Everyone wants to work at their dream job, but not everyone even knows what their ideal job is. There are five things you might want to ask yourself to help you decide what your dream job is.
1.) What do I want my schedule to look like?
Do you like working the traditional one job with the hours of 9 to 5? Or would you prefer to have a job with irregular hours? Do you like working one full-time job or is it more your thing to work two to three part-time jobs? Over the years I realized for myself that I am the part-timer who likes to work a variety of jobs at the same time. I found that when I just had one traditional 9 to 5 job that after awhile I would start to feel stifled and would get depressed and quit my job. I remember in the late 90s one of the best times of my life workwise I was working three part-time jobs. I was working at the Express clothing store as a retail associate, I was doing freelance work as a media buyer, and I was a Web design intern at an alternative rock radio station.
2.) What kind of work environment do I want to be in?
Do you like working around a lot of people in a team-oriented environment or do you prefer to work indepently and by yourself? Do you like a fast-paced work environment or do you like things to be a bit more laid back? Do I like working indoors or outside? Do I prefer an office setting or more of a factory environment? Can I tolerate a lot of noise in the background when I am working or do I need it to be quiet to work? Do I like the work enviroment temperature to be warm or cool? These are just some of the questions you can ask yourself to determine the ideal work environment for yourself.
3.) What field of work appeals to me?
Over the years I have worked in numerous fields including the following: advertising/media buying, customer service, education, entertainment, hospitality, legal, marketing, retail/sales, and Web design. Some industries I liked better than others. My all-time favorite job was working at Six Flags Astroworld as a ride operator for the Texas Cyclone roller coaster ride. My least favorite job was a tie between a grocery store bakery and a law firm. The more exposure you can give yourself in the more fields of work, the better idea you will have as to what industries you are attracted to and which ones you could do without.
4.) What kind of supervisor do I prefer?
Do you prefer a micro or macromanager? Or would you prefer to work on your own and be an entrepreneur? Is it important for me to receive constructive criticism or do I cringe when I receive feedback on my work? Do I prefer an easy going or uptight boss? If I do want to work on my own as an entrepreneur, am I willing to make the sacrifices to get a business going for myself.
5.) How much money do I want to make?
Obviously, some jobs pay more than others. Do you have a range of how much money you would like to make? In your current position is it possible to get a raise so you will reach your ideal salary? If not, are you willing to go back to school to get more training or switch careers?
I finally figured out my life purpose at the age of 44 and took the plunge and went back to school to become a licensed professional counselor. It’s taken me six years
to get a provisional license, but I am glad I made the investment even though I owe six figures in student loans. It’s all about what you are willing to sacrifice for your dream job.
Was this article helpful in helping you figure out what your dream job is? If not, keep searching for the answers. Try out new places of employment until you find something that works for you. What other questions do you ask yourself to help you figure out your dream place of employment or dream career?