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Jobs with variety

by Sarah Dunsby
1st Dec 22 10:19 am

If you’re finding that your working day is lacking in variety, then you’re not alone. Many workers in a modern economy find themselves pigeonholed into an increasingly fractured range of very narrow specialisations. Of course, there are advantages to this from a business perspective, which have been understood since the division of labour was popularised in the early 20th century. Specialisation also tends to crop up just about everywhere that excellence is demanded: in a modern restaurant, for example, you might find a ‘brigade’ of chefs, specialising in everything from fish to pastry to sauce.

There are natural downsides to this approach. It often leads to inflexibility, and a lack of creativity at an institutional level. When everyone’s concentrating on what they’re good at, it’s difficult to arrive at novel solutions to emerging problems. It’s for this reason that many organisations are looking to combine a range of skills and experience with narrowly-specialised workers.

Having variety in your working day also tends to be more rewarding. So, if you’ve found yourself stuck in a rut when it comes to work, then it might be a good idea to make the switch to different role: one which inherently offers a more varied and stimulating working day.

Let’s take a look at a few jobs that offer the required variety.

Quantity surveyor

A quantity surveyor enjoys the pleasure of seeing a project through from the very start to the very end. This puts them apart from other contributors to a construction project, who tend to come in and work on a specific element of a grander whole before departing to the next project.

Since the world is a complex place, quantity surveyors often find themselves having to manage very different challenges from one day to the next – or even from one hour to the next. As such, a varied and stimulating working day is built into the job. How much do quantity surveyors earn? It can be north of fifty thousand pounds, depending on your location.

Police officer

Another professional that encounters plenty of variety is a frontline police officer. You’re there to impose order onto chaos, and – despite the paperwork – this means that no two days are quite the same. You might be mediating a domestic dispute one morning and then pursuing an armed gang member in the afternoon. Naturally, this is a role to which not everyone is quite suited, but it also comes with the satisfaction of serving the public.

Social care

Health and social care workers make a direct and appreciable difference in the lives of the people they care for. Support workers often face long hours and challenging circumstances, and there’s no requirement for any qualifications. Long-time social care workers tend to report a high level of job satisfaction, so, for those of a certain disposition, it’s a natural fit.

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