In life, one of the most challenging periods is choosing the profession that one wants. Lots of people during their childhood days had lots of ambitions. Some wanted to be pilots, engineers, astronauts, while others wanted to be doctors, lawyers, etc. But quite unfortunately, as some grow older, they kind of lose interest in the job of their dreams and in their place get day jobs that could at least provide them with the ability to pay for rents and food.
As the saying goes, you only live once, so it is very good to make the best you can out of it. This is why it is relevant to land your dream job no matter what it is and strive have to excel in that your chosen career. In this article, we have highlighted the 10 major things that you have to remember about landing your dream job.
- THINK DIFFERENTLY
The thought process has a way of manifesting physically in the lives of a person without his/her conscious knowledge. What you think about every time of the day tells a lot about your dream job. You might be thinking of become a world-renowned journalist, becoming a soldier or even becoming a business executive.
One way or the other, your body and things around you begins to bring the things you think your way. Try to pay attention to your thoughts, gather them together and they will make perfect sense to you.
- IDENTIFY WHAT YOU’RE GOOD AT
In choosing the right career path, you should not just identify only your passion but also your strengths in that field. Showing sound all-round knowledge of a topic or an industry might not actually lead you to your dream job, but it boils down to narrowing it to your particular field of interest where you have strengths over others.
You might be a geek, a guru in mathematics or good in numbers, then you need to consider the engineering field. You might also be very good in talking to people, relating well and addressing the public, then you should think about Public Relations. There are lots of ways to identify your strengths and weaknesses. Are you an extrovert or an introvert? The front-end of the business is ideal for extroverts, while behind-the-scene operations and technicalities suits introverts well.
- GET ALL THE NECESSARY INFORMATION ABOUT THR JOB
The simple knowledge that astronauts fly space crafts into space or that engineers design and help manufacture modern day machines are not enough reasons to want to choose those career paths. Before choosing a career path, do a far-reaching research so as to be on the know of the responsibilities and duties of that particular professional. Know the machineries they use and what skill (or skills) they need to acquire, the working environments that they are exposed and many others. Being cognizance of these important information, you are better suited to choose the career that suits you.
- SEEK FOR ADVICE FROM SOME PEOPLE YOU KNOW
It is very important not to blindly follow what family members and friends tell you. Your career should be centered on you and your ambitions. However, some close relatives and friends can provide you with a clear, experienced and unbiased view of what your passion entails because no man is an island of knowledge. What kind of activities have you done in association with people? Have you ever done a combined project in the past? The people you have worked with can tell you your greatest assets and your weaknesses.
- PUT YOUR FINANCIAL NEEDS IN CONSIDERATION
Check out your financial needs. What do you expect to get paid? Before choosing a career path, try to evaluate their pay grade if it is in tandem with what you have in mind.
You might have a young family, an aged parent or some distant relatives that you have to support one way or the other. So factoring this into your decision process is really needed.
- LOOK FOR YOUR DREAM POSITION
Begin by searching for organizations whose goals are in line with your objectives. Check out companies whose operations, products and services are in tandem with your personal goals. Of course, you must have gotten a clearer sense of what you aim to achieve by now so check their mission statement and see their goals and objectives. Once you have gotten more than 10 of such brands, it then boils down to those who are currently hiring. You can search for leads on the web, but the larger chunk of the work is to find out the ones that offer better working conditions, good payment and better career development potentials.
- PASS YOUR INTERVIEW
Try to garner good interview skills as soon as possible. This does go a long way in landing you your dream job. When you attend interviews of large industry players such as: Pfizer, Microsoft, Coca Cola, Apple, etc, the probably of getting a second chance for interview is very slim. So when you are there give it your best bearing in mind that there is no place for errors.
Hone your interview skills by constantly practicing beforehand. Bring yourself in front of your mirror, ask yourself questions and watch the way you respond to those questions. Check out your handshake, walking steps, posture and facial gestures, they do tell a lot about you. Be very mindful with what you say during this simulation period.
Expect some really difficult question during interview sessions. Try as much as possible to answer them correctly and be honest. Do not exaggerate or bring yourself so high as to including credentials or skills that you do not have.
- NETWORK PROACTIVELY
The art of networking is very helpful as it helps people to be easily noticed by top-notch industry players. Start creating a robust network while still in school, whether high school, college or universities. Try to stay in touch with talented and intelligent students with high potentials that can be helpful in generating leads that can refer you when they have landed their jobs or an interview at the least.
Even when you start working, do not back down on network building. Network after working hours, attend symposiums, seminars, talks, balls and business parties.
- EXPECT A DIFFICULT START
Bear in mind that it is rare to find someone that comes into the industry and outrightly dominates, it takes some time to gather experience and knowledge. Even though some overnight sensations might exist, but they are rare. Be prepared to work harder than others. Exercise patience and character when your superiors ask you to perform tasks that are not in your job description as these will give your better experiences and knowledge. Provide any suggestion or feedback that you dim useful for the better operations and growth of the company you are working for.
Exhibiting great initiative increases your chances of getting promoted. This is an essential, must-have quality for professionals in highly competitive firms like in the finance, manufacturing and technology industries.
- CALCULATE YOUR CF
Confidence factor, CF have different values for different individuals. But even not everyone knows how to compute it.
The value can range between 0 and 100 in percentage. The variables used in computing the CF usually vary but they are a maximum of 10 in number and is useful in any kind of job you may venture into. The most important of these variables are Working Culture and compensation. The greater the CF value the more the compatibility between you and that job.
Be sure to do self-assessment tests on a regular basis when you have landed your dream job. Check out the happiness factor, and determine how satisfied you are with the environment, pay and experience you are gathering. Always keep in mind that your dream job might not be a bed of roses, it comes with its own challenges. So you have to devote quality time and efforts to ensure that you achieve success in your dream job. The most important thing is that you work hard on whatever field or endeavor that you have passion and keen interest for. You will surely find fulfillment in it.