Everyone’s talking about that dream job, but you’re nowhere near that stage of your life. It makes sense to start wondering what’s wrong with you, whether or not you’re on the right career path, and even start imagining some pretty negative scenarios about the near future.
But that’s all based on your surroundings, the field you’re in right now, what others are expecting from you, and even the average trajectory (what you should be doing from here on according to society). Well, guess what? Forget about all that. It’s actually preventing you from ever finding a job that feels right.
Let’s bust some myths regarding that dream job, and see what it actually takes to get closer to something like that and live a more enjoyable and meaningful life:
1. You think it will have something to do with your degree and experience
That’s quite old-fashioned, to be honest. We’re past the time where you go to college, do all your homework and participate in all kinds of projects, do an internship and get a position in a respected firm in that industry, then make everyone around you like you and have control over your life, and you start chasing a promotion.
That’s not something you should ever wish for because even if it happens, it will make you miserable. You’ll always be trying hard to please others. Be it parents, professors, bosses or colleagues. So eventually you start playing a role and get even further from knowing your true self and finding out what you’re born to do.
Instead, do things your way.
That might mean you graduated from uni and made your family proud, but are now determined to find out exactly what you want to do with the rest of your working life and are okay with the fact that it’s in a completely different field from what you studied.
Steve Jobs dropped out of college but kept attending the lectures that he found interesting in some way. And guess what? These were exactly the classes he needed to develop the skills that allowed him to become a game-changer in the tech industry.
You should also use your free time to network. Make connections online and in the real world and follow up, ask questions and meet people. These are the things that you can’t do on your own. Your current job can be beneficial in many ways even if it’s not what makes you happy. So use it to master your craft, decide what you don’t like about this career and make sure you don’t have it in your next venture, and build a name for yourself.
2. The dream job doesn’t need to be just 1
If you’re constantly focused on finding the answer to the question ‘What’s my dream job?’, you might end up missing out on wonderful opportunities that show up unexpectedly.
To make the most of this, understand that there’s no single position that can make you happy, it could be a few. The same goes for all conditions related to the work you do, the field itself, your salary, the flexibility, and more.
Keep your eyes open for what’s around you. Try to look at it from a different perspective. What might sound like a boring position in a new firm, can open doors for you that will take you elsewhere.
3. Your dream job changes with you
Who you are isn’t who you were 10, 5 or even 3 years ago. You grow, learn, set new goals, have more experience and different desires. All that affects what lifestyle would be ideal for you too.
For instance, you might be all about financial stability in your 30s, and that might mean taking up more responsibility and working extra hours so you can take care of your future and have peace of mind.
But in your 40s, your vision changes. You now see that the work never stops and it might not be as satisfying to be paid more as you thought. So depending on what else is going on in your life and who else is around you, you might want to reclaim your time and have more of it. This might inspire you to arrange things in such a way that you’ll be doing your work remotely while spending more time with family. Or maybe you’ll leave work for extended periods of time and do more traveling throughout the year. Plenty of companies are allowing their workers to do that now.
So whenever you’re wondering what your dream job is, keep this in mind. It’s not what you wanted a few years ago, so look elsewhere for it now.
4. Passion and career don’t need to be combined
While it does sound like the dream job consists of these 2 elements, that’s not usually the case. Yes, many bloggers, lifestyle designers and small business owners are proving that we can indeed earn a living from our passion. But that’s not the time you might be willing to invest, the sacrifices you’re ready to make, or the insecurity of an unstable income you’ll welcome into your life.
However, that shouldn’t stop you from pursuing your passion. Define it and make it part of your days. The dream lifestyle is all about doing what you love, but no one says you can’t do it and make money from something else, such as a job in another field.
After all, we’re here to live a happy and meaningful life but to also be productive and provide for ourselves. So combine a standard job with the joy of doing what you’re passionate about in your free time.
I hope busting these 4 myths would let you give yourself some credit, change your perspective, and try a new approach to finding the dream job.