With unemployment continuing to rise, it would be natural to assume that terms such as 'job satisfaction' are an irrelevance in the current climate.
However, some people - one of my friends among them - are still concerned with being creatively stimulated and are relentlessly pursuing their dream job, regardless of the hopeless job market. Why not? Isn't the recession as good a time as any to have a long, hard think about what you really want and go for it?
She quit her job last week, well not so much quit as ended up having a candid chat with her empathetic boss, who asked her honestly if she was happy.
It's a small business, relying on passionate people who thrive on the industry and, after several years, my friend was unconvinced about her job, her life and where any of it was moving -- and, more importantly, the direction she wanted it to go in. Her boss glimpsed her frustration and asked her outright.
In less then an hour they set about finding her replacement.
Among her mixed emotions, she feels great freedom at having the opportunity to concentrate on finding her dream job. She tells me she will miss the girls and the experience they gave her, but she knows in her heart this is right.
So, while her family might worry, her part-time work is enough to keep her going and, despite her finances being drastically cut, she is happier. She is on the road to her real goal and now has time to make it a reality.
At the risk of sounding glib, I'm glad the recession 'happened' to me, as I explored different interests last year, most notably this column, which is a year old today.
Who is to judge someone for stepping off the career ladder? She is young enough to take the risk. She is happy, too, that her job will go to someone new who wants it more then anything -- someone for whom it is their dream job, and their happy-ever-after recession story'.