Your Dream Job Doesn’t Exist

Dear 16 to 25 year-old,

There’s no such thing as your dream job. It simply does not exist.

Your Dream Job Does Not Exist

Have you taken a look at the most successful people you know? How about the ones who feel most fulfilled? Do you think they knew early on in life that they would become what they are now? Do you think they imagined the careers they now enjoy? Are they working the dream jobs they imagined when they were much younger? The jobs they now do most likely did not exist when they started out.

Don’t you worry about your carefully selected WAEC/JAMB/GCSE/A(S)-LEVEL subjects. It won’t matter eventually. It’s okay if you’re in university studying something you love or care about. The point is none of these things automatically land you that ‘dream job’. It is very likely that the job or line of jobs that will eventually bring you success and fulfilment does not even exist right now. Even if it does exist, don’t be surprised that you haven’t looked in that direction yet or you’ve never even heard about it. Even worse, you’re aware of it but it never appealed to you. Until later.

You see, your successful career is not determined by your course of study. Rather, it is aligned with everything that you are and the little choices that seem unrelated and sometimes unimportant. I’d say don’t bother about your dream job for now. What you should focus on is the value you are adding to yourself every opportunity you get.

Dream Value

Feed your passion but not at the expense of your talents. Take a good long look at yourself today, here and now and pay attention to the most important stuff. What are you good at? Become better at it. What do you love to do that impacts others positively? Keep at it. What do you have some interest in? Explore it. What are you curious about? Dig in. What is that thing that speaks to you personally? Give it some attention.

Many of the jobs that are thriving in the workplace today did not exist 10 years ago. The people who are doing so well at those jobs had no idea they would end up there. They ‘somehow’ found their way there.

So, make your own journey, one step at a time. You’ll discover your dream job too. You might even be the one to create it. Believe that you are capable of doing really amazing things. Determine who you want to be in the little, everyday choices. Those are the things that will make you. Don’t box your dreams based on the knowledge you have presently. Let them run. Let them fly. Eventually, you will catch up with them.

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