The blog, Happiest Jobs for the Graduating Class of 2014, mentions “do what you love” and just as quickly dismisses it as being “so simple”. This is typical of what I am seeing when recruiters like CareerBliss talk about being happy at work. Admittedly, the concept of doing what you love is simple, however how to do it is anything but.
The article goes on to talk about happiness at work mentioning factors such as supportive managers and professional growth opportunities and then they ranked the jobs in which “young professionals are happiest.” While I admit that these are important characteristics to a good job, they do not address what the person is actually doing at work, which I see as the key component to happiness in the workplace.
I believe the reason so many people dismiss ‘passion’ and ‘love’ for work so quickly because these words seem so fluffy and idealistic. They attribute people who focus on these ideas as dreamers who are spoiled and who don’t want to face the real world.