How to Aim High for Your Dream Job

Are you actively going after your dream job or are you accepting second best?  When I talk about your dream job what I mean is what, in your heart of hearts, do you want to be doing with your life?

I meet many people who have shelved their dream job for a number of different reasons. Sometimes it’s because they are not really planners and so have just taken whatever job opportunities that have come their way. For others it’s been because they’ve started families or simply allowed themselves to become swept up in their day to day lives. For many of us, we are too busy (or tired) to take time out for ourselves to reflect and really think about what we’d love to be doing with our lives.

Be honest with yourself and evaluate where you are at. Are you really, truly happy?
  Or maybe you have started to search for new jobs and are limiting your exploration to what’s being advertised online.

What do you really want to be doing?  

One of the reasons I do what I do is because I have personally experienced the joy of doing what I love. I’m not saying it’s easy and it certainly wasn’t a straightforward path to get here (in fact, I took the long way around), but I am satisfied that I am living the life I want for myself. For me, it’s not necessarily about having a well structured plan. It’s more about finding ways to earn a living by doing more of those things that bring me joy and are aligned to my values.

If you are currently considering your career plan, or looking for guidance on how to take a different direction, here are the stories of three Career Coaching clients to inspire you. They are aiming higher, and happier because of it.

Dream Job Hunter 1 – Sandra

Sandra is an experienced Personal Assistant in the medical industry and wants a new challenge.  It is time for her to move on after over 10 years in this sort of role. When we first met she was limiting herself to next steps that were only in the medical sector. When I expanded the career conversation to her passions, hobbies and the community activities she was involved with, it soon became clear that Sandra needed to look beyond the medical industry.  She is re-connecting with her roots (the bush) and actively exploring opportunities in industries well beyond the medical industry.

Dream Job Hunter 2 – Betty 

Betty is unhappy in her current role and so called me to arrange a meeting to discuss updating her resume and Linkedin profile. When I met with Betty I discovered that she works for a fantastic organisation that she is very passionate about. She is not happy in her current role because she has taken on too many challenges. The objectives of her role have become unclear. She has no sense of direction or feeling of accomplishment as she is doing too much. The solution to Betty’s problems is to aim higher in her current role.  She is now in the process of exploring internal opportunities and re-negotiating the scope of her current role so she can ruthlessly focus on developing the key skills and experience she wants to develop for future career development and opportunities.

Dream Job Hunter 3 – Marcus

Marcus is a bi-lingual Finance and Administrative specialist with experience in other markets, but no employment track record in Australia. Marcus also has a Masters in Geology. He has been limiting his career prospects by exploring jobs on SEEK in the Finance and Administrative sector. He has not been putting enough thought into his passions and the preferred location of his future place of employment. His heart’s desire is to have a flexible job so he can be available for his primary-aged child. After we explored his options, he is now focussing on opportunities in the geology field and actively researching organisations that value his second language.  

All of these dream job hunters are now aiming higher and much happier for it.

If you want to be happier, start by aiming higher.

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