In 2017, Google’s Chief Executive Officer Jaime Casap offered good advice for young career seekers: “Don’t ask kids what they want to be when they grow up but what problems do they want to solve. This changes the conversation from who do I want to work for, to what do I need to learn to be able to do that.”
He brings up a good point about why people like to work.
Studies show finding a bigger purpose is an important part of job satisfaction. A 2016 survey* of adult employees found that 88 percent say their job is more fulfilling when they can make a positive impact on social and environmental issues. And a 2018 report revealed that “working with a purpose” is one of the main trends shaping today’s workforce.**
There are many jobs where you can find purpose and earn a living. All these career fields need lots of people, too, like accountants, sales representatives and communicators, to make organizations run. Meet some people—and learn more about careers—making a difference:
Why it’s so important: Healthcare workers are our true heroes.
“I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives and leave them better (physically, emotionally, spiritually) than when I first met them. That is the essence of nursing, and what I love so much about this career. Another wonderful aspect of nursing is the endless opportunities. You could be a nurse in research, a doctor’s office, management, at the bedside, teaching or nursing homes. There are also different patient populations one can choose to work with, such as geriatrics, babies, psychiatry, adults, etc. I’ve always wanted to become a Family Nurse Practitioner, and thankfully, I only have a year and half left of school until I do.
“If you want to make a difference in the world, nursing is certainly one of those professions. Your patients and their loved ones will be completely dependent on you, on your knowledge, your critical thinking, and your compassion. They will depend on you to keep them alive, to notice when things change, to be an advocate, and offer a hand to hold. To them, you will make all the difference in the world. Nursing is a very profound, challenging and meaningful career that changes the lives of many, on a daily basis.”