When was the last time you actually sat down and seriously thought about your dream job?
To clarify, I am not talking about the lunch-time daydreaming we fall into so easily. When you are unhappy at work, it is easy to let your mind wander to a more positive reality, even fantasise about your dream job. But what do you do when you are not sure of where to go next? What is the next best step?
When you are ready to take some action, download this printable worksheet and get down to business.
If, after completing this worksheet, you are ready to start looking for another job,
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Step 1 of 3
Ponder each of these questions and complete them all, and remember, there are no wrong answers.
However, don’t think about the salary or possible other benefits a specific job promises. If you get stuck, repeat “if money was off the table, what would I choose?”
Most importantly, our aim here is to connect on a deeper level to your emotions and feelings — that is where the real magic lies — getting clear of all expectations regarding what you do with your life: your own, your family’s and society in general.
Below are some suggestions to get you started – use the worksheet for a more comprehensive list.
- I’ve always wondered what it would be like to do…
For example, fly a plane/be a pilot. All that travel sounds fantastic.
- If I could choose one friend to trade jobs with, I’d choose…
Maybe they have more freedom and don’t work in an office, they travel more or get to meet celebrities.
- Furthermore, if I had a free day that had to be spent ‘working’ on something, I’d choose…
When you were little, what did you do to fill your days?
- If I had the right education or skill set, I’d definitely try…
Sometimes not being able to further our studies after school can hold you back. Maybe you always wanted to be a dentist, but getting into medical school just was not an option in your family.
Step 2 of 3
After that bit of soul-searching, take a look at your answers. See if you can identify any overlapping themes (e.g. creativity, working with people, working alone or with a group). Write them down.
You might want to try a Venn-diagram if you think it will help you.
By now, you have realised some of your interests might have common ground. You might even have felt a little spark when a new idea popped into your head. What have you learned about yourself, in short, what makes you excited on a daily basis? Do you see new ways you can bring this into your work life? You might not be able to make a drastic career shift, but engaging in some activity that brings you joy and excitement, will make it easier to deal with less than perfect co-workers and an unpleasant work environment. To sum up, look at how you can combine your current skills with your interests to get you closer to your dream job.