When you were a little boy or girl, I am sure that you can remember people asking you what you wanted to be when you grew up. Some of us knew exactly what we wanted to be while others of us may have remained unsure. Regardless of that, somehow as we have gotten older we may have ended up in a less than ideal position for a company. Somehow, we have lost that spark that makes us happy, keeps us young, and living life to the fullest. We have settled where we are in our current job although we know that we do not like it. We do not like the person that we have become. Our childhood selves would cringe.
This does not happen on purpose. Sometimes we have the best of intentions that seem to go wrong. Perhaps you took a position to support your family or because your entire family is a clan of doctors. But without listening to our inner voice, what it is we want to do, it can be impossible to find a career that we not only like but love.
If you are in a career right now that you dislike or even downright hate, do not despair. You are not a failure, and you can still have a very meaningful life. Some of you still to this day may have no idea what you want to be when you grow up. Others of you do not want to be categorized by one position since you love to do so many things. That’s okay, too.
What’s important to remember is that when it comes to a career that you listen to what is best for you. Perhaps you would like to work several part-time jobs or even start your own business. Do not give up on these dreams! To find a career that you love, think about what matters most to you in a career. Do you enjoy independence, creativity or problem solving, working with others or by yourself? What types of fields do you most gravitate towards? The problem could either be a particular position, role, field, company, or organization. Perhaps you dislike being a nurse to geriatric patients but would enjoy working with children. Or you love working in the business environment but get stressed out from all of the hours that your boss demands of you. Perhaps you love the field of healthcare but do not want to interact with patients.
Make a list of the must-haves in your dream job. Although your next job may not be your dream job, it should get you closer to it. For example, if you want to work part-time, don’t accept a full-time position unless you are certain this is what you want. Listening to your inner self can help a great deal – and remember that you are worth it. If you feel in your gut that a position is not right for you (and you already have some income or a job), do not switch over to another position that you dislike. The key is to get closer to your dream job a little at a time. While it can’t happen overnight, small steps can make the seemingly impossible possible and achievable.