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Sky’s the Limit: Securing Your Dream Job

Posted on the 15 May 2014 by Ncrimaldi @MsCareerGirl
Sky’s the Limit: Securing Your Dream Job

Everyone has their idea of a dream job yet many of us think these jobs are beyond our reach.

Some are disheartened by the sheer graft it takes to obtain the perfect job or by the amount of dedication and study needed to become qualified.

The woman of today, however, has much more opportunities than the previous generation when it comes to finding a job that they actually want to do. Limits are there to be surpassed, and if you have your heart set on a certain job don’t let the words “I can’t” stand in your way: there’s no such thing as ‘can’t’.


Top jobs for women

There are plenty of lists out there providing polls of the best jobs for women but of course everyone has their interpretation of a ‘best job’. Typical jobs on these lists include counsellors, high-level managers, psychologists, lawyers and doctors. Many or nearly all of these desirable jobs also come with the pay levels to match. What of the jobs not on these lists but which many would love to work in, though, such as a dance teacher, fashion designer or even an architect. All are within reach if you’re prepared to put in the hard work and dedication.

Following your vocation

A lot of people are naturally drawn to a certain type of career, feeling simply that it’s their calling. This doesn’t make it any easier to come by that dream job, but it should help when it comes to finding the willpower during the training stages. A dance teacher for example will have gone through a course such as a Diploma in Dance Instruction or a Diploma in Dance Education. In the UK, for instance, this can take around three years of intensive study to complete at approved dance centers, but if you have the dedication the time will fly by. After all, you’ll be doing something that you love.


Ignoring the negatives

People who follow their dreams all have one thing in common: they were all laughed at by others and they didn’t care. Many people out there will relay you the negative aspects of pursuing your dream job. It’s your choice not theirs. Ignore the pedants, the pessimists and the party poopers, and spend your energy on pursuing the career of your choice. If you’re still unsure, speak to people who already work in your intended field. They’re better equipped to give your realistic advice that someone who’s never made it.

Starting on your career path immediately

Sooner is always better than later when you’re in hot pursuit of your career. There’s no point wasting valuable time. Training for dance teachers for example, is open to anyone over the age of 17. The longer you leave it to go after your vocation, the easier it will be to end up in a job you took temporarily to make ends meet but, five years on, still haven’t resigned from. Setting out on your career path as soon as possible gives you more time and more choices further down the road.

There are plenty of terrific jobs out there. If you know what you want to do, the battle is half won. Hard work will usually be the route to the job you really want whether you’re searching for job satisfaction, a high salary, a creative vocation or a combination of all three.

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Patricia Ashenberg is a life coach and motivational speaker and has spoken at various corporate events.

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