FINDING YOUR DREAM JOB – WHAT IS THE FIRST STEP?

REPOSTED FROM MY THOUGHTS (hshawjr@blogspot.com/haroldshawjr.com) on 10/29/10
From:  8/12/09

Below are the posts leading up to this realization:
  • IF OPPORTUNITY KNOCKs–I AM NOT READY
  • WHERE HAVE I BEEN? WHERE AM I GOING?
  • FINDING YOUR DREAM JOB – WHAT IS THE FIRST STEP?
  • FINDING A DREAM JOB–CAREER INTEREST SURVEYS
  • MY DREAM JOB – PART 4
  • DREAM JOB PREPARATION – PART 5
  • DREAM JOB PREPARATION – PART 6
  • DREAM JOB PREPARATION – PART 7 JOB SKILL SUMMARY
  • MY DREAM JOB – WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE?
In IF OPPORTUNITY KNOCKs–I AM NOT READY, I discussed that if my dream job came available – how I wasn’t ready to immediately apply for it and probably wouldn’t recognize that it was my dream job, simply because I don’t really know what my dream job is.

What is the first step in finding a dream job?
Like most people I searched Google and which had many site recommendations, when I visited the different sites, some were okay, and some were informative. The information that I found was often conflicting or contradictory, not pertinent and sometimes what I consider to be scams designed to separate you from your hard-earned money.

The first thing I learned is that you have to be careful of where you are searching for assistance in this effort to finding your dream job.

Most of these sites had the common theme of discussing that you need to find out what you are passionate about and that one of those passions will probably be part of your dream job.

Probably some of the the best advice I read about finding your passions was at the Illuminated Mind Blog and his short PDF “7 KEYS TO DISCOVERING YOUR PASSION.  In this 11 page document there are several short exercises which I did to assist me in figuring out what my passions are. Some of the more important questions he asks are.

• What would I do even if I didn’t get paid to do it?
• What is incredibly easy to me?
• What would I do if I got paid to exist?

Jonathan in the PDF asked several more questions that made me think, but these are the one I used the most in developing my passion list.

I sat down this morning and thought carefully about things that I do in my life, that I spend a lot of time and energy on without getting any kind of monetary gain, in fact they are things I do that I usually have to spend my money on.

  1. Wife and family – this is first and foremost
  2. Sports/Health – Running, Jogging, Hiking, Baseball, Basketball, Archery, Hunting, Fishing  – These are things that I have done most of my adult life.
  3. Writing – I love to write.
  4. Blogging – I have been putting a work into my blogging over the past year and just really enjoy it.
  5. Computers – I enjoy testing and trying new web applications and software. But strictly on the end-user level.
  6. Education – There I have said it, education still means a great deal to me and remains one of my passions – I have tried to downplay or ignore my interest, but I still seem to gravitate towards articles and blogs from educators when I am online.
  7. Helping others  – I like being around people and helping them find that they can do more than they think they can or get through a difficult time.
  8. Reading – I read a great deal of heroic Fantasy (McKiernan, Brooks, Tolkien) or modern Magical (Delint, Green). I have read these genres since I was a teenager and have always historically related (I volunteered to teach history for over 8 years as a special education teacher).  I may be a bit sick, but sometimes I actually enjoy technical reading and research.
  9. Photography – This is a relatively new one, I have always enjoyed taking pictures, but since digital cameras have become prevalent, I find that I carry one with me almost all the time.  I just love to take photos.
  10. Playing Role Playing Games – At one point in my life I played a lot of Dungeons & Dragons and have always played RPG computer games since I discovered “Talengard” on the Commodore 64, now when I have time I enjoy playing RPG computer games like NeverWinter Nights 2 or Oblivion.

Another question that I felt was important:

   When is a time in my life that I have felt the most creative?

Answering this was quite easy – it was when I was teaching, my principal and special education director allowed and urged me to use “unorthodox” and “different” methods to attempt to reach the population of students we had, who had not been successful in the public schools.  This was a very satisfying time for me.

This exploration has given me a much greater understanding and appreciation of the things that I am passionate about, not just things that I am good at or like to do.  According to the experts, my dream job will have one or more components that I have listed above.

Well I have finished step one of my journey towards ensuring that I am ready for my dream job, if it presents itself.

Do you have any comments or questions that would assist me in this endeavor?

Have any of the ideas spurred you to think about your own situation and look at it differently?

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