October 4, 2022

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3 Tips for Finding Your Dream Career

3 Tips for Finding Your Dream Career

One of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make in your life is what you do for a living. While your work doesn’t define you, it’s where you’ll spend a large portion of your waking hours, so it’s important to be smart about what you choose. If you’re already in the midst of a career that doesn’t feel right, or you’re just starting out your journey to figure things out, then there are a few big questions you can ask yourself to help you find a clearer path to what you should do. Here are my 3 tips for finding your dream career.


Ask Yourself: What Have You Always Loved To Do?
Sometimes our ideal career is our favorite pastime. For example, Anna James from Kissandtaleproductions.com loved making family home videos, and in a moment of late night editing realized that was exactly what she wanted to do for her career. What did you always gravitate towards as a child? What is it that makes you come alive? Those are really good places to look for what you can do. If you’re going to spend a large part of your waking time at work, it may as well be something that energizes you. 
Look At Your Strengths
Our strengths are the things that allow us to add real value into the world. Perhaps your strengths include strong people skills, an ability to thrive in high stress investments, or a love of combing through information. Maybe you find juggling a business and a bunch of employees a piece of cake, and find yourself wanting to own a vineyard like Twovintners.com. If your dream career is outside your current strengths, don’t worry. We’re constantly learning and growing, and you can use Youtube to educate yourself on almost anything! This is a free and easy way to upgrade your skill set and prepare yourself for your dream career. 

Try it On For Size
One of the best things you can do when considering a new career is to try it out in the same way. For example, I thought I wanted to be a lawyer. I started with first year law at university after finishing a previous degree, and was apprehensive that maybe I liked studying at anniversary, more than I actually liked the idea of working So I decided to spend a year working in a law firm as an office assistant, not only to have money to fund my studies, but in order to see what the office environment was like and if things lived up to my expectations. I found that the lifestyle of lawyers was extremely stressful and overworked, something that I didn’t feel was compatible with what I wanted from life, so I ended up going in another direction. Trying this career on for size before committing allowed me to see how it was, before spending tens of thousands of dollars on more studies.

Finding your dream career doesn’t have to be a nightmare with these tips. Hopefully, they help you find some clarity about what you’d like to do moving forward.