I’ve always been told from time-to-time from people in the working world how important it is to love your job. Even some of my peers have high hopes to someday love their job when they get older. They don’t care where they work; they just want to love what they’re doing. I’ve also heard a lot of complaints from those who don’t like their jobs, and it sounds miserable. I’m now getting to the age where the majority of my friends have found a “grown-up” job, and are now working fulltime. After hearing some of their stories, and experiencing my internship, I’ve realized how important it is to love your job.

My sister absolutely hated her first job. I watched her slowly transform into someone she wasn’t. She no longer went out and hung out with her friends, instead she laid around on the weekends because she didn’t want to see or speak to anyone, she wanted the time her herself. This was completely out of the ordinary for her. She no longer worked out which was something that she enjoyed and was very important to her before. All she wanted to do after work was lie in her bed. The stress from the job also started to weigh on her health; she experienced strange stomach pains she’d never experienced before.

On the other hand, one of my friends absolutely loves her job. She said it’s a lot of work but she does it because she loves what she’s doing. She works the regular 9 am -5 pm and sometimes has to come home and work from her laptop until 11 pm at night, also working sometimes on Sundays, but she doesn’t mind because she loves her work. Even though it’s a lot of work, she doesn’t mind it and wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

I think it’s not only important for the individual to love their work for their own sake, but also for the company’s sake as well. I truly believe that employees give what they take. The more the get out of their jobs the more they will give back to their jobs. If they truly love their job, they also truly care about that company’s wellbeing. They will then put in just as much as they get out of the job.

After working at my internship, I’ve experienced a slight taste of what it means to love your job. For some, a job is a job and no matter the struggles or stress, they can leave it all at the door once they leave. For others, they carry the tension and the weight of their jobs where ever they go. I’ve had my good days and my bad days here. When I have my bad days, I dread going back. I think about all the stress I will have to relive once I go back to work. I can’t sleep, I don’t want to do school work, and I just want to be by myself. Fortunately, I don’t have those days often. When I have good days, nothings better in the world, it’s like I’m a completely different person. I’m optimistic, positive, and I’m full of energy. It’s amazing how much a job can effect on your life. I now realize the overall importance of never settling on a job that makes you miserable, and how important it is to do what you love and find your happy place.