People spend more than 90,000 hours of their lives at work, which is around a third of one’s lifetime. As the pension age rises, retirement at 65 is increasingly seen as a luxury.
This shift in the world of work will require us to constantly reinvent ourselves. For some of us, finding a dream career amid all of this is literally what the phrase states – something to daydream about. But it’s not impossible, as with planning and dedication, you too can get there. Here are six proven ways you can move towards finding your perfect job:
“I’m not very good at public speaking” or “networking isn’t my strongest suit” are words many of us utter on a daily basis. But when asked what we are good at, we struggle to find the right words. It’s important to take a step back and reflect on this in your pursuit for a dream career. Your natural strengths are your superpowers and, like DNA, they’re unique to you. Putting your superpowers to work will leave you feeling more motivated and fulfilled. Ask colleagues and loved ones how they would describe your natural strengths. Look at your life from the perspective of a neutral bystander for deeper, less biased insights into your superpowers.
Your values are so deep-rooted in your psychological makeup that they affect how you respond to events and the important decisions you make – whether you’re conscious of it or not. Pick up a pen and paper to write down a list of your absolute ‘non-negotiables’ at work in order of importance. Are you focused on success, achievement and results? Are you more concerned about respect for people? Fine tuning your work values leads to the right career for you, both for now and in the future.
You may not be passionate about all your work 100% of the time, and you don’t have to feel intensely passionate about everything you do, but if you can implement some zest and energy into your work, you’ll feel engaged, motivated and productive. Try to challenge negative thoughts and make your work fun in any way you can. Whether that means exercising more to release some much-needed endorphins, or taking a break from work, do it.
A common misconception is to think purpose magically appears during one big, life- changing moment. Purpose can be found in simple, small interactions and day-to-day tasks. Pablo Picasso said that the meaning of life is to find your gift and the purpose is to give it away. You may want to strike up a conversation in a coffee queue, just because you’re interested in learning more about your colleague. You might find pleasure in completing what could be a mundane task, because you know it will have a positive impact on a client or customer. Focusing on the small things and channelling your internal motivation will help you find purpose.
When it comes to finding the perfect job, so much of our success is in our mind. Building psychological resilience is one of the most valuable strategies you can implement to create a successful career. The world of work will always be changing due to market, industry and economic trends. As a result, this will create new opportunities and challenges which sometimes cannot be prepared for. What we do have control over is our mindset, and, in particular, our resilience mindset.