Do you have a job or a mission?
Level: mid-intermediate and advanced
Celeste Headlee, a trained opera singer turned radio show host, has some rather interest insight to share about the difference between a job and a mission. She also has a lot to say about how we get stuck focusing on our education and job expectations and miss the larger picture. But if you think she gives the same old spiel about finding your passion, being brave and embracing your true calling, you would be wrong. She knows we all have mortgages, rent, food, and stuff to pay for. And she also knows that finding your passion is complicated, changing, and doesn’t always match the needs of the market. Thankfully, she is not going to tell you to quit your job or sit at the top of a mountain to meditate.
This is the third post on this series on jobs and careers. So far we have gone through some basic vocabulary and explored what jobs are out there and then saw some fun ways to go about choosing. In this post, we will take a more analytical approach and explore the skills connected to jobs. We are going to exercise our mental flexibility and examine the components of various jobs or fields and see how they can apply to other jobs and fields.
- What do you think is the difference between a job and a mission?
- How many job-related skills can you name? (e.g. teacher: public speaking, content design, presentation design, audience analysis, etc.)
The Video: TED Don’t find a job, find a mission
- Do a Mind Map or recap of all the main points of the talk (see our list)
- What do you do? What are the skills involved in your job?
- Do you like your job? What do you like and don’t like?
- What things do you look for when looking for work?
- If you were to do something completely different, what would it be?