Are you a young professional seeking more than a job with a steady income? You want a career that you’re passionate about, one that is fulfilling and meaningful. If you’ve had a few offers, but you’re holding out for the one position that fills the list of criteria you’ve created for your dream job, you must read this article. You may be preventing potential opportunities from coming your way.
Below is a list of 5 Myths that could be holding you back from finding the career of your dreams. Read on to discover what they are!
Myth #1: You’ll Know It’s The Right Job, Right Away.
You probably have a vision of the perfect role in your mind. It comes with the right amount of hours on your preferred days of the week, during your peak energy hours. It also includes responsibilities in areas you’re either confident about or eager to learn more. Even if you did find a position that fits all of your criteria, you can’t know with 100% certainty that you’ll like it once you begin. In fact, you may find that what you thought you wanted is not exactly what you bargained for. The same goes for a position you thought would be less than ideal. You may actually love it! That knowledge only comes from experience.
Our Advice: Keep an open mind. Consider positions that aren’t exactly ideal, but include responsibilities of your ideal role. Pay specific attention to assignments that include learning opportunities, such as the chance to take online courses or attend industry workshops and events.
Myth #2: You’ll Be Good At It.
There’s nothing like real world experience to show you just how much you know and how much you don’t. It doesn’t matter how many degrees you have or how many assignments you’ve completed. It is likely that you will make mistakes or get overwhelmed by a task that you’ve never been exposed to. Don’t take this as a sign that you’ve chosen the wrong path. Instead, take it as an opportunity to develop your skills.
Our advice: Become the awesome expert you dreamt you could be! Practice makes perfect. The more assignments you complete, the better you will be at your job. On the job learning is the best! You have the benefit of asking questions from your supervisor or others in similar positions. Take advantage of it.
Myth #3: You’ll Love Everything About Your Job.
Ask any seasoned professional and she will tell you that it is unlikely you will love everything about your job every single day. Unfortunately, there will be some tasks that you are not enthusiastic about. Perhaps you’re a receptionist who loves greeting people, but you hate talking to rude clients over the phone. You could be an executive who enjoys presenting company reports, but you dislike having to fire people. Whatever your situation, remember that you don’t have to enjoy every aspect of your career to enjoy it overall.
Our Advice: Ask yourself “What parts of my job excite me?” Make a list and keep it close during the day. That way, you can remind yourself of all the things you love in the middle of your most frustrating moments.
Myth #4: Success Will Come Quickly.
There’s a common theme in professional with an entrepreneurial spirit. They’re eager to make more money, get promoted, and be successful right away. But success takes a lot of hard work and perseverance. Despite what many popular business and self-help programs claim, it also takes time. Underestimating the amount of time it will take to achieve your business goals may actually lead to feelings of disappointment and failure, which can negatively affect your mental health. It may also give you the impression that you’re not cut out for the job.
Our Advice: Be patient. You will run yourself ragged if you let yourself worry about success. Instead, aim to put the best possible effort into your job on a daily basis. If you do that, success will be a natural outcome. If you’re still in doubt, revisit our advice for Myth #2.
Myth # 5: You Can’t Change Paths Once You’ve Started.
So you’ve started a career path and you hate it. Now you know for sure that it isn’t the right fit. This is no reason to become discouraged. If you hadn’t taken a chance in the first place, you would never have known the truth. Now you get to scratch one position off of your list of dream jobs and move on.
Our Advice: Revise your vision. The average person switches careers about every 5 years. Didn’t hit the right mark the first time? Course correct. Make a list of all the skills you have, along with all the things you love to do. Browse job listings to see what potential opportunities are out there. You may find that something in a different, but related field is right up your alley.
Are you guilty of believing one or more of these myths? Make an effort to wipe them from your belief system. After that, review the advice in this article and begin implementing the tips provided. If you do, you’ll be well on your way to discovering and thriving in the career of your dreams.
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