Finding Your Dream Job

When you’re talking to family and friends about your job prospects and what you hope to achieve someday, you often hear, “go after your dream” or “do whatever makes you happy.” If you’ve already figured out what you want to do, then that’s great! However, if you’re not sure what your dream job entails or what you want to do with your degree, hearing the same sentence over and over again can create the opposite effect and make you feel more self-conscious. Figuring out your dream job can be tricky but here are some useful tips to help you get there:

  1. Finding your strengths

Make a list of your strengths. You can be good at anything if you worked on it, but why not start from what you’re best at? You would be happier working in a job that you find fulfilling – a job that is suited to your strengths. Looking at it this way, your strengths should be indicative of what you should be doing.

If you are having trouble coming up with a list of your strengths, try talking to your family and friends and ask them what they think you are great at. They will probably add a couple skills to your list that you couldn’t think of!

  1. Filling in the blanks

Try filling in the blanks in the sentences below:

  • If I could choose one person whose job I can have, I’d choose _____ , because _____ .
  • If I could start college all over again, I’d major in _____ , because _____ .
  • If I had a free day of the week that I can use to “work” on anything I wanted, I’d choose to work on _____ , because _____ .
  • If I had the right education or skillset, I would definitely try _____ , because _____ .

Now look at your answers. You may see some common themes that keep coming up. They may not point to a single career path, but knowing what you value in a fulfilling job and what you enjoy is a great way to get you started on working on the possible career options.

  1. Taking classes

Taking different classes and finding workshops in things that sound interesting can be a great way to find out if you’ll like it. The important thing is starting something completely new, even if it’s just reading on it or watching videos online. You can pick up website design, coding, creative writing, or even cooking. You never know – a new hobby can lead to a career you’ve never considered before!


Figuring out a career path and your dream job is no easy task, especially if you are still in college and feel like there are so many possibilities out there that you don’t even know about yet. The most important thing is, though, you should choose a career path that will make you happiest and allow you to grow and learn.


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