How To Find Your Dream Job
Joe Twelves, from Keeper Press, asked me to review a wonderful book written by him and his family. The concept of the book is based on how to determine all the possible jobs you might like to do. Once the reader has gone through all of the initial research steps, the book then presents them with 150 interviews representing a handful of over 1000 jobs categorized by the Department of Labor. The book, Conversa tions: Find Your Niche!, was released in March, 2009, and can be found on Amazon.com.
As stated in the book, “over 84% of people in the United States are not working in their dream job and over ¾ of American workers wished they had a different job”. These are huge numbers! Life is too short for us to start our careers on the wrong foot, let alone stay in them for all of our working lives.
The book is particularly well suited for high-school and college age individuals who are just starting out, and don’t yet know what it is they want to do. It assists in determining the possibilities, and provides insight into how to go about researching those careers that increase your energy as you contemplate your future doing that job. I would also recommend it to my clients who are ready to shift careers or move into semi-retirement, and are wishing to spend their days in meaningful work they love.
My daughter Andi would have enjoyed the process described within the book as she maneuvered her way through undergraduate and graduate school. She entered college as a pre-med student, moved majors in her second year to psychology, stayed with that major, and added a second major in exercise science, resulting in two undergraduate degrees, and five years of college. She then was certified as a personal trainer. Her next adventure was in completing her training as a massage therapist, and being licensed to do that along with her one to one personal training. Five years ago, she decided to complete a graduate program, receiving her masters and doctorate as a physical therapist. With the process described within the book, Andi may have moved more directly to the profession of physical therapy. While I am happy she had a list of possibilities to work through and had the freedom, and made the effort, to explore them until she found exactly where she wanted to be. It would have been a much shorter road if she had had this book to help her along. I know her initial steps were not consciously chosen to lead her in the direction of being a physical therapist. The unintentional benefit of the path she took to reach her goal is that her patients are delighted with the depth of her education, and how much extra she brings to the patient/doctor relationship.
Conversations: Find your Niche walks you through thirteen steps designed to help you narrow your field of interests, and then has you rank them based upon compatibility comprised of your personal circumstances and considerations. Within those thirteen steps, I was delighted to find that the initial criteria used are values (standards of integrity), interests, priorities, fun and talents. It is excellent that the book notes you should also be aware of those things you absolutely don’t like to do.
Most important to my review, was the emphasis on individual uniqueness, and the concept that what we do will not be static throughout our working career. Humans grow and change over time. Our needs and priorities change. It is a critical concept in choosing a dream job that we are willing and able to be who we are within the confines of that position. Knowledge going in to the selection of a career based on the concept of flexibility and change is vital to doing the work we love.
If there was anything more I would like to see within the book it would be additional interviews.
Parents, buy this book for your high school students and encourage them to select a profession that fits who they are. Fellow career shifters and retirees – this is a great start on the research and soul searching you will want to do as you contemplate and move toward a meaningful and consciously chosen encore career.
Georgia Feiste, owner of Collaborative Transitions, located in Lincoln, NE, is a life transitions coach, writer, and workshop facilitator. She specializes in business, career and personal life transitions. Coming from a 30 year background in a C-level corporate position, she is uniquely skilled in providing support and encouragement as her clients set intentional goals to attain their desires, holding open the space they need to stretch and grow. Her passion is success grounded in purpose and passion, standards of integrity and priorities in life. Her website is http://www.collaborativetransitions.com, where she blogs about business and career, and http://www.rainbowbridgecoach, where she and many other coaches blog about mind, body, spirit and emotion. Georgia can be reached at (402) 484-8098.