These days people are constantly talking about having a job with a purpose – a dream job, if you will. Some folks may manage to land the perfect job, but it’s incredibly rare. Sometimes it takes a lifetime of chasing rainbows to find the perfect job. Some people never even find it.
More often than not, we end up working in positions that aren’t what we imagined.
Coping with Reality
We grew up learning we could be anything. We were going to be actors, musicians, athletes, astronauts, or even the president. Unfortunately, not everyone can be LeBron James or Jennifer Lawrence.
You’re not alone. Not everyone is born privileged, lucky, or 6’7″. Unfortunately, that often means settling for a more realistic career.
Paying the Bills
Just because your job isn’t the ideal career doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with it – or you. Sometimes we simply have to take jobs that pay the bills, and that’s totally OK.
It’s important that you think of your job as a sort of stepping stone. You may still very well be on the path to find your unicorn. You have your whole life to achieve your long-term goals. Sometimes you simply have to accept what you can in order to cover your expenses. In the meantime, you can keep searching for opportunities that may lead to your dream job.
Regardless of what your ideal job may be, you always have room to grow as a human being. Instead of being discouraged, use your experiences to benefit your development.
Your current job may have nothing to do with what you want to do, but that doesn’t make it useless. Learning opportunities are found everywhere. Things you learn in one field may easily translate to skills you can utilize in another.
Plus, nearly any job will have networking opportunities. (Hey, don’t knock it, your coworker’s long-time bff might be your ticket to stardom.) There are always new people to meet, and any one of them could help open doors.
No one wants to be stuck in a job they loathe. However, you should never think of any job as a dead end. There are always paths you can take.
If your job makes you miserable, you have an even stronger reason to open your eyes and look for other opportunities. In the meantime, it’s okay if your job isn’t a dream. We’ve all been there. You still have time to find your way.