JobDrive - how do you choose, enjoy and get the most from your job

This drive is for everyone whether a student, a part time worker or a senior manager. Choosing a job or career can be a difficult task no matter at what stage of life you are – it is often driven by many factors and circumstances. It all starts when we are teenagers when we are at school doing exams. “What do I want to be when I grow up?” Some teenagers are heavily influenced by their parents, surroundings, friends etc, whilst others are still unclear even when they are due to start work or when they are at University.

Sometimes after many years we wish we had chosen something else, but for many reasons it’s not always an option to change careers. especially if we have commitments such as a family or a mortgage.

Where can people go to get advice about a meeting with a boss, career choices. making a presentation to large groups or advice about moving jobs.

Many young people having chosen a career have nowhere independent to turn for advice or help – school is finished, parents often can’t help and peers know no more than them. In Jobdrive you will find lots of help and support no matter what stage you’re at.

If you’re at a tricky point in your work and you’re not 100% sure who to turn to look at Jobdrive first, and you can ask a question. 

YouDriveHealth also have members and directors who come from all walks of life and can help. 

Career stress: 53% of people are frustrated and stressed and have that boxed in feeling. Who can you turn to talk to or get support from?

Job Facts

1 %

of all people contacted in Personal Group’s Hapi survey of 1274 employees are not happy in the workplace (Personal Group)


The average person will change careers 5-7 times during their working life according to Career Change Statistics.

1 %

expect to change jobs every 3 to 4 years. This means over 20 jobs in a lifetime as opposed to the 5-7 jobs currently. (London Business School)

1 %

is the amount the UK freelance economy has grown by since 2009 – people are choosing to be their own boss and decide how they want to live their lives. (IPSE)

Do you do what you want to do?

When choosing a career it is important to remember one key fact: people who enjoy what they do spend more time doing it, relish learning new things and their minds are positive and open to change. They are satisfied and worry less and suffer with less stress.

So when choosing a career you need to match your character, attitude, personality, and competence.  If you’re unsure of your type, you can take a 5 minute personality test from Career Test UK based on the Briggs Meyer test which suggests work areas to suit your personality.

However, it’s easy to get all romantic about becoming  a doctor or a lawyer but with any choice there are a number of negatives that need to be considered – in these cases years of study.

If you find after a few years your attitude has changed or the industry or role has changed and you become unhappy remember you need to start the process all over again. 

Many people work solely for money and dread Mondays, being desperate  for Friday to come. These days we are going to work for 45 years which is a long time to be miserable or do a job just for the money.

We  can’t all be lucky if that’s what it is to have a job we love. Whilst we might not be an actor earning millions for playing parts in films we can be happy in our day to day activity and if we can earn a good living as well then that’s a win win situation.   

In fact, the link between earnings and happiness is tenuous, as our post based on an article form the Financial Times shows.

They say the grass is always greener on the other side. We often look at others who may have a prolific career and think wow I wish I was them. But are they really happy?  The press is full of reports of actors and pop singers who come off the rails and destroy their own lives.

One important fact is never decide to change career when you had a hard day or argument at work as you’re not thinking clearly or positively enough. You need a clear head and thought process when starting a new career plan.

Things might be very different this time as you may have family responsibilities or commitments and they must be factored into any decision making process. For sure your initial career decision can change as you go along.

Humans never stop learning and as we get older we learn not only about ourselves but also about our preferences. We may get into our 40s and find ourselves totally changing our preferences and desires having finally become consciously competent and aware of ourselves. From stockbroker to dairy farmer etc.

Or be more Opportunistic?

You might hear: “Follow your passion, and you’ll never work a day in your life.”

But that statement isn’t right. It assumes you have one passion and you understand fully what it is. In fact people have a lot of different things they enjoy doing and learning about, these change over time and people never seem to know what will make them happy in future.

Another problem with the “Follow your passion” idea is that you only need to look inward. That makes no sense –  if your passion is to be an astronaut it’s relevant to know that there have been fewer than 600 trained astronauts in history (more than 18,000 people recently applied for only 14 new astronaut openings). Being ambitious is one thing, but being wildly unrealistic is another.

When you’ve got a good idea what broad area you want to work in, sometimes it pays to see what jobs there are in that area.

Knowing whether opportunities are readily available in a particular area is relevant information. Some would even say that you should first focus outward on the available opportunities rather than focusing initially on what you think you want to do.

US TV presenter Mike Rowe said: “The people I’ve met on my journeys, by and large, didn’t set out to realise their dream. They looked around for an opportunity. They identified the opportunity. They exploited the opportunity. They worked at the opportunity. Then they got good at the opportunity. Then they figured out how to love it.”

To see what opportunities exist, you can look at the overall UK Labour Market statistics or overall employment by type 

You can also look at LinkedIn, which is a professional social networking site which offers ways to look at people’s career paths by breaking down the connections between their majors, schools and careers. 

You can also meet people in the right field – often it’s about who you know as much as what you know!

Having found an opportunity – go for it! Use your network, and if that isn’t relevant, extend it by finding the right people. Consider taking on a related role to get closer, possibly part time, work experience or at a lower level, to get known. There’s nothing more realistic than actually doing the work you’re thinking about dedicating your life to!

Key Questions About Jobs

Who does this apply to?

Types of job that might suit you

What area should I work in?

The type of person I am affects what job I should do – take a test to see

Should I be employed – if so, what type of company should I look at – or go self employed?

Is there a process I can follow to help me decide?

While I’m working

If you’re having a hard time at work, or you’re worried about something, this sets out some common reasons and what you can do

Should I change what I do?

Work is stressing me out

I’ve been dismissed!

winding road showing path through job

Career choices summarised

This video from gives a summary of things to consider when choosing a career. 

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”
steve jobs
Steve Jobs
CEO and Founder, Apple

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See what other things can help

More information

Citizens Advice offer information on employees’ rights

Acas offer independent advice for employees (and employers), offer a helpline and instructions on what to do to call it and also have online help and employment FAQs

The Stress Management Society have an individual stress test which you can take online, and you’ll get a score.  For 99p (paid via PayPal) you can get a personalised report with recommendations.

The Stress Management Society have a 2018 stress guide which describes stress – its impacts and descriptions of its presence at home and in the workplace. You can click here to download it from their website – you will need to enter your email address.

Focussed primarily on students, Prospects has an interesting quiz that matches skills and personality to different career choices

Download the Health and Safety Executive workbook setting out how an employer can tackle work related stress using the Management Standards

The Stress Management Society have a 2018 stress guide which describes tress – its impacts and descriptions of its presence at home and in the workplace. You can click here to download it – you will need to enter your email address.

ACAS have Guidance on what to do if discrimination happens – download it here.

ACAS have a guide on home working – for employers and employees – download it here

ACAS have a guide on flexible working and work / life balance – download

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