Find the Perfect Job With These 5 Questions From the Aussies

As Americans, we’re in constant competition with one another to be the best consumers and employees. It’s a great way to make great money, but we also end up buried in endless work, misery, and stress. We’re constantly purchasing with the intent to live life to the fullest, then immediately turn around and go to work.

Life is different in Australia. You’ll never hear someone let work get in the way of enjoying life. Aussies work only to earn money to live. They stop to smell the roses we’re speeding by in our new cars. At the end of the workday, everyone from the mayor to a beach bum sits at the pub as equals, appreciating the little moments in life.

While it would be nice to simply pack your bags and move to Australia, happiness isn’t a geographic location. You don’t need to live Down Under to adopt an Aussie mindset.

All it takes is the proper work-life balance, which you can achieve by finding the right company and career to nurture your passions and lifestyle. Ask yourself these five questions to determine whether the position you’re applying for is right for you:

How do I want to spend my time?

I always knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur, and I created a pretty comfortable life for myself with my initial poker chip company. With the free time I had, I searched for my passion and decided to find a way to monetize it. Wielding an “I can” Aussie attitude, I embraced the challenge of starting a surf company that brought me to exotic locales, fueling people’s fun with top-of-the-line equipment.

If I simply did something I was good at, I’d be hidden away in a cubicle somewhere, crunching numbers for a financial company. Instead, I chose to spend my time on something I wanted to do, trusting that the money would eventually come.

Would I do this for free?

Business has good and bad times. If you’re not happy with what you’re doing, you’ll likely jump ship as soon as the seas get rough, while the people following their heart hang on for dear life. Aussies believe in neglecting your fears and embracing the challenge, so think about what you would do if you were a millionaire with only a year to live. What would you want to do?

The journey is more important than the destination; it’s how you’ll be spending your time, which is a much more valuable resource than money.

Who else works here?

Before accepting a job, search for company employees on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Look at the photos employees post on these sites. Someone with pictures of social events and an active lifestyle is likely the type of person who enjoys life and, thus, his work.

You can also get a good read on people by the general positivity or negativity in their status updates. People with an Aussie mindset are typically happy and excited about life, and those are the team members you want to work with.

What am I contributing to society?

Don’t just focus on what you do — take a look at what the company does. There are two perspectives to every company. How you feel about its work will determine whether you should work there. The fitness industry is a good example of this: On one hand, you might feel like you’re helping people feel good about themselves. On the other, you may believe the industry takes advantage of people’s insecurities.

No company will sell themselves as the bad guy, so it’s up to you to do your due diligence. How a company treats employees and customers is often interrelated, so if you’re not already familiar with its reputation, ask the hiring manager what the company is doing for the world to make sure it has an Aussie culture.

Where can this job take me?

With any luck, you can travel the world between school and joining the workforce. If you’ve recently graduated, I’d highly recommend taking a year off to travel like the Aussies do. Once you get into the workforce, you’ll need to focus on where your company can take you.

This isn’t just about physical locale. The career you pursue should create opportunities as you continue your life journey. There are three things a company can do to maximize your prospects in life: Invest in continued learning, work smarter as a company, and know you aren’t working to make money — you’re working to grow.

In America, the busier you are, the better. Aussies, however, take the time to enjoy the little things in life, such as chatting with a neighbor or soaking in the natural beauty around them. They don’t live to work; they work to live. Adopting this mindset is essential to finding the career path you’re passionate about.

That’s the Aussie way, and it can easily be your way — if you choose.

Stephan Aarstol is the CEO and founder of Tower Paddle Boards, an online manufacturer-direct brand in stand-up paddleboarding. Stephan is an entrepreneurial thought leader and online marketing expert, and he welcomes anyone to reach out to him on Google+.