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Working it out

We are told to follow our dreams, but is that the only route to finding enjoyable, satisfying work? Lizzie Enfield looks at an alternative…

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During my university holidays, I had a temping job with a firm of local furniture removers – office-based admin work with a business I had little interest in. But I loved it: talking to people from all walks of life, being organised, sorting problems and the office camaraderie.

In fact, I enjoyed it so much I almost applied for their graduate trainee scheme, but I stopped short, asking myself if this was really my dream job?

I became a writer instead, and have enjoyed a varied and rewarding career, yet every time I see my father he says, ‘If you’d continued in furniture removals, you’d have been head of UK operations by now!’€ Who knows? I never experienced doing the job day in day out, but my spell there showed that it’s possible to find enjoyable work in unexpected places. There’s a lot of advice out there about finding your dream job, turning your hobby into a business, but, for every story you hear of someone who turned jam-making into a profitable industry, there are plenty of people who took a job because they needed one and grew to love it.€ Jane Meyer, a bank clerk in Winchester, is living proof that the adage ‘hard work is its own reward’ can be true. ‘I spent my twenties trying, and failing, to make it as a singer and eventually found a job with a bank to make ends meet. I loved the routine and the fact that there was nothing subjective about the work; no one telling me my voice was not right, just things that needed to be done. And I put the job to bed at the end of the day, leaving me free to pursue music as a hobby and enjoy it.’

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