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It’s Okay If It Still Feels Like You Haven’t Found Your Dream Job
Whether or not you know what your dream job is, you’re expected to get it early in life. There’s an assumption that once you get your college degree, you’ll get a job in your degree’s field and that’s the start of your long, successful career. That’s not always a reality for a lot of people, including me. Personally, I know I haven’t found my dream job. Right now, I’m working a retail job to financially support myself while I’m working towards my goal of writing full time for a living.
There’s no benchmark age for you to have career fulfillment.
With people announcing their new jobs on Facebook and LinkedIn every day, the notifications just lead to added pressure. You’re constantly being reminded of other people’s accomplishments, so it’s hard not to start the comparison game. I’ve gotten pretty overwhelmed while reading a friend’s post that begins with, “I’m so happy to announce that I’ve accepted…” It’s as if landing the perfect job is now a competition—not just finding a job in general, but a position that’s bigger and better than what everyone else is getting.
It can sound pessimistic of me to say that you may not be in your dream job for a few years, but it’s also strangely comforting. The point is, don’t feel like you have to rush anything. The thing is, careers are not a race. There’s no reason to feel insecure about where you are in life because everyone’s path is different. You don’t have to have anything done by a certain age, whether that’s because you aren’t sure what field you want to pursue, or because a spot hasn’t opened up at your desired company. Your field could change in the next few years, spawning new jobs that never even existed before.
As post-grads, it’s easy to put so much value on what job you get, rather than if you’re happy or healthy and doing the best you can. Throughout college and soon after I graduated, I put pressure on myself to get a full-time, paid job because it was what was expected of me and that’s what (I thought) everyone else was doing. I assumed the things that made me happy and didn’t make money could wait. I’d be fine as long as I was doing things the “right” way, right?
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