It’s not really work if you love what you do.
This phrase is said by the “luckiest” among us, who have a passion for their work and are content and happy in their profession. If this isn’t you...what if you found out that it isn’t luck that makes these people happy at work...it’s strategy.
Dig Deep To Figure Out What You Love & What You Don’t
Spend time figuring out what it is about your current job that you don’t like. Don’t leave anything out - you are only holding yourself back if you aren’t honest with yourself. You need to also figure out what it is that you love about your job (or would love in a job).
Here are some reflection questions that will give your think-session a jump start:
What specific things make me dread going to work every day?
What do I do at work that makes me upset or angry?
What do I find really boring about my job?
Are the things I dislike correlated in some way? Are they are relational issues? Task-oriented? Related to workplace culture?
What do I like about my current job?
What would I like in a job that I’m currently not doing/receiving?
Put Together A Strategy
Once you have a good idea of the specific likes/dislikes of your job, it’s time to put together a strategy. You CAN find and secure a job that you love with a little motivation and effort.
Here are a few things to consider as you are putting together a strategy to find a great job:
Brainstorm a list of jobs with descriptions that leave out as many dislikes and include as many likes that you came up with in the above activity. Google is a good tool here - do some research!
Do you have the skills and experience to secure one of these positions? If not, make a plan to gain the requirements. If you are completely switching career fields, you may need more school, training, to learn a new skill, start volunteering, etc. Is the investment worth it to have a job that you love? (We say YES!)
Start networking in the industry or with specific people/companies that fit with what you are looking for.
Find a mentor that can provide trustworthy tips and advice in the field. There is nothing more valuable than wisdom from those who have gone before you!
Find Your Dream Job
Once you’ve done all of the above, finding your dream job is only a matter of time. You can get your dream job as long as you are willing to put in the work to get it.
If this seems daunting, we’d love to help you sort through it all. We offer career coaching services that will put you on the path to successfully landing your dream job!