Love is in the air, and it’s not just because it’s the middle of February. Students everywhere, are learning to fall in love with their career paths by gauging them similarly to how one might assess a first date–is it exciting? Do your values line up? Are you kept engaged?
These questions, it turns out, are exactly the right ones students should be asking. Check below to see why CareerBliss.com ranked these jobs as some of the happiest in America, and learn how you can end up choosing a career that you can love doing for the rest of your life.
Flexibility is the name of the game when it comes to IT consulting. Employees set their own hours, choose which projects they want to work on, and, most of all, have reported having some of the best relationships with their bosses and colleagues of any job on the CareerBliss.com list. The takeaway? Some of the happiest employees are those whose day-to-day tasks include plenty of personal freedom and little to no micromanaging.
Relationships with clients can be a huge factor in loving your job. After all, every job is about pleasing a consumer base and arguably no job allows you to do this in a more hands-on fashion than a realtor. The 4.029 happiness score of realtors–good for third-highest on the list–is a reflection of just how big of an impact positive, open and face-to-face relationships can have on your occupational happiness.
One of the most in-demand careers, the fact that software engineering is also one of the happiest careers shows the benefit of getting a job that combines individual creativity and team-oriented collaboration in today’s market. If you’re somebody who has passions in several different fields, consider pursuing a job that mirrors your polytechnic skills so that you never have to feel the grass is greener on the other side.
Many students find that they can’t get enough of the learning environment. Part of this reason is that the jobs that make us the happiest are those that keep us engaged and constantly learning. If you’re soured by the thought of a repetitive job where you’re forced to learn the old fashioned way, consider a job where you interact with others as a teacher or mentor. Teaching/research assistants were ranked highest on the CareerBliss.com list for 2014 happiness in part because every day they go into work in an environment they love.
One of the biggest reasons students end up backtracking on their career choices is that the culture and values of their industry just don’t end up lining up with their own. If you’re someone who weighs heavily the ethics and culture of your job, consider stepping into a leadership role where you help set the culture. HR employees and project coordinators are examples of team leader roles that rank highest in happiness quotients.
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