If you're the adventurous type who needs a stimulating environment in order to thrive, read about four job aspects that you should consider.
Broadly speaking, people who score highly on measures of extraversion tend to seek stimulation. More than just adopting an outgoing social interaction preference, these people also gravitate towards other stimulating situations such as active leisure activities, work pursuits and travel. A stimulating job is also crucial for the adventurous type.
There are four categories for the adventure-seeker:
• Disinhibtion: A desire to seek stimulation through partying, drinking and sexual variety
• Thrill and Adventure Seeking: A desire to engage in risky and adventurous activities and sports that provide unusual sensations
• Experience Seeking: The pursuit of new sensations through music, art, travel, or psychoactive drugs
• Boredom Susceptibility: An aversion to monotony
If any of these categories describe you, then it is imperative for you to identify the type of lifestyle a job can offer you instead of searching for a position in the hopes that it would satisfy your sensation-seeking desires!
In view of maintaining your pursuit of intriguing experiences, here are four crucial aspects to look out for in the organisation you wish to apply to.
1. Provides adventure courses
Out of adversity comes success and there’s no better teacher than experience. Martin Luther King once said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands during challenge.”
In addition to satisfying the desire for out-of-ordinary situations, adventure courses also aid in reinforcing certain corporate goals such as team building, communications, camaraderie and appropriate risk taking.
One organisation that provides a good range of adventure courses is the Singapore Army. Its employees have the privilege of opting to take on courses like the Jungle Confidence Course, Basic Airborne Course and Basic Diving Course. The Jungle Confidence Course for example, consists of a survival phase where trainees are left alone to survive for three days with the most basic tools; and an ending phase that is a race against time to trek back to base camp.
Whether it is roughing it out in the lush greenery of the jungle, jumping off a plane or exploring the depths of sea, these are activities barely known to the corporate world but all too familiar for the keen thrill-seeker.
2. Provides overseas training and opportunities
The thought of venturing into a foreign land for the purpose of work is likely to light up the face of an experienced seeker. For these individuals, experiencing new cultures, observing different sceneries and exploring in unfamiliar terrains are what keeps them feeling alive.
Having participated in a number of peace support operations and humanitarian assistance disaster relief (HADR) mission at both regional and international levels, the Army’s provision of overseas training and operations are not only able to fulfill wanderlust but humanitarian aspirations. On her overseas experience in a Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Exercise, Military Expert (ME2) Tan Ting Ting shared that it was gratifying because she was given the chance to utilise her skills as a medic to make a difference in treating and saving others. Such efforts by the Singapore Army offer realistic and challenging training opportunities that instill confidence in its employees too.
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