I have always truly believed in following your dreams in every aspect of life, especially in your career. Spending years, maybe even decades, in a job that makes you miserable is bound to create a miserable, unproductive life. Our years here on Earth must be spent doing things we enjoy, that bring us a sense of pride, and that bring out our deepest passions. I want to talk about creating the dream career you want today but first, let me tell you a little bit of my story.
This past weekend was something unbelievable. I hosted my first social media marketing workshop! In the Build Your Social Biz workshop, I taught small business owners how they can streamline their social media efforts and create a posting strategy that is manageable and effective for them. It was 90 minutes of me presenting the original ideas I have developed from everything that I studied in school and learned in my career. Quite the full circle moment, if I don’t say so myself!
At this moment, I am a social media consultant (I host workshops and consult small business owners on managing their social media), freelance writer, and of course, the blogger-in-chief here at Glamorously You.
How did I end up with all of these titles? By taking control of my career.
I did what I was supposed to do after college – I got a job in an office working 9-5 with a boss I was less than fond of. You know, the typical route a lot of us take.
But that decision was an ironic one for me to make because I had always sworn I would never put myself in a situation like that. The thought of sitting in a room for 8+ hours a day under dull, florescent lights in a room full of completely silent (and quite unhappy looking) people always made me cringe. Yet, there I was two months out of college doing just that.
I justified the decision by telling myself that I would be doing what I enjoyed to do – managing the social media accounts of 12+ small to medium-sized businesses. I thought maybe that would lighten the depressing situation. But, who was I kidding?! It didn’t take long for every little aspect of that job to irritate me. But that’s not why I quit.
The desk I was upgraded to during my last months there faced a window (I say “upgrade” because my initial desk faced a blank wall). Through this window, you could see the busy street outside of the office. Many times throughout my day, I would look out and see all the people driving up and down; I would see the world moving yet I was there, stuck.
The whole world was out there and I couldn’t touch it. I equate this busy road outside my window with all the opportunities that were possible for me but that I was being blocked from. I was blocking myself from them and I knew I didn’t deserve that. I didn’t work so hard throughout my college career, studying, pursuing various internships, educating myself on the world of social media and blogging, to be sitting unexcited and unchallenged in the office I swore to never put myself in.
But, I’m not the only one who has been in this situation. Plenty of people find themselves in predicaments like this in their careers. But here’s the thing: some people choose to do something about it, while others remain unexcited and unchallenged. I don’t blame the latter. Pursuing a dream career is often very hard. Voluntarily deciding to make your life harder (obviously) isn’t easy. But it is one thing: worth it.
Let’s be real here: you are going to die. I am going to die. We all die at some point. If there is anything we know for sure in this life, it is that we are going to die. Our lives are basically a clock counting down, with every minute bringing us closer to that expected, yet unexpected, day. I don’t mean to sound morbid or to scare you, but it’s the ugly truth.
We get so caught up in everything that seems important, like these horrible careers we think we need to stay in, when they are really expectations that us humans have created and forced upon one another. What is really important is making the time we have here worth it.
That’s why I encourage you to pave your own way. Create a career for yourself that you can be proud of! Maybe that is working in an office from 9-5 or maybe it’s working from your own DIY office at home, like me. Whatever it is, make sure your talents and passions are being utilized in every possible way.
Here are my 4 tips for creating your dream career:
Know your options
Think about what kinds of jobs you are capable of doing based on your knowledge and expertise. Where will you be utilized the best? Which opportunity will bring you one step closer to reaching your career destination?
Have two plans: for finance and for success
Where do you want to be financially in 6 months, a year, etc.? Make a plan for how you can go after your dream career and hit these milestones as well. Also, create a success plan. What kinds of goals do you want to achieve within the short term and long term?
Creating plans and setting goals is imperative on the road to success. If you need help with laying everything out and holding yourself accountable, try my Get Your Goals, Girl! Worksheet. This is exactly what I created it for!
Don’t underestimate yourself
Think beyond the expectations you have for yourself. What other things can you do that may not be typical for you? For example, I would have never come up with the workshop idea if it weren’t for my boyfriend encouraging me to do it. I thought about it for a bit and realized I was not only qualified to do something like that, but that it was a pretty good idea too!
Go for it
The earlier you go after your dream career, the more time you will have to enjoy it! Have a thoughtful plan but don’t overthink it.
The people we remember and look up to the most are not people who stayed inside the box. They are not people who sat down and listened. They broke the mold and went after what they believed in. What do you want to be admired for while you’re here? And what do you want to be remembered for when you’re gone? Pursue that and believe in it every step of the way, even when you don’t believe in yourself.
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