What's Your Dream Job?
Did you imagine that you will land in this job back in those days where you were mugging so hard to pass the exams? How do you know if this is the career that you want to pursue? Do you just settle with the first job that you've landed? Especially in times like this, where supply exceeds demand, employers have no lack of candidates to choose from. What do you do? Do you have to keep searching through your soul to find out what your dream job?
Fret not, you're not alone. A survey conducted on millennials, shows that most are equally uncertain about their career path. 54% of which just jumped onto the job offer and helped boosted the employment rate when the first job offer came.
Here are some signs that you've not just got a pay-check, but a job that could probably be your dream.
Find your purpose
Let's get real, it's not everyday that you will feel motivated for work, where do you think the term Monday Blues were coined? Some days are just good for sleeping in and laze around with a good cuppa coffee, that's why they gave your annual leave.
But consider this, does your heart skipped a beat when you talk to your friends about the things you do at work? Claire (not her real name), 26 yo, who works at People's Association says that she does not think the work she does is meaningful. She lamented about how small her role is, but quite to the contrary, when she described how she had helped the people that she served in the job, her eyes beamed with enthusiasm, which obviously suggested otherwise. Dear Claire, I think you have found your heartbeat.
Figure out your contribution
Why do you do what you do? Job description depicts roles and responsibilities that is required of your job. Getting the job done is merely meeting the pay-check into your bank account. However, in order to give more meaning, you need to understand how your role rolled up to the bigger purpose that the organization has set out to do. The mission and vision statement that the organization has depends very much on the contribution of each and everyone in each division. Finding meaning in how your role translates to the bigger purpose will not only elevate and improve your productivity, it will also make you more visible in the company, that's another plus by the way.
Culture is defined as the ideas, customs and social behaviour of a particular people or society. As we stepped into a new organization, we need to learn to adapt to the social behaviours as norms in the organization. Life would be so much better if your ideas, thoughts and beliefs are aligned to the place that you work with. However, there will be a time of adaption so don't be too hard on yourself. It takes time to figure out if you are fitting in to the organization, so you will need to just be yourself and enjoy the company of your colleagues.
No one can tell you if you are at the right company, right job or at the right place. If crystal balls were real, that could be your answer to all your career questions. However, it is truly about experimenting and feeling in your gut that you are at the right place at the right time, making that meaning contribution and by the way, get paid at the same time.