Have you ever found yourself daydreaming about your dream job? The one that pays the big bucks and has the perfect office culture? The idea of it may seem like a fairy tale, something that only exists in our imagination. But let’s take a step back and think about your own journey. Was your first job the dream job you had always hoped for? Chances are, it wasn’t.
As students, we often have grand aspirations for our future careers. We imagine ourselves making six or seven figures, working in an ideal workplace where we can grow and be happy. But, as we all know, reality can be a harsh mistress. The job market can be incredibly competitive, and finding that perfect job can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack.
But, here’s the thing, the struggle is what makes the journey worth it. It shapes our experiences and makes them all the more valuable. So, even though your first job may not have been your dream job, it was a stepping stone, a valuable experience that brings you closer to your ultimate goal.
So, don’t let the struggle discourage you, embrace it and keep searching, who knows, your dream job might just be around the corner.
Expectation vs RealityExpectations vs Reality is a topic that has been widely debated in the professional world. It’s a delicate balance between what we expect and what we can achieve. The question is, is it our expectations or our capabilities that make us believe we deserve more than what we get? The answer is not clear-cut and it varies from person to person. But one thing is for sure, most of us struggle to maintain a balance between the two.
When this balance is not achieved, we are left with two options: to find something else or to make do with what we have. This raises the question, do we have to lower our expectations and accept reality, or should we strive for our dream job no matter what?
As a foreign-trained Physical Therapist, I understand the struggle all too well. But through consistent effort and a determination to get what I deserve, I have managed to find a job that I love, even if it may not be my ultimate dream job.
The key takeaway here is that it’s important to have a balance between our expectations and reality. It’s essential to have realistic expectations but at the same time, we should never give up on our dream job. It may take time, effort, and hard work but it’s ultimately worth it in the end. So, let’s strive for that dream job but also keep an open mind and be ready for opportunities that may come our way.
ApproachWhen it comes to planning and charting out one’s career path, it is crucial to have a clear understanding of one’s goals and aspirations. The first step towards this is to create a mind map that outlines your career goals, be it related to financial stability or a specific workplace or both. This will help you to prioritize your goals, and determine what is most important for you to achieve first.
As a recent graduate, it is important to keep in mind that it may not be realistic to immediately aim for high-level positions such as a Director or a CEO. However, by gaining experience in different fields and departments, you will be better equipped to make informed decisions about your future career path. For instance, gaining experience in pediatrics, geriatrics, sports, and other fields will help you to decide on what you want to do in the future.
For me, I chose to take on part-time positions in both pediatric and geriatric settings. This approach allows me to gain experience in multiple fields at the same time. Gaining experience in different fields will be beneficial in the long run, as it will give you more options and opportunities when it comes to deciding on future roles.
Moreover, it’s not just about gaining experience, but also the opportunity to explore different fields and find what you’re passionate about. Even though it can be challenging to balance multiple positions at the same time, I find it to be a fulfilling experience as I am gaining valuable experience, expanding my skill set and keeping my options open.
In conclusion, having a clear understanding of your goals and aspirations, creating a mind map and gaining experience in different fields is crucial in planning your career path. It may not be easy and it might take time, but it will be worth it in the end.
Embracing Opportunities: Don’t Say ‘No’ to a Job OfferWhen a job offer comes your way, it’s important to not immediately dismiss it, even if it’s not your dream job. Instead, consider it as a stepping stone towards your ultimate career goal. Experience counts and having gaps in your resume can be detrimental to your career development. Therefore, if you find at least one positive aspect of the job, consider taking it on. If a better opportunity arises later on, you can then make the decision to move forward with it.
Expanding Your Horizons: Tips for a Successful Job SearchWhen searching for a job, it’s easy to get caught up in the process of finding the “right” job. However, it’s important to remember that there are many ways to expand your horizons and increase your chances of finding the perfect job.
One way to do this is to actively research companies that interest you. Read about their mission, vision and values, what are the areas of expertise and if they align with your own values. This can help you to gain a better understanding of the company culture and whether or not it would be a good fit for you. Additionally, watching videos of different patient fields can provide you with a better understanding of the work that goes into different medical fields and whether or not they align with your interests.
Another way to expand your horizons is by continuing your education and obtaining additional certifications, whether they be in management or in specialties. This will help you to stand out among other job candidates and increase your chances of landing a job. Additionally, building your contacts on LinkedIn, or becoming more social in general, can help you to network and get your name out there. This way, people in your field will know about you and your qualifications, which can open up opportunities for you.
There are tons of resources available to make the best use of your time. Some certifications you can consider are:
- Project management (PMP certification)
- Dry needling
- Dementia training
- Nutrition Training
If you ever have any issues or would like to discuss them, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me through the Contact Us page. Keep in mind that the world is full of opportunities, you just need to be willing to explore them and find the best fit for you. Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors.