When we enter into the working world, we have to ask ourselves, “what is the right job for me?”. Even when we were young, we are constantly faced with this question as we navigate through our school life. However, it seems that somewhere along the way, as we grow older, we forget to ask this question, or we neglect to answer it. We resign ourselves to our jobs and submit to the 9-5 grind like drones, barely surviving, making ends meet, and still, our lives unfulfilled. Perhaps we no longer believe that there is a job out there that fits each and every one of us like a glove. Perhaps we no longer believe that we can be excited about going to work, that we can find happiness and fulfillment in the work that we accomplish. Perhaps we are wrong. If you are looking for an ideal job that will provide for you, and provide you with a sense of satisfaction, then continue reading, as this article is all about looking for the dream job.
How Do You Find The Ideal Job For You?
It may be surprising to most people, but the truth is, the majority of people who are currently working or unemployed do not know what they really want to do. They are clueless towards their own ambitions, but aware of their frustrations with their current job. The first step to finding the ideal job, is to evaluate yourself.
Make a list of your likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses. Find out what kind of person you are by analyzing how you interact with other people, especially the people who you work with. It is also a good idea to take a career assessment and personality test. A simple search on your favorite search engine will bring you countless free assessment and personality test that you can take. Although some of these sources may be inaccurate, it is a good start to point you on the right track. If you are interested in a more accurate and comprehensive assessment and personality test, there are agencies available, offering a professional system to evaluate yourself at a cost. However, it is a good investment for the future, and it is highly advisable to take at least once in your life.
Now that you know more about yourself, the next step is to make sense of all that information. The two key points you have too analyze are what you want to do, and what you are good at doing. For example, many people enjoy playing basketball, but most lack the skills to make a career out of the sport. Others may have a talent with numbers and accounting, but find the idea of a desk-bound job boring. On the other hand there are there are people who love space and are masters at astronomy who become astronauts, and people who love animals and are naturals with biology who become veterinarians. If your skills match your ambitions, then finding the perfect job is easy. However, for most of us, it is a challenge to find a compromise and settle on a job that you can manage reasonably, and still be satisfied. In life, we seldom get to have our cake and eat it. To find the optimum balance between our skills and our ambitions we have to look at the list we have created in the first step. Simply ask yourself, if the skills you have equate to a job that you would enjoy, or if you have the skills required to do a job you enjoy.
Finally, once you have found the ideal job, it is not advisable to jump straight into it. One still has to consider the cost of a career change, and how it will affect your income. Especially if you are the bread winner of your family, you should make sure that your new pay is able to support your family. A new career path often means you will be staring from the ground up, and finances will probably be tight during the early stages. Another reason not to jump straight into your new job, is that you may not know what you are getting yourself into. Keep your current job, withhold your resignation letter, and explore your new job before you resolve to make a change. Seek advice from those already working in the field you want to enter, and make sure you know exactly what the job entails. Reality does not always live up to our expectations and you should never make rash decisions.
In the end, a dream job is just a dream job. Few of us will ever find perfection in our lives, but we try, and we always seek the best for ourselves. However, one should always find a balance between our dreams and our reality. After all, according to Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, job security is more important than self actualization. You cannot be happy if you cannot survive.