Look. It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do. I’m 28. I’ve had several great learning experiences along the way to my current role. I’ve got my dream job and I want you to have one too. Here’s what it takes:
Education – Not necessarily the typical 4 year education, but it should be something that you have invested in and have some baseline of knowledge about. Never underestimate an education. Some decisions in life provide more educational moments than others.
Experience – No matter what stage of life you’re in, get as much experience as you can. Try new things. Don’t ever think you need to stay at a job or under a certain manager. Prove your worth every day. If you aren’t getting closer to your goals, in terms of income, family, or life, determine what opportunity will and go after it.
Extracurricular – Get exposed to things that aren’t necessarily something taught in a book and to people who aren’t necessarily your age or in the same stage of life. A close friend of mine was turned down for an opportunity because he didn’t have enough “extracurricular activities” on his resume. Hopefully this isn’t the only reason you’d consider doing something more with your time.
Expectation – Having an expectation of income and work/life balance is very important. Not every job offers the same income and not every job offers the same flexibility. It’s important to outline what you’re looking for.
There are a lot of different ways to earn substantial amounts of money. Believe me, those jobs are out there. What do you want your life to look like? If you don’t plan this part first, you will settle for whatever life hands you after you’ve earned some money and it might not be as satisfying as you’d think.
I have an education from Judson University. It’s a small Christian University in Elgin, IL. I gained a ton of different experiences from leading sales teams, analyzing financial statements, and mentoring small to medium businesses. I love volunteering my time at church and meeting new people there. I have reasonable expectations on my self worth. All these things combined to help me attain my dream job as a Business Consultant with Individual Advantages and YourBizDr.com.
Do you have a dream job story? How’d you get it? What makes it your dream job?