What’s Your Dream?

Posted December 10, 2013 by Leni Schimpf in On the Ladder
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Many people have an idea of what their “dream job” is when they first graduate college. Usually this is a combination of the type of work, management style, skills used, learning opportunities, industry, company culture, and of course salary and benefits. This job seems absolutely perfect in your head, but as most of us know, as soon as you start interviewing it is almost impossible to find, and get an offer, for that perfect dream job—often because this dream job does not actually exist. As Career Girls we typically have to compromise on certain aspects.

What I have realized, in my short two and a half years since receiving my undergrad degree, is that my “dream job” is constantly changing. Upon graduating I imagined what my perfect job would look like and that changed in looking for my second job. Now, there are other aspects of my career that I’ve  discovered are important to me, and my image of my “dream job” is once again changing.

Rather than thinking of a dream job as something tangible you are actually searching for, I think it is useful to view your dream job as different goals that you want to accomplish. From an even a broader perspective, think of your dream job as your entire career—many little steps to accomplish the overall goal of a successful career.

Use your perfect job image to accomplish goals in your current position and to grow professionally, and personally. And if your dream job changes, then change your work method to accomplish your new goals.

Remember, your career and finding your dream job are marathons, not sprints.

About the Author

Leni Schimpf

Leni Schimpf is a Public Relations Specialist at the law firm Dickstein Shapiro LLP in Washington, DC. She works on a marketing team focusing on business development and growth opportunities for the firm. At the firm, she is responsible for all external and internal communications, social media, and anything related to the press. Leni is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where she majored in Communication, with a concentration in Public Relations, and double majored in Government and Politics.