Barry B Benson, the lead character in the animated comedy The Bee Movie had to challenge the entire premise of the bee society that forced its members to choose one job for life. We, the humans, on the other hand, are not constrained by that kind of societal order. Not only we are free to change jobs, we don’t have to stay on the same career path either. For current generations, it’s not even common to choose their career right out of school. We are free to explore different options, even though it may not always be obvious to see all of the options available to us.
The start of a New Year is a great time to reevaluate where we are in life and to embark on new beginnings, including a search for your Dream Job. Sounds unattainable and unrealistic? It shouldn’t be. I would say your Dream job is closer to you than you think. And here is why.
Let’s begin by looking what defines a Dream job. To different people, it could mean different things.
- To some, it could be about higher pay
- To others doing the tasks, they do best
- To others yet, it’s about relationships with co-workers.
Research shows that money can make us happy but only up to a certain point. One study determined that after you make $75,000 per year, increasing your income further will not add to your levels of happiness. Doing tasks that you love and you are good at, definitely is a major contributor to the success and can help you to establish yourself as an expert among your peers and get various forms of recognition from your superiors including non-monetary rewards. Humans being social creatures, we all like to have acceptance and a sense of belonging. Being among like-minded individuals does add to the positive job environment.
What should you do differently when you are looking for your Dream Job?
The short answer is – Know Yourself Well. And here is the long answer: analyze yourself thoroughly – what you enjoy doing, what kind of work environment appeals to you. Do you operate better in a command and control environment, or do you need a work environment with fewer rules? Looking at your past, who was your most favorite and your least favorite manager and why. Know equally well what made you happy and what made you unhappy in your previous workplaces.
Do your research about the potential employer. “Glassdoor” is one online tool available for looking up your prospective employers and reading any reviews left for them. Even though there is a risk of bias posed to a workplace by disgruntled employees, what you find will give you a certain idea of what to expect. Search on the internet, look through your Linked in contacts to see if you have any common connections.
You can tell a lot about the company during your interview process as well. Be equipped with the right questions you can ask your prospective employer. This will help you to determine whether you should pass on the opportunity or whether this can be your Dream Job, where you can do even a small job that will make a big difference. Just like the courageous character from the aforementioned movie did.
What is one aspect of your Dream Job – current or future – that is most important to you?
Stay tuned for an exclusive post with a top HR professional on our blog’s next issue to get expert advice on how to nail your search for your dream job.