The dream job lie: the 10 jobs with the best work-life balance?


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Dream jobs are in demand. Everything that sounds hip and cool and promises a lot of fun is “in”. The jobs with the best work balance are just right. How questionable are such surveys?

The dream job lie: the 10 jobs with the best work-life balance? The dream job lie: the 10 jobs with the best work-life balance?


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The dream job lie: do not trust statistics ...

I am suspicious of statistics, especially if it is not clear how the numbers came about. Therefore, a survey published by Mashable surprised me some time ago:

Glassdoor, a US platform on which employees anonymously theirs Company and Chiefs, has probably collected reviews for a year and has created a top 10 list of professions that are said to have the best work-life balance.

On the alleged work-life balance study

I have not found anything about how many reviews have been evaluated, but Glassdoor should now have a pretty decent record. However, anonymous online reviews are, of course, a very fragile matter - and they can be just as well faked.

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For a little surprised the listing, the Mashable then published in the end, yes: on 1 are the data analysts, also called Data Scientists - there is a precise description of this job profile here .

Dream Jobs: Low competition, high demand

In my opinion, the young job profile benefits from the low level of competition combined with high demand, and because of the high level of expertise, not everyone can do this very specialized job: “Not only is everyone incredibly sharp and very good at their jobs, but also, almost without exception, everyone is a pleasure to work and associate with, ”an analyst is quoted as saying.

It is all the more surprising to me that places 2 and 5 have been assigned to SEO specialists and social media managers. In both cases, I think the field of activity is largely grazed; but apparently the imagined future viability of a job is obviously an important factor in evaluating job satisfaction. It says “About 75% of current employees believe the business will get better; 11% say it will get worse. ”

Dream job list for web workers?

In general, the satisfaction list seems to me to be a dream job list of digital workers: As further placements can be found there as well as job profile also quite new user experience designer and the game designer. Maybe this profession is more willing to give ratings because of its online affinity?

In addition, there are also some professions such as firefighter, fitness instructor or lifeguard. All professions have one thing in common: they are somehow hip and sound like a cool dream job. This could be because people who are pursuing a dream job, such as tour guides, are actually happier. But maybe the other way round, too, is the image affecting job satisfaction? Or is it all just a well-done PR gag?

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The 10 jobs with the supposedly best work life balance

And these are the 10 jobs with the supposedly best work-life balance:

  1. Data scientist
  2. SEO specialist
  3. Tour guide
  4. Lifeguard
  5. Social media manager
  6. Group fitness instructor
  7. User experience designer
  8. Corporate communications
  9. Firefighter
  10. Equity trader

Tips for the work-life balance - in every job

Because basically I think that you can achieve a balanced work-life balance in every job. In my opinion, one of the most important factors is being able to differentiate yourself - for example, by a friendly but decisive “no” when employees or boss once again request the impossible.

It is important to substantiate a “no” with good arguments and, for example, to show understanding for the boss's concern. In addition, there are of course numerous other factors that favor a good work-life balance.


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