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Asked by Katherine on September 10, 2017

For someone who has little clue what they really want to do post-grad, beyond personality/career testing and internships, what short term actions can they take to help zero in on their dream job?

Answered by Dean, Hiring Expert at Archer Daniels Midland, on September 12, 2017

Hi, finding the elusvive dream job is not an easy task unless you have always known what career you have always had as a goal.  Start with jotting down the things that you enjoy to do, 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 be in that field.
Attend as many company briefs as you can to learn not only what the company does, but what excites the presenters about what they do.  Attend career fairs to learn about what opportunities are out there, even if you are not looking for an internship or job at the time.
All jobs become work, but you might as well enjoy what you do!  Good Luck!

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Answered by Eddie, Hiring Expert at Quest Diagnostics, on October 1, 2017

A great way to do this is to volunteer for a non-profit. As a non-profit board chair, I can tell you that I would LOVE to have someone come in and volunteer with an essential duty such as marketing or accounting! If that volunteer does a great job, I would not hesitate to write them a nice reference letter or point them in the direction of opportunities. You could also try joining a community organization that needs help that aligns with your expertise. If the work brings you joy, that might answer your "dream job" question. I hope this helps!

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Answered by Makailyn, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on March 1, 2018

Hi there! This is a great question! It is 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. I agree with Eddie below that 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 them determine what parts you like and those you do not, it might be an insight to 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/organizations for careers you might be considering. Participating in the 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. 

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