We all want to derive satisfaction from work, but finding that ‘dream role’ is incredibly challenging.
Most of us have spent time in jobs and industries we actively dislike, therefore it can feel like something of a chore to find ‘the one’.
In the UK, the economy is enjoying record-breaking levels of employment. There are over thirty-two million people in work across a vast range of industries – which is proof that, if needed, there’s a job out there for everyone.
With that in mind, here are five tips for finding your dream career:
Going after your dream job isn’t a trivial affair; it’ll take time, energy, heartbreak and an awful lot of determination.
It’s therefore vital that you give full consideration to what your dream industry is.
Before making any kind of leap into the unknown, make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons.
If you have doubts, a gut feeling that you’re diving into something because you hate your current job or want to have ‘one up’ on your mates, that probably isn’t going to result in your dream career.
No matter the industry you’re dying to get into, there will be steps required to reach the definitive position you’re striving for.
Actors, for example, rarely jump straight into Hollywood blockbusters. First, they’ll possibly tread the boards (literally) at local theatres before working menial TV roles and suffer the fate of being turned down for bigger jobs.
Eventually, and with persistence, they’ll get there.
Your dream job will need the same kind of steps to be taken, so make sure you sit down and map out the journey you’ll need to take.
And there’s only one way you can do that…
To plot a course for your dream job, it’s a great idea to get some help from people who have already been there and done it.
Within any industry, you’ll find thought leaders, friends and colleagues who will be willing to tell you their own story.
You can meet them by working more menial jobs – possibly even serving under them – and learn from those who have suffered every failure and triumph during their own journey.
Equally, look for people who are only a few steps ahead of you, because they’ll be closer to your position and more easily able to relate to your situation.
This is a bit of a cliché, but an important one.
In order to break into your dream industry, you’ll need to put yourself in some uncomfortable positions.
Go to networking events by yourself, or call up and speak to businesses out of the blue. Put yourself out there; be a nuisance.
Let’s get one thing straight: you’ll make numerous errors on your way to career superstardom. Some will be minor hiccups, while others will make you feel like the world is ending.
Despite this, every single failure you encounter should be embraced and learned from.
There isn’t a successful CEO or large corporation owner on the planet who hasn’t failed multiple times before achieving success.
Follow in their footsteps and accept the fact you’ll get an awful lot wrong before you hit the jackpot.
Don’t put this off! You can make your dreams happen now if you start the process of entering your dream industry today.