Landing Your Dream Job

By: Rajeev Mehta

When choosing the right job, there's an old saying that comes to mind: Your dream job is the job you would do if money was not an issue. Unfortunately, very few of us ever have the opportunity to land such a job, and even fewer do so at the start of any job search. But the statement is worth remembering.

The most important step in landing that perfect job is deciding on your career path, and the sooner you do so the better. Time and age do play a clear role. A 40-year-old who wants to become a doctor will have a tougher go of it than a 20-year-old with the same career aspirations. That's not to say that becoming a doctor at age 40 or 50 cannot happen, it's just tougher. So the earlier you decide on just what you want to do the better the chance you have of realizing it.

Next, it's important to play to your strengths. If you are not good with math skills and computation, engineering may not be the best path for you. If you are poor in English, finding and keeping a job as a journalist or a writer might be that much more difficult. If you dislike working with computers try to avoid vocations like web design and computer programming.

On the other hand, if you love studying the human body a career in medicine may very well be the right choice. If you enjoy mixing and matching clothing and laying out outfits than becoming a fashion designer might be a natural fit. If you love to cook consider a path in cooking.

The bottom line doing something you really love will make it that much easier and that much more rewarding down the road.

So again, examine what you are good at and what you enjoy doing and expand upon it. And make it you goal as early as possible to stay focused on doing well within that vocation. If it doesn't work out in the end or if you simply get burned out, at least your tried and you can feel satisfied in moving onto a new interest.

And don't be afraid to take chances. Just because you studied chemistry in school doesn't mean you have to go into chemistry afterward. Perhaps your interests have shifted to a new line of work like advertising. Even though you didn't study advertising in school if that's something you'd like to try then go for it. Remember you will likely have to start in a smaller role at company but if you show your worth you can advance. Some of the best and most innovative ideas come from people doing things they shouldn't be doing or weren't train to do. That's a fact.

Also keep location in mind. To some degree your city of residence can dictate your job. If you live in the middle of Hyderabad chances are there's not quite the demand for marine biologists as there might be in Mumbai. Good do vary city to city. So examine your current surroundings assuming that is the place you want to live and see what's available. If you are willing to move to land that dream job then your options are that much greater.

These are just a few things to consider when deciding on a career path and then venturing on your job search. Make sure to speak to as many people as possible to get feedback, and learn and read all that the information that you can - you really can never have a enough - so you can make the best decision. Choosing a career is one of the most important steps you will ever make, so treat it as such.

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