4 Ways to Make Your Dream Job a Reality

By Alicia Geigel on September 5, 2019

In a highly competitive world, we sometimes feel like we have to settle for a job that doesn’t excite us for one that puts food on the table. While we all have goals and aspirations, it can be difficult at times to execute them and put our goals into action. Without the right tools and guidance, making your dream job a reality can seem like a far fetched idea that you’ll never get the chance to seize or accomplish.

Part of what can hold us back, besides external barriers such as access to education or a stable financial and living environment, are internal barriers, our own psychology. Mental blocks can often set us back and discourage us from reaching for our dreams for a number of reasons: we believe we aren’t qualified enough, that someone else is better for the job, or that it’s just not in the books for us. However, positive reinforcement is a very powerful tool, one that can get us to where we want to be in life and help us accomplish all that we want to, well because, we can!

Are you currently searching for a job that holds meaning to you? Looking for something that excites you and stimulates your passions? Unsure of how to properly execute your goals? These four tips will teach you how to make your dream job a reality and give you a new sense of purpose!

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1. Dig Deep for What You Want: This may seem like an obvious first step, but without it, there is no dream job! We all have passions and things that interest us, but the real question at hand is, can I turn this interest or passion into a career? So, you have to dig deep to figure out what it is you want exactly. In today’s age with technology, the options are almost limitless in what you can do and accomplish. You could be a blogger that plays and reviews video games (and gets paid for it)! Or you could be the next big name in the food and restaurant industry. All it takes is aligning your dreams and goals with the job market and reaching for it!

2. Research What it Takes to Get There: No one can go from point A to point B without some elbow grease and research into what requirements, qualifications, and skills it takes to get to your dream job. It’s important that, before you take the leap, you gather all the information you need in order to carefully asses what you need to do, what skills you need to build, etc. to make your dream job a reality. A blog post by Miss Ashley Allison suggests an article from Regis College, which “highlights some of the careers where certain skills are needed; which could be a motivator to help you decide on the path you want to take.”

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3. Boost Your Confidence: This world is tough and to make it in this world, you have to have confidence- confidence in yourself, in your ability to do a job, in your skills, etc. We all have points where our self-esteem is low and we don’t believe in ourselves, so you’re not the only one.  To help make your dream job into a reality, take some steps to boost your confidence!

In an article on Entrepreneur.com, guest writer and CEO Chris W. Dunn recommends a few ways to build your confidence, such as visualizing yourself as you want to be, affirming yourself, doing something that scares you every day, helping someone else, caring for yourself, and shifting to an equality mentality, among some. One that I personally liked was to take the 100 days of rejection challenge.

Dunn writes, “Jia Jiang has become famous for recording his experience of “busting fear” by purposefully making crazy requests of people in order to be rejected over 100 days. His purpose was to desensitize himself to rejection, after he became more upset than he expected over rejection from a potential investor. Busting fear isn’t easy to do, but if you want to have fun while building up your self-confidence, this is a powerful way to do it.”

4. Take a Risk: Stepping outside of your comfort zone and the traditional job market to make your dream job a reality takes a leap of faith and a fair amount of risk- and that’s ok! The steps you’ve taken prior to this have adequately set you up for doing this and now all you have to do is take that leap! Taking risks is scary because there’s no guarantee of success or a favorable outcome, however, you never know unless you reach for it and try it!

Making your dream job a reality isn’t an easy process that just comes overnight, however, when taking the appropriate steps and being confident in yourself, you can accomplish just about anything! As always, good luck!

By Alicia Geigel

Uloop Writer
Temple alum | columnist at Uloop News | writer at Top5Must & KnowPhilly | photographer | food blogger

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