Truths About Finding a Dream Job

Dec 18, 2017 by

Work is called “work” because it’s not a party for which you get paid to participate. Not everyone has to love their job. Many people do not, perhaps even the majority. That’s partly because of the job market. For instance, there aren’t too many jobs that pay you to sit around all day and watch football. That said, there’s no shame in an honest living that pays well and offers a sense of stability. If you’re not in a situation like that, or worse yet, if you’re in a situation that makes you miserable for a variety of reasons, it’s likely you fantasize about giving it all up to do something else, some profession you’ve always secretly dreamed of pursuing. We all do a bit of daydreaming from time to time. Before you storm into your supervisor’s office with an angry resignation letter, there are things that must be considered.

A related background helps

The whole process is going to be much easier if there’s something in your background that translates well to the new field. Obtaining a bachelor’s of science in nursing is easier if you’re already a registered nurse, for instance. It’s not impossible for people who majored in English, but it’s going to mean making some big adjustments. People with a background in things like psychology and sociology may be better suited to a field like social work. It’s still a way to provide care to the public, but it doesn’t mean regularly doing things like drawing blood and tying uncooperative patients to a hospital bed. Your resumé could be as weird and varied as you want it to be, but it should also be a way for you to craft a narrative about your working life. Going from practicing journalism to teaching journalism is easy to explain; going from practicing journalism to a stint as a professional wrestler comes with a higher degree of difficulty.

You can get too much of a good thing

One common fantasy involves ditching that office job in favor of working with your hands all day in the great outdoors. Americans sometimes have a romanticized version of blue-collar jobs like construction and carpentry. That’s not to say there’s not something rewarding about manual labor; there definitely is. But the work you do in your backyard for a few hours on the weekend isn’t the same thing as doing it 40 hours (or more) a week. Lots of people enjoy heading to the power equipment store and picking out a new riding lawnmower, but that doesn’t mean they should quit their job to start a landscaping business. Think about this: if you go outside to do yard work, and a bug keeps trying to get in your face, you can always just stop and go back inside. If your job requires you to be in a specific place outdoors, you can’t just say, “Sorry, but there’s an angry wasp; can I go home?” You’re expected to work around that sort of thing, because it comes with the territory. Working outdoors without proper protection can also give you skin cancer. The guy who sits in the cubicle across from you at work may have an incredibly annoying phone voice, but at least he can’t give you melanoma.

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