Many people seem to be searching for the perfect job for them because they think having their dream job will also equal overall happiness. Yes, this sounds nice, but I don’t think it always works out that way.
I think what’s important is finding a job that suits the lifestyle you want. This doesn’t always mean that you must have your dream job. Lets be honest, your dream job may not mean that you will have the lifestyle that you want.
I love what I currently do. However, what I really love about it is that I am able to do what I want to do in my free time as well.
I enjoy my time working, I enjoy my free time, I enjoy my flexible schedule, the location independence and everything else.
My business allows me to have a great work-life balance and I love everything about it.
Here are my tips to find a job that suits the lifestyle you want.
What do you love to do?
This applies to both your job and what you like doing in your free time. You don’t have to love your job, but I do think that you should at least somewhat like it.
If you really hate your job, then it would be hard to have the lifestyle that you want outside of work because you would probably be really stressed. A healthy medium is important here.
Okay, let’s get back on point. What do you love to do in your free time?
The job that you look for should be a job that allows for this. If you love to spend time with your family and friends and really value that, then getting a job that means you will be traveling 99% of the time probably won’t be for you (at least not for the long-term).
Also, you might have a great job, but what if it requires you to work 80 hours per week? If your dream lifestyle is to have a good work-life balance, then an 80 hour per week job probably won’t provide that.
Try to come up with an action plan to reach your dream lifestyle.
If you really want to land a job that will suit the lifestyle you want, I think you need a well-thought out plan with steps to reach it.
If you want a certain job that will allow for you to have a great work-life balance, what jobs interest you that actually allow for that? How can you get that job? Are you sure that it actually provides for the lifestyle that you want? What will happen if you were wrong?
You might want to start by upgrading your education, especially if your dream job requires an advanced degree. Even if you do not necessarily need a master’s degree to receive consideration for a particular job, it certainly does not hurt to have one. Luckily, it is easier than ever before to upgrade your education because you can enroll in online courses. Through these courses, you can complete your assignments in your spare time and earn the degree that will help you achieve your goals without ever having to set foot in a classroom.
Test out your plan.
I don’t recommend job hopping to hundreds of different jobs to figure out what will work for you. That would take too long and you would be wasting your time and the time of others. It also wouldn’t look good on your resume most likely if you job hopped every month. You might want to look to your network, ask others about their jobs, shadow someone, or contact a recruitment agency to try to find the best fit for you.
If you have the time, then you may want to test out your dream lifestyle job in order to see if it actually works. An example would be to start this job in your free time (maybe over the weekend or over a long vacation?) and really see if this job leads to your desired lifestyle.
It is also wise to also remember that starting out in a job may mean that you don’t like it, however, with promotions it may lead to your dream job with your dream lifestyle. You may have to sacrifice your dream lifestyle in the beginning.
Do you know what your perfect job is? What must a job allow for you to do?
Are you searching for your dream job or a job that will fit your dream lifestyle?