“I HATE MY JOB!”
No, that’s not my sentiment and hopefully it’s not your plight either. But sadly, I have no doubt millions of people have uttered these four words today. So let me ask you, when was the last time you sat down and thought about what your idea job or career looks like?
Maybe you’re already operating in it, if so, great! But if you’re like so many who have dreams but are hesitating to move forward or you don’t know exactly where to start the journey towards your truth then this blog is for you.
Follow these five simple steps for career clarity and prepare to leap into your dreams:
1. GET TO WORK. If you’re in the lucky minority and know what you truly want to accomplish in your career than you have a huge advantage. So my next question to you is what are you waiting for? It’s time to build up the courage and go for it.
Okay, so maybe you can’t just quit your daytime job but you can absolutely position yourself to transition. How? Well you can start by simply working on your job during the day and your dreams at nights and weekends.
Jim Rohn said, “Work harder on yourself than you do on your job. If you work hard on job you’ll make a living, if you work hard on yourself you’ll make a fortune!” The key is to start moving today towards your dreams.
2. GET YOUR HOBBIES TO WORK FOR YOU. Now let’s go down the road of discovery if you’re not sure what your dream career looks like. I believe identifying your hobbies is always a good place to start. You know, the hobby(s) that your spouse or friends find irritating or think is a waste of time. Yep, those hobbies could be the key to stepping into your utopia.
Let’s say you do nothing but veg in front of the television for hours at a time, there are clues in what just looks like channel surfing – especially if you lean towards specific programming.
Spend some time researching different types of jobs related to your hobbies. Then if possible find someone who already enjoys a career in that area and ask for advice. Don’t overlook what you are drawn to and then don’t discount that you can turn it into a career.
3. GET TO NETWORKING. We’ve all heard the phrase, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” With so much noise out here this quote could not be truer today than ever. Yes LinkedIn, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and the host of other social mediums have made the world much smaller but thankfully connections still opens more doors than anything else.
Networking with people and organizations is a great way to discover new careers. If your desires range from being a professional fortune cookie writer to a roadkill cleaner (actual careers), you can connect with the right groups to help you get a foot in the door.
Even if you have to create your own Meetup Group to draw your desired audience to you than don’t hesitate to do it. Being around likeminded people and organizations will go a long way in your dream job search.
4. GET AN ASSESSMENT. In my opinion this option is grossly underutilized. A lot of people are attracted to job opportunities based on salary, benefits, position, etc. but they are not considering how they are wired nor are they taking into consideration their core strengths. This could lead to a job position full of frustration, dissatisfaction and easy burnout.
There are various career assessment options out here to assist you, some vary in depth and may come with a price tag but you can also find several free career tests online as well.
The benefit of answering questions about your personality and preferences will point you towards potential careers that align with your skills, desires and values.
5. GET SCHOOLED. Most people start with this option and although I think education is very important I intentionally made it my last option. Why? Because depending on what you are studying it can be very time consuming (and costly).
But investing in your education is always a good option. Going back to school can open doors that you never dreamed of opening. You will build your knowledge base and keep current with constant changes, especially if you’re pursuing career growth in your current field.
My only caution is don’t allow the lack of education to become an excuse for not moving forward with your dreams. Get schooled and commit to learning something everyday but the reality is, you probably know as much if not more than someone who’s already doing what you want to do!
So when it comes down to it, if you know what makes you truly happy, you can find your way to your dream career. It’s okay to give yourself time to figure things out. In the end, the efforts you put into your search will all be worth it.