Ways to find your dream job
What are you passionate about? It has been the central idea of EADA Career assessor Annemie Peeters speech The art of combining passion and work at JOBarcelona –the 4th International Employment Congress for undergraduates and junior graduates in Barcelona–. Peeters started referring to well known Steve Jobs’s thoughts: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle”.
1st Step: Identify your passion
According to Jobs, the EADA Career assessor talked to the attendants about making your passion your work. In her opinion, “passion is the sum of curiosity (what we are interested in) and engagement (implication, dedication…)”. The first step to take is to discover what we are good at, what we are interested in. “It requires observation (focus on), reflection (introspection) and inquiry (to talk to and to ask others) in order to get a full awareness of oneself”, says Peeters.
However, it is not an easy exercise and it usually takes a long time. Inspired by Christie Mims, the speaker gave five useful tips to get it:
- Take a deep breath, because you are going to discover something about yourself
- Change your routine. For instance, going to sleep earlier, changing the furniture at home, doing different things at different times…
- Use the power of your browser history for ideas to understand what you are interested in.
- Ask for help: Talk to other people about what you are interested in.
- Write down all the reasons why your idea is good.
- Keep writing things down –no matter how random– until you get a good list of all of this reasons why these new opportunities might be good for you. This is not only great motivation, but it will also get your creative juices flowing.
2nd step: Match your passion with your dream job
“If you are looking for a job you can put all your passion and strengths on it”, pointed out Annemie. To do this it is necessary to respond the following questions: What are you good at? (your talents, your values) What do you enjoy doing? What kind of jobs do you like? (typology of companies, sectors, startups…), What kind of environment? (international or national, best countries…).
Mentioning again Christie Mims, Annemie said: “Doing this exercise might not lead you directly to a career you love and qualified to do. But that is not the purpose. It is to figure out what you actually care about, or to go back to the beginning, what you are passionate about. Because once we know that, it is way easier to take the next step: Finding a job that aligns with what drives you”.
For this reason, she recommended the attendants to do a SWOT analysis by specifying the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Apart from this, Annemie referred to have a realistic view of the job market. Finally, she insisted on the idea that never too late to start again:”Getting lost in life is very human, so we all can try again and do research in order to know what we are good at”.