As a child, we are so often asked what our dream job is, or what we want to be when we grow up, but somewhere along the way, it seems we stop looking for our dream job and just settle for whatever pays the bills. The good news is that you can still get your dream job (as long as it is achievable of course, becoming a fairy princess isn’t very easy!), but you have to work for it.
Decide what your dream job is
This is probably the hardest part. What exactly is it that you want to do? As much as being a chocolate taster would be fun, is it really what you want to do 9-5 every day until you retire? Research every aspect of the job, including talking to people who currently do it – is it really the job for you? Once you’ve set your mind to it, it’s time to get to work!
Aim to be the very best
In the words of the Pokemon “I wanna be the very best like no one ever was!” Whatever it is you do, whether you are a butcher, baker or candlestick maker, aim to be the best at your job. That way, you are more likely to be noticed by someone at the top when they are looking to fill positions. This is a great way to work your way up to your dream job once you’re in the right industry.
Go over and beyond with a smile on your face
If you see a gap where something could be done, even though it is outside of your usual remit, go ahead and do it. If you can think of a way to make more money, make processes more efficient or just to go above and beyond, do these things, humbly but with enthusiasm.
Say ‘yes’ when no one else will
If you say things like ‘that’s not my job,’ you will never work your way up the ladder to your dream job. If there is a mess that needs cleaning, extra hours that need working or a boring admin task that needs completing, stand out as the person who says yes to doing it!
Stay open to opportunities
Sometimes your dream job will happen in the weirdest of ways. Remain positive and open to anything that comes towards you; you never know, it could be the opportunity that leads to where you really want to be!
Take a leap of faith
Perhaps your dream job isn’t in the current area you are in. Maybe it means leaving your safe role for something entirely different. Whether you want to be a police officer, an actress or start your own business, eventually there comes a time where you can do no more planning, and you just have to take a leap of faith and give it your best shot!
Life is too short to work in a job that doesn’t give you satisfaction (as well as paying the bills!). Work out what your dream job is, and then work towards it every day. If you are looking for a sign that now is the time, let this article be it!