I hate the idea of dream jobs.
You won’t find it in any of my marketing (unless I’m talking about it like this!).
It reminds me of soulmates. I don’t believe in those either.
I know that I sound like a real downer but here’s the deal: these concepts obscure the hard work and the process of finding satisfying work (and relationships).
This isn’t to say that there isn’t a particular role that would be an amazing fit for you.
But let’s be honest, you’ll eventually outgrow a role that’s a great fit for you.
And what then? No more great jobs?
I try to coach my clients to shift their thinking about work and I want to share a bit of my perspective here today so that you can expand your own thinking and approach to work.
Your dream job doesn’t exist.
Your vision of a dream job is a thing of the past.
Well, now we have the opportunity to focus, not just on work or a job, but on you.
Your strengths, your talents and your education.
And also, we need to think about what you need from a job.
And we need to look at all of this not as “fixed” but as dynamic and evolving.
What you need out of a job in your 20’s will not be the same thing you need in your 30’s or 40’s (and beyond).
Instead of focusing on a “dream job,” with dreamy co-workers and perfectly challenging work, think about what you’re looking for in your work and from the work culture right now.
(The Work Wonders Career Bootcamp provides a step by step process for launching a job search in alignment with your values and strengths. You can check that out over here.)
We work to get paid.
If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it 1000 times: my clients always say that the work that they do and the people they do it with are much more important than how much they make.
Now, I am 100% on board with people choosing a great fit over a huge salary but let’s remember why people work.
Because most of us have to.
I spent a very long time telling myself it was okay to not make much money because the work was important.
And forgive me for going full throttle sociologist here, but it’s really important to remember that usually someone is making money off of your labor.
It’s okay for that person to be you.
If you are a non-profit professional, I am especially looking at you.
The work you do is important but so is the life you lead. What is the cost of your “dream job?”
(I really recommend reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. She’s way more “Woo!” than me but I love the way she talks about how she pursued her creative work.)
I teach my clients a process that they can use over the course of their career.
A way to assess their needs, their talents and their goals – both at work and personal lives.
And yes, I teach long term career development strategies by focusing on my client’s immediate goals and focus.
I love working with clients who have lofty and ambitious goals, but I want them to have a clear process and strategy for landing them.
And assessing them.
And finding the next one when the time comes.