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The secret to finding your dream career: The path to a dream career isn’t always as straight as we’ve been lead to believe. If you don’t see and experience different things, you’ll find it hard to have a balanced view of what will make you happy and make the most of your talents. Read more
The secret to finding your dream career
The path to a dream career isn’t always as straight as we’ve been lead to believe. If you don’t see and experience different things, you’ll find it hard to have a balanced view of what will make you happy and make the most of your talents.
Chances are if you have completed a degree, searched for a holiday or arranged your car insurance that you have done some research. It is no different to the research you will have do to identify companies or industries you are interested in and the type of job you would like.
The key to researching is information gathering. Information is all around you so keep your eyes and ears open when you are out and about or talking to people. Ask people you know what they do, how they got into it and what they enjoy about their job. In addition take note of any company logos you see and like the look of or any adverts on tv or radio you connect with.
Once you have a list of company names search on their websites and find out their values and mission statements, how they describe themselves and what makes them unique. If you are interested further then start researching other companies within the same sector
Most will have a job section so you can see the types of roles they hire. You could contact the company and ask them to send you any marketing information they have
There may also be companies out there who are not so well known and who you don't come across when you are out and about but who would be great to work for. Use search engines to identify companies in a particular sector you may not come across otherwise.
You can use tools such as the times top 100 companies to work for or the fortune 500, here the research is done for you!!
LinkedIn can be a valuable research tool allowing you to find information about companies, people and industry groups.
Keep as informed as possible, you can often be asked about current affairs during an interview and if you have an interest in particular sectors make sure you read their trade information regularly
Having followed the tips above you should also have a list of potential roles you would be interested in doing even if you don't have any specific companies or sectors you would like to work in. Search on the major job board sites for those roles. Here you will see full job descriptions to help you decide if the role description is something you feel matches your skills and experience and if it is something you could see yourself doing.
Find out if you need any further qualifications or training and how you would go about gaining them.
Success used to be measured by the level of salary earned but nowadays many people are putting more emphasis on enjoyment and fulfilment at work rather than material gain. Neither is right or wrong, just be aware of what feels right for you.