How to Pursue Your Dream Job

Chasing your dream job can be difficult depending on how competitive--or how difficult--the job is. 

Whether you're entering a difficult scientific career or looking for an acting career, you need to research the duties, struggles, and options available in your entire industry. Success in a career often means having multiple skills or "wearing multiple hats", and understanding flexibility can help you succeed. 

Here are a few details get you in the right mindset for pursuing your dream job. 

Identify Real Job Titles, Leaders, And Opportunities 

Do you have a dream job? Is it more of a dream concept, or is it a position or set of skills you've seen somewhere. 

Whether you're following the footsteps of other successful professionals or becoming the first person in a groundbreaking line of work, you need a clear vision of what you want to do. This article can't read minds across the internet--yet--so come back to unique jobs or jobs that haven't been created yet for later. 

If your job exists, figure out the job title. Different businesses may have slight name variations for the same position, so be sure to look at the duties and requirements. 

By understanding the duties and requirements, you can both gauge your current abilities and search for other positions with similar needs. You may even discover that your dream job is just the beginning of a much bigger industry with more specific, better-fitting dream jobs. 

Some specializations are so deep in the industry that they're not worth talking about, or there are too few people that aren't the talkative type. The positions could be behind the scenes, highly specialized, or rarely in contact with the general public. 

Next, figure out who signs your future paycheck. It's not always the CEO, President, or Founder of a business; many business leaders delegate their hiring teams to department leaders and other talented leaders further down the hiring chain. 

While it doesn't hurt to know what the big boss wants, you could hurt your chances by nagging leaders as a highly specialized person in a position they know nothing about. You could be the perfect fit, but they may have no clue about what you actually do--especially if they're just paying for a project that your future department head or supervisor wants. 

That said, if you're lucky enough to speak with a leader and their staff and they're willing to listen, know what questions to ask. If they don't know about your work specifically, let them forward you to the appropriate authority. Thank them for the help and move on, since it shows that you're gracious and adaptable--and most importantly, easy to work with no matter your skill set. 

Finally, think about opportunities that aren't tied to a specific business. Do you have a personal skill or trait that doesn't fit a business model? Do you see a need for your talents, but no job openings? 

The first step is easy. Speak to those who need your help, pitch your services, and pitch some prices. The harder part is choosing prices that match your self worth. Aim high, but don't be afraid to haggle. 

Not all people who need your skills will be rich or resourceful. That doesn't mean you should ignore them! Instead, talk with those who need your services and figure out what they're trying to do with your services. This can help shape your business model, and can help you figure out what other projects and services you may adopt in the future. 

If you want a safe bet, your first major client should be a corporation. There's a fine line between employment and exploitation, but if you can aim for a middle class lifestyle in your area while learning how a successful business operates, you can treat your employment like an education opportunity. 

Employment can be a university experience where you get paid. It's all about attitude, and you need to figure out if you want to rise in the business ranks under someone else's company or create a business of your own. 

Subtle Life Changes Bring You Closer To Success 

Do you have any certifications? Do you have a degree? Do you have financial problems getting in the way either? 

Answering these questions honestly and writing down the answers can help you in the future. Discouragement often leads to excuses, and excuses will keep you in the same bad situation that lead you to this article. 

Instead, think about how much it would cost to make a change. 

Think about your job and what it requires for success--not stardom, but success. Finding any kind of meaningful employment or involvement with your dream job can lead to your dream job a lot faster than wishing and talking about your dreams with the same people every week. 

If you want to be a movie star, what would it take for you to be involved in movies at all? There are many jobs in the movie industry beyond acting, directing, writing, and producing, and any of them can bring your closer to your big debut. 

Waiting to be discovered is not a plan. 

Do you want to be a scientist? You need to weigh your cost of living and how much you enjoy living under a certain income against fairly low, noncompetitive wages. Big money in pharmaceutical, food science, or other forms of engineering and development either require degrees or a big break through. 

Do you want to be a part of the growing tech world? Information Technology (IT) and Computer Science (CS) are massive fields of opportunity, but over-saturated at the same time. 

There are a lot of people with degrees, certifications, and other qualifications, but so much of the tech world depends on creation, repair, and maintenance. You can save money over time for excellent certification programs, then use the money from that certification to pay for college--or to ensure that your student loans are covered if your dream job doesn't work well at first. 

For any of these options, you need to consider jobs that are related to your dream job. Unless you're currently making amazing money and want to switch to a dream job, you could use money to learn more about your dream job's opportunities. 

Finally, don't become a couch champion. There is a weird mindset that accepting any job less than the perfect job is "giving up." The main difference between an aspiring star without a job and an aspiring star with a job is a paycheck, and that paycheck gives you more options to achieve your dreams.

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