Is There Such a Thing as a “Dream Job?”

May 23, 2017

Career Advice

Do you love to read career success stories? Do you look up to successful entrepreneurs? Do you see internet superstars who seem like they’ve got it all figured out — traveling the world while doing what they love?

It’s easy to read stories like this and begin dreaming about the perfect job and the perfect life and what your pitch on Shark Tank should look like…It’s easy to think that you’re the only person who doesn’t have this career thing quite figured out. But what if the idea of a “dream job” is a fallacy?

Think about it: your life is always changing. New interests or hobbies. New partners or kids. New challenges or places. That means your ideal job may always be different too. Instead of searching for your dream job, search inside yourself for a few of these answers that can help guide you down a more clear career path:

1.What are my strengths?
Think of what you’re known for at work and for what task people turn to you.Revisiting annual reviews from your boss may help. Now think outside of work — your home life and your personal history — and brainstorm a few more ideas.

2. What inspires me?
Keep a running list of the things that invigorate you on a daily basis. These could be work related or not as well as things you know well or things you want to learn more about.

3. What are my core values?
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People can help with this one. Boiling down your life to a few guiding principles can help you make decisions at home and at work that make you happier.

It could take decades to find your “dream job.” It’s not a simple code to crack. But being more familiar with what makes you tick, what increases your happiness, and what you want to prioritize in life is a great place to start.

Image via Levent Ali/Flickr.

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