Don’t Wait For Your Dream Job!
Severe illness, accidents and near-death experiences often result in people changing their lives and their jobs to do what they really want to do and are passionate about and often they find their dream job. Why wait for an illness or accident to motivate you to make this change?
Don’t Wait For Your Dream Job!
“Happy employees have higher levels of productivity, creativity, produce higher sales, perform better in leadership positions, and receive higher performance ratings and higher pay. They also enjoy more job security and are less likely to take sick days, to quit, or become burned out.”[i]
Everyone’s Dream Job is Out There
Everyone has a different idea of what their dream job is. Whether it’s exhilarating, relaxing, weird and wonderful, precise and detailed, mechanical, mathematical, scientific or holistic, working with animals, people or the environment, full-powered sales, admin, physical work, part of a team or an individual role, your dream job is out there.
For some, it’s all about following their passions and leaping out of bed every morning excited to start work. For others, it’s doing something you love so much that it doesn’t feel like work at all. There are those whose dream job is one that fits in with their family commitments and school holidays. Some want a challenging role, whereas others want an easy life; a job that’s not demanding and requires no thought about the job once work is over for the day.
The wonderful thing is that everyone’s dream job is out there, you just need to be brave enough to look for it and be willing to make changes.
Why Wait for a Life Changing Experience?
A post in the Great Yarmouth Mercury[ii] tells the story of a gentleman who fell 40ft and sustained a severe head injury affecting his vision and requiring him to undergo surgery to fit a metal plate in his head. His recovery process took over four years; it was a very tough time for him during which time he had to learn to walk again and develop nonverbal communication skills which were lost due to the head injury. During the recovery process, the gentleman was inspired by a student who carried out an x-ray on him and decided to take up radiography. Overcoming many hurdles, completing an access course and gaining a 2:1 degree in diagnostic radiography, he secured his dream job at James Paget Hospital. His philosophy is that whoever you are and whatever situations you might find yourself facing, no matter what might happen to you, you can still do whatever you want.
How do I Choose my Dream Job?
Some people instinctively know what their dream job or career is, but if you don’t know take some time to make a list of what it is you love doing, what criteria you would like in a job and maybe what you don’t want so you can eliminate those. It’s about finding clarity around the area of your dream role. Don’t worry if you can’t see your passions being a job; there are so many varied jobs out there that many of us have never heard of or even imagined, you might even be inspired to create your own wonderful dream job. You will need to consider some of the following;-
- will it be necessary to relocate?
- should I take a reduction in income?
- will I need to work different patterns or shifts?
- should I retrain – and if so how long will that take?
- will I be happier and less stressed?
- do I want to have more time to spend with family and loved ones?
- is it important to wake up each day loving life once I’ve got my dream job?
If you are in a job that does not fulfil or satisfy you or does not meet other criteria that works for you, maybe it’s time to consider thinking about what it is you really want in your work life and then set about making it happen. Just because you might not enjoy your job, that job might actually be perfect for someone else, but they can’t have it because you’re there. Being unhappy in your job can lead to increased stress levels, weight issues, depression or feeling low, being unmotivated and unable to enjoy life outside of work, increased levels of sickness, increased risk of serious disease[iii] and sleep issues. So is it really worth staying in a job that makes you unhappy? Don’t wait for unseen circumstances to change your life, why not find the dream job for you now?
As we’ve said dream jobs come in all shapes and guises. Here are some unusual dream jobs that you might not have realised exist: shark tank cleaner, beer, chocolate, butter or pet food taster, LEGO sculpture, professional sleeper, Netflix Tagger, food stylist, waterslide tester, professional bridesmaid, dog yoga teacher and tropical island caretaker. It really is possible that there is a dream job out there for everyone, you just need to find out what you really enjoy, use some imagination, be willing to be proactive and to make changes.
So why not find out what your dream job is now and start working towards it- what’s stopping you?