10 Non-Traditional Questions to Determine What Your Dream Job Is (written by Career Expert, Pete Leibman)

Hmmm... I wonder what my dream job is?

Considering that the average person will spend 5 million minutes or more at work throughout his/her life (60 minutes in an hour, 40 hours in a week, 50 weeks in a year, and 40 years in one’s life spent working),  a meaningful, satisfying career is clearly a key ingredient for living your ideal life. 

However, many people are unsure what type of work they would enjoy.  While you can brainstorm ideas for jobs/careers with friends, family, or career counselors, perhaps the most powerful exercise of all is to ask yourself a series of questions in order to identify your values, dreams, goals, strengths, weaknesses, and passions.

Here are 10 non-traditional questions to help you generate ideas for your dream job:

  1. What personal struggles or challenges have you overcome?  (After answering this, look for work where you can help others overcome similar challenges.)
  2. When have you been happiest in your life?  (After answering this, look for work that allows you to be in that environment on a consistent basis, and/or look for work that allows you to help other people feel like you have during those times.)
  3. What are the most painful things that have happened to you, your closest friends, or your family members?  (After answering this, look for work that allows you to prevent other people from feeling like you or your friends/family members did during those difficult times.)
  4. What is easy for you that is not easy for others? (After answering this, look for work where you can utilize those skills and strengths.)
  5. What are your favorite hobbies?  (After answering this, look for work connected to these hobbies.)
  6. If you had to read 100 books in 100 days on 1 topic, what topic would you read about?  (After answering this, look for work related to that topic.)
  7. If you had the ability to help any 1 person in any way, how would you do it?  (After answering this, look for work related to helping that sort of person.)
  8. If you were given $1 million to donate to any 1 charity, what charity would you give it to?  (After answering this, look for work related to that cause.)
  9. What problems in our world make you angry?  (After answering this, look for work where you can be involved in fixing these problems.)
  10. If you could be any other person, who would you want to be and why?  (After answering this, look for work that puts you on the path toward becoming that person, or find a job in a related industry.)

There is no universal formula or question that can help each of us identify our dream job, so some of these questions should resonate with you more than others.  The key for the creation of an ideal career is to analyze yourself on a consistent basis to make sure your work is aligned with your values, dreams, goals, strengths, weaknesses, and passions.  Once you have some ideas, you can start researching relevant industries and fields.  The result will be a much better career and a much better life!

-Pete Leibman

Career Expert and President of Idealize Enterprises

Pete@IdealizeNow.com

www.linkedin.com/in/peteleibman

www.IdealizeNow.com

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