Be Realistic, Your Dream Job Isn’t Always Dreamy, But That’s Okay!

Alexander Richardson
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Anyone with a passion in their hearts has a dream job that they want to land. It could be game design, teaching, working in an art gallery, or being a social worker. Every occupation is someone’s end goal to make a living off from. After all, if your job consists of doing what you love, you’re never working a day in your life, right? As great as that sounds, that’s not always the case. Of course, it’s great to get your hands on your dream job, but there might be some parts to a job that you don’t understand until you start working.

1. Expectation Versus Reality

There’s only so much you can learn about a job through research, and even with research, there can be aspects of a job that aren’t brought to light. A good example of this is game design. On the surface, being able to work on 3D models, art, or a script for a game’s story with a passionate team sounds great, causing most people to fall into the fantasy of being a game designer. But then there’s the work aspect that some people refuse to dive into. The long hours, the lack of pay for certain projects, the possibility of working with a terrible team. Even if you’re doing what you love, you have to understand that there will always be a work aspect to it.

2. You Won’t Always Love It, But That’s Okay!

Let’s face it, no matter how much you love what you do, there are always parts of it that make you dread going through its process. You can love customer service all you want, but there’ll always be that rude customer that will try to ruin your day for the sake of it. If you love coding, there’ll be those few lines of code that refuse to co-exist with each other, making your life much more difficult than it needs to be. Overall, don’t expect to love what you do at all times, even if it’s your dream job, and it’s okay if you don’t. Bumps in the road are common, and without them, people wouldn’t be able to grow from them.

3. Study Up On The Position

As mentioned previously, make sure to do as much research as possible. If you’re planning on making your dream job a career, then you have to gain as much knowledge as possible before entering that workforce. A great start to your research would be diving into the lows of the job first. It sounds strange to start off negative, but it’ll be good for understanding the harder side of the line of work you’re planning to enter. It’s not to scare you out of the job, it’s to see the side of the job that people don’t talk about. Whether it’d be the hours, the pay, or how different the job is from training, you have to make sure that you know what you’re getting into. Don’t go in being surprised by the reality of the job. As fun and exciting your dream job may be, remember that you’re there to work.

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