We all want a job we enjoy and not dread going to each day. Are you just starting out and are not sure what you want to do? Or do you currently have a job, but long to be doing something else? To obtain your ideal career, you may want to consider a few things.
What do you like to do?
Interest in your job is important to your success. What are your hobbies and interests? Do you have the skills to get a job in this field? Think about why you would want this particular career. In addition, if you are planning on a career change, consider the pros and cons of such a move.
What motivates you?
Most people do not feel driven in their careers. What drives you and how can you apply it to your current job. By identifying these other factors, you can enrich your career. In addition, if you are not currently in your ideal job, these drives may help you make that leap to one that is.
What skills do you have?
Identify needed training/skills that would help you get your ideal job. A major part of job happiness comes from utilizing natural talents in your job. Read up on the latest information pertaining to what you want to do. A wealth of knowledge is at your disposal at the library. Education is a major key to getting an ideal job.
Are you settling?
Did you take your current job because it was the best of what was available at the time? Keep your eyes on your goals and strive for your ideal job, while working at the one that is paying the bills. Your happiness depends on it.
What are your obstacles?
Create a list of what is keeping you from obtaining your ideal job. Then brainstorm and come up with ways to overcome these obstacles. You may find your ideal job is not as difficult to obtain as you thought.
Do you have role models?
Has someone inspired you to strive for certain career? Study role models, living or dead, to help you obtain the ideal job. Knowing about their successes and failures will help you when planning your own career path.
Do you have help?
Network and enlist the help of others. Work on your social skills and always be on the lookout for possible connections within your ideal career field. For those already employed, check your benefit information. Your employer may help you with getting educated by paying for some or all of your training.
Are you thinking long-term?
Develop a long-term perspective. Imagine where you would like to be five years down the road, and strive for that dream.
Whatever you do, do not get discouraged. Life is a learning process. We learn from our mistakes as well as our successes. Do not regret what you have done. Look to the future and stick with your plan to get the career you really want.