Dream job: fact or fiction?
What constitutes a dream job? Is it money, power, prestige, or all of the above? Some consider it a myth, in that a dream job is one that you can fantasize about, but never attain. I know several people who hate their jobs. What alternative career might they dream of?
In the past, a dream job fulfilled a sense of security for the future. Financial compensation paid a mortgage (another American dream) and sent the kids to college when the time came. At the end of 20 years of service, you were rewarded with a gold watch. At the age of retirement, you settled easily knowing that a pension would provide enough to live comfortably. Upon retirement, dreams were altered to those of grandchildren and golf, or some other hobby.
Wake up and smell the espresso!
The last scenario must have come from a movie I saw some time ago. In reality, I don’t know anyone who was able to live their professional lives in that order. Currently, the scene is more like one from Arthur Miller‘s Death of a Salesman, where Willy Loman is no longer relevant as a career salesman. Loman sees his territory diminish and when he visits the boss is woken from his reverie into the harsh reality that he no longer had a job. The dream held by our parents or grandparents no longer exists.
I have a good friend who has worked for the same company for more than 20 years (sounds crazy, huh?) In rewarding him for his loyal years of service; his job title, salary, and perception of security have deteriorated over the past few years. Where is the company loyalty in that?
Get back to the dream job already!
Now that I have brought the overall mood of this post down with my depiction of Willy Loman, I will get back to my original theme of discovering my dream job. I believe what makes a dream job is one that brings me joy. I do not expect the job itself to be joyful, but what I put forth will be.
A dream job is one where I believe I am appreciated for my contribution to the company. It is one where I actually use my degree to some extent. I am positive that my dream job lies somewhere in social media. Being an ESFJ personality, I enjoy interacting with people, and crave a job where I continue doing so. It may be in a corporate retail setting, because I have an understanding of how things are from the field and have strong opinions as to how things should work at a corporate level.
With graduation approaching this December (if you can’t tell, I am extremely excited about it), I do not expect to be in my current job role in one year. Each day, I narrow my focus a little more and begin a search for a career which brings me joy. I am widening my professional network in hopes of discovering my dream job. It exists somewhere in the waking world, and is waiting for me patiently.
#trust30 prompt: What would you be by Ryan Allis
If a year from now you weren’t in the profession you’re currently in, what would you be in your wildest dreams? Author: Ryan Allis
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