If you spend your hours at work daydreaming about another career or wishing you could start over, then these tips are for you. Anyone at any time in their life can make a change and pursue their dreams. It might not be easy, but it is possible. There is no magical solution to getting a dream job, but these little tips are good reminders of all the options that can be available to you if you feel stuck in a rut.
The Big Gesture
This suggestion is the most outlandish and perhaps the riskiest. If it works, it can quickly accelerate you up the career ladder; if it does not, you might end up feeling a little embarrassed. In the UK, a story that went viral a few years back was a graduate who spent his last £500 on a billboard that asked people to give him a job. The plucky student was picked up by a Youtube Channel and is now a regular contributor and journalist. This dream story might not happen every day, but if you have a particular employer in mind, targeting them with a grand and memorable gesture might just help you stand out from the crowd.
Work Your Way Up
Working your way up a job ladder is by far the most common and usual way of getting the job you love. Look at the industry you want to work within and search for apprenticeships, internships or entry-level positions. For instance, if you want to be a tech-savvy entrepreneur, entry-level it jobs can help you understand the industry and will give you valuable insight into what innovations the IT industry is calling out for. Many large organisations like to employ and promote from within their current talent pool so you can quickly work your way up with enough ambition and effort.
Go Into Business For Yourself
Your dream job doesn’t need to be handed to you. You can create it. Starting up a business means you can carve out a niche that you enjoy and make work balance with your lifestyle. There are many advantages to being self-employed, but there are downsides too. If keeping records and being meticulous in your planning is not your style, then being self-employed might not be the best option as you don’t want the tax inspectors knocking down your door demanding payments.
Fail. Try Again. Fail Better.
This quote from playwright Samuel Beckett may sound negative on first reading, but what underpins is it is the value that every failure brings you closer to success. Do not give up. If you read articles about someone’s overnight success, it is not given you the full picture. Numerous publishers rejected JK Rowling. Steve Jobs was sacked from Apple. Every success takes trial and error. If you miss out on an interview, take a note of the questions, rethink your answers and stick your resume in for the next job the comes along.
Lots of universities and colleges offer flexible learning plans for lifelong learners, meaning you can acquire qualifications while continuing to work. If there is a qualification you require for your dream job, approach learning centres that offer the course and ask about models of learning and payment plans that could make it possible for you. As you open up the conversation, you may learn that there are numerous ways the educational establishment can help you overcome the barriers between you and the learning you need.
The adage is not what you know; it’s who you know, may be problematic, but it doesn’t make it any less accurate. The more people you know in a specific industry, the more likely you are to hear about jobs or opportunities that are coming up. Look at your chosen field and try to find an events calendar. If there are popular conferences or seminars, approach the organisers and ask if you can register as a delegate. The worse they can say is no. Similarly, there may be celebrations (for instance opening night parties if you wish to work in theatre) where you can introduce yourself and your skills to potential employers. Please don’t go in too hard, even the chance to say hello might help you stay in their memory when you open the door at the job interview.
Be prepared to move for your job. Not every job is available in every location. For instance, you may struggle to work on fishing boats if you don’t live near water. Most industries tend to have favoured locations like silicon valley or Hollywood. Try to do your research, where are people being employed in your dream job. If all the jobs are in another city or even another country, consider whether moving could be a possibility for you to get that dream job. IF there is only one gaming company in your home town but hundreds in another city, then your chances of being employed will increase dramatically if you are prepared to change your base for work.
Be Open To Opportunity
Openness is a critical trait that attracts opportunity. You have no idea whether the next event you attend will be where you meet your next boss or whether the next resume you post out will be the one that lands on the right desk. However, if you cocoon yourself, then it will be unlikely your talent will ever be discovered. There are so many people clamouring for attention; employers will be less likely to hunt out the recluse. This doesn’t mean you have to change your personality. You can be shy and open to opportunity. It just means sticking your head above the parapet occasionally to see what is out there and say hello.
Dreams Can Change
Remember that life is the thing that happens when you are busy making plans. Life can throw up the unexpected all the time, and it is only natural that these experiences will shape who you are and what your goals for life will be. It is ok for dreams to change. Don’t become stuck pursuing a dream only to realise when you achieve it. It is no longer what you want. Be aware of yourself and the ways your dreams can transform over time.