When people as me what degree I am doing at University I almost always get the same response, “Oh! Money!” People assume I am aiming for money in my chosen degree, while it would be a pro to the job, I chose a business degree in order to learn and to contribute to the world as a whole as best I could. I can’t sing, I don’t have radical artistic ability and I’m not a gifted sports person – but I can learn and learn well. In my mind, doing something in a business industry allowed me to use this ability to seize opportunities and try improving my skill and knowledge whilst making some kind of difference – this is what would make me happy in my career. I thought about this while reading this weeks reading, as Christensen 2010 talks of Frederick Herzberg’s idea that it is not money that drives us in our careers but the learning opportunities, the contributions our career can make to ourselves and others and the chance to be recognized for these (Christensen, 2010). The flow on affect this success in career has I do believe goes into other aspects of our life, for example Christensen, 2010 talks of the manager that has a day at work filled with learning and accomplishment – and how she will likely go home in a better mood and have better interactions with her family and vice versa.
This I can relate to through this course and the Mikes Bikes simulation, through all the work my group and myself have put in this semester we have finally come through and gotten ourselves to an excellent place on the scoreboard. As the 5pm rollover dawned yesterday – we all found ourselves sitting and waiting for the result. As we received it – we were all very happy and their we congratulatory comments being thrown around which made (I think) us all feel great and made us feel accomplished and that we had learned and achieved. This then resulted in a excited call to my mother, (who has had to hear all about it this semester) and a happier me for my flat mates to deal with! I think this shows the importance of these factors for success in my career.
I feel this reading sways away from practical ideas a bit and Christensen’s strong faith and ideas of religion come through – expresses that you should know your lives purpose, to figure that out, is to figure out how to live your life. I have my struggles with this idea, while I think it’s possible to figure out what makes you happy right now – I struggle to think that its possible for me right now at the age of 21 to figure out how exactly I want my life to be and what the purpose of it is.
While whilst writing this, I can maybe see how the sub conscious thinking plus a purposeful reflection of this could somehow get you to look at the big picture and focus on what really makes you happy in life and what your aspirations maybe – but in terms of figuring out what MY life’s purpose is, is to be happy. I think that’s what I need to figure out – how to be happy. From this experience, it would be how to have a career that fuels my happiness?
This course has been my favourite this semester; it has pushed me to new limits and encouraged me to try brand new things in a brand new way. The way, in which it is formed as a competition, has brought in the element of acknowledgement and a way to satisfy all our work during the semester. This I think ticks all of boxes discussed in the Christensen, 2010 reading.
Christensen, C. M. (2010). How will you measure your life? Harvard Business Review, 88(7/8), 46-51.