The Definition of a Dream Job (written by Career Expert, Pete Leibman)

“There are 2 great days in a person’s life – the day we are born, and the day we discover why.” – William Barclay

I get a lot of interesting reactions these days when I tell people that I help students and recent graduates get their dream jobs.  Cynics tell me dream jobs don’t exist, pessimists tell me that “you can’t get your dream job in this economy,” and lazy people think I help people find a job where they can earn a 6-figure salary to sit on the beach and drink Corona’s all day.

Most people misunderstand what I mean, so here is my definition of a dream job:

“A dream job is a job that combines your talents and passions in a way that is meaningful to YOU.”

How can you figure out what YOUR dream job is?  Well, you need to answer 3 questions:

1. What are you good at?

2. What are you passionate about?

3. How can you combine these talents and passions in a way that is meaningful to YOU? 

Don’t think of finding a dream job like finding a soul-mate.  There are probably lots of jobs that could be dream jobs for you; finding your dream job is not about finding “the one.”

Another point I need to make is that a dream job is NOT a perfect job.  When I had my first dream job to work for an NBA team, there were still plenty of times and days when I got frustrated.  In my current dream job as a speaker, author, and service-minded entrepreneur, I still have challenging moments and days as well. No job will ever be perfect 100% of the time.  If you expect 100% happiness, you will always be disappointed.

In summary, you won’t find your dream job by chasing a “hot” industry or field, by chasing a job where you think you can make a ton of money, or by chasing the advice being pushed on you by your parents, family, friends, professors, or society.  The only way to find your dream job is to be honest about what matters to YOU.  Look inside, not outside.  The sooner you can do that, the sooner you will find your dream job

This is a process that takes time, but it will definitely be worth it, so be patient!  If you are willing to do whatever it takes, and if you know how/where to look, you can get your dream job in any economy!  Remember: it’s not your job to fix the economy, so don’t worry about the economy.  You just need 1 job!  Why not make it your dream job?…

-Pete Leibman

-Career Expert and Professional Speaker

-President of Idealize Enterprises



P.S. I speak about career success to students and young professionals nationwide.  To learn more about my programs and speaking availability for the 2011 Dream Job College Tour, please send an email to 

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