Figuring out their dream job is easy for some people. Me? Not so much! At my ten-year high school class reunion, I actually won a prize for having the most jobs since graduation. Can you believe there is a prize for that? Should I be ashamed of this bizarre award or proud? To be honest, I am not sure what is expected, but being ashamed is the most appropriate reaction. Not me. Each of those 17 jobs taught me something of value. They have taught me what I like, what I don’t like, what I am bad at and what I am good at. They have taught me what I am willing to do and what I will never do again in a million years.
This reunion was nine years ago. Since then, I have only had three jobs and I have definitely narrowed down my career focus quite a bit. I still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up. Do you? Do we ever “grow up”? I know so few things for sure and that is certainly at the bottom of the list (right there along with why socks cannot stay anywhere near their mates).
I am 36, soon to be 37. It sounds old when I think of it from the distant memory that my 16-year-old self once had. She though 37 was O-L-D! Now, I feel like I am finally just beginning to figure out the things that I am passionate about. I am able to multitask, get up early, prioritize and just plan things. Why couldn’t I get these qualities hammered out in my mid 20’s? I think a better question is why is it expected that we do?
Here are the things I know for sure about my career aspirations at 37 as a married mother of almost three:
- Who do you want to work for? I do NOT want to work for someone else.
- What is your biggest priority in life? I want to be there for my husband and kids as much as possible.
- How many hours including commute do you want to work? I want to work from home and NOT punch a time clock.
- How much money do you need to make? I want to make more money than we need to live on (substantially more).
- What is your passion? My passion is helping people in any way I can with the skills I have.
So, what the heck can I do? Stay at home mom? I don’t think this would address aspiration number 4. How about a remote position? See aspiration number 1. The only answer I have come up with is to start this blog and share the best of what I have learned in the last 20 years about family, life, and business with you. It is a complete leap of faith, but as you can tell from my colorful job history, I am not afraid to jump. There can be nothing bad that comes from trying because each failure and success alike is a learning experience.
My challenge to you is this: No matter where you are in your career path, pull out a pen and paper right now and write down the four non-negotiables of YOUR “dream career”. Maybe you want to be in an office because you are energized by others. Maybe you don’t care about how much money you make as long as you love what you do. There is NO wrong answer. Your answers are the right answers.
I encourage you to start thinking and researching all of the careers that fit your list. Please feel free to reach out to me if you need help. Also, join our Facebook Community to brainstorm ideas and chat with other moms who may already be doing what you want to be doing! Don’t be afraid to take the leap! You will land on your feet with a little strategic planning. Stay tuned for the next career post for more details on how to narrow down your dream job.
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