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What job do you think, makes one a better person?

I once read an article about job resumes as personal biographies. But now I am wondering about how jobs actually mould and define a person, and charts how his/her life will turn out. So what kind of job would you think, is the best to prepare oneself to face the world / to grow into the best person one could be?

[Edited] What kind of values/experiences should we look to develop?

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  • Jan 11 2014: Dear all,

    Thank you for your comments. I guess my question was quite misleading, and I meant "better" instead of "tougher". (Already amended and edited my question). Thank you all, for pointing that out!

    Let me elaborate for abit. I like to read biographies of people/ ask people about their lives, cos I like to understand how they reached the point that they did in life. And I wondered about success & failures, how employers "judge" you by your resume, which is somewhat like a "biography" about your life.

    A working adult spends 8-10 hours everyday of your life, working in a job, which most likely will not be the only job you take in life. And I believe every job you take, it gives you experiences & lessons that grooms you to become a different person? (Usually, you grow?)

    And like most people, I want to become a better person.

    That's why I wondered if any of you out there had an opinions of a job that optimises your potential to become a better person?

    From some your comments (& my personal experience), I believe working in the service industry is a good option cos it teaches you empathy?

    But I guess we should start with, what kind of values/experiences should we look to develop?

    Any kind opinions?

    Thanks! :)
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      Jan 14 2014: I think perhaps one of the most important values/experiences is a greater sense of perspective on the "bigger picture." What I mean by this is that it is extremely important to develop a full sense of how we all make meaningful contributions to our society, and to appreciate the contributions that everyone makes, regardless of the career path that one chooses.

      As a personal side-note, given that I am now working in the management sector (at the previously mentioned shipping industry), I've noticed that many of the upper-level managers lack this "big picture" perspective. Instead, many of them look down upon those who are not perceived as being at their "level." In reality, the majority of my life lessons were learned from the collective wisdom of janitors and union workers (who have been lugging around customer merchandise for 20+ years of their lives), yet most of the "higher ups" in the management sector don't even acknowledge these employees.

      Sadly, the mentality of these upper-level managers extends beyond just my place of employment. It is very easy for us to lose sight of the contributions that everyone makes, and to not fully appreciate the roles that everyone plays in society. Sometimes we get upset when a waiter/waitress is not prompt with their service, we throw a fit of rage while driving when we are stuck behind a bus, garbage truck, or tractor trailer, or we raise our voices over the phone at customer service representatives. In all of these cases, we generally lack a greater sense of perspective and fail to see the "big picture."

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