CLAS: How Do I Find My Dream Job?

Finding your dream career can be a complex process. There’s no one “right” career for any individual, but rather a variety of different careers, roles, and industries where you might excel.  Having a clear understanding of who you are, what you value, what interests you, and what you’re good at, will help you to determine a number of careers that might be a good “fit” for you.

Some questions to consider during your self-reflection are:

What do you value?
Is a high income important to you?
Do you want a job with flexible hours?
How do your personal, cultural, and religious beliefs impact your career selection?

What are your interests?
Do you love sports?
Do you enjoy shopping or blogging?
How do you spend your free time?
If you could do anything what would it be

What’s your personality?
Do you do your best work independently or as a team player?
Do you enjoy leadership roles?
Would you want to work in a loud environment with lots of people?

What skills do you have?
Are you good at being empathetic and communicating with others?
Do you excel at analytical tasks?
Are you a great public speaker?
Do you enjoy doing research?

Ideally everyone would have a dream job that plays to all four areas.  However, that job rarely exists straight out of college, so it’s important to know your priorities. What are you willing to be flexible on and what are your deal breakers?  Keep in mind that people change over time and what a career that might never have interested you in your 20’s could be a perfect fit for you in your 40’s.  To gain a better understanding of yourself in these four areas, consider meeting with a career counselor.

– Emily Merritt, Career Consultant – CLAS

By Emily Merritt
Emily Merritt Career Consultant, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Emily Merritt