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 unfulfilled and unproductive life. Our years here on Earth must be spent doing things we enjoy, that bring us a sense of purpose, 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.
My Career Story… So Far
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 original ideas I have developed from everything that I studied in school and learned in my career so far. Quite the full circle moment if I don’t say so myself!
But it took me some time to get to this place. I had to learn (the hard way) how to take control of my career and turn it into something that makes me feel fulfilled and happy.
Right out of college, I rushed into a job that I thought I was supposed to have. It’s what all my professors and fellow students talked about so I “obediently” fell right into it. I didn’t even think if it was a job I wanted – I just took it.
A few months in, I was upgraded to a desk that faced a window (I say “upgrade” because my initial desk faced a blank wall). Through this window, I 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.
I felt as if 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 blocking myself from. I didn’t work so hard throughout college, studying, and pursuing various internships to be sitting unexcited and unchallenged in a job so quickly.
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.
We get so caught up in everything that seems important, like these horrible jobs we think we need to stay in, when they are really expectations that we humans have created and forced upon one another. What is really important is making the time we have here on Earth 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, maybe it’s working from your home office, or maybe it’s working from a beach somewhere on the other side of the world. Whatever it is, make sure your talents and passions are being utilized in every possible way.
Here are my 3 tips for creating your dream career:
Know your options
Think outside of the box! I didn’t realize how much I could do with my PR degree and subsequent experience until I did a bit of research. I only believed there was one path for me based on what my professors and fellow students were saying and doing.
Do some research and discover what kinds of jobs you are capable of doing based on your knowledge and expertise. Your options may surprise you! Consider which areas you will be utilized the best and which opportunities will bring you closer to reaching your career destination.
Have separate plans for money and success
Often times, people in our society confuse monetary wealth with success. I can tell you this: if you’re too busy waiting around to be rich then you will become very blind to the greatness already around you. This is why I say to create separate plans for your finances and for your overall success.
Money is still very important, so when you’re thinking about a career plan, ask yourself where 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.
You also want to create a success plan. How do you define success? Happiness? Fulfillment? Put together a list of goals that will help you achieve these things in the short and long term.
If you need help setting and achieving goals, try my Get Your Goals, Girl! Worksheet. These types of scenarios are exactly what inspired me to create it. Goal-setting is imperative on the path to success and doing it effectively makes a huge difference. Go ahead and download the worksheet below!
Go for it!
The earlier you go after your dream career, the more time you will have to enjoy it! If you can’t go for it full-time just yet, see how you can slowly incorporate into your life. For instance, if your dream is to open a nail salon but you can’t quit your day job just yet, start a small at-home operation, launch a nail blog, or make YouTube videos.
Put together a thoughtful execution plan but don’t overthink it to the point of never accomplishing anything!
If you’re interested in more ways to start pursuing your dream career, start a career journal! It’s great to document your goals, successes, and developments along your professional journey.
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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