CHAPTER 3

Your likes and dislikes

“Setting career goals doesn’t work for everyone, just make sure you know what you like (and dislike), what you are good at and whether enjoying a job is more important than promotion. Then be ready to seize opportunities as they arise.”

GRAHAM O’CONNELL, HEAD OF LEARNING & DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY AND CURRICULUM, CIVIL SERVICE

Work is a four-letter word. Historically work is seen as something that you have to do, indeed it has been called the curse of the working classes. You simply aren’t supposed to enjoy it.

The common perception has been that the majority of us work to fulfil our needs; what Maslow and Hertzberg referred to as the Basic Motivators or the Hygiene Factors – food, water, shelter, security ...

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