There are some people that have known what they’ve wanted to be ever since they were kids. However, there are plenty of us that weren’t like that. Don’t panic if you don’t know what you want to be when you grow up. It’s amazing how many people struggle through life and become overwhelmed with anxiety because they don’t know what they want to do with their lives. So how do you find the answer? Finding your dream job is a lot like finding the love of your life. You need to try on (date) different jobs to find the perfect fit. It can be a long, tedious process, but it’s all worth it in the end.
Just like with dating, you should have a solid grasp of who you are. Take a moment to reflect on what your interests, goals, and requirements for a career are. Ask yourself where you want to be in 5 years. Where do you want to be 10 years from now? It’s ok if you’re unsure, but getting to know yourself and what makes you happy can allow you to discover who you are as a person and it can help narrow down your potential career paths.
It doesn’t matter if you’re fresh out of college or you’ve been a professional for awhile and are just looking for a career change, you need to put yourself out there. Apply to jobs that you find truly interesting (not just ones that you’ll think are an easy match - don’t settle!), ask around to see if you can job shadow or intern at places you find intriguing, research your dream companies to discover what kind of employees they look for and what sort of work you’ll be doing working there, and reach out to your personal network to discover what kind of potential career options are hiding.
Your perfect career isn’t going to just fall into your lap. You gotta work. Brush up your resume, be confident in yourself and your abilities. As you research potential career opportunities, ask yourself if you think you’ll be happy committing yourself to the career.
Hopefully dating will help you determine what traits and things you want in your job. If you’re currently working, ask yourself if you dread coming into work every Monday. Be sure to be patient, though. Make sure you give yourself enough time to understand the ins and outs of your job so you can determine whether you’re actually miserable or just in a temporary slump.
Once you’ve come to your determination, be selfish. Your career is something that should not be taken lightly. It’s your livelihood, it’s what you should expect yourself to enjoy doing for years to come. If going into work makes you miserable or bored, it’s never too late to start over.
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