Land your dream job, buy a house, travel the world…
It sounds easy but in reality, achieving those things can be a tough and grueling process.
You envision a life where you are financially secure, where you are free to spend ample time with your family and friends.
But most importantly, you envision a life where you are paid to do what you love.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2016 saw full time employees committing to roughly 40 hours of paid work in a single week. That’s over 2,000 hours in a single year.
You could probably think of a hundred other things to spend that amount of time on.
What are you interested in? What do you love doing? What are you passionate about?
If you could spend 2,000 hours doing something you really enjoyed, and get paid for it, would you do it?
Of course you would. It’s really a no brainer.
Discover how you can land your dream job in 2019, and finally attain the happiness you deserve.
WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB?
Landing your dream job can be quite a challenge, especially if you don’t even know what your dream job is.
There is such a vast variety of jobs, it’s good to broaden your horizons and see what is actually out there.
Have you ever heard of an ocularist, or an ethical hacker, or a cosmetologist?
Researching roles might just lead you to the dream job you’ve been looking for.
Check out this list of more than 500 jobs you can be hired for within Australia. It includes detailed descriptions on education, personal requirements and typical tasks.
Let’s be logical for a second.
A customer service cashier isn’t likely to land a job at CSIRO tomorrow.
However, it is possible for a customer service cashier to land a job at CSIRO in the future.
Education is important, and often vital to your success. If you want to become a scientist, it is necessary to learn about formulae, the periodic table, compounds and atoms.
In most cases, on the job learning is simply not an option and many roles will have prerequisites before you can even be considered.
To become a real estate agent in Victoria for example, you need to undertake a real estate licensing program to gain the necessary qualifications.
With so many courses and education options available, how are you meant to know which is right for you?
Here are 3 simple steps you can take to ensure you’re making the right decisions.
- Step One – Research your desired role to discover what employers expect from a successful candidate.
- Step Two – Research courses and institutes and find a program which will give you the necessary qualifications to land your dream job.
- Step Three – It’s good to have options. Weigh them up against each other, determine your study patterns and make sure your final decision will suit your lifestyle.
Isn’t education expensive?
It’s no secret that education can be expensive. That’s why, planning your funding is detrimental to your completion, and overall success.
Be sure to browse websites for any new scholarship opportunities, and even contact institutes directly to see what they can offer.
Also, don’t forget about the amazing opportunities short courses can provide. If the thought of enrolling in a university degree or tafe course gives you the irrits, this could just be your perfect solution.
Learning software navigation, business management, or even logo design and digital marketing are just one of the many options available to you.
Udemy and LinkedIn have emerged as reliable sources for terrific online courses at very low prices. Check them out below.
It’s also worth checking if there are government funded courses for the qualifications you want to attain.
Click these links to browse free courses available in Victoria.
Another crucial factor employers will consider, is your experience.
Employers want to know if a potential employee will work effectively and efficiently.
One way to prove your worth is by gaining relevant experience within your chosen industry.
If you’ve worked in a restaurant for five years, it’s safe to assume you will have cash and food handling experience, plus some basic customer service skills.
Employers want to be able to make those same assumptions when hiring an engineer, a chef, or an architect.
Whatever your dream role might be, start thinking of ways you can obtain some experience your future employer will favour.
Be mindful of any apprenticeships or internships available for your specific profession. Although you’ll be getting paid a lower rate, the accumulated experience will be invaluable, and one day could mean the difference with an employer hiring you over someone else.
Work experience and volunteering are also great ways to get your foot in the door, and start getting your hands dirty… Figuratively speaking of course.
Check out this article on finding work experience and volunteering opportunities in Australia.
While you’re out studying and getting experience, hundreds of other individuals with similar aspirations are doing the same thing.
Competition in the job market is fierce, and you need to stand out if you want to succeed.
Look at what you can do to rise up above the rest. What additional experience and education can you undertake to exceed expectations of potential employers?
For example, community service might be considered a favourable experience for a role as a nurse, and proven cash handling experience might be desired for an accounting role.
It’s important to set yourself apart from every other candidate you’re up against.
If you’ve gained more experience and education than your competitors, you can be sure that the odds are tipping in your favour.
LAND YOUR DREAM JOB
You’re finally ready to begin applying for jobs, but what else can you do to help ensure your success?
Here are a few really good tips to help give you a competitive boost.
- Network within your chosen industry
- Make connections within your chosen industry
- Update your LinkedIn and other relevant social media handles
- See a careers counsellor
- Dress to impress
- Read our article – Job Application Tips: 10 Ways to Improve Your Odds
An employer wants to believe a candidate will do well before they make their final decision. By gaining relevant experience and education, you are helping to affirm that belief.
Job hunting is always going to be a competitive playing field. Look at ways you can give yourself an edge and don’t be afraid to think out of the box.
In this day and age, the most committed, the most dedicated, and the most eager candidate will almost certainly land their dream job.
When you love what you do and you live what you love, I doubt you’ll ever feel like you’re at work again.