I’ve had many dream jobs throughout my life. Some dream jobs that have been on my list were an Executive Director for a non-profit or to run an agency. While I haven’t officially had either of those titles, these positions have been incredibly valuable to my career growth and development.
Here are three strategies where a Dream Job can be valuable:
1 – Skill Development. I firmly believe that own your own skill development is essential to your career growth. Find some job descriptions for your dream job. Look at the job requirements and create a plan for how you will acquire those requirements. Look through the roles and responsibilities and identify which skills are needed; add to your plan how you will develop those skills.
2 – Build Connections. LinkedIn shares that 71% of job seekers will earn their next job through a connection. What communities do you need to be involved with to be successful in your dream job? Who do you need to network to be a part of your dream industry?
3 – Ask Advice. Find some people that have your dream job and ask their advice? Aside from the skills you found through job descriptions, ask them what skills are essential for success in your dream job. What were those pivotal moments in their career that lead them to their role? What advice do they have for you?
Even if your dream job changes, the skills (technical, soft, leadership) that you developed will be valuable for the rest of your career. The connections you created can become key members of your tribe or inspire you to a new dream job. The process of ask advice will help you with emotional intelligence, interviewing skills, and increase your confidence the next time you ask advice.
Dream big and work intentionally towards having the career you want!