Are you inspired by your job?
If not, what are you doing about it?
There’s an interesting social experiment going on over at LinkedIn, where the professional social network is asking its 225 million members to take part in a survey called the LinkedIn Inspiration Index.
The whole thing is based on one question: “How often do you feel inspired by your work? You can answer by placing your answer on a sliding scale from “Never feel inspired” to “Always Feel Inspired.” That’s all there is to it.
I decided to give it a try, so I set my scale at 91 out of 100. (Blogging for 360training.com is a pretty inspiring job with no shortage of new ideas.) According to the LinkedIn’s number-crunchers, that puts me ahead of most respondents (72 is the average score).
China seems to have the largest inspiration gap between men and women; 60 percent of women report inspiration, versus 68 percent of men. In the U.S., men and women report the same level of inspiration (about 70 percent).
Interestingly, it’s the young folks who are feeling the least creative stimulation in the workplace. Respondents aged 65 and older reported the highest levels of inspiration, followed by ages 45-64.
The five most inspired industries, according to the survey at the start of August, were:
- Fine arts
- Arts and crafts
- Professional training/coaching
- Civic/social organization
The workers feeling the least inspired work in the following:
- Investment banking
What does it mean to feel inspired at work? For some it means overcoming challenges. For others it means being at the cutting edge of technological advances. There’s a lot of excitement and enthusiasm in the business world, too, especially in startups with new ideas (as well as in a few titans known for innovation and industry dominance).
At the end of the day, I think feeling inspired is about knowing you’re creating something people need, helping others and generally leaving the world a little better than it was when you found it. Career education shouldn’t be a barrier into a rewarding career. Even if you don’t have a college degree, even if you’ve been out of the workforce for a while, and even if your work history is in a completely different field from what you want to do, online education is the fastest, easiest and most affordable way to get your food in the door.
Inspiration for you may lie in the restaurant industry, where outgoing people with a good head for business can make good money making other people happy. Or it may be in medical transcription, where the healthcare needs of an aging population mean you’ll have job security for the rest of your working life.
Give the LinkedIn survey a try. The results are changing as more and more people participate, so your input is still needed. And if you’re still seeking inspiration in your work life, maybe our courses can help.