We all yearn for that one career that puts food on the table and resonates with our soul. Meet seven Capital Region professionals who have found it.
Confucius coined the phrase about 2,500 years ago: Find a job you enjoy, and you’ll never work a day in your life. Still, in the 21st century, that dream job remains elusive for much of the working masses.
Some of us have known since childhood what it was we wanted to be when we grew up, and we achieved that goal. Others earned a degree in general studies, jumped from one meaningless gig to another and still haven’t figured it out. Some of us gave up the dream in responding to the realities of a mortgage, private-school tuition and braces. And still others had nowhere else to turn but their dream as a last resort after being laid off or fired.
Whether you dream of owning your own business, being the boss or doing nothing, it takes extraordinary mettle—some people would call it lunacy—to hold out for a dream job in this uncertain economy when the prevailing wisdom tells you to take whatever you can get to pay the bills.
“The saddest thing to me is seeing someone take a job just because it pays well, and then spend all that money on toys to cheer them up for being miserable in their job,” says Katharine Brooks, author of You Majored in What? Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career. “People who are doing what they love hardly feel they’re working at all, just living.”
Some have seized the opportunity to take that terrifying leap and reinvent themselves. They’ve abandoned the comfort and the safety—not to mention the health benefits—that came with their uninspiring but steady jobs in search of their dream position.
Business Report introduces you to seven Capital Region professionals who have done just that.
Wondering how to find your dream job? Your answers to these questions can give you some clues to your ideal career.