As I am reaching the end of blogtober, I am going to indulge myself a little in the final blogs. So today I have been reflecting on how lucky I am to be doing a job I love, but also trying to unpick why I love it so much. Even when it is really challenging I still want to get up and head into work.
During 2015 I have found myself having a new-found energy for work even with the struggle with a lack of resources, increasing demands and a lot of additional pressure. The first thing I have to say is that I think I have one of the best communication jobs in the world. I work with amazing colleagues and as a team we share, laugh, and support each other. If you want to know more check out a recent blog about our dysfunctional family. But it is more than that.
I feel this is a communication job that matters. It is a chance to help frontline police officers and help them both catch criminals and keep people safe. This brings with it some additional pressures to support the 24/7 activity with 24/7 communication assistance. It means that the activity you undertake is constantly in the spotlight, and decision-making is always likely to be challenged.
So what do I feel are the reasons I love my job?
- It is a job that matters and can make a real difference.
- I get the chance to be creative and innovative
- It is a supportive environment
- There are regular developments and changes that keep things fresh
- I work with an amazing team who care
- It is not a case of can I do it, but I will do it and when do you need it
- Professional communication support is valued and included
- The work continues to be hugely interesting and varied
- It tests my skills and abilities on a daily basis
- Every day is different and brings something new
I could probably continue to add to the list but the sentiment will be the same. Don’t get me wrong I know I moan sometimes, I get tired, I get grumpy and I can become obsessed with work. But despite that for the vast majority of my time I am proud to say where I work, am happy to talk about it endlessly, and love what I do.
I wonder how many other communication professionals would be happy to share the reasons they love their job? I am keen to hear from others.