We’re conditioned to think for the future from the moment we enter school, completing each stage in life until we fulfill our goal to society and attain a job. However, many people go through the motions without ever really knowing what they want out of life, even finishing college without a specific focus in mind. This leads a lot of people into career paths that they are unenthusiastic or lukewarm about. Shouldn’t the thing you do five days a week, eight hours a day, be something that gets you out of bed in the morning other than for a paycheck? Whether you want to be a lawyer, a writer, or a remote medical scribe, there are endless options to choose from. All you have to do is figure out what works for you. What is your dream job?
Identify Your Skills and Interests
First and foremost, you should identify what you actually enjoy doing. Not only that but what are you good at? What is the thing that brings you the most satisfaction out of life that could be transferred into a career path? Do you enjoy creating things? Building? Are you good with numbers, thinking outside the box, public speaking, or writing? You may enjoy writing and reading, but if you don’t possess a high enough skill set, it might be something that should stay a hobby for the time being. The same could be said for many careers, such as wishing to be an accountant and not being able to count; however, if you love roller coasters and happen to have an engineering degree, creating rides might be a path you could take to pursue. It’s all about determining your interests and being honest about your skills, then finding a path that could benefit from both.
Consult a Career Counselor
If you find yourself lost in where to start finding your “dream job,”–if there is one–you might consider contacting a career counselor. This professional can assist you in identifying key factors that could narrow down your career options, such as skills, hobbies, where you might like to work, job environment preferences, desired salary, and so on. They’re also might be able to help with contact information, as well as reviewing resumes, teaching you how to properly reach out to potential employers, and overall direction.
Figure Out Your Transferable Skills
A good starting point in finding a career that matches your interests is to seek out those closely related to the basic skills you currently possess. If you are interested in writing, it will be much easier to change jobs if you have a resume that reflects this. If you happen to be an accountant in the tax department but wish to try something new, it will be easier for you to switch to audit than someone with a background in construction, something unrelated in nature. When you find that your interests require a background in a skill that you do not have or are not well versed in, it might be worth your time to look into additional schooling, whether traditional, a trade, or the arts.
If you’re stuck in a job that you don’t enjoy or aren’t sure what you’d like to do with your life, follow the tips above to get a better grasp of what you should do to find your dream job. Everyone should work in a field where they can utilize their skills and pursue their passions, and dedicating the time to figure out what these will save you a lot of time, money, and heartache in the future.
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