What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?
Somewhere between childhood and maturity, most of us seem to cross an invisible
line. Careers and work begin as dreams with limitless possibilities, but by the time we
actually start doing the job, we don't have time left to dream about it anymore.
Problem is, if we don't spend at least a little time dreaming about where we'd like to
go with our careers, chances are good that we'll never get anywhere at all.
The first step is to rediscover your sense of wonder at the possibilities of life. Take a
moment to let your mind wander over all of the possible futures you could have for
yourself. No matter where you are in life, there is still a world of choices at your feet.
Learn to enjoy the power you have over your own destiny.
Once you've gotten back a sense of your own power, you're ready to start thinking
about some of the specific career paths you'd like to take.
This is the time to think about what your ultimate dream job would be. What do you
like doing more than anything else? One career consultant suggested the lottery
exercise. That is, if you won the lottery, what kind of job would be a big enough
source of joy that you would want to continue working even now that you no longer
needed to work at all?
The things we love the most, often turn out to be the things to which we can
dedicate ourselves most completely. It's this same dedication that is required to
achieve the highest level of success possible.
All you need to do is find a way to bring your job and your passion together. It's
actually easier than you might expect. Chances are, if there's something you do very
well, there's somebody who'll pay you to do it. It just takes a little creative thinking
to discover a career you already love.
OK, so once you have a dream job, put it in the back of your head. It's important to
work towards it, to try to make it a reality. Still, it can be challenging work to make
your dreams come true. You need to be prepared to deal with disappointment, so
you can't really put all your eggs in one basket. Remember, as you've already
discovered, there are endless choices available to you, and if one doesn't work out,
there are still a lot of others that might.
Dedicate 10 percent of the energies you plan to invest in career growth into pursuing
the ultimate job of your dreams, and use the rest to focus on some smaller, more
easily attainable career goals.
If you're like most people, you may not be entirely sure what you'd like to do. Some
people seem to be born with the knowledge of what the world has in store for them.
For the rest of us, a little exploration is a necessary part of life.
AppleOne can help you in a lot of ways here. With systems in place that make it
possible to train you and expose you to an extremely large group of possible career
choices, AppleOne is the perfect launching board from which to begin your search
for the job of your dreams.
Approach every assignment you go out on as another chance to learn about a new
industry or a new company. If you're not sure what you really want to do, then every
new experience may be just the thing you've been looking for. Throw yourself
completely into every new assignment, and every day on the job will put you one
step closer to finding a calling that you can truly put your heart into.
Once you begin to get a sense of what you really want to do with your career,
schedule an appointment with your account executive to discuss what AppleOne
can do to help you. You've chosen an incredible organization with which to work,
and we are fully committed to your employment growth.
Of course what you do is only one of the choices available to you. You may want to
think about where you'd like to do it. AppleOne can really help you with this as well.
With more than 100 offices in the US and Canada, and more being opened every day,
there's a good chance that you can have a job waiting for you no matter where you
would like to live. If you're thinking about moving, ask your account representative
about the closest AppleOne branch, or try our zip code location finder.
Good luck, and never stop asking yourself what you want to be when you grow up.
It keeps you young, and it will take you far.