Maybe I’m Captain Obvious here with this message, “You should work at your dream job.”
But I feel that I need to continue to share this (or at least remind you): Some people actually love waking up in the morning and going to work. Do you believe that?
They can’t wait to go to the office and enter the door with a wide smile on their face. Work is their favorite part of the day!
And I want that to describe how you feel. Because you deserve to enjoy your work, you truly do.
I know I love working and my life has never been better because it positively affects the other areas of my life.
Plus, you only live once and so there’s no logical sense to waste time at a job where you could support yourself or others at another job you enjoying. That’s no way to spend your limited time on this earth.
If you’re stuck in a job that makes you depressed, you need a reminder every once in awhile that work can be, and is meant to be, fun. You were designed to work and get a sense of satisfaction more than a paycheck.
If you’re in a bad job, it’s easy to generalize all work as boring, miserable, and trading 45 hours of misery for a decent at best paycheck. I understand how that can feel.
Though that’s not how it has to be. Because I know you have passions. And I know you have what it takes to align your passions with your job.
It may be scary or difficult to transition to your dream job, but it won’t be after you go through the five steps I laid out below.
5 Steps To Land Your Dream Job
1. Know Your Dream Job
Before you get busy networking or updating your resume, the first and foremost step is to know your dream job. You can’t know what to do until you know your destination.
This is where self-awareness is big. Because when you know your passions and desires about your work, matching it with a job is much easier.
But if you’re not self aware, that’s okay, just start reflecting on what it is precisely that you like and dislike.
I’ve come up with a list to get you started down this thought process:
- What do you want most in a job (meaningful work, company culture, responsibility, salary, benefits, interesting coworkers, or something else)?
- Are you an introvert who enjoys working by yourself, or an extrovert who needs a bunch of human interaction at work?
- How important is the job location to your decision?
- How high of a salary would you feel great about? And what’s the bare minimum salary you could accept?
For help with that last question, I’m convinced you need to pick passion over the money a job pays. Honestly, I’d rather make $50,000 doing what I love than $300,000 slaving away at a job that’s stealing my joy for life. That’s the attitude you must have to get your dream job.
And since money follows passion, you’re most likely going to make more money in the long run doing what you love than being a hired hand for someone else’s dream.
Now this is a dream job, not a perfect job. Every type of work is going to have some downside because that’s life. So once you find a job that most aligns with your personality and passions, then you can move on.
2. Understand What It Takes
If it’s a dream job, odds are you can’t just apply today and get it tomorrow. You’re going to need to know what the job requirements are and a strategic plan to go get it.
Breaking down exactly what it is you need to do will also lessen your feeling of being overwhelmed.
So research what you need to. Talk to people educated about how to get this job, like people who currently work in the field, peers, or past professors. And narrow down on a specific list of action steps you need to accomplish to set yourself up for success.
For example, if you want to be a website developer, then decide how you’re going to get the programming skills. If you want to be a graphic designer, make a to-do list to purchase Photoshop and find YouTube videos to practice. If you want to star in commercials, come up with the next steps like getting a professional headshot, video clips, and other resources.
If it were me, I’d make going back to school the last possible option. But if worst comes to worst and you literally need to go back to school to ever get your dream job, then all I’m going to say is you better be sure this is what you want. (And I’d honestly never go back to school to pay money when I could make money.)
Almost every job—besides a technical one like lawyer, doctor, or dentist—can be done without a specific degree if you’re good enough and know the right people.
3. Network Your Butt Off
Most people aren’t willing to go out of their comfort zone to make serious efforts networking. But what they don’t realize is that meeting new people is the secret formula to having connections that can get your name at the top of the new hire list.
When you got friends in high places, they can send one email or phone call and you’re in business to get your dream job. And it’s only through networking you can sometimes skip past the application and interview process altogether to land a job.
Ironically, you need to build a network before you have to rely on them to get your dream job. So get started today. Because if you rush networking and it’s obvious you’re just trying to use someone for your own personal gain, it won’t work.
Be genuine and try to get know people over the long term because you’re simply interested, not for a deceptive short-term gain.
And have you thought of making a networking push through LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter? Recruiters and hiring managers are already on there for their own reasons.
All you have to do is start engaging with them and their content by leaving thoughtful responses. Then once they know you, ask to talk on the phone or meet in person (if they’re local) to discuss the job and your desire for it.
Lastly, you only get better at networking the more you do it and the more people you know. So keep practicing.
4. Build Your Skills
If you’ve followed the plan by now, you’ve identified your specific dream job, you know what you need to do to get it, and you’ve built up your network. Great start!
This fourth step is critical and you can’t miss it: Build your skills.
To get your dream job and succeed in it, you need to be able to produce value in the position.
So even if you do use your network to get the job, you’re going to be a complete embarrassment and failure if you don’t have the skills to perform. And what’s a dream job worth if you’re fired only 12 months in and back to a dead-end job?
Say you want to be a videographer. Do you have the skills to get the job you want? Whether you do or don’t, you absolutely must improve your skills—and more so if you have zero experience in the position you want.
With our videographer example, there are plenty of ways to become more talented. You can (and should since you really want this):
- Take free online courses from Ivy League schools
- Read 10 books on the subject from experts
- Wake up two hours early or stay up two hours later to practice shooting your own videos
- Spend eight hours on both Saturday and Sunday practicing the right way
- Get a videographer mentor
- Listen to podcasts every time you’re commuting
- Start a YouTube channel to showcase your videos and get constructive criticism
- Offer to do an event or wedding for free to gain practice and referrals
The point is to keep working at it. Put in the daily work to build your skills and eventually it will become a habit that forces you to improve based on sheer repetition and experience.
It won’t happen overnight, but always keep building your skills. Because then you can apply for your dream role with confidence!
5. Apply With Confidence
When you’ve done everything up to this point, the only thing left to do is to confidently communicate who you are, what it is you can do for the employer, and why you’re the best one for the job.
And I say apply with confidence because that’s a key attribute that most people don’t execute when the job is on the line. They’ll say weak phrases like, “I think I can perform,” or, “I believe I will succeed in this role.”
None of that! You put in the work. You did the research. You networked your butt off. You built the skills.
So speak it into existence and say, “I’m convinced I’m the best candidate for the job because of X, Y, and Z.” Or, “Without a doubt, I’m confident I can deliver what you’re looking for,” and then provide a concrete example of why.
The interviewer will pick up on your enthusiasm and energy, and think, “This guy or girl is different. There’s something special about them and I want them on our team.” That’s how you stand out to get the dream job when hundreds of other people want it just as bad.
And why else can you have confidence? Because no matter the result of your initial interviewers, you’re going to continue hustling to network and improve your skills until you land this job.
If you stay hungry, you just need one person to believe in you and hire you to make that dream a reality. That’s it. Just one person to unlock the door to your dream job is all it takes.
Some people go through steps one to five and don’t get the job after applying. Then they’re all depressed with thoughts that it’s over for them.
But if it’s truly your dream job, you’d have to be crazy to give up on it no matter how hard it seems.
This is the work you want to do more than anything else, right? So how can you quit on your life’s passion? That’s nonsense. Stop it.
Keep pushing, climbing, and putting more energy in this pursuit.
To demonstrate the power of sticking with your job search, this out-of-the-box job seeker got fed up with applying to jobs with no luck. So he spent $5,000 on five life-sized cardboard cutouts of him in his underwear and the website to find his video resume, and sent them to the Google office. The video went viral to the tune of millions of views, and his stunt got him an interview with Google, plus other countless companies, where he took a head of marketing position with Zenifits.
The lesson is to never stop striving for the job you want. You never know when you’ll run into the right person, or the person who knows the guy or girl you need to get your dream job. And you also never know when you’ll get the opportunity to communicate or showcase your skills that leads to your dream job.
And I know it will feel that much sweeter when you land your dream job knowing it didn’t come easy or handed to you.
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10 Careers For People Who Love Helping Others
Know you’re someone who loves serving others and is naturally inclined to that kind of work? A career that allows you to live your passion is just what you need.
For a lot of people starting off in the working world or looking for a new career, financial rewards are not the number one thing they are looking for.
Instead, they want a job that provides a sense of personal satisfaction through the feeling of helping others. These jobs are out there.
You have a whole host of jobs that put you in direct contact with those in need, whether this is through healthcare, education, charity or another option.
And then there are the jobs that provide a broader contribution to society including science and engineering.
So, let’s go through a list of 10 potential options if you are looking for a job that prioritizes helping others.
1) Teaching and Education
Education is a broad field that gives you the opportunity to impart your skills and knowledge onto others, whether these are children or adults.
Beyond the traditional primary and secondary school paths, there are also opportunities to teach at further education colleges or else children with special needs.
To qualify as a teacher, you will need a degree and a further year of hands-on training, but there are also opportunities such as youth work, childcare or becoming a teaching assistant.
Essentially, the knowledge that you are having a direct impact on people’s lives and you are helping them to develop themselves is immensely rewarding.
2) Nursing and Healthcare
As well as being able to serve others, nursing is a field that is always looking for new staff members so there will be no shortage of job opportunities. Just take a look at https://www.staffnurse.com/ to find out more.
Beyond the range of hospital jobs that you can choose from, you could also find yourself working in a GP surgery, adult care centres or people’s homes, to name a few.
The launch of the nursing degree apprenticeship has been designed to make the career easier for people to enter, but obtaining a degree is still required to progress in this field.
Otherwise, there are plenty of other careers in healthcare apart from being a nurse including physiotherapy, midwifery or pharmacy.
Although it takes a great deal of hard work and commitment to enter this career path in the first place, there is no doubt that working in medicine is one of the most rewarding options out there.
After all, you are helping people with their most important commodity; life.
As well as becoming involved in the day-to-day treatment of patients, there is also the option to go into the research side of the field and help develop groundbreaking medicine.
And there are also a wide range of medical specialties to choose from so you can decide on one that perfectly suits your interests.
On the down side, this tends to be a very demanding option that requires a lot of dedication to the role which can often impact work-life balance.
4) Social Work
Social work is a career that brings you into direct contact with some of the most vulnerable people in society.
Some of the most common include elderly people, adults with mental health issues and people with learning difficulties.
You will probably be required to get involved in some very tough situations including child protection, adoption or working with offenders. To become a full social worker, you will need to obtain a degree, but there are other non-degree options that give you the opportunity to work in this field in other capacities.
Be in the know that many of these jobs come along with high levels of anxiety and the need to work in some very challenging situations.
5) Emergency Services
Comprising of the police, ambulance and fire and rescue, the emergency services are three different career paths.
They all have in common the responsibility to directly respond to people in their most urgent time of need. And these tend to be very community-oriented jobs, as well as ones in which the tasks vary greatly.
There are a wide range of different options and entry levels for each of the three sectors we have mentioned.
The downside is that the working hours tend to be unstable and you are also likely to find yourself working on call.
But there is also a great sense of satisfaction in knowing that you are making a genuine difference to society.
6) Charity Work
There are all kind of career paths that are directly linked to the charity sector from fundraising to marketing.
You may find yourself directly interacting with people or you may be in a more office-based role, but either way, you will have the knowledge that you are closely involved in helping others.
Jobs are open for both graduates and non-graduates, and there are also plenty of voluntary opportunities as well.
If you know that you are directly involved in a field that you are passionate about, this is a fantastic and motivating feeling that can give you immense job satisfaction. Keep in mind you may have to work your way up from the bottom to get there or come into the sector from a different career path entirely.
You may not naturally associate a career in law with one which is helping people, but there are some options which give you the opportunity to give a voice to people without one.
For example, you could go down a career in criminal defence in which you support people who have been accused of crimes.
You could also become involved in the child protection side of law in which you help children in very vulnerable situations. Solicitors and barristers are the jobs that grab most of the headlines, but there are also plenty of entry-level positions that all you to work your way up.
Ultimately, you need to be selective about the type of job you are going for so that you have the feeling that you are helping people and making a genuine difference to their lives.
8) Science and Engineering
Though a lot of science and engineering careers are less about helping people on a daily basis, they are often involved in making the big societal changes that make all the difference in the long run.
For example, in a science career role, you could be involved in protecting the environment or developing new health treatments for people.
Plenty of engineering paths also lead to positive changes for people such as developing renewable energy sources.
Again, it is all about being selective with your career choice so you go for one that provides you with the maximum amount of job satisfaction and the feeling that you are really helping people.
9) Public Service
Though people who work in politics often have a bad reputation, many people do enter this particular career path because they want to help others.
The work that you are doing could impact the entirety of the country, even though whether you are in contact with them directly or not depends on what job role you go into.
So, if you are particularly passionate about the community you live in, a career in local government could be the ideal solution.
Alternatively, you could work in central government and choose between all the different major areas such as pensions, healthcare, education and justice. Job roles are varied so you could be coming in from a wide range of backgrounds.
But if you progress high up the career ladder, stress levels can rise accordingly as you are having to make the decisions that really impact people’s lives.
Psychology still remains a rapidly developing field. And the increasing focus on mental health in society means that there are more options than ever before becoming available.
Some of the most common branches of psychology that people enter include health, clinical, counselling, educational and forensic.
Like other job roles we have talked about already, you have the reward of knowing that you are directly helping people who are struggling with a range of complex issues.
The 10 career paths we have talked about are just some of the potential options you have if you are looking to get into a career that involves helping others.
While some require a great deal of training and study, others can be entered at any stage.
Essentially, you should think about where your passions lie before matching yourself up to one of these options.
It may be that you want to come into contact with people directly and feel like you are helping people in this way. It may be that you like the idea of contributing to wider societal changes that help people in the long-run.
Whatever the case, many people find that personal rewards and job satisfaction from one of these types of career outweigh the financial incentives of other paths.
Though if you work your way up, you still have an excellent opportunity to strike the perfect balance of finding a job that is rewarding in both senses of the word.
High Risk Career Choices That Could Pay Off Big
Are you the type of person who enjoys adrenaline and high-risk, high-reward opportunities? You’ll probably fit perfectly in one of these risky career fields below.
Career choices are never easy. Whether you’re a high schooler, a college kid, a young professional, or a middle aged adult, it’s difficult but crucial you find the right job.
A large portion of your happiness and future depend on it.
While there’s advice all over about how to find the right career based on your personality, sometimes this can lead to overthinking and feeling paralyzed on what to do next.
It’s best to know yourself and trust your gut when it comes to making the right career choice.
Since every choice you make in life will come with its own risk that it may not pay off, sometimes the ones with the most risk are the ones worth risking everything for to be happy.
For the risk-takers out there who need to have a sense of fulfillment in their work, the following high risk jobs could be right up your alley.
Starting Your Own Business
If there’s one career move that a lot of us will want to make, but can often be afraid of, it’s starting a business from scratch.
Starting your own business will always be a risk. Even when you have the capital, a solid business plan, and a lot of experience in your field; you can never guarantee that it’s going to work out.
But if you’re willing to work hard and work at it, it’s a risk that can often pay off.
Becoming A Freelancer
Similarly, choosing to leave job security and go freelance can also be risky business (albeit less than starting your own business), but it’s often worth it.
The risk of going freelance is real and it will also depend on how well you are at adjusting to freelance life. Work won’t always be handed to you; you have to chase it. The investment you need to give here is both your heart and time.
By putting everything you’ve got into going freelance, you should see success.
Working In Another Country
When you do own your own business, or if you have a side project that you’re working on, there may be a time that you decide to go international. And there are always risks associated with this move.
When you’re moving into a market that you don’t know and that you have no experience in, there is a greater chance that you fail.
If you can do your research and plan your entry carefully, the potential successes will always be worth the risk.
Real Estate Investing
There’s always the option to turn to real estate investing.
If you’ve wanted to start a career for yourself that you can operate alongside your work, for the time being, property investment is a strong option.
Whether you look into buy to let options, BTO, or decide to start flipping properties, you have the potential to earn more money than you know what to do with on your own.
Many beginner investors need to first just build up capital, and then be willing to patiently wait until the property and price is right.
Becoming A Professor
When you’re starting out on your career path and still in college, or considering going back to study for your graduate degree, you may consider becoming a professor.
This is a risk for two reasons.
Firstly, the cost of getting your doctorate can’t be ignored. Debt and risk go hand in hand together.
And secondly, the idea that you’re missing out on being in the working world and getting paid a high salary for your skills.
Now if you make it through academia to become a professor and earn tenure, then your job security will be at an all-time high and career risk at an all-time low.
Becoming A Doctor
For those considering becoming a doctor, you may wonder if it is entirely worth it.
Medical education is long, challenging, and expensive.
So you have to be able to analyze the cost vs. the reward relationship when it comes to training to become a doctor.
If you’re skilled, passionate, and willing to work hard, you should be able to both out-work and out-earn your student debt before you know it.
Training As A Pilot
As far as adventurous careers go, if you want to enjoy job security and a good salary at the same time, you’re often limited with choice.
However, a strong option would be to train as a pilot.
Of course there are risks with any kind of job like this, but you should find that although the training is costly, the salary you receive in return will repay your investment, and your security will shatter any risk.
You’ll also gain the flexibility to fly commercial or private, which can’t be said in many careers.
Joining The Army
An army job does not need as much of an investment upfront in terms of experience or money, but it does require a few years of your life.
Although some positions will require a college education like an army officer, it’s not required across entry-level positions. Out of all the options on this list, this one may be the easiest to begin.
Keep in mind a career within the army may prove a risk to your life at times, but the security, skills training and experience may make it the best investment you could make.
Working For The Government
You may also want to consider joining the government.
Working for the federal government, although not a risk in itself (depending on your role) can be worth the investment in your education that you may need to make.
You will often benefit from great working rewards and enjoy a varied working day, especially if you decide to go into an intelligence field.
At some point in your career, you may also want to think about going into mentorship.
Mentoring is often a great way to give back to the industry and encourage bright talent for the future, although it can mean you have to give up your time with very little financial gain in return.
Often times mentors find that the personal rewards make any risk you take entirely worth it.
5 Best Future Careers, And 5 That Will Disappear
If you’re going to look for a new career, why not consider the best future careers to make sure that job is going to be as profitable in 20 years as it is now?
There’s a whole bunch of careers that are set to disappear as organizations become more dependent on computers and automation to do the heavy legwork for them.
Some experts think that somewhere in the region of 47% of jobs might be lost over the coming decades. That’s absurd if you think about this for a minute!
If you’re looking for a career that will stay relevant, you’d have your head on straight if you considered picking a field from the five we’ve listed below—and avoiding the five industries listed below them.
Good Future Careers
1. Cyber Security
The world’s going to be even more reliant on internet systems than it is now. With the arrival of the “internet of things”, it’s going to be all around us, a part of everything we do.
This, naturally, will make the criminals of the world pay attention – and as such, as our reliance on these systems grows, so will the importance of staying one step ahead of the people looking to hack and causing mischief.
If you know how to keep these attacks at bay, you’ll be high in demand in the corporate or government sector.
2. Tech Development
Well now, the whole world isn’t going to become dependent on technology just by chance: there’s going to be people behind those systems, working hard to find the next great breakthrough and push the world forward.
It’s important to note that not all IT based jobs will be safe; the market for app development jobs, for example, is likely to wind down.
However, if you can train yourself in advanced technology systems and make sure you’re always at the cutting edge of what’s happening, you’ll find plenty of work.
3. Data Analyst
Data is already used to influence companies much more than you probably realize, but it’s set to become even bigger in the next decade and beyond.
There’s already more data than any company could need, but there’s a problem: there aren’t enough people who know how to interpret the data.
If you’ve got an eye for spotting trends and can make sense of large quantities of information, then look at becoming a data analyst. Computers won’t be able to make sense of it on their own (in the beginning at least): it’ll need the human touch.
And talking of a human touch; healthcare is another industry that will be kept safe from computers.
Of course, automation and AI will form a significant part of healthcare, but it’ll work in conjunction with health professionals, not replace them.
Don’t worry if you don’t like the thought of dealing with blood and other healthcare hazards; there are plenty of specialized jobs available that are just as safe.
If we take a look at the job prospects for a radiologist via wikiprofessional.org, we can see that it’s a future proof career option; demand for this job, along with other physicians, is due to grow by 24% over the next few years.
Some jobs just can’t be performed by a machine, and healthcare is right at the top of the list.
5. Social Care
There’ll also be plenty of jobs in an industry that can be considered the cousin of healthcare, social care.
Again, there will be elements of technology incorporated into the industry, but it’ll be working alongside the core workers, rather than replacing them, as the very essence of this type of work depends on human interaction.
And this market won’t just be safe because computers can’t take over: it’s a growing industry in its own right.
In the not too distant future, people aged 70 and over are going to form the biggest age group in the country, and there’ll need more people than there currently are to take care of them.
Bad Future Careers
1. Number Crunching
If you’ve got a knack for mathematics and producing reports and paperwork, then look away now, because this is one surprising career that is likely to shrink in importance in the forthcoming years.
While it currently requires a high degree of expertise, a slew of applications that will more or less automate the entire process are already here, and there will be more on the way, too.
Though traditional companies still rely on human hands to take care of these jobs, modern companies are using machines to take care of their account, bookkeeping, tax returns, and so on, and it’ll be these companies who dominate the future.
2. Global Knowledge
The rapid globalization of the economy has meant it’s been a golden age for workers who were able to navigate different cultures and languages.
While we’re still a ways off from not needing tour guides with specialized, in-depth knowledge, the abundance of apps and other smartphone related tools will shrink this industry over time.
At a more immediate risk are translators, who will have to compete with software that automatically translates languages. The tech isn’t quite there yet, but it is coming, and from then it’ll only be the highly sensitive translations that are done by humans.
3. Non-Artistic Writing
Now, there’s little chance a computer will take the place of a novelist anytime soon. That’s just not going to happen because art is inherently human.
However, writing that isn’t obviously artistic, such as web content, technical reports, and (gasp) newspaper articles will increasingly be written by machines.
Some news outlets already use bots to write their weather reports, and it has been reported (by humans) that robots are more and more responsible for what we’re reading online and in our newspapers.
The entire logistics industry is about to be turned upside down, as nearly all components can be performed by a robot. Machines will be responsible for the running of warehouses, packaging, and delivery, with little to no human hands helping them along the way.
For a glimpse into the future, look no further than Amazon’s delivery plans. Welcome to the future!
According to studies, broadcasters score some of the lowest when it comes to job growth, stress, and work environment.
This makes sense since competition has to be high for these limited roles and job security is not going to be strong when a media company can quickly fill a broadcasting role with another talking head.
It’s also difficult to find that first broadcasting job as radio stations become syndicated and the Internet gobbles up more music and sports positions.
These are just a few of industries where humans will have more or less importance in the future. So if you’re looking for a change of career, make sure it’s one for the future!