Do what interests you...


The best job is usually one that interests you: without that, it’s hard to care about the work you do. There are lots of examples of this, both good and not so good, with the seasonal workers here where I spend my summers. They’re mostly young, it’s probably not going to be their life’s work, and for many this summer job will be over before they know it: but that doesn’t mean the work shouldn’t interest them. That’s why it’s so important to interview effectively: finding the right fit is essential. It’s why it’s so important to train, mentor, inspire and motivate them: spark their interest and they’ll do more thoughtful and creative work. And it’s so important to coach them to make sure they realize what they like and don’t like about the work: that way they’ll know more about their real interests in the future. Hiring someone is so much more than just putting them to work. Make sure the people working for you do what matters the most to them today.

Sir Andrew John Wiles (b. 1953): English mathematician and a Royal Society Research Professor at the University of Oxford, specializing in number theory