Six ways to discover your dream job

6_ways_to_find_your_dream_career_300The idea of a future job or career can seem very separate from your current day-to-day world but looking at where you are now is actually a great place to start. Follow these tips from career expert Simon North and discover your dream job.

1. Identify your passions
Think about what interests, hobbies, causes and subjects you’re passionate about. When we think about what our dream job is, it’s often connected to something we have a lot of passion for.

2. Look at what energises you
When we enjoy doing something, it gives us energy. As we’re doing the activity, we feel energised no matter how we felt before we started. Start noticing what activities energise you and think about how they could form part of your career.

3. Monitor your motivation
Do you look forward to getting up for your day or not? There are people who get up every morning looking forward to the day ahead. They’re the ones who are usually are closer to their dream and know they are. As Steve Jobs said, “I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something”.

4. Put your toe in the water
Try different types of work to find out what you like and don’t like. You can experiment by volunteering, getting a work experience placement, shadowing people, or through a part-time job.

5. Learn
Learning more is a great way to discover how passionate you are about a possible career area. You can take weekend courses or evening classes, sign up for workshops or explore free resources online.

6. Share with others
Talk with family, friends, teachers and anyone else who knows you well about what you think your dream is and see what they say. They may be able to throw new thoughts into the mix and to give you feedback on your own ideas.

Simon North is the Founder of Position Ignition and the Career Ignition Club. Position Ignition is one of the UK’s leading career development and career planning companies. The Career Ignition Club offers a range of career support tools, advice and e-learning materials for its members. Follow Simon North and his team on twitter @PosIgnition and get more advice from him on their Career Advice Blog.