Your Ideal Job Requirements?

I came across in my papers while searching for some taxation information, a list that I made to use as an evaluation in an “ideal job”. This goes with a general comment I made only a few weeks ago to a number of colleagues.

I’m looking for an opportunity that’s a challenge, including involving hard work and tight time frames, but a job that provides the rewards of job satisfaction for a productive contribution. An importance on quality, emphasis on continued improvement, and goals of simplicity in complex situations while working in a team environment are also necessary.

The list I found and made in 2002 was:

  1. Use of Existing Core Skills – Technologies
    • Oracle, Unix, Java, HTML/Web
    • Open Source Projects (Apache – HTTP/Java/XML, MySQL, PHP, etc)
  2. Use of Existing Core Skills – Experience
    • Database Modelling
    • Large Systems Design & Development
    • Application Performance & Tuning
    • Technical Problem Solving
  3. About Newer Technologies
    • Encourage/Embrace use
    • Not bleeding edge
    • Opportunity for learning new relative skills
  4. Work Environment
    • Equipment
    • Location
    • Core working hours
    • Work at home options?
  5. Team Environment
    • Ability to undertaking varying roles (and not others due to a team)
    • Existing working relationship with people
    • Across Development/Management/Support teams
  6. Project Environment
    • Durations 1 month – 1 year
    • Challenging
    • Varying
    • Problem Solving
  7. Project Methodologies
    • Emphasis on Quality Procedures
    • Emphasis on Software Testing
    • Emphasis on Customer
  8. Remuneration
  9. Other
    • Some fun

What’s interesting to know, is that this list includes a lot of points I’d still consider essential for my “ideal job”. I’ll need to consider more a revised list, as it took some time to make this list up. It’s interesting to know that my present contract position, as well as my last position do not meet a great deal of my “ideal job” requirements.