The ‘dream job’ is a big deal nowadays. There are plenty of TED talks about it, life coaches who like to talk about it, and not to mention the amount of pins on Pinterest saying something inspiring about it.
Having a dream job is almost something that is expected of you; even from a really young age (I know I wanted to be Britney Spears, but she’s already a person). As a teen, you’re asked what you want to do when you’re older and what subjects you’re going to study and what college or university you’re going to go to to make sure you get that job.
It can be a lot of pressure, even when you do know what you want to do – like some of those lucky custards in my sixth form.
There are precisely* twelve thousand and sixteen paths to take in the current job climate. How do you choose the one for you?
1. Write a list of your hobbies/interests.
What do you do in your spare time? Are you a; baker, dog-whisperer**, writer, or maybe a fitness freak?
2. Write a list of the type of work you like doing.
If you’re already in a job, or have previous work experience, write down what aspects of working you actually enjoy. Do you like team projects? Do you love to be organised and actually love writing lists? Do you enjoy meeting new people?
If you’re still in school, I also advise to write down your favourite subjects.
3. Write a list of your skills.
What are you best at in the workplace? Are you computer-literate? Can you write reports? Do you like speaking to people on the phone? Also consider what you were/are best at in school.
4. Smoosh the lists together.
Take a look at all three lists. Have a go at linking a hobby to a skill, and a skill to something you like doing at work. For example; a hobby of mine is to write my blog, I’ve always been fairly good at writing in school, and clearly continue to mesmerize with my words.
Try to make a few links if you can; you may see a pattern develop that reflects your personality (for example, I like writing, baking, eating the baked goods, and doodling; I’m a creative cat. Meow).
Research careers that include similar skill sets and job descriptions to the ones in your lists. Make a real effort to learn as much as you can about a certain type of career. Maybe even get in contact with someone you may know already who is in a similar career. And then start getting some interviews! Sell yourself baby.
Still not sure?
Pick a job, any job. All experience is good experience. You’ll either hate it and realise you don’t want to be working there forever (that’s one career crossed off the list), or you’ll like it there and realise that you can do more than you thought, and that you find aspects of the job or all of the job super interesting and motivating. Then the future you can tell anecdotes about that time that you did that job and had to do all those things.
* = this is not precise
** = really though?