Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Worst Job in the World? in the Latest in His Series on Striking Images, Our Columnist Looks at How Far We'll Go to Earn a Crust

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Worst Job in the World? in the Latest in His Series on Striking Images, Our Columnist Looks at How Far We'll Go to Earn a Crust

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Byline: Charles Saatchi

the naked eye POSSIBLY there are more horrible jobs than being an armpit sniffer, testing products in a deodorant factory. Hopefully your job is more congenial, even if you do dislike it some days. But like all of us, on some days you are the dog and on other days you are the lamppost.

When you find your boss infuriating; when work seems a tiresome intrusion on your life; when each dull day follows on remorselessly from the dullness of the day before -- remember the cruel fact that many, many people are depressed by their job.

Of course there are countless selfhelp manuals to help people cope with this trauma. If you are looking for a really soul-crushing job, you could try reading them all.

What is it that keeps people chained to work, that makes them feel underappreciated or not unappreciated at all, nothing more than a resource? There's the obvious -- a steady income, the uncertainty of finding a better job, the baleful hope that things will get better if you get promoted. But more usually it's because you have already invested so much time, effort and energy in your current employment that it makes walking away difficult.

It's important to know what you really want. The biggest mistake jobseekers make is being unable to articulate, even to themselves, the work that they genuinely crave. Ideally, see if you can turn what you really enjoy doing into a job that makes you money -- that way, work doesn't feel like work. This isn't an unrealistic option -- it's not just successful bloggers and vloggers who make a living out of their interests. The key is to cultivate a career that you enjoy, that you are good at, that people will pay you handsomely for.

For example, if you are a whizz at computer games, counting down the hours until you can return to your console, why not consider a career change to become a programmer? …

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