All of us are striving to find that dream job, but sometimes we find ourselves working in a position that isn’t quite what we imagined. While the best career is the one that has you using the skills you enjoy, it’s important to remember that not every job needs to address all of your passions.
I’m Going to be an Astronaut!
Ever since childhood, we have all been told that we can achieve anything. We all grew up dreaming of being athletes, movie stars, and astronauts. By the time we become adults, most of us realize that we’re likely not going to be the next Emma Watson or Michael Jordan, and that’s alright! As we outgrow these fantasies, we start figuring out what we want to do with our lives and mapping out a career.
Even so, we still hang on to these lofty ideas of finding our dream jobs. There’s nothing wrong with aspiring to do what you love, or finding your job fulfilling and lucrative. The problem arises when we get fixated on an idealized view of what a perfect job looks like. You can wind up feeling stuck or lost, or even majorly discouraged when your expectations don’t match reality.
It’s Okay to Pay the Bills
If you accepted a job that’s less than ideal, It’s okay to have a “right now” job that pays the bills. You should make the most of the situation! Think of your job as a stepping stone on the path toward your long-term goals. When you’re trying to find your place in the workforce, sometimes you have to accept that you need to pay your bills while you continue searching for that dream job.
Turn it Into a Learning Experience
Instead of feeling discouraged, take a step back and analyze where you’re at. Even if your current job isn’t even related to your dream job, there could be learning opportunities that can help you later. For instance, you may be really interested in jumping into real estate, but you’ve recently accepted a job in retail. The customer service skills that you learn in retail can easily translate into a future career in real estate!
It’s also worth mentioning that everything can be a networking opportunity. Every person you meet is a potential door to a new opportunity. Take the time to build relationships with those around you, and still show up looking sharp and professional, even if you don’t see a future at your “right now” job. You never know how those contacts might come into play later down the road.
Don’t get me wrong. I do believe that you should enjoy your work. You definitely should never stay in a job that makes you miserable! But maybe it’s okay to work a job that you like while you look for that job that you love, and don’t get so hung up on it! You’ve still got time to find what success means to you.