In his brilliant article published on the BBC website, Tom de Castella states that people no longer look upon work as a source of deep inner satisfaction but as a way to pay the bills and feed the family. This brings a new dimension to an already existing problem: what is it about a job that brings true satisfaction? He also suggests an answer to this question: working with one’s hands. He claims that this latter form of employment brings far more satisfaction than working with you head. Read the following text off the BBC website (bbc.co.uk/news)“Is Working with Your Hands Better than Just with Your Head?” and make a note of all the points the writer makes about these two forms of employment. Then compare them in terms which leads to greater happiness.
WORKING WITH YOUR HANDS
Job more varied; mixes practicality, logic problem solving; earns better (skilled workers, EU); happier, small satisfactions; less influence; lonelier; experienced trades people undervalued.
WORKING WITH YOUR HEAD
Job specialization, process driven work; can’t see what difference one is making; in a lot of cases a feeling of uselessness; may not earn as well; depressed, no small satisfactions; more influence; more socialization
The students need to be given time to make the notes above and then helped with the organization. The points will need to be grouped or matched up. A thesis statement in which one side is deemed superior or one which strikes a compromise or one which leaves the choice to the individual needs to be formulated. In the conclusion ways in which the profile of certain soul destroying office jobs can be lifted may be suggested.