To give you some context, I was a nineties baby, growing up in the age where we were still told our dream jobs were for the taking. We were naively under the impression we would come out of university and have a choice of jobs at the end of our fingertips. The reality is different.
When I left university, I knew I wanted to do something big. The thing I have learned over the years is that what the big thing is can change depending on the season of life you are currently in.
When I was 13, I went to get my eyes checked at my local opticians. I remember being fascinated by the optician and the knowledge he held about my eyes.
At 17, I started volunteering for my local council and became interested in Youth Politics, leading me to want me to become a politician. By the time I finished university, aged 21, I was a little bit all over the place. I knew I liked to write. I knew the impact words could have on people and wanted to convey emotion through writing.
Needless to say I was in a panic. I was under the impression you only get one shot at a career but that isn’t true at all. In fact, I learned it is the exact opposite. As humans, we are able to learn new skills, adapt to new situations, allowing us to try new things and have multiple careers.
We live in such a versatile multifaceted world, where lawyers can be content creators and teachers can become business owners. I have spent many years trying to find that high you get from reaching your dream job and in doing so I realised the dream job doesn’t exist. Not in the way in which we are lead to believe growing up. Instead, they exist in a way we are unsure about. Some job are perfect for us but that doesn’t mean it has to be our dream job for the next fifty years.
The world of work we live in is changing and in turn, so should our ideas and expectations of a dream job.