My last post provided resources to help you discover your job strengths. If you decide there’s a new dream job in your future, don’t immediately resign your current job. Or if you are unemployed, don’t immediately start sending resumes or start a new business in your “dream” field. Why? Because that dream job may not really be right for you.
Back in the 70s, a wise teacher, Vrle Minto, presented a program which included a session entitled, if my memory is correct, “A little cup of carrot juice.” What Vrle recommended was getting a taste of the new field before you made a permanent change. This is good advice to keep us from making important changes in our lives that we may later regret. Below are suggestions on how to get a taste of your dream job.
If you are employed, take a vacation or a sabbatical. Use the time to check out your potential new field. If you’re not employed, you have even more time and options to discover if that dream job is for you.
- For example, do you have friends who are in your field of interest? Ask them if you could shadow them. Or if they are business owners, ask if you could work for them unpaid during your break.
- Don’t know anyone in your field? Check out a web site called Vocation Vacations http://vocationvacations.com/ . They offer, for a fee, the opportunity to “test drive” a job.
- Temp agencies also provide an opportunity to take a taste of a new field, or even a specific company. Many companies now use temporary workers in a variety of positions.
- Trade shows can be a way of finding mentors in your field, asking questions and learning about the industry.
- Join LinkedIn to identify potential mentors. Contact them. Don’t be afraid of rejections. They’ll lead to a mentor who could help you discover if you’re right for the job.
- LinkedIn also has many discussion groups. You may find one in your desired field to join.
- Facebook offers an opportunity to research a desired field and even specific companies.
- Blogs also provide information on companies with real insight into their values; warts and all.
A little time and effort spent in determining if your dream job is really what you thought, is an important step in your future career happiness.