‘I want to be happy with my job.’ Do you agree with this statement? Nowadays, work is no longer seen as a mere obligation and responsibility to meet the demands and needs of life. Besides seeking financial security, more people are now aspired to engage in a job role that will is fulfilling, enriching and meaningful.

While economic reasons for survival in life is undoubtedly the biggest motivation for people to go to work everyday, now people wish to get more than paychecks at the end of each month.

A survey conducted by PwC about Millennials at work finds that salary or benefits is not the main factor that influences talents to accept a job offer. Instead, 65 percent respondents state that an opportunity for personal development is the most attractive element that draws candidates to accept a job offer.

Interestingly, the survey discovers that 16 percent millennials see the potential to make a difference in their work life becoming a crucial factor to take up a job role. The findings further reflect a significant shift in employees’ perceptions about happiness at work. Now we know that everyone wants to be happy with their job roles, but is the happiness at work a mere pleasure or means to fulfillment?

Which one of these scenarios makes you happier? Getting a pay raise or earning the trust of an employer to be the next team leader on your dream project? Well the truth is, these two things will undoubtedly give you a thrill. So the next question is, which happiness could last longer? Chances are, the second scenario will make you happier for a longer period of time.

Getting pay raise is indeed a pleasant news. However, when the payday comes, you have to use it for various purposes, and towards the end of it all, it seems to remain a mere number. Whereas, when you become a project leader, you can develop great ideas to boost productivity of your team, while honing your personal skills. There will be a sense of satisfaction when the project turns out to be a success and this will directly reflect on the organisation’s profits.

From the examples above, we can learn that pleasure is a sheer happiness that tends to not last long. Here, pleasure is closely aligned with ‘receiving’. When you hear about a pay raise, you might be happy to imagine the stuffs you could purchase later. However when the money is all used, the happiness will soon disappear along with the disappearance of great cash from your wallet.

Also, sometimes you do feel that the pay raise is not enough to buy everything you need in your shopping list. Towards the end, this kind of happiness is only an instant pleasure that will be eroded with time easily.

On the other hand, fulfillment is a sense of happiness and contentment which lingers longer in your soul. Fulfillment is closely associated with ‘giving’. When you get an opportunity to become the team leader on a particular project, which means you make real contribution to the organisation growth, it will spur your spirit to perform the best.

Getting the chance to make a difference will make you sense fulfilment mentally as well as feel valued as a human being, not just as a mere employee. Eventually, this kind of happiness will make you feel more satisfied with your work, so you tend to be more loyal and engaged with the organisation.

In conclusion, pleasure can be said as how you ‘spend on’ something, while fulfillment is how you ‘invest into’ something. If pleasure places emphasis on current happiness, then fulfillment enables you to think ahead about the future happiness.

Although there is nothing wrong to take pleasure in something and choosing to be happy, however you should make work more meaningful to keep your inner-self feeling satisfied and valuable.

Next read: Advantages of Lifelong Learning for Career Growth

Human beings are meant to grow. Not only physically, but mentally as well. Just like your body needs food to grow, your brain needs new knowledge to develop as well. To support personal growth, each person should realise the importance of lifelong learning.

Are you a fresh graduate struggling to find a job but have not managed to land one? Or, are you a veteran employee stuck in a dead-end position? Whatever be the case, it is time to start embracing learning once again. However, going to school is only among the various options where you can learn new skills and abilities.

Lifelong learning is not limited to formal education. You do not have to go back to school and invest more money to learn new things. If your employer cannot provide funds for personal learning and skills development, you can always log into the Internet and find thousands of online and offline courses to keep improving your qualities.

While some of them cost you zero bucks such as Coursera and EdX, you can invest some money to obtain verified certificates at the end of the training programs. If you need to be convinced before starting off your journey of lifelong learning, here are five advantages:

Improves Self-Confidence

Whether you are a fresh grad or a veteran employee, self-confidence is a must-have valuable quality that every employer desires to find in their next potential hire. The problem however is, self-confidence is not something that can be obtained easily. You cannot be confident unless you trust your own capabilities first.

In order to be successful in getting a particular job done on time, you should believe in your competence. This sense of self-belief will only come to you, when you have sufficient experience, knowledge, and skills for the job.

When you pursue lifelong learning, you are focused for growth through continuous upgradation of your knowledge and skills. Thus, attending weekend batches or signing up for an online course will eventually boost your self-confidence.

Keep Current and Up to Date

Lifelong learning encourages you to keep thinking and provides new information. If you have graduated a long time ago, you might be surprised with the latest developments, advancements in technology that  has changed the world of work. In order to stay abreast of these new developments, and make informed decisions for a growing career – continuous learning holds the key.

Committed to lifelong learning will help reduce the chances of suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, as learning will keep the brain cells active, increase vitality and promote new cell development as well.

Fight boredom

Being stagnated at the same position in your career brings monotony to growth. Don’t let your soul stuck into dull routines. Refresh your mind and challenge yourself by learning something new. It does not have to be something related to your current job. Instead, you can learn anything that draws your interest, as long as it is positive and meaningful.

Learn practical skills

Formal education helps you to join the workforce and get started. However, besides theoretical knowledge acquired at school, you need to also improve upon your practical skills. While you might have good grade and GPA in academics, but today employers value soft-skills as much as hard-skills needed for the job.

Identify your weaknesses and, quantify on your strengths. For example, if you think you are not digitally literate, you can join a computer class to develop the digital skills. There are also countless websites available online that offer free courses with flexible time arrangements to suit your busy life schedules.

Achieve self-fulfillment

Define yourself with something other than your job. Lifelong learning will enable you to achieve self-fulfillment. Whether it is photography, hand-lettering, or cooking, bring your hobbies to a different level. Not only will this expand your viewpoints, but you can also perhaps to seek a new career from it.

It is never too old to learn. Lifelong learning will help you stay competitive in the job market. So don’t be afraid of starting from the scratch and learning new things. Are you ready to take on the challenge?

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