The career satisfaction test – would you rather be working or watching The Bachelorette?

It’s a trick question, really… no job can beat Season 5 of The Bachelorette, featuring Vancouver’s own Jillian Harris.

But back to the topic of career satisfaction.  I just caught this news story that appeared in the June 10th edition of The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business.  The story:  results from a survey last year of 11,000 Canadians show that 12% know they chose the wrong career and another 24% say they’re not quite sure they made a wise choice.

Of course, this brings up the question of whether or not we feel HR was the right career pick for us.

Sometimes folks considering an HR career approach me to talk about what it takes to get into the profession.  I like to throw the question back at them, “why are you choosing HR?”  Without fail, the first response is “I want to work with people” or “I want to help people”.    Big uh oh, unless you think terminating people falls under the scope of “helping people”.  During these informational interviews, about 80% of people tell me they want to go into recruiting.  There is visible uneasiness when I say, “how comfortable are you telling people that they are not the successful candidate for the job and then explaining to them why?”  I also ask them to imagine themselves at a career fair, repeating the job application process about 100 times during the day.  The point is, most people don’t get the real story about their chosen careers until they’re in them.  Luckily, some folks get that working in HR is not about working with or for the people but about making the organization successful through people. 

OK, HR’ers!  Time to fess up.  Are you in the right career?  Be your participative HR self and answer the poll.


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