Every working person in the world looks for only one thing for his or her professional career – Having a dream job. Getting a dream job may be a milestone but reaching there is a journey, which must be undertaken well in advance to reach there.
Talking about the Asian culture and the way we were brought up, very few actually understand the meaning of a dream job. For most, getting job is like getting into an arranged marriage where you did not even get enough time to talk to your spouse. You land up in a job and get wedded to it for life or a good part of life.
“ Your current job, or the job you land up with or the one you are aspiring to get will all end up being your dream job if this first step of embarking on the journey of knowing your passion is initiated.“
Our forefathers did not have so many options as we have today; therefore they got in a job and retired from there. It was true with almost all so it was not unusual like what most of you in private sector and mainly IT industry see today. This roots back into our culture and social believes. Asian society at large and mainly Indian society had always been about settlement, family and togetherness. This is good by all means, but when it comes to profession today, it is demanding enough to push us in compromising on one or many of those priorities we took for granted in yester years.
Parents of many of us taught us to follow and so did our teachers. Most of us learned most of the things by being out of school and homes. However the priorities set by our society discouraged us to experiment and learn out of our experiences. The protection given by our families led most of us to look for a job which would give protection of stability, decent salary and fixed time working. However few even today look for the work which they really like doing. For most, we still do not know what we really like doing and where we should be looking to make our careers. With such a problem at hand where most of us do not even know what their passion is and the path they would like to take when they grow up, getting into a dream job is impossible.
The first step therefore has to be setting yourself free and retrospect as to what is the path you should be taking which may give you maximum satisfaction and happiness professionally. Never mind if you are already in a job and struggling to figure out an escape route, this is the essential first step for getting your dream job.
Just to illustrate this situation which is similar to have an arranged marriage where both parties do not know much about each other, but over period of time understand each other, compromise, adjust, correct the expectations and then fall in love and have a great, happy and satisfying relationship.
Your current job, or the job you land up with or the one you are aspiring to get will all end up being your dream job if this first step of embarking on the journey of knowing your passion is initiated.
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By Alok Kumar