On bad days at work, my mind drifts.
Wouldn’t life be so much better if I pursued my dream job?
So to answer that question. I’m going to spend the next few weeks trying to answer it.
As I previously have written about, I currently work in the warehousing and transport industry. The vast majority of the time, I’m happy as Larry doing what I do on a daily basis. I’m good at what I do, am on a track to be promoted to higher levels and feel like my skills are getting put to great use.
But we all have those days don’t we?
You know…? The ones where we think about just throwing it all in, handing in the resignation and being done with all the corporate politics, irritations of colleagues or customers and the daily commute? No matter how much someone (including me) says they enjoy their jobs, we all have bad days. On these days, I dream. I think a lot about whether this is my dream job.
I dream about whether this is what I’m meant to be doing for 40-50 hours a week. I dream if I died tomorrow, would I be proud of what I’m doing and what I’ve done in my career?
I’m unsure of the answers to these so I thought of a great idea on how to find out. I decided to make a list of what I’d consider to be my “dream job and/or career.” The thinking is to identify these dream jobs, research the crap out of them online and then find someone I know who works in that industry or knows something about that industry and see what a day in the life is like.
So without further delay, here are my dream jobs. I know you will absolutely love #4;
- Personal trainer
- Real estate salesperson (residential)
- Pro team bicycle mechanic
- Laundromat owner
- Metro truck driver
- Warehouse manager (my next job if I stay on my current career path in 12-24 months)
In order to find out all I can about these six options I’m scouring the internet for articles about people who have made the leap into these professions, or who have followed that path from finishing formal schooling. I’m wanting to learn the benefits of working in the job, why they chose it, why they are going to continue with it or on the flip side, why they hate it and want to leave the industry all together.
So, does a dream job exist?
Will they be all they are cracked up to be in my mind when I’m having a bad day?
I’ll let you know very soon, as I’ve tracked down one of my ex high school friends who is a full time personal trainer.