Look for the Dream Job or Take the Good Job?

Look for the Dream Job or Take the Good Job?

Career Questions, Career Directions


By Cheryl Stein
Monster Personal Coach

As a career coach, I often work with people to help them find a way to take things that they are passionate about, and discover the way to earn a living from it. The general rule of thumb is that if you really love something, you will usually love doing it for work. And if you really love something, there is a very good chance that you will be good at it.
 
These clients feel energized and excited because they are usually pursuing a dream that they have had their whole lives. They come to their coaching sessions full of news to report on the work that they have done between appointments. They look forward to each new step, as they get closer to fulfilling their unrealized goals.
 
What is much more challenging work for a coach, is when a client is faced with a huge career decision dilemma, the dilemma of taking on a job that is not entirely infused with passion yet it is just too good to pass up.
 
Imagine the scenario. Someone makes you an offer that you just can’t refuse. It is a job that provides you with great income, great benefits, a great working environment but doesn’t fulfill your dreams. Although this doesn’t seem like a huge problem, and many people would do anything to be in such a great position, it often takes some work to make a career move like this make sense because it can feel like you are giving up and selling out.
 
The challenge with this type of situation is to help the client figure out how to reframe. Dream careers can be wonderful but they can also turn into a nightmare because not everyone is successful at pursuing their dreams. Taking the safe route can be an excellent way to sleep at night, pay your bills, and fill your life with the things that you love. 
 
Here are some things to consider if you are trying to make the most of a good situation.
 
Passion Isn’t Always What it’s Cracked Up to Be
 
A lot of the time, pursuing your dream means starting your own business. Starting your own business is not for everyone. It can mean long hours, incredible stress, cash flow problems, and sleepless nights. How passionate are you about those things? Worry and stress can take all the love out of something very quickly and make you wish you had stuck to something more mundane.
 
There’s a Lot to be Said for Income Security
 
There is nothing more comforting than knowing exactly how much money you have coming in and in having a steady pay cheque. Focus your attention on how good you will feel when you know how and when you will get paid.
 
Buy your Love
 
Sometimes a good situation can be made much better by focusing on what it can bring to you. What can you do with the money that you are earning? Is there any way that you can infuse your life with passion after work?
 
Make a List
 
There is nothing more powerful than keeping a list of all the positive things that are coming out of taking a great job. Writing it all down helps train your brain to focus on the good rather than the bad. Make sure to review this list often to keep your mind focused on the good.
 
There is a lot of emphasis put on people to find dream careers. I am coming across way too many clients who feel like failures when their jobs aren’t their be all and end all. It is great to love what you do but let’s not forget that a great job is not always your ideal job and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.