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The right path to meaningful work

Revisiting the Jonah story sheds light on the job search path.

From the November 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Many people at one point or another find themselves thinking that life seems unsatisfying or incomplete. They start to wonder, “How did I get here?” and “Why is everyone else’s life so much better?” Those kinds of questions began to define my own outlook.

Like so many recent graduates, I spent my first year after college looking for employment. Despite my sending out hundreds of applications and résumés, only some temporary work came my way. My income was very low, and I moved back in with my parents when I could no longer support myself financially. I was very grateful for their help and love, but all that I could focus on was the fact that I wasn’t moving toward any of the goals I had set post-graduation. I felt stuck, without inspiration or hope of a solution.

By the end of that year, I was accepted into a summer internship program, where I had the opportunity to immerse myself in Christian Science study. This study, and the rewarding work I was doing, did much to dissipate the cloud of frustration and sadness that had formed in my thinking. But as the summer drew to a close, I was headed back home—without any job prospects. 

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