12% Indians consider their jobs socially useless
As said in precise words by Steve Jobs “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is Great Work.”
And to no surprise, Indians are particularly dejected about their jobs, with around 12% considering their work socially useless. This is one of the highest proportions in the world, falling only behind Japan, Poland, and Israel.
A study by Robert Dur of Erasmus University Rotterdam and Max van Lent of Leiden University shows the unexplored aspect of unemployment and an estimate on the number of people who do not find their jobs worth doing. After analyzing the data from more than 100,000 workers across 47 countries, 8% of the world’s workers consider their jobs meaningless, while 17% doubts about the social usefulness of their work.
Talking about the private sector 11% workers consider their job socially useless when their work involves routine tasks or they work in finance, sales, marketing, and public relations departments. This situation could be because many of these jobs involve harming people more than helping them.
On the other hand, public sector jobs in education, health, and the police are rarely perceived as socially meaningless.
The proportions have come to such staggeringly depressing levels because people in India are blindly running behind jobs without considering the importance of their potential when in their 20’s. This might be due to more competition and less vacancy.
The only solution to combat this sense of not contributing meaningfully in society through a profession would be to research more about the occupation before making career or education decisions. You could achieve this sense of clarity before experiencing the industry or the Job firsthand by meeting, associating, networking and socializing with people experienced in the field you are interested in. They could guide you and give you tricks – hacks of the field, based on the years of experience they have in the industry. And who knows, maybe you discover a career option you never knew even existed or considered!