In college, life after graduation seems like a dream — no homework, studying for finals, or late night cram sessions. It’s the first chance to use your college degree, attend business meetings and brainstorms, get a big paycheck, and have financial freedom.Financial security is important, but it’s not the only thing that matters. Once expenses are paid, studies show that an increase in your paycheck doesn’t always equate to happiness. And after having three jobs in three years, I can certainly attest to that. I learned a lot about work-life balance, finding fulfillment, and why salary isn’t everything.Here’s the rundown of my three jobs in three years — and what I learned from each.The Resume Builder JobAfter graduating college, I landed a job that seemed to fit perfectly with my career goals. It was in my field, it paid well, and it looked great on a resume. My boss told me to view this job as my master’s degree and learn as much as I could. I spent the first year observing everything — listening in on meetings, being mentored by my coworkers, taking notes, asking questions, and networking.After a year, I began to feel unfulfilled, uninspired, and generally unhappy at work. I was torn because on paper it was a picture-perfect job that I knew would open up doors for me. However, there came a point when I couldn’t do it anymore. So, I put in my two weeks’ notice and accepted my “dream job.” While this first job wasn’t for me, I’m glad I took advantage of learning as much as I could from my incredibly smart coworkers.The 11 Best Resume-Building Jobs to Grow Your CareerThe Dream JobSince fifth grade, I’d dreamed of being a wedding planner; so I was ecstatic to accept a position planning weddings. I loved everything about this job. I loved the people, the environment, and the work. It seemed like a perfect fit.There was one problem: The work-life balance was non-existent. I was newly married and working 70 hours a week. I was gone every night and weekend for six months. While I loved the work, I felt like I was missing out on my first year of marriage. Ultimately, I made the decision to choose my family over my job, and for the second time in two years, I quit my job.The Work-Life Balance JobMillennials are known to switch jobs frequently. They’ll often take a job for less money if it provides balance and unique perks. At this point, I’d had two jobs within two years — which doesn’t look great on a resume. I knew I needed to find a job that paid the bills, engaged my interests, and provided work-life balance.15 Companies With Excellent Work-Life Balance Hiring NowAfter a three-year search, I finally found a job that met all my needs. I realized quickly that money definitely doesn’t buy happiness. It’s important to be responsible, work hard, and pay your bills — but it’s equally important to find a job that engages your mind and soul. Plus, when you spend 40 or more hours a week at work, it’s essential to like what you do.Have the courage to make a change if you’re unhappy. Three jobs in three years taught me to prioritize my wants and needs and make them happen.This article was originally published on DailyWorth. It is reprinted with permission.
A federal judge on Tuesday will consider a request by Royal Dutch Shell PLC for an injunction against illegal boarding of Arctic-bound drilling equipment by activists from Greenpeace Inc.U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason on April 11 granted Shell a restraining order to keep Greenpeace from entering a safety zone around a semi-submersible drill rig, the Polar Pioneer, and a heavy lift ship carrying it from Malaysia to Washington state.Shell hopes to drill exploratory wells this summer in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s northwest coast.Conservation groups oppose Arctic drilling and say oil companies have not demonstrated they can clean up a major spill in the remote region.Six Greenpeace activists on April 6 boarded the ship carrying the Polar Pioneer as it traveled northwest of Hawaii.