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In this activity you will be participating in a group discussion about ways to maximize your job satisfaction.
If a dream job doesn’t turn out as hoped, you don’t have to immediately admit you made a poor choice or quit. There are some useful strategies to make a job better. Turn to the handout, Ten Strategies to Increase Your Job Satisfaction.
Do any of these strategies NOT apply to internships?
Tell interns that we all dream about the ideal job in which we're motivated, inspired, respected and well paid. But in reality, there are times when we have to settle for less.
You may really like your co-workers, and value the benefits (such as health insurance, vacation days, etc.), but the job is boring.
Maybe the job is fascinating, but you don’t agree with how your boss treats people.
Ask interns what they think are the main reasons people are not satisfied with their jobs. Record their answers on the board and supplement with the following reasons, if necessary:
conflict with a co-worker
conflict with a supervisor
not being appropriately paid
lack of opportunities for promotion
having little or no say in decisions that affect you
fear of losing your job
This activity provides students with an opportunity to explore what is satisfying about their internships, either through personal experience or the experience of a colleague at the internship site.
This activity gives students an opportunity to reflect on their internship experiences and the key takeaways from related lessons, such as what skills, techniques, and concepts can be applied to college and future work.