Can you guess how much of your life is spent working?
That's right. On average, almost 1/3rd part of your living is spent at work. That is a lot of time to dissipate on something you are not passionate about!
While securing your dream job is no walk in the park, it is not a fantasy either. Nothing worth having in life comes easy. So, how can a dream becoming a reality be a piece of cake?
Here are 5 steps to make that journey a little smoother for you.
- Discover your passion.
We struggle throughout our life trying to discern what we want to do. We feel it is too late to start afresh. But better late than never, right?
Several approaches can be adopted to identify that latent talent which can help you decide what you are truly passionate about-
- Talk to the people who are closest to you- your friends, family, coworkers. After all, who know your strengths and weaknesses better.
- Take the Myers-Briggs Test
With the end goal in sight, let's move on to Step-02 to secure that dream career!
- Make a Plan
"I want to quit my mundane 9 to 5 job and become a photographer, but how do I do that?"
If this kind of thought is coursing through your mind, you are on the right track.
It is time to make use of the powers of Google to do some hardcore research. Find out the market for your dream job. Identify your strengths and what differentiates you from the talent pool.
Make a step-by-step plan to help you get into the right perspective. You might realize a lot of gaps are present currently, but not to worry, the next few steps will help you fill those in.
For all you introverts dreading this step, it is time to embrace the ground reality. Networking is the key to any industry with researches showing that 85% of all jobs are landed through networking! If you want to be a part of that majority, it is time to bring your A-game to any social event and network, network, network!
Linkedin is another great platform to build a relationship with people you might not have access to easily.
Whichever your dream industry is, try to delve deep into the roots of it, interview successful people, understand the why, where, how, what, and absorb all those learnings like a sponge.
- Do apt internships/ courses
You have to make a killer resume to get that dream job. But, hey, "I do not have relevant work experience to put in my CV".
Do not immediately start self-criticizing, regretting all the time wasted in college partying, and not doing enough courses. Join a certification course or attend a seminar, find the right internships without the fear of rejection. Bill gates faced 900 rejections before becoming a multi-millionaire.
If you have methodically followed the above steps, done thorough research, and applied to the right places, you surely have got this!
- Be patient
A lot of millennials feel devastated to not have achieved success by the time they are 30. You feel ashamed that you haven't done enough in life and time is running out. Adversely, your health, mental well-being & emotional balance is affected.
What one doesn't realize is, it takes ten years to become an overnight success. Look for the small wins and little accomplishments along the way. The journey is long and arduous as it is, do not spend your life comparing yourself to others. Stay positive, stay motivated, and never give up!
If you are truly passionate in life, ambitious to achieve the goal and smart enough to follow the above steps, you will surely attain your dream career shortly. So, what are you waiting for? Take the plunge today and secure your dream job this year!
Make sure to share your incredible experiences in the comments below to invigorate others to go for it also!