Today's social reality is characterized by vast gaps, between the young and the old, the disabled and the privileged, to name only a few. In many respects, this gap is being bridged by people doing community work or voluntary work. Now, the questions arises as to whether we should encourage students to engage in community work by making it part of our school's curriculum.
On the one hand, community work is voluntary in nature. If students feel forced to engage in community work, this might also affect the relationship with the people they work with. Furthermore, students might encounter situations they are not fully qualified for, particularly when working with elderly or disabled people.
On the other hand, there is a lack of people doing voluntary work and many students who have not been in touch with community work; yet, they might be truly encouraged to engage socially after such an experience. In addition, students themselves might be confronted with helping elderly or disabled people in their own lives and will be prepared for that. Finally, students could become a lot more sensitive to the everyday challenges of elderly or disabled people and reflect or even change their attitudes and behaviors.
To sum up, I think that community work should definitely be made part of our school's curriculum, as it will make us all more open to and aware of the social reality of our everyday lives.
When young people are about to start their professional lives, they often dream of making money, the more the better. At the same time, however, reports about e.g. the burnout syndrome in the media often refer to people in well-paid jobs. Therefore, I think that money may be an important but not the only key to job satisfaction.
First of all, I think that people can only be truly satisfied in their jobs if they do something they are good at and they really like. Working on projects that fit my strengths and abilities will make me feel satisfied rather than a job that does not really fit me, no matter how well-paid it is.
Second, I am convinced that the team and the people you work with are crucial for job satisfaction as well. Nobody likes to work with somebody he or she does not like.
Furthermore, the number of vacation days and flexible working hours are getting more and more important, particularly for people who want to spend time with their family and children.
In conclusion, I think that there is far more to job satisfaction than only money. At the same time, money is important for people to make a living, to fulfill one's dreams and to buy the things you need or want, but money alone will not make you happy.