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Are you satisfied with your job?

I strongly believe that our performance at work depends a lot on our job satisfaction. If we like and enjoy what we do, a job will not seem like “work”, but rather a “fun activity”, especially if we are passionate about it. But what if we are in a completely opposite situation? What if we are working in an environment where we feel tortured everyday? 

Lack of Decent jobs

In one of my previous posts, I wrote about challenges and opportunities in Agriculture, but recently, I have noticed something very common: Lack of Decent jobs in the Agricultural sector. I won’t say that there are no jobs in Agriculture, at least in Mauritius. If you are an Agriculture graduate, you end up getting a job, even if it is after some months. But very often these jobs are underpaid, physically exhausting and are mainly in newly established firms or the private sector. As a beginner, low salary is not a big issue, we usually say that “at least I have a job” and will manage with what we have. Now the work policy and environment is another story. Knowing that there are not many job opportunities on the market, employers usually do not bother about making a clear job description for the employees or respect them. In the long run, youths in this situation feel mentally tortured, frustrated, unproductive, lack self-confidence and for the past months I have seen so many of my friends who were once passionate about agriculture resigning and leave the agricultural sector. 
 
Facebook Status of a youth after resignation – Feeling of happiness and relief
Are the ones who resign to be blamed? I don’t think so. If you are not happy with what you do, better quit than being tortured everyday. 

The ugly truth

If young people want to get into Agriculture, they should be realistic and do not expect to have a “secure” job in the public sector. We can actually count how many youth get employed in the ministry or parastatal bodies. To do something worthwhile in agriculture, we should stop limiting ourselves to applying for jobs and waiting for replies. This does not work any more and you will most of the time find yourself in the scenario above: hating what you used to like. 

Follow your dreams, start creating, be innovative!

We all have dreams and want to do something in life. Agriculture is so broad and there are so many opportunities that youth can tap. We simply have to know what we actually like and create a niche for ourselves. We cannot wait for others to give us opportunities, time has come for us to create opportunities. It’s all about the choices and decisions that we make in life that will determine where we will be tomorrow! Know what you want, follow your dreams, start creating and no one can stop you! 🙂

About Nawsheen Hosenally

Nawsheen Hosenally, a national of the Republic of Mauritius, has over 6 years of experience in the agricultural sector, specifically focusing on the engagement of youth in agriculture through the use of ICTs. Currently, Nawsheen is the co-Founder of Agribusiness TV, a web TV that features success stories of young agricultural entrepreneurs in Africa. Nawsheen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Extension from the University of Mauritius, and a Master’s degree in Management and Information Systems from the University of Manchester.

2 comments on “Are you satisfied with your job?

  1. Things in the IT sector are quite different but even here it depends on your area of expertise. A large percentage of the people in this field do this job because of their early interest in computers and related stuff. But this is quickly changing with the greater demand in the sector, this making it become a work trend. Less passionate software programmers and analyst.

    Personally, I love my job (and the previous one too) 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing your experience in IT 🙂

    I got in Agriculture by chance, it was not a trend or planned. But I really loved what I did and was always curious to know more. Later I got interested in ICT in Agriculture and followed my passion.

    Today, I also love my job and have no regrets following my passion than remaining on the “safe side” and be satisfied with what I have..

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