10 Practical Tips to Find Your Dream Career
From the time you were about 5 years old, your whole life was pretty much planned out for you. You made friends and discovered yourself through elementary school, middle school, high school, and then college. All the while, knowing that your dream career was waiting for you on the other side of the finish line.
Then on graduation day, you excitedly throw your cap in the air, leave your college town and head straight into the real world and into your career.
Your first day on the job you are so excited. This is it, the moment you have been waiting for!
Then as the weeks pass and the months go by, you start realizing you kinda hate your job. Your co-workers seem nice enough, it’s not them. Your boss is okay; not incredible, but not a total A-hole. But something isn’t adding up… you begin asking yourself questions like: Is this what life is all about? Will I just be watching the clock for the next 30 years?
This was not what you expected at all, this is not your dream career and now you have NO IDEA WTF to do or how to get out of it!
The Future Is Unwritten
The beauty of adulthood is that nothing is planned for you. This can seem terrifying when for the past 2 decades everything was already decided, so you didn’t have to think about it. On the other hand, with nothing predetermined, you essentially have a white canvas to create your world and find your dream career.
Finding a dream career can be different for everyone. Some people may find inspiration from chatting with colleagues, while others may need to work in the role before they decide. Today I am going to share 10 things you can do to get closer to finding your dream career!
Journaling will help you find some clarity, so you can figure out your dream career!
Here are four easy journal prompts to start diving into, in order to gain more clarity on what your dream career could be.
- What brings you happiness & joy? What are the situations that make you lose track of time?
- What are your natural skills, what advice do people come to you for?
- Do you want to serve your community, the world?
- List 3 characteristics you want your future self to embody.
After writing these journal prompts, take some time to read and review what you wrote. Highlight any re-occurring themes or keywords. Then, use those keywords to start searching for careers that align with what you wrote about.
Tip: Clarity won’t come overnight but keep coming back to these questions, go deeper into your answers, find further clarity and then head back into research.
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2. Weekly Visualization
How will you know where to go if you cannot see it?
You need to visualize a better life, so you can be motivated to go and get it, and you need to see that life weekly.
I want you to set a timer once a week, lay down or sit comfortably, and visualize what you want your life to look like one year from now.
Questions you could use to practice visualization: Where am I living? What does my apartment look like? Who am I helping in my career? How do I carry myself? What am I doing for exercise? Is traveling part of my every day?
Tip: There is no wrong way to visualize, so get creative!
Move your body DAILY – even 10 minutes can go a long way.
Exercising gives you the energy you need to do the research and stay positive while you are on the path of finding your dream career.
Silencing your mind is the greatest gift you can give to yourself. When you begin to silence your mind you can focus on the answers you are looking for.
Every day spend 10 minutes silencing your mind, and the more you do this, the more clarity you will have and hey you even start getting ideas for new opportunities that can lead you to your dream career path.
5. Explore & Travel
There is no better way, in my opinion, to truly understand what you want out of life and in your career, than exploring. Exploring new cities and cultures can open your eyes to the possibilities of what is out there!
If you can, try to save money and go traveling for as little as a week to a whole month. Whatever the amount you could offer, just get out there and get some new perspectives!
6. Get Inspired Daily
Be prepared, in the process of searching for your dream career you might feel like giving up or defeated.
To avoid feeling burnt out, you need daily inspiration. Luckily, Youtube is full of Inspirational AF montages. Fill your social media up with inspiration, with real people following their dreams, find podcasts, audiobooks, etc.
Get Inspired daily so that you can stay active in pursuing your dream career!
7. Shadow Your Idols
There are two great ways you can go about shadowing someone:
Find networking events throughout your city and go to them. A lot of networking events are based on specific designations, such as Project Management or Accounting. You’ll have a full room of people who work in that field at your fingertips. Network with people and find someone you feel inspired by. Then, dive into their lives and how they live, what they do, how long their workday is, what their travel schedule is like, etc. See if what they do is something you would like to do as well. Networking is a great way to get new career opportunities as well.
Follow role models who are living the life you envision on social media. Find out what they do daily and what career they are in. If it’s something you’re interested in, reach out and ask how they got started.
8. Trial & Error
I’m going to be honest with you – not every idea that comes in your head for a new career will be the right one. And that’s okay – this process takes time but it will be worth it!
If something doesn’t work out the way you thought, be happy that now you know it is definitely not your dream career!
And move on to the next idea or career!
9. Follow Your Gut
You know that gut feeling you have about pursuing music or starting a new business, … FOLLOW IT, even if you’re afraid that you’ll fail or be a starving artist.
Stop ignoring it and dive in – maybe that pursuit of music won’t lead to a career as a musician, but maybe you become a producer. I need you to trust yourself and start making moves to follow that feeling.
Tip: Right now get out a sheet of paper or your phone and write down the things your intuition is telling to pursue and make an action plan to do it.
10. Get your Mindset Right
Last but certainly not least – probably the most important tip of ALL – is this make sure you are focusing on your mindset! Mindset is everything because what you think about is what you create. Here are 3 ways to get your mindset on track:
- Raise your standards: practice telling yourself are worth it, you are worth having the dream life and career you deserve.
- Practice gratitude: Each morning take some time out to list three things in your life that you are grateful for.
- Learn to see lessons in failures or obstacles: Ask yourself what can I learn from this, how can I grow and move on.
Alright, my friend you now have all the tools you need to get out there and pursue your dream career! It is up to you know to create the life you have always wanted. Remove doubt and start acting. Wishing you the best of luck!
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