Remember when you were a kid and all the old people asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up? Do you remember what you said? Many kids say things like a firefighter or policeman or teacher. They see the cool parts of the job and assume that’s all that the job requires. I feel like that’s what we do when we think about our dream jobs now.
Many times when people try to decide what they want to do with their lives they only take into consideration the good parts of the job and nothing else. While that’s alright, that’s not the only aspect of finding your “dream job”. There are other things that go into that decision.
So where do you begin? What is the best way or ways of going about finding that “dream job”? As with most things, there isn’t a sure-fire way that will work for everyone but there are things that work for most people.
The first thing is to find out what you’re passionate about and what you’re interested in. The last thing you want is to get into a job that you’re not even interested in. What is it that really makes you happy to talk about or something that just fires you up? What are the things that you find yourself getting lost in and losing track of time doing? What do you like to spend your free time learning about or doing? Those are the things that you want to focus on. No need to narrow it down completely yet, just get some ideas together.
After you’ve figured out a few things you really love, you need to see what kinds of jobs those things can translate into and if some of those things will overlap in a particular job. One of the things that my mom always told me was to find my niche. Figure out what you’re good at and what your passion is and combine the two. Sometimes that translates into an actual job that you never knew existed.
When you’ve narrowed down how your skills and passions overlap, you can check out potential job options. Not all skill and passion combinations have a job that they coordinate with and that’s OK. Just because a job doesn’t exist right now doesn’t mean you can’t make it exist. In today’s job market, so many people are making their own work. With enough research and hard work you could make your own dream job.
Now is the time to do some research. What do people do in the potential jobs you’ve narrowed your search down to? What are the pros and cons of those jobs? Is there one or two that particularly stand out to you? These are the things that you’ll need to move forward with your search. You can narrow down your options this way as well.
Once you’ve narrowed down your search, you can begin to reach out to those that are in positions you’d like to have. Ask them questions and learn about what the job is actually like. This isn’t always an option for people so if you find yourself in that category make sure to do thorough research about the jobs to get a good idea of what things are like there.
If after going through these things you still aren’t able to figure out what direction you want to go with your life I recommend you read the book “48 Days To The Work You Love.” When I was at the point in my life when I had no idea what I wanted to go to school for, I was given this book. The author, Dan Miller, really has you dig in to your interests and skills to help you find out what it is you would be best at. It does take some time and can seem pointless at the beginning, but give it some time. As you go through it, you’ll see different patterns and themes in your answers and journals that will be an asset to you later on.
Ultimately, finding out what it is you’re meant to be when you grow up is a daunting task. Thankfully in today’s day and age we have a plethora of resources to make an informed decision. If you take the time and take it seriously, you’ll find what it is you’re called to do.