Finding your dream career in 2013

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By AdFeatures | Thursday, January 24, 2013, 09:22

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Another New Year’s Eve has come and gone and with it the chance to set some goals for 2013. While getting fit and losing weight will feature highly on many lists, for plenty of people the New Year means the opportunity to find their dream career.

Whether you’ve just finished your formal education or perhaps are considering a switch in industry, there’s no better time than the present to start thinking about the right role for you. With this in mind here are some simple tips for focusing your goals and finding your dream position.

1. Think about what excites you

For most people considering a switch in careers, chances are they aren’t satisfied or inspired by their current role. If you feel like you’re just showing up to work every day to watch the clock tick by then now’s the time to find something more inspiring and fulfilling.

A good starting point is to go back to the things that inspire a sense of passion. What are your interests? What are the activities that you’re determined to squeeze in every week, no matter how many hours of overtime you did or how exhausted you were? These are the activities and experiences that you ideally want to convert into a career.

2. Look to family and friends for guidance

If you’re feeling like you’re caught in a real rut, it’s easy to lose sight of the things that inspire you. This is when it’s worthwhile to turn to the people in your life who often know you better than you know yourself.

Valuable advice from loved ones is important in your career choices. Also if you have a family a change in career should take in account how a new salary or a period of training or unemployment could affect them.

3. Transforming your passion into a full time job

Once you have established your favourite things, the next step is to figure out how you can transform your passions into a career. The key question to ask is what qualifications do I need? For any sports lovers who think pe teaching jobs could be the path for them, the first step is to find the right teaching qualifications to pursue it.

4. Striking a balance

It’s commonly said that a dream career is one that combines three factors: stuff you’re good at, stuff you love, and stuff someone will pay you to do. Strike a balance between these and you’ll be on track to securing a dream role.

5. Start networking

We’ve all heard the mantra that ‘it’s not what you know but who you know’. The saying certainly applies for the job hunt. Putting out feelers within your network of friends is a great way to start the ball rolling when finding a job. By using your networking skills you could secure a work placement or at the very least valuable work experience in a new career discipline.



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