4 Ways to Figure Out What Your Dream Job Is (written by Career Expert, Pete Leibman)

According to a recent report by Success Magazine, 85% of employed Americans are NOT fully satisfied with their careers.  Is this because the average person was not good enough to get a job that would have been ideal?  I certainly don’t think so.

Instead, the primary cause of job dissatisfaction is that the average person never takes the time to identify what his/her dream job is.  Most people just take the first job they can get, and then, they are somehow surprised when they don’t like their jobs.  If you are unsatisfied with your current career and not sure what you want to do next, here are 4 ways to help you identify your dream job:

  1. Try.  As I have written before, a dream job is “a job that combines your talents and passions in a way that is meaningful to you.”  The best way to find out what you like to do and what you are good at is through personal experience.  Take a variety of courses, travel to new places, read about different subjects, volunteer, intern, and try to put yourself in as many different environments as possible.  You might be surprised to find out what you are good at and what you enjoy doing.
  2. Think.  Go somewhere peaceful by yourself and reflect on your life.  Ask yourself a series of questions.  When are you happiest?  When do you feel most confident?  What comes easily for you?  What do people compliment you on most?  Who do you admire?  What problems with our world would you like to fix?  What fascinates you?  Answers to these sorts of questions will shed light on your strengths, interests, and values and give you direction on what type of work to pursue.  If you don’t know what your passions and talents are, you probably need to start paying more attention to how you feel as you live your life. 
  3. Talk.  Find several people you trust, and ask for their help in brainstorming potential career paths based on what they consider your strengths to be.  By talking out loud with those you trust, you may uncover some ideas you had not previously considered.  Just be careful to speak to people who have your best interests at heart and people who will not try to push their desires on you.  It’s also highly recommended to talk to people in any fields you are considering.  You want to know as much as possible about a potential career before you pursue it.
  4. Test.  Career testing can also help you identify your passions and talents.  Several years ago, when I was unsure what to do next in my career, I took the Myers Briggs and Strong Interest Inventory.  The results of these tests helped me reaffirm that I wanted to pursue a career as a speaker, author, and entrepreneur.  Career testing may help you confirm what you already know, or it might shed light on your talents and passions if you are struggling to identify them on your own.  Check with your career center to see what types of career testing they offer.

The hardest part of getting your dream job is figuring out what your dream job is!  If you are not sure what your dream job is, you are certainly not alone.  To take charge of your career and identify your dream job, you need to try, think, talk, and test

Be patient with yourself.  Figuring out what you want to do is a process that usually does not happen as quickly as you would like.  You will probably also find that your career aspirations will change, as you get older and your interests, strenghts, and values evolve.  No matter what happens, remember that you can change directions at any time!  It’s never too late (or too early) to go after your dream job.  The time is always right.  Go after it NOW!

-Pete Leibman

-Career Expert and Professional Speaker

-President of Idealize Enterprises

Pete@IdealizeNow.com

www.IdealizeNow.com

www.linkedin.com/in/peteleibman

Blog: http://CareerMuscles.Wordpress.com

Twitter: @peteleibman

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 Pete@IdealizeNow.com. 

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2 Comments on “4 Ways to Figure Out What Your Dream Job Is (written by Career Expert, Pete Leibman)”

  1. Jacob Nelson Says:

    Pete,

    I recently took what I’m told is a relatively new assessment called the Harrison Assessment. From the results:

    “It measures more than 200 factors including your task preferences, motivations, work environment preferences, interests, and interpersonal preferences.”

    It compares your preferences to to the requirements of hundreds of careers and determines the ones that all the above mentioned factors are suited for. Having taken several other career assessments, including the Strong, this one has defintiely been the most helpful to me in my career search.

    Great post.


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