Confucius said, "Find a job you enjoy, and you'll never work a day in your life." I'm not sure if that's entirely accurate - even dream jobs can be hard work, but, it does make life much easier when you are doing something you love.
What's Your Dream Job
What type of job do you dream about? Some of us know from the time we are very young what we want to do when we grow up. Others are still trying to figure that out. Still others have tried a career or two, then went on to do something completely different with their lives. The days of working for the same company for a lifetime are long gone and in some industries having one job for a significant period of time is frowned upon rather than considered an asset. So, it's quite acceptable in today's workplace to consider a variety of career options.
It's interesting to see the wide variety of jobs that visitors' to this site dream about:
- Stand-up comedienne on a cruise ship for singles
- Concert promoter for charity
- Help disadvantaged families
- Work for an outdoor adventure travel
- Work for a cruise line or any fun and adventure job
- Freelance writer or editor
- Track the number of words a variety of animals could learn to differentiate
- Work for a dolphin therapy organization
- A back-up dancer for famous singers
- Travel the world and bring joy and change to the lives of others
- The best martial arts superstar there ever lived
- Work for the gaming industry
- Thoroughbred Racing/Training/Breeding farm owner
The US Today Career Center has online interviews with people working in the job of their dreams. You'll find profiles of out of the ordinary careers including Feng shui expert, thoracic surgeon, explosives expert, head veterinarian at the National Zoo, winemaker, professional volleyball player, whitewater guide, skydiver, and many other creative employment options you may not have thought of trying. If you don't have an idea of your own, this will, at least, give you some food for thought...
Take a Career Test (or Two)
Taking a career aptitude test is a little like playing "what do you want to be when you grow up?" with a twist. The twist is that career tests can give you ideas about what you possibly should do rather than you simply pondering what you want to do. Here are a variety of free career quizzes and tests you can to get ideas.
How to Find Your Dream Job
As you can see, dreams come in all shapes and sizes. They are often more attainable than you would think. The first step to take in starting to follow your dreams involves deciding what it is you really want to do with your life. Research career options and potential employers to discover what it is you really want to do. Be cognizant of the top industries and career fields for job seekers and be aware of the options that are available for you given your skills and experience.
Consider a short-term work experience or an internship as a way to experiment with different positions. You won't need to make a long-term commitment and you will have the opportunity to test the waters with jobs that sound interesting.
If you need new skills to accomplish your goals, consider going back to school to get the appropriate training.
Then follow your dreams as best you can...