We all have dreams that we all want to achieve.
When we were children, we all had something that we wanted to do when we were older. Even as adults we all had that dream jobs that we’ve always wanted. You work hard to achieve that goal. You take on that extra job. You take on that extra hour even though it is after hours. You want to complete that special project that can push you towards the next step in you journey to find that dream job.
We all have dream jobs that we want to try out. But what if that dream job is out of reach?
It can be hard to lay down and give up, especially when it is something that you have worked on for most of your life. You put your heart and soul into it only to have someone shut the door, lock it and throw away the key. If you’re one of those people that believe that not reaching your dream job is a failure, here is how you can get through it.
Take Care of Yourself First
Losing a dream job is something that you can’t take lightly. It is like a punch in the gut. All the plans that you’ve made are now gone. It’s almost similar to losing someone close to you. This can bring down your self-esteem and motivation in your career and other parts of your life.
Sometimes, if you don’t watch out, it can put you in a dangerous state of mind. It can even lead you down to a deep depression. That’s why it is important to have some sort of support system around you.
Don’t isolate yourself. Reach out to friends, family or a support group that can really be there for you. It always helps to talk to someone who has a similar experience as you do and can even give you advice on what to do next.
Remember this: It’s Okay to Not Reach Your Dream Job…
Rethink Your Dreams and Goals
What if you made a mistake on your dream? What can you do now?
It is important to go back to the drawing board on yourself. Make a written blueprint of your personal traits and goals. To do that here’s what you can do:
Write down you working traits. Do you like to analyze data? Are you a creative person? Do you like to brainstorm? Are you good with your hands or do you like to problem solve? What are the things you are good at that nobody else does better? Look up new dream jobs that fit your personality and motivations.
Write down your top 3 dream jobs that you want to achieve. Pick the one that you like the most. Underneath that, write down long-term goals that you can reach to make that happen for each job. A long-term goal can be to land one of those jobs within 3 years.
Underneath that, write down short-term or daily goals that you can work on. Daily goals can be a simple as searching for job openings. You take a look at your resume again and tailor it to that specific job. Start networking and connecting to people in those fields that you want to be a part of. Find or talk to a mentor that can bring you closer to success
Talk to fellow or former coworkers that are willing to help you get on the right path to succeed. If there is another roadblock to your success, revise your blueprint again. Your blueprint is not set in stone but instead a guide to lead you to where you want to be. Don’t be afraid to change directions. There is always room for improving yourself and making new goals.
Treat This as a Learning Experience and Keep Going…
Again, don’t beat yourself up about a loss in your plans. Reflect on your recent experiences, because not everything was a waste. You will always pick up valuable moments in your career journey. Look back and see what you have learned along the way.
Most people in their lives don’t reach a dream job. It’s normal. Maybe you will reach your dream job down the road or maybe you need to travel to change directions and dram up a new dream job. It’s probably a matter of when or where...who knows? The important thing is this: when you are knocked down, don’t stay down. Pick yourself up, because there is more for you to do. Your journey is not over yet…