This is a guest post by Helen Evans, Marketing manager of Jobtonic.
Every person has their dream job. More often than not, people fall into old habits and stick with a job that they truly do not like. While this may be a necessity in some cases, it probably won’t lead to better opportunities. Instead, it is up to you to create an action plan so that you can work at Google Plex or any other company that you have a burning desire to be employed by.
Define Your Dream Job
First, you must figure out what your current dream job truly is. This will change greatly over time, but define it now.
- Where do you want to work?
- What city do you want to work in?
- What field do you enjoy?
- Which company do you want to work for?
Outline every facet of a job and really determine what your true dream job will be. It may be difficult to discern at first, but you will find that by defining your dream job, you can take steps to actually being employed quickly.
There are always companies trying to get the attention of people who are looking for work online. Dig into these postings and see what the normal requirements are. This will include:
- Areas of specialty
- Education requirements
- Years of experience
These requirements will let you know what you are up against. Everyone wants to be a VP of a company, but this takes years of experience. You need to know what it is that you are required to do. If you have no problem spending 3 – 5 years going through lower positions, you may be able to meet the requirements for your dream job. Remember, everyone starts somewhere.
Every field is different when it comes to education. First, find out what educational requirements a job has and start to pursue the appropriate education. Those that have already graduated college will find that they may not even need to go any further. This means you can start in the field much faster.
If you do need to seek higher education, try to get it paid for by an employer. There are many companies that will help a person pay for their degree.
One of the most overlooked areas of education is that of certifications and licensing. Every field has their own level of certification and if you procure the right certification, you will boost your job options greatly.
Certifications can be researched online and will require a fee. The minimum fee will be to take the test, but harder certifications may require professional teachers and may be more costly. While computer certifications are self-taught, those given to nurses will be hands-on.
Once you have all of your educational requirements and certifications, you can start searching for a job. You may find entry-level positions in your desired field, or you may need to work your way up in a company. In either case, start applying for jobs and know that your biggest hurdle is now behind you.