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By Joanna BauerKaplan University Communication Faculty
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in
"What do you want to be when you grow up?
Sound familiar? You may have heard these as early as
when you were a very young child. Very early in life we are
faced with the idea of finding a dream job and what we want in a career. How we answer can change significantly from
when we were children.
As adults, considerations
often include whether they will be lucrative, rewarding, and long lasting—a
trifecta of fulfilling all the fantasies of the perfect job. If the idea of the
"dream job" promotes creative thinking in seeking a job, it can be a
positive, but instead of fantasizing about the perfect job that you have heard
about, take time to discover your true aptitudes, strengths, and weaknesses.
How do you figure out how to get your dream job if you do not know what that is for you?
Narrowing down the elements of your vocation wishes is only the first step, but
it is a vital first step. And once you
have that identified, there are steps that could help make it a reality.
When you have done your research and
discovered your strengths and areas of interest, develop a brief mission
statement or career objective. This is a couple of sentences clarifying what
you are interested in doing, and in what industry. Being able to define your
career objective is going to solidify your goals which will make it much easier
to work towards that goal. Print out your career statement and hang in a
place you will see often. If it motivates and inspires you, then it is probably
focused in the right direction. If you find yourself wanting to make changes,
it is good to edit and revise for more clarity.
Taking these strategic steps towards
understanding your motivations, inspirations, strengths, and aptitudes will
help to define the areas of interest. This can ultimately make the job search
more successful in finding a job position that is engaging and inspiring for
the long term and will allow for skills, knowledge base, and experience
development. That truly is the dream job!
Lassiter, P. (2010). The New Job Security, Revised: The 5 Best Strategies for Taking Control of Your Career. Ten Speed Press.
Joanna Bauer is a faculty member at Kaplan University. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not represent the view of Kaplan University.
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