Maybe you just finished college and are looking to start your career. Maybe you’ve had a job for a while and you’re looking to move up and accept more responsibility. Or maybe you’re looking to find a new career entirely, one better-suited to your goals and ambitions.
But where to start? This isn’t a movie where you trip and accidentally end up the CEO of a major corporation (...probably).
Your dream job likely isn’t going to come right away. You’ll have to put in work. You’ll have to be patient. You might even need to take a different job to pay the bills while you prepare for your dream job.
But if you’re anything like me, you’re eager for your dream to come true so you can get started!
So let us be your Fairy God-Blog and point you in the right direction!
I knew I wanted to be a writer since before I could read. Others figure out their dreams along the way. Some might not have a specific job in mind, but they just know they want to work with animals in some capacity.
Make a list of things you’d love to do every day in your job and another of things you really can’t see yourself enjoying.
Will you end up with a job that’s a dream come true and hits every point on these lists on the first try? Probably not. But knowing what you want and where your priorities will give you a starting point.
Search for jobs that align with your goal. Do you want to help people? Are you looking for something that your skills will shine in? What credentials do I need to do this job?
Once you find the name and requirements of this job, you can start working towards it.
Now you know where you’re starting and where you’re hoping to go. But there’s going to be a lot of stops in between. Break the journey down into bite-size pieces to make it easier to visualize. Not only will this help keep your morale up as you work towards your goal, you’ll also be able to know where you’re headed next and what you need.
Remember, this path will very rarely be linear with one path leading you there. If you stray off the planned path, DON’T PANIC! Have contingencies ready.
Dreams come true every day, don’t let one misstep become a nightmare.
You could have had five jobs or fifty jobs. But most employers only want to see experience that aligns with the job they’re hiring for. Create a resume and cover letter that lists and highlights your accomplishments and experience in jobs that prepared you for your dream job.
If you’re looking to break in wherever you can, have a few resumes and cover letters prepared for different experiences so you’re not starting from scratch every time.
Don’t just leave your dreams in the hands of fate! Put in the work! Continue to learn, stay active, stay positive, and put in the time!
Remember that your dream job will still be there as you work to earn it. Don’t rush or skip steps just to get there! You’ll be thankful for every experience!
Of course you should work towards your goal with a head of steam and few distractions. But remember to take care of yourself. Take a break every once in a while, be mindful of burnout, and spend time with friends. Don’t burn bridges or sacrifice happiness just to get where you’re trying to go. You’ll be a lot more content if you save time for fun along the way.
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