At some point in your working life, it’s common to dream of something bigger and better when it comes to your career; you want that role that makes you jump out of bed and sing as you start to brush your teeth.
No matter how fabulous your current job may seem, you may find yourself wishing that you were working for a better company or even doing something creative.
The good news is that you can go out and make your creative dream job a reality! Whatever the creative discipline, you can use it to get the career you want.
You can be on your way to a happier and less stressful work life by following our tips to finding your creative dream job:
1. Ask yourself, “What do I really want to do?” What makes you happy?
One of the best ways to achieve your creative dream job is to focus on your existing creative interests and talents and then find people who have made a career out doing exactly that. If they can do it, so can you. Follow their path, ask them (if you can) how they did it. By doing something you’re happy doing anyway “work” doesn’t feel like work.
- The beauty is that you make money doing what you love and are interested in. There’s no better feeling than knowing you get paid to do what you love to do In a nutshell, that’s the concept of a true dream job.
2. Break it down into steps.
Sometimes when looking at the big picture, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel intimidated. By breaking it down into a series of smaller steps, it’s less daunting and much easier to manage as you progress your career
- This boosts your self-esteem and confidence.
- You feel a sense of pride in knowing that a step toward the end goal has been completed.
- The knowledge that you’re actually going out and doing what you set out to do will also enhance the feeling of pride and confidence.
3. Don’t be afraid to start at the bottom of the chain.
Some grunt work will be involved no matter what field you work in. Think of it as a sort of initiation rite. Even if it’s a lower end job – or even an internship – at the company you want to work for, it still gets your foot in the door and, in time, you can make your way up the ladder.
4. Find a creative industry mentor.
Mentors can be very helpful when it comes to getting your creative dream job. They achieve a dual purpose of showing you the ropes and giving you the skills you need, while also acting as a great reference for when the big moment arrives.
If you’re having trouble finding a suitable mentor, a good role model or icon will work just as well. Take a look at some of our WeAreSource YouTube videos and follow the experiences of some of London’s biggest creative talents.
5. Ignore the pessimists.
Depending on the field you work in, there may be some negative feedback from cynics and even friends and family. For example, if you want to be the next Frank Lloyd Wright or work as a creative director, you may be asked what your “real” job is or you may be reminded about how unlikely it’ll be that you’ll land such a job. Put it to one side.
- Remember that your goal is a possibility, even if it takes some work to break into the field.
- When situations like this come along, just remind yourself that it’s what you want to do.
- Think of the benefits you’ll enjoy once you succeed.
While your creative dream job may be a challenge to acquire, it’s very possible to reach it, no matter how lofty it can appear to the rest of the world. If you put in the effort and follow a handful of simple guidelines, you can find yourself working the creative job you always desired. Speak to our team to find our more.
How did you get your creative dream job? I’d love to hear your insights in our comments below…