Today, companies and corporations seeking bright, young minds recruit many college students right out of school. The allure and prestige of a company combined with the fear of facing the "real world" can make college students jump at a chance to accept an opening.
The problem that many students discover is that, after working for a year or two in the job that they accepted out of college, the career or employment really is not what they had in mind for a dream job.
Image is about building those dreams and finding areas of interest but landing your dream job involves trial and error and possibly a few career changes along the way.
If you currently work in a job that is far from any dreams you harbor, there is a way out to explore other options. Gone are the days of working for a lifetime at one specific job.
Today, most people will experience some career changes before finding the job that fits them like a glove.
If you are in a job that you feel does not challenge you, give yourself some time at the company before making any major changes. Short periods of work history on a resume can be detrimental to career advances. Staying on a while also allows you to see if the company you work for may have opportunities that suit you better. Plus, you have time to plan your career changes while earning income.
Finding your dream job also requires you to seek out companies that are hiring or to explore the type of careers taking off in the current market. This means you need to be aware of your own skills and qualifications before applying for a specific job.
If you find a career path you have never worked in before, there are ways to gain experience.
Internships and part-time jobs are a great way to explore areas of interest before saying "yes" to a career. They allow you to gain on-the-job training in a specific area and see if the job is one you want to continue pursuing.
Volunteering, although not very lucrative, is another option to consider when you are seeking a career change. Many people even do freelance work to gain experience before fully pursuing a career path.
Exploring companies you wish to work for is important when looking for your dream job. See if you are compatible with a company's philosophy and expectations. Part of having a great job is enjoying the working environment. No matter what it is you are expected to do each day, if you can not respect and get along with your colleagues, the job will become less attractive.
Positive career change can also come from hobbies you enjoy outside your existing work. Many individuals have found their dream job after being laid off from their current career, which forced them to explore other income options. Using the experience you've gained during a career can help you explore a different career path.
For example, if you have solid experience in business, you may have the necessary footing needed to go through with your dreams of owning your own company.
Turning a hobby into your dream job may involve some risks and a few financial sacrifices, but the pay-off will be your ability to get up every morning and look forward to work.
Finding the job you really want requires time, patience, and dedication. It also involves using some creativity to find out what really makes you "tick".
And, if you stay the course and follow your hopes and dreams, with a touch of reality thrown in, the benefits will far outweigh the sacrifices you make along the way.