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Figuring Out Your Dream Job

We all want to land our dream job. However, a 'dream' job means something different to everyone. It can be something we're passionate about or something that reflects our values and priorities. While some think a dream job means earning a high income, others dream of following their childhood passions. Gone is the desire to work for one employer for 40 years, keeping the same 9-5 routine. Millennials seek a new and empowered way of living. So, is there such thing as a ‘dream' job?

Do you need to know what your dream job is?

Many young people say that they haven’t figured out the career path they want to pursue, let alone their dream job. If you don’t know what your dream job is, don’t worry! Although often expected, it’s presumptuous to assume that a young person who has just left school, started college or recently graduated will know what career they want to follow. Even if they sometimes do know, very often they end up changing their mind. The number of people who settle on a college degree, and work with that degree for the rest of their lives is declining.  

Also, it’s not very likely that the first job you land will be the one you’ve been dreaming of. It may take some searching before you find something you truly love – the average age at which adults find the job they’ve been dreaming of is 33, so don’t get panicky if you haven’t found one yet

What are millennial dream jobs?

When asked about their dream job, many millennials say that they would eventually like to move to part-time work or land a flexible job. More and more millennials simply want to 'live their best life' and capture the essence of the work-life balance. What matters now more than ever is how well their job can fit into their life, not the other way around.

How to figure out what’s next for you?

When figuring out what your dream job is, you shouldn’t idealize it. No job is perfect and your perception of the ideal job can change dramatically throughout your career. If you have been asking yourself ‘What career is right for me?’, here are some tips that will help you identify your dream job:

  1. Expose yourself to new experiences.

  2. Evaluate your past experiences.

  3. Talk to other people and find out what a dream job means to them.

  4. Focus on the culture and environment.

  5. People first, jobs second.

Landing your dream job requires trying diverse things and keeping your options open. Having said that, the meaning of a dream job is constantly evolving, with Millennials taking it to a whole new level by viewing it as a less pivotal element in life – pursuing personal fulfilment over job satisfaction. Are we about to start a new era where the work-life balance finally becomes an inherent part of life?

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