Planning to make 2020 the year you go after your dream job? That’s easier said than done because many of us struggle to even identify what our dream job actually is. To get you started down the right path our experts have some fantastic advice about how to discover your dream job.
Know What’s Out There!
Dean, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, shares, “Finding the elusive dream job is not an easy task unless you have always known what career you have as a goal. Start with jotting down the things that you enjoy doing, then look to see if there is a club or volunteer organization that supports that activity. As you build your network within the organization, you can see what job opportunities may exist in that field.” More from Dean
Makailyn, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., says, “It’s definitely not always an easy task determining what your dream job is - and it may take years to figure it out. Apart from career tests and internship experiences, there are a couple of things you can do in the meantime. Volunteering can be a great way to determine what you are passionate about and enjoy doing. Find a cause you believe in and get involved. While volunteering with a company, determine what parts of the industry you like and those you do not. It might be an insight into what you want to pursue in the future.
“Another way to explore potential careers is to job shadow professionals in those fields. Pick a couple of possibilities and contact local professionals for the opportunity to observe what an average day is like for them. Lastly, I would recommend joining clubs or organizations for careers you might be considering. Participating in events they hold might make you consider exploring that profession. Additionally, talking to the members and asking why they chose that line of work could open your eyes and show you that it may be something you are also interested in.” More from Makailyn
Dana, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, suggests, “Your most effective method to discovering your dream job is self-reflection. Begin by carefully examining your:
- Current skills and areas of expertise, as well as the skills you desire to obtain
- Formal education and/or educational goals
- Interests and your passions (e.g. the industries, events, and topics that inspire or excite you)
- Financial objectives and timelines
- Ideal workplace environment
- Your preferred mix of routine versus fluctuating job responsibilities
- Prospective interest in leadership roles (or lack thereof)
- Ideal team composition, including your interaction with potential colleagues and leaders
- Desired residential versus working locations
- Your expectation of work-life balance” More from Dana
After some careful self-reflection, Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., suggests, “Information Interview, Information Interview, Information Interview! Once you have your thoughts collected, have your goals, have your narrowed down ideas you need to network in your chosen industries/companies and work to get in there to have some real conversations with people doing that job or working in the industry. Be forthright with your questions, let people know right up front that you are looking to find your true career and want to be an informed participant in your future. You would be amazed at how far that kind of transparent desire to learn and engage can take you!” More from Stephanie
Identifying your ideal career isn’t always simple, but we hope this expert advice has given you some solid first steps toward discovering your dream job.
Happy New Year from the team here at Jobipedia!