For the average worker: 40 hours a week, 48 weeks a year for up to 50 years is spent working. This is not taking into account the amount of hours that are spent sleeping and travelling to and from work. So, let me ask you, do you really want to be spending this time in a job that isn’t for you?
Finding a job you love is not a simple task. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that there is a job out there that requires you staying in bed all day and earning a fortune. If that were possible, I’d already be doing it by now.
There are endless ways you could hunt down your dream career; however, I’ve provided a few tips to point you in the right direction.
Discover what you love
The first and most important step. This will be harder for some than others. You must think about where your passion lies, associate it with your skills and experience and put them into action. What are your interests, your hobbies? How do you spend your free time? Or maybe your dream is to work part time and indulge yourself into a new lifestyle?
I’ll give you a famous example. John Grisham, the extremely popular crime fiction novelist (if you haven’t heard of him, he’s sold over 300 million copies of his books globally), did not start off as a successful writer. Before he pursued his passion, Grisham was a lawyer in a small town of the USA. His first book? No feedback. His second? Stayed on the New York Times Best Seller list for 44 weeks and produced a movie starring Tom Cruise (look it up, it’s called ‘The Firm’).
So there you go, some dreams do come true. Discover what you love, whether it’s animals or education or being outdoors. Then start to think what career paths is available for these passions. The best way to begin is by talking to people!
What do you need?
There are more things to take into account than what you love…unfortunately.
Salary. Flexibility. Travel. People. Family.
How much money will you need to support your lifestyle? Do you have children that you need to be able to pick up from school? How far will you have to travel to work everyday, or can you work from home? Do you enjoy the company of those you work with? Do you want a full time or part time job?
There are endless questions that you will need to consider before taking on a role. You need a job that suits your lifestyle and your values.
What can you do?
This next part is up to you. If you are currently working a part time job, or perhaps are unemployed, then you could consider taking on an internship in the area you are interested in? It’s a great way to test out a new area while also showing your enthusiasm. Plus, it looks great on the resume!
Anyone can write a resume. It needs to stand out for it to be noticed, because the chances are that your future employer will be skimming through them like no tomorrow – so make sure they don’t put yours on the ‘no’ pile.