November 25th, 2013
As the Thanksgiving season comes around once more, it’s a good time to pause for a moment and reflect on all of the many blessings we should be thankful for. For many folks, this includes being grateful for having a career in the first place, when so many others are unemployed or looking for something better. While every career has its challenges, having the ability to make a living doing something you are good at certainly has its rewards too.
5 Things to Be Thankful for at Work
To get you in the thankful frame of mind, here are some thoughts to ponder in terms of your career.
- Your career is more stable than others. The very fact that you have a current job is something to be very thankful for in this unstable world economy. With some 10 percent of the US working population out of work, it’s important to remember that your job is one that has held out for a long time because your company is well-managed.
- You create your own career existence. The assignment you are in now has been made possible by the company you work for, but your day to day career experience is something you have control over. Despite the interruptions from co-workers, the phone ringing, and the occasional customer; your work day is what you make of it. This is something to be very thankful for.
- Others wish they had your skills and career. Very often, working professionals dream of doing something vastly different from where they end up. Yet, for each person questioning if the grass is greener in another career path, there are those trying to break into yours. Value your unique skill set and the experiences you have earned on the job, and make the most of it.
- The work you do is important and meaningful. Whether you think so or not, you are a very valuable member of the team you work with. In fact, your company could not accomplish what it has been able to do over the last year without your contribution. Sure, there are good and bad days in any career, but you are a piece of the puzzle which is something to be thankful for because you are important.
- The corporate environment allows you to network and make friends. Can you imagine having a job where you could not interact with the people around you? In some places, this is a reality. And as a human being this is very depressing. Take a look around you and recognize the interesting people you get to work with each and every day.
Heading into 2013, it’s critical that you take a look back at all the events and experiences you’ve earned this year. Update your resume with your accomplishments, and do not take for granted the lessons you’ve learned. Your career and the ability to hold down a job is something to be thankful for every day.