Dream Jobs Do Come True
Two thousand eighty hours: That’s the amount of time you’ll spend at your full-time job this year. But if you’re like many employees—working a job you barely tolerate just to earn a buck—these 2000-plus hours may feel like an eternity.
If money were no object, how would you spend these two thousand-plus hours? Would you seek out a more stimulating, more fulfilling livelihood?
According to a survey by the Conference Board, only 47% of Americans are satisfied with their jobs—the lowest rate in 20 years. That means the majority—more than 50% of those polled—aren’t satisfied. As a gut reaction, you may feel that it’s not feasible or responsible to pursue a dream job that stimulates your interests firstly and pays the bills as an afterthought. However, there are jobs out there that can rouse your passions and provide financial security.
If you’re fed up with working just to “get by,” take the initiative to find your dream job. Securing your ideal career isn’t as scary as it seems. However, you should approach it like any other life goal—with persistence, discipline and intelligence.
It may take more than 30 days to discover and land your dream job, but the hard work and dedication put forth during this month will provide the bedrock for an exciting phase of your life.
Listening to Your Inner Career Voice
The first 30 days of finding your dream job will be a time of introspection to determine your passions and the type of job you’re searching for. A helpful method is to consider questions about your personality, such as: “Who am I?,” “What excites me?,” “What do I want from my career?”
“Listen with your heart. As you become clearer about who you are, the career you choose will be more satisfying, enjoyable and productive,” recommends Lorne Epstein, career expert and author of You’re Hired! Interview Skills to Get the Job.
During this period of introspection, think about the surrounding issues that may crop up with your dream job. Are you someone who values your weekends? If so, starting your own business may not work. Do you like to travel but hate being away from your family? Then a job as a flight attendant may not be the right “dream” for you. Make sure you weigh your wants and needs against the demands of a potential dream job.