How To Plan For Your Dream Career

Are you stuck at a job that doesn't satisfy you at all?

Do you come home from a day's work angry or frustrated?

It's easy to feel stuck because your job is providing you with security. It's a scary thing to leave that security for the pursuit of your passion!

At the same time, there are steps you can take today to find the career you truly desire. Your passion for a dream career can catapult you to future success.

Confucius said, "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life." Heed his advice and you'll be glad you left your old job behind!

Below are ideas, thoughts and solutions to help you pursue your dream career.

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    • Here is a great tutorial on the subject of dream careers:

      Use the following strategies help you find your dream job. Be patient and choose the best opportunity for YOU.
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      • Case Studies

        Here are some quick examples of how others have been able to discover their dream career. It's refreshing to see how, with some smart action, you too can reach your career goals.

        1. Harry's story.

        Harry is a businessman who attended to his job during regular 9-5 hours, Monday through Friday. At night and sometimes on weekends, he learned about online business and outsourcing.

        He saved up money and soon launched his very own online business, having learned the ropes while he was saving up the money. Eventually his online income reached a level where he could leave his 9-5 job and work full time for his new business.

        2. Betty's story.

        Betty is a stay-at-home mom, and cares for her children all day. She decided she wanted to make and sell crafts. So she started making the craft items she enjoyed when the children were quiet or asleep.

        Then she learned how to use websites like eBay and Etsy to market and sell her crafts. Now she enjoys relaxing while she makes her crafts and earns a solid income stream by selling them online.

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        • Time Management.

          Your current career probably already takes up a great deal of your time, so it's important to manage your time well if you're going to launch a new career. Allot yourself an hour or two each day to work toward your dream career.

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          • What's your plan?

            It's important to have a plan in place. Write down the specific job you'd like to have and the steps you need to take in order to get there.

            What's your timeline?

            Be sure to give yourself a realistic but specific timeline. As much as you'd like to start your dream job right away, you don't want to risk stressing yourself out about it.

            The more specific details you can write down, the more real your dream will become. If you need help sticking to your goals, click here.

            What's the financial cost?

            If your dream career involves owning your own business, it's important to figure out how much this is going to cost you. Research your options, such as how you can save up the money or obtain a small business loan.

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            • Seek advice.

              Look to people who already have your dream career and discuss your options with them. If this isn't feasible, find websites or message boards online that pertain to the field.There is an absolute wealth of information out there waiting for you.

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              • Learn by example.

                Do you know of someone who is doing what you dream of? Are there any role models, mentors, or coaches you can learn from? Study what others have done and ask them questions if you have the opportunity. Now that you already know what you want, you just need to figure out exactly how to get it!

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                • Break it down.

                  While you're keeping your eye on the prize, you might be taking too much in at once. You also may be trying to accomplish too much too fast. Break down your dream goal into smaller mini-goals. Once you have a simplified plan in place, attack each mini-goal with your full attention and you'll be chipping away slowly, but surely at your dream goal!

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                  • Make yourself stand out.

                    It always helps if you're seen as the type of person that will go the extra mile. If there's a specific dream job that you're interviewing for, study the objectives and duties of the job carefully. Make sure you have the qualities and skill set they're looking for, and if you don't, show that you're willing to take the initiative to acquire them.

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                    • Work on communication.

                      If you work on your communication and people skills, you can work toward nearly any job that you want. This is because you'll get your points across clearly and become well respected.

                      Communication is soooo important in all aspects of your life.

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                      • Take action.

                        This is where the vast majority of people drop out.

                        All talk. No action.

                        Don't be one of them.

                        There may be a number of things that are holding you back from truly going for your dream job. Identify these causes and eliminate them. What are you afraid of? What is in the way of you and your dreams?

                        Go for it!

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