I never wanted a job that was just a job. I always wanted to be one of those people who was an example of ‘if you love what you do, you won’t work a day in your life.’ Who doesn’t??
College students focus too much figuring out what job they want and not enough time on identifying the qualities of life they want in that job.
If I ask a student what job they want, they usually don’t know but they wish they knew what they wanted to do.
However, if I asked a student if they wanted a job where there could travel, they would have an answer. If I asked a student if they wanted a job that would allow them to climb the corporate ladder, they would have an answer.
In order to figure out your dream job, I suggest you first think about the qualities of your perfect job. From that list you can then identify careers and specific companies who may be able to fulfill those qualities.
Figuring out your dream job will also help you figure out what major you should declare. A lot of you “undeclared” folk should especially create a list.
If you need some ideas see my personal criteria for my perfect job below.
Criteria for my perfect job:
- Work with intelligent/educated people (I always want to learn from those who are smarter than me)
- Have work/life balance (that weighs heavy on the ‘life’ side)
- Complete small projects – to see accomplishments quickly
- Be able to see change (seeing change that I did motivates me for the next project)
- Ability to advance within the company (I’m a climber, I need to always have something to work towards)
- Training opportunities for employees (Again, I always like to climb and improve)
- Work with people (I can’t sit at a cubicle and stare at a computer screen all day)
- People bale to provide people information that I have, that will benefit their life (I want to advise people)
- Have a mentor (it’s helpful for your personal health to have someone you can vent to, with the door shut)
- Opportunities to give back to the community Make your list today! Feel free to use some of my criteria.