Your Dream Job?

It’s not always easy to know what it is you’d like to do for a living. It can feel like a daunting decision to make, no matter what stage of your life you chose to wrestle with this. Whether you are young and just about to start off in the world of work, suddenly find yourself needing to find alternative employment or are stuck in a dead end job and desperate for something better, it’s a common quandary - yet not one that many of us are able to solve satisfactorily.

So, what of the notion of a ‘dream job’? The position that, in an ideal world, we’d merrily dedicate our lives to? How do you know what this is, let alone how to do your best to get it?

In practice, this depends on your personality. What type of dream do you want to chase? You can follow a passion, build on a strength or chase a challenge. Here’s what we mean:

Turning your passion into your dream job

Here’s a question that’s easier to answer than ‘what’s your dream job?’: What are your hobbies and interests? This can be one of the most effective ways of starting your search for a new job. Many people’s dream is to work in an industry or organisation that they love and there’s nothing wrong with following this path.

If that’s the case, use a hobby or interest as a starting point and then consider all of the jobs that are involved in that sector. Do you love sports, for example, but aren’t good enough to compete professionally? Consider writing, coaching, photography, broadcasting or working in the administration of a club.

Many interests have a myriad of paid-for jobs associated with them that could fuel your dreams. Just because you aren’t necessarily strong enough to be a professional sportsman, musician, artist etc, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be involved in these areas, you just might have to be a bit more creative.

Be the best at what you’re good at

You could also start off by listing your strengths. It’s probably not a very British thing to do but don’t be embarrassed - reel off your academic and vocational achievements and go from there. Set aside pessimism and focus on specifics.

Many people dream to be a leading figure in their field. You can fulfil that ambition by taking your strengths and looking for ways to forge these into real-life jobs. Sometimes it’s easy to ignore the obvious right underneath your nose.

If you went to university, for example, then take the skills you learned in your degree into the world of work. Too many people dismiss this without giving it full thought. If your skills are more vocational in their nature, then they’re probably even more likely to be a natural fit into a job that you could thrive at.

The thrill of a challenge

Other people need the incentive of a challenge to be motivated and aren’t as suited to building up skills to become an expert or rising up the ladder in a favoured field. That’s fine; no ‘dream job’ is an invalid one.

What motivates you? Working abroad? Helping those less well off? Achieving a particular person award? Being your own boss? Set a goal and go for it.

Your dream job is particular to you. It might be the thing you are most passionate about in your life or being the best at the thing you are good at. Alternatively, it might involve following a different path entirely. If you get a thrill at the mere thought of a job then you’ve probably found the right one for you.

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