Cure January-itis by starting to search for your dream job now!
January-itis? Underwhelmed and uninspired by your current 9-5? Do you have an ideal job in mind? It could be the dream role you’ve been thinking about since you were small, but never quite got to, or a job that you think you would be perfect for, but feel a bit awkward telling people about. For a few it’s still the 007 spy or prima ballerina they dreamed of being when they were 7, but for lots it’s a teacher, yoga instructor maybe even an IT role.
Let’s start with the first important question.
What’s your dream job and what does it involve?
If you want to make the dream a reality then let’s start with the basics. What do you actually know about the role? Do you know someone that currently does the job? Before you quit your job or pay for new qualifications, sit down and chat to someone who does the role. Find out exactly what their day is like, warts and all. Is it what you thought it would be? Does it still sound exciting to you, even with admin, meetings, time spent on the road, or accounting for aspects that you didn’t realise it entailed?
Can you shadow someone for a day or more? If you’re already working then interning for a few weeks is probably not a possibility, but any time spent watching someone in the workplace do your dream role is time well spent so try to fit in whatever you can.
How do you land your dream job?
Now you can start looking at how you get from where you are to where you want to be. Are there elements of your current job that are the same, showing potential employers (or clients if it involves starting out on your own) that you can already do this bit? Do you need new qualifications to get started in your chosen industry? Can you complete it while working within the industry or part time in your current role? How did your contact in the industry get started? Don’t underestimate how important enthusiasm and passion for the role is, employers want to hire people who want to be there.
Always remember your value.
It’s important to remember that everyone takes a different path into roles. Your experiences in other industries or jobs will give you different perspectives and skills from others looking at the same roles as you. There’s no one set way to reach your dream role, only your way. Embrace whatever that is.
If you want to explore what your dream job might look like we highly recommend doing the CareerHQ Compass. In under 40 minutes on any smart device it will guide you in selecting 4 – 6 careers that match your strengths, skills, interests and lifestyle considerations.
To learn more click on this link: https://www.careerhq.com.au/