear in many camps that the opportunities that once existed for work and career development are closing down.
However, by stunning contrast, I also recently came across a great campaign being run by Monster, the global online recruitment machine. It’s message talks to and challenges that big concern by showing how, even in a challenging economy, people are still finding and allowing themselves to do meaningful work. Of course, choosing the tactic of talking to a current deep psychological angst is a great way for Monster to differentiate itself in the market. Nevertheless I think their upbeat and ballsy approach is pretty inspiring.
And I wanted to share one little piece of it with you. Browsing through their advertising blurb, I came across this video of Greg Drevenstedt. He found his job as Road Test Editor for Rider Magazine via Monster. There was something of what he portrays in this clip that just jives with my whole philosophy.
Maybe it’s the way that it shows how magically Greg’s skills and talents of research and writing have weaved together with his passion for motorcycling to create the perfect job for him.
Or maybe it’s what he says about loving his work:
“It’s like having a soul mate… well, you can also have a soul mate in terms of a job.”
I know that a lot of you will use the next couple of weeks to reflect on what you do or don’t do for a living; how you can better match your efforts to your interests and make money in the process. And I wanted to share this little jewel with you as a little piece of inspiration that, despite the gloom, the soul can find its own way into amazing work.
Let me know what you think in the comments below!