5 Tips for finding your Dream Career
Top 5 tips for how to find your dream career, from our very own Robert, who transformed his own life by changing career.
1.Do what you enjoy
Make sure you pursue something you know that you have a lot of interest in. You’re going to be doing this for the rest of your life! For me, I fell in love with fitness during later life. I wanted to become a personal trainer. At the time my son fell ill with leukaemia, it made me re-evaluate what I was doing with my life. Before that I was an estate agent for 12 years, but it wasn’t a caring environment and there was a lot of pressure. I realised later that doing what you enjoy is so important.
2.Don’t be afraid to try different things
Over the years I’ve done loads of different jobs. I worked part time at McDonalds, I went to college and worked as a chef, after that I did TV installing for a number of months. None of it was exactly what I wanted. It took a long time for me to find out exactly what I wanted to do with my life. But I’m glad I tried different things, because it was all part of the same journey.
3. Be honest with yourself
Don’t feel pressured to follow a certain path. Don’t be anyone but yourself, and don’t follow a career path just because you think you should. I worked as an estate agent for so long, and in the end, despite my son being ill, I found that I couldn’t make the job work around my life. Being really honest about what you want to do is so important.
4.Think about your passions
I got into fitness when I started running. I loved the feeling of freedom, and I ran charity races to raise money for Blood Wise and other small cancer charities. Around this same time, my wife became ill so I ran marathons to raise money for breast cancer charities. I was overweight and wanted to do something for myself. In the end, running was the one thing that got me through an incredibly difficult time in my life.
5. Don’t be afraid to fail at first
The rewards at the end are worth the effort you put in, and it takes years, practise and a lot of grit. Don’t expect to get results straight away, and don’t be afraid to fail as you go along. Whatever you learn – see it as an experience and don’t be afraid to learn from your mistakes.