LSE Careers and LSE LIFE have once again launched ‘Work it Out: creating meaning in your career’. ‘Work it Out’ brings together a series of different events and speakers to help you think about what ‘meaningful work’ means to you. We hope that through these events you will emerge inspired, informed and interested in moving forward to become more aware of what constitutes meaningful work for you and what steps you need to take to experience it in full.

So what is meaningful work?

A quick Google search on “what constitutes meaningful work?” brings up a plethora of different options; From earning a high income to support a family, to instilling an altruistic angle at the core of one’s work, to maintaining a strong work-lifestyle balance that allows for adventures and downtime, to creating an entrepreneurial edge that makes for an autonomous career, the list is pretty impressive.

Everyone seems to offer advice on the problem yet each nugget of wisdom is so very different from the next. Philosophers, psychologists, neuroscientists, and religious leaders all take a seemingly different angle on the big question of what exactly is “meaningful work” and more importantly, how you can find it! With so many suggestions on and off-line, tackling such a complex topic can appear a little overwhelming and the idea of even starting out on this exploratory journey seems a little daunting at times. It can all result in “analysis-paralysis” with few constructive outputs and a ton of unanswered questions.

The fact of the matter is that we are all unique individuals so it should really come as no surprise that there are so many different options available to us, especially when we possess such a variety of skills. What one person might find satisfying might be someone else’s total nightmare! And the point is; that’s fine.

What’s coming up on the ‘Work it Out’ series?

Work It Out: The Future Of Work & Why Meaningful Work Matters
13 November – find out more and book your place here

Work it out: Motivation – purpose – values
You have about 80,000 working hours in your career.  Where do your strengths meet the needs of the world?
20 November – find out more and book your place here

Work it out: Create your own future
Work on creating alternative future career plans
28 November – find out more and book your place here

Work it Out: creating meaning and impact in your career 
Hear inspiring stories from alumni about their career journeys, how they measure success and what meaning and impact mean to them on a day to day basis.
4 December –  find out more and book your place here

Work it out: Act now, think later
Discover more about the careers you’re interested in.
11 December – find out more and book your place here

We look forward to seeing you there!