Hey guys! Today I realized I’m having a bit of a career “crisis”. I put those words in quotation because it’s not as serious as the word ‘crisis’ makes it sound. But it certainly is a bit of a stressful situation not knowing where I want to be in the next few years. So as per the usual, I made a list! I have this conversation with Matt a lot when I want him to figure out what his goal is (this just so happens to be about my career). These questions can be used to decipher what you want your dream job to be, or you can edit these questions to find out something else that you’re stuck on with goals. Here are the questions as an overview, and I’ll dive into them afterwards:
- How would I like to spend my days?
- What would be my ultimate job?
- How far in advance is this goal?
- Is it realistic/achievable in this time frame?
- What steps can I take now to start myself on this path?
1. How would I like to spend my days? Asking yourself how you would actually like to spend your days is the first question that needs to be answered. When you’re trying to find your dream job, you need to find something that you could do every day for the rest of your life and never get tired of it. There’s a saying that goes “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life” – we’re trying to follow this sentiment here!
2.What would be my ultimate job? If you could do anything in the world, what would it be? Astronaut? Baker? Engineer? Blogger? The goal here is not to think about what you can be with your current skills, the goal is to think about what kind of job you could have that would get you out of bed just with the prospect of facing another workday. This should be something in conjunction with your answer to Question 1.
3. How far in advance is this goal? Now that you know what you want to do all day, and what your perfect job is… how far off is it? How long do you have to work starting today until you can get that job? The better worded question should be: How long do I want to wait to get to my goal?
4. Is it realistic/achievable in this time-frame? In that time-frame that you’ve chosen, is it possible for you to achieve your goal? If you’re looking for a dream job, now is the time to look into requirements for the position. What kind of education do you need to have? Do you need experience? Is it a prestigious job that requires connections? All of these things add up to a lot of time that need to be calculated into a time-frame that can actually work. Wanting to be a lawyer in 3 years when you’re entering an undergrad program is not a realistic time-frame. However, graduating pastry school and wanting to open up your own shop in 6-8 years is a realistic timeline!
5. What steps can I take to start myself on this path now? Now that you’ve found a good time-frame to achieve your dream job goal, you have to come back to this current moment. Your goal is now firmly placed a solid distance away -so how do you get it within arms reach? At this point you’ve researched the requirements for your dream job, so you have to make a plan to get there. Does it require education? Look into education options. Does it require experience? Find a place to get your foot in the door and work up the ladder from there. Make a plan to attain the skills necessary for your dream job and if necessary, research more about the job to see what skills and experience could aid you in getting the job as well as doing the job.
And there you have it! If you get stuck on a question, take a break and come back to it. If it takes an hour to come back to it, or even a few days – that’s okay! These questions take a lot of time and observation to answer. You have to take a good hard look at yourself and really dig deep to find your passion. Just remember though, that this only sets a framework for your goals and timeline. Things change, setbacks arise, and stepping stones sometimes disappear. Try to keep your eyes on your goal and not worry so much about the details – if your goal stays the same, you’ll find a way to get there whether or not there’s a boulder in your way. Good luck deciphering and happy achieving! 🙂