dream job http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1510/all en-US The Real World Salaries of 8 Childhood Dream Jobs http://www.wisebread.com/the-real-world-salaries-of-8-childhood-dream-jobs <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-real-world-salaries-of-8-childhood-dream-jobs" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000011643503_Large.jpg" alt="how much do astronauts make?" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When we were kids, we all dreamed of being something special when we grew up. Flying to an international space station as an astronaut; selling out Madison Square Garden as the lead singer of a rock band; or even becoming President. But what do these jobs really pay, and why were we so attracted to them as kids?</p> <h2>1. Astronaut</h2> <p>Salary: $65,140 to $100,701</p> <p>It may be a career filled with danger and poor working conditions, but the compensation doesn't really reflect that. NASA's own website lists the salary information as follows:</p> <p><em>&quot;</em><a href="https://www.nasa.gov/centers/kennedy/about/information/astronaut_faq.html"><em>Salaries for civilian Astronaut</em></a><em> Candidates are based on the Federal Government's General Schedule pay scale for grades GS-12 through GS-13. Each person's grade is determined according to his/her academic achievements and experience. Currently, a GS-12 starts at $65,140 per year and a GS-13 can earn up to $100,701 per year.&quot; </em></p> <p>It takes only two years of training to become a qualified astronaut, and although as children, we think it will be an amazing job, it's actually a little more pedestrian than that. Oh, and the hours are long &mdash; typically from 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. We dream of flying into space, looking down on Earth, and doing jobs that will change the world. In reality, the daily tasks of an astronaut in space include exercising at least 2.5 hours per day, making detailed observations about the planet, studying humans in isolation, and doing a host of other small scientific experiments that could be considered boring homework, or infinitely fascinating&nbsp;&mdash; depending on your interests.</p> <h2>2. Rock Star</h2> <p>Salary: $17,667 to $202,903</p> <p>As kids, the rock star lifestyle is one of those dreams that seems to have it all: money, fame, glamour, power, and freedom from the 9-to-5 grind. It's traveling the world, doing a couple of hours of work a day, and partying the rest of the time.</p> <p>In reality, most rock performers are either scraping by on a small salary made from gigging, or are supporting their musical career with another job. Payscale places the median <a href="http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Musician_or_Singer/Salary">annual salary of a rock singer</a>, or musician, at just $37,899. And that's not taking into account those years of living in a van, eating ramen, and touring small clubs.</p> <p>Now, obviously some performers make millions of dollars every year. But make no mistake, they are the exception to the rule. Rock star status is almost impossible to achieve, and even before it happens, there will be years spent earning low wages on grueling schedules. It's a long hike to even mediocre success, requiring a lot of practicing, weekend and evening work, and years spent sleeping in low-end motels.</p> <h2>3. Pilot</h2> <p>Salary: $31,022 to $173,627</p> <p>Payscale confirms quite a wide range for the <a href="http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Commercial_Pilot/Salary">salary of a commercial airline pilot</a>. The median salary comes in at $63,738, which definitely seems low for the kind of esteem this job has always held. As a kid, hearing someone say they were a pilot, well that was like saying they were an astronaut. They fly huge planes across the world &mdash; how cool is that?!</p> <p>Well, it's cool, but it is not all wine and roses. Commercial pilots never have a straight 9-to-5 job, and often work weeks at a time without a day off, keeping bizarre hours. After years of training, they must be able to respond under great pressure. But, on a long-haul flight, things can get pretty dull and tedious.</p> <p>On the other hand, there's the other kind of pilot: the fighter pilot &mdash; like the ones we saw in movies like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0094D462M/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0094D462M&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=7SYOKZ5N4S3YI6O6">Top Gun</a> and <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00WLCQ0G8/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00WLCQ0G8&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=NEYCPO3A32E6NI32">Iron Eagle</a>. That comes with more training, more pressure, and yet, even less money. After 11 years as a fighter pilot, you can only expect to earn $90,000. However, AOL recently reported that <a href="http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2013/07/23/air-force-fighter-pilots-signing-bonus/">fighter pilots are getting a $225,000 signing bonus</a> due to a shortage of talent.</p> <h2>4. Doctor</h2> <p>Salary: $60,016 to $220,873</p> <p>There are many kinds of doctors out there, and some kids will often say, &quot;brain surgeon&quot; or &quot;plastic surgeon&quot; when asked which they'd prefer to become. Kids are drawn to this position for the &quot;superhero&quot; persona it has. Doctors save lives. They can change the world for the better.</p> <p>That's an attractive proposition for any kid.</p> <p>Using Payscale's results for a general practitioner, you can see a large array of salaries. The <a href="http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Physician_%2f_Doctor%2c_General_Practice/Salary">median is around $141,000</a>, but what so few kids ever take into account is the cost &mdash; in time and money &mdash; of getting to that position.</p> <p>A few years ago, CBS news reported on the extreme debt that <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/news/1-million-mistake-becoming-a-doctor/">graduating doctors find themselves</a> in. An average of almost $177,000 in student loans will cost over $419,000 to repay over 30 years. It takes many years of school and college to get the required qualifications, and that is followed by a residency. Most doctors are in their 30s before that can become independent physicians.</p> <h2>5. Firefighter</h2> <p>Salary: $25,913 to $73,125</p> <p>As everyday heroes go, firefighter is up there at the top of the list. Firefighters are brave, heroic, strong, selfless, and they save lives. To this day, it's still one of the most popular costumes for young children at Halloween. And let's not gloss over the attraction people feel when the mere mention of firefighter comes up. They have their own calendars, and sex appeal is a serious plus to this career.</p> <p>Of course, there is more to life as a firefighter than the heroics. When not answering the call, firefighters will spend a lot of time checking and cleaning equipment, and the station itself. School visits are common, plus firefighters are continually training. Working out in the gym is also essential, as firefighters need to be strong for those rescues. And let's not forget, this is a dangerous job. In fact, <a href="http://www.nfpa.org/research/reports-and-statistics/the-fire-service/fatalities-and-injuries/firefighter-fatalities-in-the-united-states">64 firefighters died</a> in the line of duty in 2014. For a <a href="http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Fire_Fighter/Salary">median salary of only $44,078</a>, this is one job people do not do for the money.</p> <h2>6. Veterinarian</h2> <p>Salary: $50,476 to $109,252</p> <p>Kids love animals, so it's no surprise that many children want to help them out when they're sick. Being a vet is a chance for kids to spend more time with animals, coming to their rescue, and being the hero. But what does it really entail, to earn that <a href="http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Veterinarian/Salary">median salary of $72,709</a>?</p> <p>Well, it's a challenging job to say the least. Sometimes vets have to deal with horrendous injuries caused by neglect and that can be emotionally difficult. It's a job that can often go beyond the usual office hours, because animals don't always need help at convenient times. Plus, there is the need to constantly keep up with the latest techniques and medicines. But, for all of those challenges, it is said to be a very rewarding career.</p> <h2>7. Actor/Actress</h2> <p>Salary: $20,040 to $209,525</p> <p>The fame. The fortune. The parties. The luxurious lifestyle. And all for doing what you love &mdash; which is essentially being paid to play pretend. It sounds too good to be true. And sadly, for most people who go into the acting profession, it is. The <a href="http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Actor_%2f_Actress/Salary">median income for an actor</a> working in the US today is just $48,237. Not only that, but it's a career filled with rejection and disappointment. </p> <p>Actors are constantly auditioning for roles, often competing with 20 or 30 other people for just one part. In the UK, only one in 50 actors <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/incoming/just-one-actor-in-50-makes-more-than-20000-per-year-survey-shows-9448922.html">makes more than &pound;20,000</a> per year. Most are living below the poverty line. It's estimated that at any one time, 95% of actors are actively looking for work, with most getting side jobs in order to make ends meet. However, for those with luck on their side, as well as talent, there is a path to fortune and glory.</p> <h2>8. Police Officer</h2> <p>Salary: $30,897 to $81,653</p> <p>Another heroic symbol for children of all ages, the police officer represents truth, justice, and the American way. Kids love dressing up as police officers, dealing with the bad guys, and chasing criminals who will never get away with it.</p> <p>In reality, it's a tough, dangerous job; and as Payscale reports, it does not compensate well for that perilous lifestyle. The median <a href="http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Police_Officer/Salary">income of a U.S. police officer is only $48,815</a>. When not chasing criminals, police officers also have to deal with the other side of law enforcement: the mundane side. From speeding tickets and domestic calls, to hours of paperwork, it is not the glamorous job depicted in so many movies. Thankfully, there are enough kids fulfilling their childhood dream of becoming a cop, and thereby, are keeping the peace for us all.</p> <p><em>What was your dream career when you were a kid? Share with us in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-real-world-salaries-of-8-childhood-dream-jobs">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/didnt-get-the-raise-ask-for-this-instead">Didn&#039;t Get the Raise? 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Today we found ways to find your dream job in 2016, how to know if your holiday spending is out of control, and financial conversations to have before the end of the year..</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Find-Your-Dream-Job-36201319">10 Steps to Finding Your Dream Job in 2016</a> &mdash; Assess the opportunities in front of you. There might be a more suitable role for you at your company, or it might only take a few changes to make your current job better. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Saving-Money/2015/1205/Is-your-holiday-spending-out-of-control">Is your holiday spending out of control?</a> &mdash; You're more likely to overspend if you buy things for yourself while you're shopping for others. [The Monitor]</p> <p><a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/learnvest/2015/12/08/5-financial-conversations-you-should-have-before-the-end-of-the-year/">5 Financial Conversations You Should Have Before The End Of The Year</a> &mdash; Check in with your spouse about next year's savings and spending goals. [Forbes]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2015/12/5-simple-mindsets-make-happier-everyday.html">5 Simple Mindsets To Make You Happier Every Day</a> &mdash; Look for ways to grow as a person every day. Spend time on your passions and the things that give you satisfaction. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <p><a href="http://www.thesimpledollar.com/nine-strategies-for-investing-in-yourself-without-major-financial-expense/">Nine Strategies for Investing in Yourself Without Major Financial Expense</a> &mdash; Eat your meals with someone whenever you can. Use this time to build relationships, whether it's with a family member, friend, co-worker, or someone else. [The Simple Dollar]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="https://shopping.yahoo.com/news/deck-your-halls-with-5-pinterest-ready-holiday-decorations-005845267.html">Deck your halls with 5 Pinterest-ready holiday decorations</a> &mdash; Star garlands are festive enough to get you through New Year's! [Yahoo! Shopping]</p> <p><a href="https://unclutterer.com/2015/12/07/holiday-prep-tips-you-might-overlook">Holiday preparations you might overlook but will save you time and energy</a> &mdash; Expecting guests? Make room in the coat closet, with some extra hangers, so visitors have a place to leave their outerwear. [Unclutterer]</p> <p><a href="http://www.iwillteachyoutoberich.com/blog/my-favorite-3-anti-laziness-tactics-i-use-these/">My favorite 3 anti-laziness tactics</a> &mdash; Put your to-do's on your calendar to make sure they get done. If it isn't on your calendar, it doesn't exist. [I Will Teach You To Be Rich]</p> <p><a href="http://moneypantry.com/recycling-plastic/">How to Really Make Money Recycling Plastic</a> &mdash; Use this primer to start making money from the plastics around your home. [Money Pantry]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/how-to-naviagate-tough-conversations-with-your-tween-daughter">How to Navigate Tough Conversations With Your Tween Daughter</a> &mdash; Don't ignore statements that your daughter makes about herself. You may think her fears are silly, but they're very real to her and it's important to know why she feels the way she does. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-how-to-find-your-dream-job-in-2016">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-is-your-dream-job">What Is Your Dream Job?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/find-your-passion">Find Your Passion</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-craziest-career-shift-success-stories">The 5 Craziest Career Shift Success Stories</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-simple-ways-to-find-your-passion">5 Simple Ways to Find Your Passion</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-people-who-have-their-dream-jobs-do">5 Things People Who Have Their Dream Jobs Do</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income best money tips dream job Wed, 09 Dec 2015 20:00:09 +0000 Amy Lu 1619121 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What is Your Dream Job? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-dream-job-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-dream-job-0" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/happy_woman_at_work_000060391620.jpg" alt="Woman happily working at her dream job" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-dream-job-0#comment-778350">SRK</a>, Bethany, and Jeff for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>For many of us, work us just a way to pay the bills, but if we can get paid to do what we love...ah, that's the life!</p> <p><strong>What is your dream job?</strong> What makes it the perfect job for you? What will it take to make your dream job a reality?</p> <p>Tell us about your dream job and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; here's how you can win!</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below. One commenter will be randomly selected to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</li> </ul> <h3>For Extra Entries:</h3> <ul> <li>You can tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Also, our Facebook fans can get an extra entry too! Use our Rafflecopter widget for your chance to win one of the other two Amazon Gift Cards:</li> </ul> <p><a id="rcwidget_ctebml6k" data-template="" data-theme="classic" data-raflid="79857dfa195" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/79857dfa195/" class="rcptr">a Rafflecopter giveaway</a> </p> <script src="//widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js"></script></p> <p>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, July 13th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific. Winners will be announced after July 13th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-dream-job-0">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-new-years-resolution">Ask the Readers: What Is Your New Year&#039;s Resolution?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-200-giveaway-what-does-corporate-social-responsibility-mean-to-you">Ask the Readers $200 Giveaway: What Does Corporate Social Responsibility Mean to You?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-how-did-you-spend-your-first-paycheck">Ask the Readers: How Did You Spend Your First Paycheck?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-should-kids-get-paid-for-doing-chores">Ask The Readers: Should Kids Get Paid For Doing Chores?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-gift-cards-make-a-good-gift">Ask the Readers: Do Gift Cards Make a Good Gift?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers dream job Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:00:12 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1478252 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Things People Who Have Their Dream Jobs Do http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-people-who-have-their-dream-jobs-do <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-things-people-who-have-their-dream-jobs-do" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000055419322_Large.jpg" alt="businessman computer desk" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>While there are no hard and fast rules on how to get your dream job, there <em>are</em> some amazing consistencies among people who have their ideal careers. Some of these are arguably personality traits common to &quot;A types&quot; or high achievers. Other commonalities, however, are actionable habits that the rest of us can put into practice to reach our goals. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dream-career-a-reality-for-less-than-100?ref=seealso">Make Your Dream Career a Reality With Less Than $100</a>)</p> <p>Consider these five things you could be doing to have your dream job.</p> <h2>1. Get Up Early</h2> <p>So many people who are enjoying their dream job insist on getting up before the crack of dawn to demolish goals while the rest of the world is in bed. For the nine to fiver, this makes sense, but not all jobs are cut from the same cloth.</p> <p>If you enjoy a career in a niche that operates on a different work schedule (restaurant work or athletics, for instance), getting up &quot;early&quot; may not be enough. It may involve setting the alarm for an hour before the accepted standard start time for your industry and busting down barriers at 8:00 a.m., 8:00 p.m., or anytime in between. The point is to be motivated enough to get a headstart on the day and take advantage of the extra time and energy in order to excel.</p> <h2>2. Do It Better</h2> <p>Being first to market with a solution isn't as important as it used to be. Now that technology creates a level playing field for everyone with a good idea, it's near impossible to take your brilliant &quot;a-ha&quot; moment to market before anyone else thinks of it. Instead, it's now more important to be the &quot;best&quot; rather than simply being &quot;first.&quot;</p> <p>Many technology services are proof of this phenomenon: Just look at how <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/10-first-to-market-companies-that-lost-out-to-latecomers-2009-11?op=1">Betamax, Everquest, and Rio</a> lost out to later, more innovative products. This can translate to the individual, as well. Most dream jobbers I know took existing ideas and made them more customer-friendly, more beautiful, or more affordable for the masses.</p> <h2>3. Be Likeable</h2> <p>One could argue that being great at your job is enough, and that personality is an added little bonus that can't hurt when needed. Unless you want your career to be mired in drama, however, being unlikeable can lead others to question your professional capabilities (just ask Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's &quot;King&quot; of bad buzz).</p> <p>Unless you're independently wealthy and completely risk-proof, there is always a financial and professional incentive to play nicely with others. Being at least moderately likeable can get your far, and more traditional companies will be more likely to work with someone who won't constantly rock the boat.</p> <h2>4. Connect Socially With Professionals &mdash; Online</h2> <p>Millennials are figuring out that there really isn't much of a blur between online and IRL (&quot;in real life&quot;) worlds, especially when it comes to social interactions. Applying that mentality to professional interactions could be the key to getting your dream job.</p> <p>Sites like LinkedIn are making it all too easy to get your professional profile out there, yet too many professionals try to keep their online and IRL spheres distinctly separate. Here's an idea: Stop doing that. Being professional in all of your online dealings showcases your business potential, as well. Not only will you blow the socks off recruiters and talent scouts, but you'll never have to worry about your Tumblr account biting you in the backside because you posted something uncouth.</p> <h2>5. Remain Focused, Yet Flexible</h2> <p>Whatever field you decide to dominate, stay true to your strengths, and take every opportunity to polish those specific skills you feel will shine the brightest in your chosen specialty. If you program, be certain to stay top of new technologies; if you write, get down to the nitty gritty of your craft by reading widely and studying the best in your niche. But don't limit yourself to job offers or opportunities in your field. The best players stay true to their skillset, but are daring enough to go outside of their anticipated category of work. Co-mingle with others outside of your realm to see how your special skillset can be applied in different industries.</p> <p>Of course, if you find that any of the above behaviors are out of your wheelhouse, you can always take the advice of Dirty Jobs guru Mike Rowe, who tells people to, quite simply, do away with the <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/10/15/opinion/rowe-right-career/">dream job mentality</a>. Finding contentment in your existing job isn't a crime, and may lead to better overall satisfaction in other areas of your life.</p> <p><em>Have you found your dream job? How did you get there?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-people-who-have-their-dream-jobs-do">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-worst-things-good-employees-do">The 8 Worst Things Good Employees Do</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-your-passion-into-a-living">Turn Your Passion Into A Living</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-ease-into-a-day-job-after-freelancing">5 Ways to Ease Into a Day Job After Freelancing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-benefits-of-failure">7 Surprising Benefits of Failure</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-make-a-living-in-the-gig-economy">Can You Really Make a Living in the Gig Economy?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income dream job job promotion success Thu, 19 Feb 2015 10:00:05 +0000 Linsey Knerl 1299783 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Craziest Career Shift Success Stories http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-craziest-career-shift-success-stories <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-craziest-career-shift-success-stories" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cupcake-shop-owner-iStock_000023426489Small.jpg" alt="cupcake shop owner" title="cupcake shop owner" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The <a href="http://online.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052748704206804575468162805877990">average American changes jobs</a> &mdash; if not careers &mdash; multiple times in his or her lifetime.</p> <p>Many of these career shifts, however, occur at the start of a person's working years, when they're zig-zagging from childcare to catering gigs in order to pay off car payments and college loans. But what about mid- and late-career changes &mdash; the kind where a person who's already established and well-respected in one field decides to swap that well-earned sense of security for a completely different path? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-discover-your-dream-career">5 Ways to Find Your Dream Career</a>)</p> <p>Giving up a spot at the top of the ladder in one industry for one at the bottom rung in another can be unsettling and hard-fought, but the rewards &mdash; landing an energizing, successful gig that makes you excited to get out of bed in the morning &mdash; are well worth the risk of falling flat on your face.</p> <p>Read on for our roundup of the most inspiring career shift stories from people who risked it all in the name of pursuing their true calling. If you've been looking for the inspiration to change your career path, this is it.</p> <h2>1. Trading Finance for Rum</h2> <p>After establishing a successful career at a hedge fund, Bridged Firtle decided to leave it all behind and start her own craft rum distillery, <a href="http://tnenyc.com/">The Noble Experiment</a>. The career swap required a lot of sacrifices &mdash; including giving up her posh TriBeCa loft to move back in with her parents &mdash; but Firtle tells The Muse it was well worth it to <a href="https://www.themuse.com/advice/a-truly-noble-experiment-leaving-finance-to-open-a-rum-distillery">create something she's passionate about</a>.</p> <p>&quot;I always wanted to own my own business, but I thought it would be in finance because that's what I jumped into in school,&quot; Firtle says. &quot;I was evaluating my next move in finance to get myself to the place where I could open my own financial institution, and I was really hoping to get into venture capital just because new business excited me. And then I realized that I didn't want to be on the outside looking in anymore &mdash; I really wanted to get my hands dirty and own my own business.&quot;</p> <p>Firtle says the most difficult part of her transition to small business owner from her cushy hedge fund job was taking on the pressure of being responsible not only for her own finances, but also for those of her business and investors. But she says she has no regrets.</p> <p>&quot;Doing it all yourself is the most empowering feeling,&quot; she says. &quot;I was completely inspired to do this. That feeling was like nothing's going to stop me. If you have that feeling &mdash; if you have that passion for something &mdash; you will succeed.&quot;</p> <h2>2. From Corporate Finance to Cupcakes</h2> <p>Pam Nelson had a forward-moving career in finance for two decades. Then she was laid off during the Great Recession. Jobless and uncertain of her next move, Nelson decided to go all in when her friend suggested they open a cupcake shop together. She figured she'd try it out for six months or a year, then hop back into finance when the market recovered. But that was six years ago. Today she's still helping run Butter Lane Cupcakes, which has two storefronts in New York City.</p> <p>&quot;We decided from the very beginning that we only wanted to make chocolate, vanilla, and banana cupcakes,&quot; Nelson tells The Muse. &quot;All of the variation comes from our icing, which is much easier to work with. <a href="https://www.themuse.com/advice/one-sweet-business-a-qa-with-butter-lane-cupcakes-founder-pam-nelson">Keeping it simple really helped us as newbies</a>.&quot;</p> <p>Nelson says running the business end of her own sweets shop is the most satisfying job she's ever had. But it's also the most intense. Even when she's not working, Nelson says there's rarely a moment she's not thinking about her work. After all, there's no one to pass the buck to if things go sour.</p> <p>&quot;It's great to have a paycheck coming in &mdash; and I've worked in the corporate world and I loved my job &mdash; but at some point there's some sort of powerlessness in not knowing who your next boss is going to be, or not having control over what your next project is going to be,&quot; Nelson says. &quot;In small business, the good news is that it's all yours. You control your destiny and get to make the decisions. Of course, the hard part is that it's all yours. It's on you to make the rent and to make payroll, and if sales aren't where they should be, it's your job to scramble.&quot;</p> <h2>3. A Lawyer With a Green Thumb</h2> <p>Angela Newman felt unfulfilled as a property and planning lawyer. The long hours cut into her family time and the work itself wasn't satisfying. She felt drained. Stuck. And she wanted better for her professional life. So she left the Bar for her dream job as a self-employed garden designer.</p> <p>&quot;I wanted to find <a href="http://www.careershifters.org/success-stories/from-barrister-to-garden-designer">a career with more personal satisfaction, creativity, and which involved working with nature</a>, and one that would be flexible, enjoyable and manageable with a family,&quot; she tells Career Shifters.</p> <p>Newman says the hardest part of giving up her law career was realizing that she had worked so hard for so many years to achieve a certain level of success in a field that was never going to make her happy. The easy part was identifying and pursuing her passion. Her advice for others contemplating a similar career switch is to ignore the naysayers &mdash; and don't ever lose faith in yourself and your ability to succeed wearing brand new shoes.</p> <p>&quot;Do not be put off by what you perceive to be the stigma of 'giving up' what you are doing,&quot; she says. &quot;I think this can be a common problem where people are in professional jobs that they don't like. My experience is that people very much respect and admire my decision to take a leap into the unknown.&quot;</p> <h2>4. From Engineer to Stand-Up Comedian</h2> <p>Dan Nainan was a senior engineer for Intel Corporation, a job that led him to take a comedy class as a means of overcoming his fear of public speaking. <a href="http://www.danielnainan.com/index.php/about">Turns out he had an undiscovered knack for being the funny guy</a>. His slapstick impressions of American presidents during his &quot;final exam&quot; performance at a San Francisco comedy club wowed his co-workers so much that they decided to invite him to perform at a team dinner for 200 Intel employees at a tradeshow in Las Vegas. Nainan scored more corporate comedy gigs from there, eventually performing for 2,500 salespeople from around the world at Intel's annual sales conference. After two years of stand-up for in-house events, Nainan quit the company for a new career in comedy. He has since performed for President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Steve Wozniak, and Yoko Ono.</p> <h2>5. The Ex-Corporate Communications Exec Who Travels the World by Caravan</h2> <p>&quot;I wanted a life in which I felt alive every day, contributing something meaningful to the world,&quot; says Diana Vermeij, a former corporate branding officer who left her cubicle behind to travel the world in a VW van that is her home and headquarters for her new career as a lifestyle design coach. Fittingly, it's a self-styled job that allows her to help others build a life that draws on their passions and provides them with a greater sense of purpose.</p> <p>&quot;Life really is too short to do work that doesn't matter to you,&quot; Vermeij tells Career Shifters. &quot;I felt unfulfilled, unable to use many of my talents in my job. I wasn't doing what I loved most. I'd started to value (in my opinion) the wrong things (money, status, 'stuff') and I was feeling empty because of it.&quot;</p> <p>It was a big shift. Vermeij was making good money working 70 hours a week in the chemical industry. But she says it was worth giving up that financial freedom and security in the pursuit of what shes says really matters &mdash; fulfillment and happiness.</p> <p>&quot;I had very much identified my 'self' with the work I did,&quot; Vermeij says. &quot;When someone asked me 'Who are you?', I would say my name and start telling them about my work. <a href="http://www.careershifters.org/success-stories/from-corporate-communications-to-travelling-portfolio-careerist">I had to rediscover what I liked to do</a>, what I got excited about, what my talents were and how I wanted to contribute to the world. I had to learn to quiet the negative, down-talking thoughts in my head.&quot;</p> <p><em>Have you made an incredible career change? Please tell us about it in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-craziest-career-shift-success-stories">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-is-your-dream-job">What Is Your Dream Job?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/find-your-passion">Find Your Passion</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/laid-off-what-to-do-before-plunging-into-the-job-search">Laid Off? What To Do Before Plunging Into The Job Search</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-simple-ways-to-find-your-passion">5 Simple Ways to Find Your Passion</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-people-who-have-their-dream-jobs-do">5 Things People Who Have Their Dream Jobs Do</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income career change dream career dream job job change new career Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:00:12 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1251656 at http://www.wisebread.com 8 Quotes to Inspire Your Dream Career http://www.wisebread.com/8-quotes-to-inspire-your-dream-career <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-quotes-to-inspire-your-dream-career" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/binoculars-hiking-3437565-small.jpg" alt="woman with binoculars" title="woman with binoculars" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Maybe you're sitting at work right now, bored out of your wits and struggling for motivation. Don't feel too guilty about it; you're in good company. In fact, most of the people around you probably feel the same way, at least according to a Gallup poll released in June. It found that <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/150383/majority-american-workers-not-engaged-jobs.aspx">70% of American workers are not &quot;engaged&quot;</a> in their work. Eighteen percent of that group hate their jobs so much they actively try to sabotage their company. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-survive-and-thrive-in-a-job-you-hate">How to Survive in a Job You Hate</a>)</p> <p>That seems pretty extreme, but the cold, hard world of cubicle-land can break even the best of us, including yours truly. Want to do something you love? Here are some words of wisdom to help get you there &mdash; and out of a job you hate.</p> <h3>&quot;Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.&quot; &mdash; Confucius</h3> <p>You can't always turn your passions directly to profit, but you can use them as a guide to help you find work that engages you in the same way. Think about when you're doing something you enjoy. Maybe it's cooking or carpentry. It's like a time warp. Time flies by. When you're doing something you hate, on the other hand, the clock gets stuck. Time slows down. Your torture is prolonged. Find work that doesn't feel like labor. Your work will feel more like living. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-first-step-to-finding-your-dream-job">The First Step to Your Dream Job</a>)</p> <h3>&quot;Work to become, not to acquire.&quot; &mdash; Elbert Hubbard</h3> <p>For a long time, I stayed at a job that wasn't working for me for one simple reason: money. I couldn't bear to make even $1,000 less per year. I'd worked hard to get to that salary and somewhere along the way, I got all wrapped up in that number. I didn't need to make that much to pay my bills. But I didn't want to let it go. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/defining-what-financial-success-means-to-you">Define What Financial Success Means to You</a>)</p> <p>Money talks. I get that. And you have to eat. But if you want to do something different, keep your ego out of the action. When I finally gave up the old job, a funny thing happened. I started spending less. A lot less. Not just because I had less to spend, but because I suddenly felt happier with what I already had. I used to spend money because I felt I'd earned some pleasure. Now the pleasure comes free of charge.</p> <h3>&quot;Dreams are extremely important. You can't do it unless you imagine it.&quot; &mdash; George Lucas</h3> <p>If George Lucas hadn't been a dreamer, he'd never have made &quot;Star Wars.&quot; And, of course, the world would be a much darker place. If you can build something in your imagination, you're at least halfway to making it real. So, read things that inspire you. Buy travel magazines. Daydream more. Once you've planted those seeds, they never go away. All they can do is grow.</p> <h3>&quot;Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.&quot; &mdash; Albert Einstein</h3> <p>Life is really one big experiment. Sometimes your theory proves true and you get the outcome you expected. Sometimes it proves wrong. But you learn and you keep tinkering. Finding a dream career isn't an exact science. That means you'll probably have to try &mdash; and even fail &mdash; at a few things before you find paying work that you love. Or you can just stick to the job you know (and hate). Up to you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-learn-from-your-mistakes">How to Learn From Your Mistakes</a>)</p> <h3>&quot;Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.&quot; &mdash; Steve Jobs</h3> <p>Finding fulfilling work is about you. Maybe your mom expects you to be a doctor. Maybe you've spent your entire young life saying you'll be an engineer. Maybe you've already trained to be a teacher, only to find you can't stand the work. Here's the truth: the only person who really has to live with the choices you make is you. Your mom will get over it.</p> <h3>&quot;Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, 'What's in it for me?'&quot; &mdash; Brian Tracy</h3> <p>The best businesses deliver something of value. Sure, they do it for profit, but if value doesn't remain the focus, business suffers. If you can't deliver something of value &mdash; whether to your business or to an employer &mdash; your work suffers. And that's bad news for your career. Think of it as career karma. The more you put in, the more you get back.</p> <h3>&quot;Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.&quot; &mdash; Dalai Lama</h3> <p>In college, it's easy to get the idea that a career is a straight-shot trajectory straight to the top. In reality, it's a lot more... meandering. Sometimes you don't get the jobs or promotions or opportunities you expected. Sometimes you even get laid off. And you almost never get exactly what you thought you wanted. What that means is that you get something else. Something you didn't expect. Don't just toss it aside. Have a look at it. It might be pretty cool.</p> <h3>&quot;All great changes are preceded by chaos.&quot; &mdash; Deepak Chopra</h3> <p>Change is hard. It hurts a little. Sometimes it hurts a lot. I'd like to say that I have lots of peace and wisdom when life is difficult and chaotic; in reality I'm a basket case. But I try to remember that the hardest times often lead to the best times. That's true in work, too. Making sacrifices for the career you want is hard, but sometimes you have to stir up a little chaos to create the change you're looking for.</p> <p><em>What changes are you hoping to make in your career? What inspires you to work toward a dream job? Tell us about it in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tara-struyk">Tara Struyk</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-quotes-to-inspire-your-dream-career">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-first-step-to-finding-your-dream-job">The First Step to Finding Your Dream Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-unlisted-jobs-and-win-every-salary-negotiation">How to Find Unlisted Jobs and Win Every Salary Negotiation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-re-fired-20-signs-that-a-pink-slip-is-coming">You’re Fired! 20 Signs That a Pink Slip is Coming</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-youre-being-a-terrible-employee">12 Ways You&#039;re Being a Terrible Employee</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building career dream job inspiration quotes Thu, 03 Oct 2013 10:24:03 +0000 Tara Struyk 994552 at http://www.wisebread.com Ask the Readers: What Is Your Dream Job? http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-dream-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-dream-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/6829381157_8edcb521e5_z-1.jpg" alt="What Is Your Dream Job?" title="What Is Your Dream Job?" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-dream-job#comment-535481"><em>NJJ</em></a><em>, </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-dream-job#comment-535483"><em>Lisa</em></a><em>, and </em><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-dream-job#comment-535774"><em>B</em></a><em> for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>Everyone has envisioned their dream job. Sports fans have probably considered job opportunities they could have working for their favorite team, travel enthusiasts have most likely thought about what it would be like to work for National Geographic, and writers have probably contemplated how to get a job working for their favorite publication. Whatever your priorities are in life, there is a job out there that would be perfect for you!</p> <p><b>What is your dream job?</b><span style="font-weight:normal">&nbsp;Is it something where you'd make a ton of money? Be super famous? Have a flexible work schedule? Travel a bunch? Make a change in the world? Or...?</span></p> <p>Tell us about your dream job and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!</p> <h2>Win 1 of 3 $20 Amazon Gift Cards</h2> <p>We're doing three giveaways &mdash; one for random comments, one for random Facebook &quot;Likes&quot;, and another one for random tweets.</p> <h3>Mandatory Entry:&nbsp;</h3> <ul> <li>Post your answer in the comments below&nbsp;</li> </ul> <h3>For extra entries (1 per action):</h3> <ul> <li>Go to our <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wise-Bread/26830741467?ref=ts">Facebook page</a>, &quot;Like&quot; us, and leave a comment on this article telling us you did, or</li> <li><a href="http://www.twitter.com/">Tweet</a> your answer. You have to be a follower of our <a href="http://twitter.com/wisebread">@wisebread account</a>. Include both &quot;@wisebread&quot; and &quot;#WBAsk&quot; in your tweet so we'll see it and count it. Leave a link to your tweet (click the timestamp for the individual URL) in a separate comment.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If you're inspired to write a whole blog post OR you have a photo on flickr to share, please link to it in the comments or tweet it.</strong></p> <h4>Giveaway Rules:</h4> <ul> <li>Contest ends Monday, June 4th at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after June 4th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.</li> <li>You can enter all three drawings &mdash; once by leaving a comment, once by liking our Facebook update, and once by tweeting.</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.</li> <li>You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us about your dream job and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-dream-job">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-dream-job-0">Ask the Readers: What is Your Dream Job?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-your-passion-into-a-living">Turn Your Passion Into A Living</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-ease-into-a-day-job-after-freelancing">5 Ways to Ease Into a Day Job After Freelancing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-is-your-new-years-resolution">Ask the Readers: What Is Your New Year&#039;s Resolution?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Ask the Readers career dream job job Tue, 29 May 2012 10:36:17 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 930834 at http://www.wisebread.com Make Your Dream Career a Reality for Less Than $100 http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dream-career-a-reality-for-less-than-100 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/make-your-dream-career-a-reality-for-less-than-100" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4384408269_43d021046b_z_0.jpg" alt="chef" title="chef" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Why are we constantly pinning our happiness on events yet to happen?</p> <ul> <li>&ldquo;I'll be happy when I get that promotion.&rdquo;</li> <li>&ldquo;When the kids are out of school, things will be easier.&rdquo;</li> <li>&ldquo;Once I'm <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/financial-iq-test-how-healthy-is-your-debt-management">out of debt</a>, I can buy that new [whatever], and then I can move forward with life.&quot;&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>Maybe these examples are right on the mark.</p> <p>Maybe that promotion <em>will</em> make you happy. Maybe <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-financially-educate-your-children">each stage of your kids' development</a> does become less complicated. And maybe becoming debt-free (and/or making a big purchase) will indeed mark the beginning of a new life for you.</p> <p>Or maybe not.</p> <p>What if reaching a benchmark you've been waiting for and working towards doesn't encapsulate the transformative qualities you'd hoped for?&nbsp;What if you could create the life of your dreams &mdash; now &mdash; for less than $100? Hundreds &mdash; if not thousands &mdash; of people have already done it...including me. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/motivating-yourself-and-others">Motivating Yourself and Others</a>)</p> <h2>Passion-Based Business</h2> <p>Believe it or not, you don't need a fancy degree, large amounts of capital, or to be a high-flying entrepreneur to open your own business. More than anything else, you simply need a passion that drives you. The rest tends to fall into place from there.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: 0cm">In my journey to <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2012/02/how-i-became-the-professional-hobo-part-i-the-dream-the-decision/">becoming The Professional Hobo</a>, I knew I needed a change in my life. I took a <a href="http://www.theprofessionalhobo.com/2012/05/how-responsible-is-a-leap-of-faith/">leap of faith</a> and sold everything I owned to pursue my dream of traveling the world.</p> <p>With less than $100, I started a travel blog and combined my passion for travel with my financial planning skills to become an expert in writing about travel, personal finance, and lifestyle design. I earned credibility by &ldquo;walking the talk&rdquo; and creating a full-time financially sustainable travel lifestyle.</p> <h2>Merging Your Passion With What's Important</h2> <p>The key to any successful business is that it provides a product or service that is important to a reasonably sized group of people.</p> <p>And the key to <em>being happy in</em> a successful business is that the product or service other people care about is <em>also</em> something you're passionate about.</p> <p>Your passion will drive the business, and the fact that other people care about it is what will grow and perpetuate it.</p> <h2>Ditching the Planning</h2> <p>The problem with making big life changes or implementing new business ideas is our perception that lots of planning is required first. We need a business plan, a perfect website, and to have everything in full operational order before we open our doors to the public.</p> <p>It feels safe to sit back and dot i's and cross t's. We can't fail as long as we're only planning.</p> <p>But life happens while we're busy making plans. A lot can change in a moment (or week/month/year) of hesitation.</p> <p>Although a good dose of planning is prudent, it's also a trap. We can become so mired in &ldquo;the plan&rdquo; that is paralyzes us from action.</p> <p>When I decided to travel full-time, I had many questions and very few answers. At the time, I couldn't even properly define what a blog was! But I knew there was a convergence between my passion for travel, personal finance skills, and other people's desire to do something similar with their lives.</p> <h2>The Three Key Ingredients of a $100 Business</h2> <p>As I continue into my sixth year of full-time travel, my business can evolve with me. I can offer personal coaching, write books, give seminars, host TV shows, and more.</p> <p>The three key ingredients required to make any of these business elements work are the following:</p> <ol> <li>I have a product or service</li> <li>There are people willing to pay for it</li> <li>I have a way to get paid&nbsp;</li> </ol> <h2>The $100 Startup</h2> <p>The concepts above are addressed in depth in a new book called <em><a href="http://www.100startup.com/">The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future</a></em>, by Chris Guillebeau.</p> <p>It features dozens of case studies of people who:</p> <ol> <li>Followed their passion to create a business</li> <li>Spent less than $1,000 &mdash; usually less than $100 &mdash; to get it started</li> <li>Earn at least $50k/year in net income</li> </ol> <p>They are normal people, most of whom don't possess extraordinary skills or education. They just had a passion, an idea, and the motivation to make it happen.</p> <p>For some of them, their business started almost by accident when they realized the convergence between their passion and a market need. Others knew they had a good idea, but got stuck in the planning phases, and it was an unexpected first sale that actually kicked them into action. And for others yet, disasters like being laid off created an environment to seize opportunities that had been on the back burner for too long.</p> <h2>How to Follow Your Passion</h2> <p>Here are some related articles about finding &mdash; and chasing &mdash; your passion, and using it to create a passion-based business that makes your heart sing:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/feeling-stuck-100-ways-to-change-your-life" target="_blank">Feeling Stuck? 100 Ways to Change Your Life</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/looking-for-answers-in-life-heres-your-key" target="_blank">Looking for Answers in Life? Here's Your Key</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/location-independent-career-basics" target="_blank">Location Independent Career Basics</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/three-e-books-to-help-you-make-money-travel-and-change-your-life" target="_blank">Three E-Books to Help You Make Money, Travel, and Change Your Life</a></li> </ul> <p><em>Do any Wise Bread readers have ideas for (or examples of) creating passion-based businesses? Please share in the comments! </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/nora-dunn">Nora Dunn</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dream-career-a-reality-for-less-than-100">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-simple-ways-to-find-your-passion">5 Simple Ways to Find Your Passion</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/adaptation-lessons-learned-from-being-unemployed">Adaptation: Lessons learned from being unemployed</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-surprising-benefits-of-failure">7 Surprising Benefits of Failure</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/america-is-the-no-vacation-nation">America Is the No Vacation Nation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-six-figures-really-that-much">Is Six Figures Really That Much?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income Lifestyle dream job motivation passion start a business Fri, 25 May 2012 10:24:12 +0000 Nora Dunn 929296 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Find Unlisted Jobs and Win Every Salary Negotiation http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-unlisted-jobs-and-win-every-salary-negotiation <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-find-unlisted-jobs-and-win-every-salary-negotiation" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/lost-job-searcher.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div>Ramit Sethi, the New York Times bestselling author of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Will-Teach-You-Be-Rich/dp/0761147489">I Will Teach You To Be Rich</a>, recently did an amazing Q&amp;A session on how to land your dream job.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>He has given Wise Bread permission to highlight his best answers to these popular job hunting questions:</div> <ol> <li><a href="#unadvertised">How do I find and land unadvertised jobs?</a></li> <li><a href="#network">How can I grow my network when I don't know anyone with connections?</a></li> <li><a href="#mom">How do I explain a resume gap where I was a stay-at-home parent for 8 years?</a></li> <li><a href="#negotiate">How do I negotiate my salary when they said it isn't negotiable?</a></li> <li><a href="#gpa">How can I get a job at a company with a strict GPA cut off?</a></li> <li><a href="#great-place">How can I find out during the interview if a company is a great place to work?</a></li> <li><a href="#dream-job">How do I land my dream job in a declining industry?</a></li> <li><a href="#raise">What is the best way to ask for a raise?</a></li> </ol> <h2><b><a name="unadvertised"></a></b>1. How do I find and land unadvertised jobs?</h2> <p style="margin-left:0in">This is a great question because the best jobs are not advertised. They are often gone before they even reach the market.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:0in"><b>Constantly have your network find jobs for you</b></p> <p style="margin-left:0in">The most important thing is to find powerful mentors with great connections to find the dream jobs for you. Reach out to your network systematically. Let the people in your network know that you're looking for a job, and most importantly, <b>exactly what kind of job you're looking for</b>.</p> <p style="margin-left:0in">Your key network contacts are very busy people. Make sure you do your homework before contacting them. Know exactly what you want and communicate it succinctly.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left:0in"><b>What if I don't have a network?</b></p> <p style="margin-left:0in">Some people might say they don't have a powerful network because they didn't go to a fancy school or came from a rich family. That is a poor excuse. Your network is a lot bigger than you think. They include:</p> <ul> <li>friends and peers</li> <li>older people</li> <li>alumni from your college</li> <li>people who used to work at the company you want to apply to</li> </ul> <p style="margin-left:0in">The last group is great because they are more likely to tell you the truth about the companies you want to work for.</p> <h2><strong><a name="network"></a></strong>2. How can I grow my network when I&nbsp;don't know anyone with connections?</h2> <p style="margin-left: 0in;">Create friendships with people by helping them out and adding value to their lives. This way people will know that you are able to perform and deliver as an employee. How do you do this? <strong>Make sure people know you are dependable and reliable.</strong></p> <p style="margin-left: 0in;"><strong>How do I get started?</strong></p> <p>Start with coffee shop meetings with people to ask for their advice. Follow up with them to let them know you utilized their advice then be sure to contact them from time to time to find out if there is anyway you can help them. Listen to people to find out what the challenges are in their lives, then try to help. Networking requires that you give in hopes that one day it may come back to you. At it's core, it is about helping someone else before you ask for anything in return.</p> <p>Also, start reaching out to understand the lay of the land. Find people who work or worked at companies you are interested in and take them to coffee. Ask them for their advice, <strong>not</strong> a job. Doing this will help you find who you can help and who may be able to someday help you.</p> <p style="margin-left: 0in;"><strong>Isn't using your connections &quot;cheating?&quot;</strong></p> <p style="margin-left: 0in;">It is important to cultivate relationships with the people you know because <strong>top performers know that the people around them help them</strong>.&nbsp; If you've got an advantage, don't think twice about using it.</p> <h2><a name="mom"></a>3. How do I approach the job search after being a stay-at-home mom for the last eight years?</h2> <p style="margin-left: 0in;">One of the most important things about finding the job of your dreams is to differentiate between what to pay attention to and what not to pay attention to. You have to be able to focus on what is important to you right now. Right now what's important to you (and the hiring manager) is the fact that you are trying to get a job.&nbsp;</p> <p style="margin-left: 0in;"><strong>How do you show the hiring manager you are worth hiring and get the job?</strong></p> <p style="margin-left: 0in;">Do your research! Have a solid understanding of the potential job titles you are interested in as well as companies you are interested in. Then narrow it down to one job title at one company and do elaborate research. Take people to coffee and ask questions. Do research online. Know the challenges of the position and everything else about the it so when you sit down in front of a hiring manager you can talk about the position better than the hiring manager can. Demonstrating why your experience is incredible has <strong>more weight and relevancy</strong> than the fact that you were a stay-at-home mom. Focus on your research and the person you are trying to get a job from.</p> <h2><a name="negotiate"></a>4. How do I negotiate my salary when they tell me the salary isn't flexible?</h2> <p>This is a classic scare tactic companies use because people are naive and terrified of negotiating.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Why does a company tell you this?</strong></p> <p>If a company tells you this, chances are you did something wrong during the interview process. Average candidates put the company in control of their salary during the interview process by making it clear they have no other options, other offers, or maybe even telling the interviewer how much he or she was compensated before. It's game over before the negotiation process even starts.</p> <p>Top performers set the stage in advance for salary negotiation because they say things like &quot;at my last job I was very well compensated and I am certainly looking for compensation that is a good fit for me but I'm also looking for a better fit in terms of my values and what I&nbsp;want to do with my career.&quot; Subtle comments like this make an impression on the interviewer so that the interviewer knows when it's time to negotiate salary, it's game on.</p> <p><strong>How do you make your salary negotiable?</strong></p> <ul> <li>Have multiple offers. Do your job search with multiple companies and time the offers so that you can get a bidding war going.</li> <li>Make it clear throughout your engagement with the company that you want to be evaluated on the value you bring to the company.</li> </ul> <p><strong>If you have already been told your salary is non-negotiable, how do you negotiate?</strong></p> <p>You have to make a case for why you should be given a higher salary. How do you do that?</p> <ul> <li>Get comparable salaries from payscale.com, salary.com, and glassdoor.com.</li> <li>Show them why you are worth the money and why you deserve to be at the top range of the pay spectrum by talking about what you are planning to do with the company.</li> </ul> <p>If this doesn't work because you were an average candidate and put yourself in a non-negotiation bind, make an agreement with the interviewer that if in six months you have done an&nbsp;<strong>extraordinary</strong>&nbsp;job for the company, they will revisit negotiating your salary. Make sure they put that in your contract. In your first 30 days at your job, ask the company what would constitute you doing an extraordinary job. Have them write it down and be ultra specific about things. Ask them for numbers, hit those numbers, then blow past them.&nbsp; This will show you are a top performer and salvage your salary negotiation.</p> <h2><a name="gpa"></a>5. How can I get a job at a company with a strict GPA cut-off when I have a low GPA?</h2> <p style="margin-left: 0in;">Unfortunately, you can't. It is better to focus your time and energy on jobs that are more appropriate for you than to go for the one in a million chance you might get a job despite your low GPA. If you excel at the jobs you do qualify for, you may be able to go back one day and apply for opportunities that are currently out of your reach.</p> <h2><a name="great-place"></a>6. How can I find out during the interview process of the company is a great place to work?</h2> <p style="margin-left: 0in;">This is a great question because young people should focus on making better decisions about their career as opposed to how much money they are going to make. During the interview process it is important to find out if the company is a great place to work by doing your research. How do you do your research?</p> <ul> <li>Use websites such as glassdoor.com, salary.com, and payscale.com to read reviews from current and former employees.</li> <li>Use Google to search for reviews and interviews about what people are saying about the company.</li> <li>After doing basic online research, reach out to people who work or have worked at the company, take them to coffee, and get their advice. People love talking to young people because young people are viewed as more innocent and they like to stay abreast of what young people are doing.</li> </ul> <h2><strong><a name="dream-job"></a></strong><a name="dream-job"></a>7. How do I land my dream job when it's in a declining industry?</h2> <p style="margin-left: 0in; ">This is a great question because many young people dream of working in a glamorous job such as media, journalism, or entertainment. Because these jobs are in such high demand and there are many people looking to fill these jobs, employees don't get paid a lot and many of the jobs are getting outsourced.</p> <p style="margin-left: 0in; "><strong>The bad news:&nbsp;</strong>You will be competing against hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of people for these jobs.</p> <p style="margin-left: 0in; "><strong>The good news:</strong>&nbsp;Many of these people are average (or even terrible) at what they do especially when it comes to their job search.</p> <p style="margin-left: 0in; "><strong>So how do you make it to the big leagues?</strong></p> <p style="margin-left: 0in; ">A lot of it boils down to luck. But you also need to get out there and talk to the people you admire. Find people who have your dream job, reach out to them or get a warm introduction to them, and ask them how they got to where they are. Give them a little background on yourself in regards to who you are and what your career aspirations are, then offer to meet them at their convenience to talk. Offer to take them to coffee or dinner at a restaurant of their choosing. Ask them for five minutes of their time so they can tell you what decisions they made to get where they are now.</p> <p style="margin-left: 0in; "><strong>The overall strategy: Don't be an average candidate.</strong></p> <p style="margin-left: 0in; ">Talk to the top people. If you can't get to someone in the top tier of your industry, go for the second or third tier and work your way up. Ask then what differentiates them from the rest of the people in their field, then try to do what they do.</p> <h2><strong><a name="raise"></a></strong><a name="raise"></a>8. What is the best way to ask for a raise?</h2> <p>Here are the five steps to follow to ask for a raise:</p> <ul> <li>Find out what your boss wants. Make your boss look great. Does your boss want his boss to see the results of what's going on on your team? Or does he want to go home at 5pm to play golf?</li> <li>Let your boss know you want a raise. Ask what it would take to get a raise and what ultimate success would look like to him or her.</li> <li>Let your boss know you are working towards that. It is vital to tell your boss what you want and that you are gunning for it in a positive way.</li> <li>Execute what it would take for you to get a raise and exceed what your boss wants.</li> <li>Ask your boss to discuss your raise based on the fact that you have done what he or she has asked and more.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Keep in mind that there is one characteristic that will help you get a raise:</strong> having other options. If you have other job options available to you and you aren't getting your raise the second or third time you ask and you deserve it, follow the lead of other top performers and seek out your other options.</p> <p>This is just small sample of Ramit's tips on how to land a dream job. He provides a lot more actionable advice in his <a href="http://www.1shoppingcart.com/app/?af=1420857">free newsletter</a>. For example, did you know that 93% of your job interview's success depends on nonverbal cues?&nbsp;<a href="http://www.1shoppingcart.com/app/?af=1420857">Click here to get additional free job hunting advice from Ramit</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.1shoppingcart.com/app/?af=1420857"><img alt="" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/wisebread/a/ramit/wb-ramit-interview-mistakes.jpg" /></a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-unlisted-jobs-and-win-every-salary-negotiation">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/escape-your-dying-industry-with-one-of-these-8-careers-instead">Escape Your Dying Industry With One of These 8 Careers, Instead</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-quotes-to-inspire-your-dream-career">8 Quotes to Inspire Your Dream Career</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-65-best-career-tips-weve-ever-shared">Flashback Friday: The 65 Best Career Tips We&#039;ve Ever Shared</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-use-technology-to-upgrade-your-career">6 Ways to Use Technology to Upgrade Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Job Hunting career dream job Fri, 20 Jan 2012 11:36:18 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 871686 at http://www.wisebread.com Turn Your Passion Into A Living http://www.wisebread.com/turn-your-passion-into-a-living <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/turn-your-passion-into-a-living" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/lovejob_0.jpg" alt="I love my job" title="I love my job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="233" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all want to have a job that we love &mdash; something that would get us excited about getting up and going to work in the morning&hellip;right? Who doesn&rsquo;t want that? But this is often far from the reality we actually do experience.</p> <p>So what does it really take to make this happen?</p> <p>Finding your <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dream-job-or-day-job">dream job</a> or life's work may not be as hard as we all make it out to be if we decide to take action towards this goal. By coming up with a strategy for making it happen, you may just surprise yourself with the ideal job (or business). Here are a few simple tips on how you can get started on the road to a more fulfilling work life.</p> <h3>1. Find out what it is you love to do.</h3> <p>You know yourself the best. A few questions you may want to ask yourself: What are your skills and interests? What is your passion? What do you like to spend time doing? The first step may be the trickiest to get through, but this exercise should set the tone for you. Brainstorm about what it is that you would love to do. If you already know what that is, then fantastic! If not, then write every idea down that you come up with and explore those ideas fully. Get creative. Make long lists and remember that no answer is wrong. Explore every avenue of interest that you have and consider what it is that could get you excited and motivated every day. For instance, if you enjoy writing, perhaps you'd like to try to make money blogging or to work on self publishing a book. If you enjoy developing software, then there are many platforms through which you can seek creative growth: how about developing iPhone or Facebook applications?</p> <h3>2. Start small, try things out and take action!</h3> <p>Next, get to it. Start small and test the waters (so to speak) by doing side gigs, by freelancing or by teaching lessons in something that you&rsquo;re good at. Advertise your services on Craigslist or other job forums. Find ways to fit these efforts into your schedule and make time for them. If you need money to fund your venture, budget for this by building a &quot;venture fund&quot; in a free savings account that addresses a specific savings goal. If you need to finance your ideas and happen to have good credit, you can opt to apply for a loan at a peer to peer lender like <a href="http://track.flexlinks.com/a.ashx?foid=1029882.227343&amp;fot=9999&amp;foc=1">Lending Club</a>. But without taking action, your dream job remains just that...a part of your dreams and ongoing hopes. This seems obvious and intuitive, but many people never realize their goals because of inaction. You have to make time to make change. By taking these steps, you can validate and turn this career into a reality for yourself.</p> <h3>3. Find ways to support your new career.</h3> <p>As you start establishing yourself in your area of work, find other ways to support your passion. Teach lessons in your chosen field and grow your knowledge in this area. See if you can become an expert in this field. Join networking groups that could use or refer your services. Continue to research and learn what you can about your profession or career on a regular basis, as it's important to keep abreast with the latest developments in your field.</p> <h3>4. Continue to promote yourself professionally.</h3> <p>Join related professional groups that are financially feasible and realistic. Promoting yourself online has never been easier than it is now. On the web, you have many free avenues that allow you to keep marketing yourself (e.g. Craigslist is free; blogs are usually free to create; there are free classifieds in online local publications; you can advertise in your local paper, etc.).</p> <h3>5. Gain an online presence.</h3> <p>You may be interested in creating an online presence or joining specific online interest groups or forums to help you enhance your learning and grow your professional network. Build a website that becomes your calling card (e.g. put your website on your physical business card as well) and put samples of your work on your web site. Make sure that you supply sufficient contact information so that your customer base can easily get in touch with you.</p> <p>And finally, share your aspirations with the people you know &mdash; who knows, someone in your own circle may turn out to be someone who could help you with your endeavors. Word of mouth is and has always been the best way to build a business or career, and if you&rsquo;re not capitalizing on this, you could be losing out. Make sure your family, friends, associates, etc. know about your business or employment position. When you love what you do, it will be obvious, and you&rsquo;ll see that people will notice.</p> <p>Have fun getting there! It can be a very fun journey.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/silicon-valley-blogger">Silicon Valley Blogger</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-your-passion-into-a-living">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-write-a-resume-12-steps-to-your-next-job">How To Write A Resume: 12 Steps To Your Next Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-ease-into-a-day-job-after-freelancing">5 Ways to Ease Into a Day Job After Freelancing</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-important-signs-that-your-job-sucks">10 Important Signs That Your Job Sucks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-reasons-you-are-more-than-your-job">3 Reasons You Are More Than Your Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-by-without-a-job-part-1-losing-a-job">Getting by without a job, part 1--losing a job</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income career dream job employment income job work Tue, 20 Apr 2010 14:00:02 +0000 Silicon Valley Blogger 31845 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Simple Ways to Find Your Passion http://www.wisebread.com/5-simple-ways-to-find-your-passion <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-simple-ways-to-find-your-passion" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3404247622_160f0c2680.jpg" alt="Caribbean beach" title="Caribbean beach" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Passion, passion, passion. That's all we hear nowadays. Everyone's telling you to follow your passion. But do you have a clue what yours is or what to do about it? I know I didn't just some time ago.</p> <p>Passion is a concept that seems impossible to grasp, until you grasp it. What I noticed in my own life was that you have to be willing to put yourself out there. You have to be willing to make mistakes. You have to be willing to try.</p> <p>If you don't try, nothing will happen. When I was looking for my passion, I was motivated by the negative. I thought about dying old and regretting my whole life. If I would at least try and fail, I would be happy.</p> <p>I am not talking about trying for a few weeks; I am talking about persevering for your whole life, until you die. If that's what it takes, then that's what I was going to do. Having that determination in your life can really open doors.</p> <p>With all that said, let's look at 5 simple ways you can find your passion. Remember, this isn't meant to be a path filled with roses. If it was, more people would be doing it.</p> <p>The journey can be tough, but the rewards are more than worth it. Imagine doing what you want, from where you want and when you want. If you're instantly thinking of excuses, then this article is probably not for you.</p> <h2>1. Brainstorm</h2> <p>Get a pen and a piece of paper, or better yet, grab a microphone and start recording on your computer. Talking is the best way to be spontaneous, and brainstorming is all about letting your brain get it all out.</p> <p>If you censor yourself, brainstorming will not work. So grab your microphone, and start saying everything that comes to mind when you think about the things you like to do. Don't worry if you go &quot;off-topic&quot; &mdash; just let it flow. Do this for at least 15-30 minutes. When you start running out of ideas, keep pushing, because that's where the magic happens.</p> <h2>2. Engage</h2> <p>It's all well and good to analyze and dream about what your passion is, but nothing measures up to taking action. It doesn't matter if you're not sure about something. Do it anyway, because that's the best way to learn.</p> <p>Think you like gardening, but aren't sure? Start reading, take a course, and engage with the online gardening community. The people that are living the life they want take action. They are as afraid as anyone else, but they do it anyway.</p> <h2>3. Failing</h2> <p>Something that helped me a lot was asking myself &quot;what would I do if I couldn't fail?&quot;, which helped me gain the courage necessary to start <a href="http://www.wakeupcloud.com/">my blog</a>. Asking yourself the right questions can often get you into the right mindset, which helps you take action.</p> <p>I'm a big believer in doing stuff, even if you don't know exactly what you're doing. I've learned through personal experience that the sooner you take action, the sooner you can re-calibrate (if necessary).</p> <h2>4. Observe</h2> <p>What have you always liked doing in your life? I realized that I've always enjoyed writing. I want to become an <a href="http://www.aliventures.com/">excellent writer</a>. But I've also always enjoyed natural health and <a href="http://bodyweightrenegade.com/">working out</a>.</p> <p>I believe we all have many different passions, so don't worry if you can't decide, it might just be the fact that you have many things that you like to do.</p> <p>Something I want to emphasize though is that you have to pick one and focus all of your energy on it if you want to make something happen. You can always come back to your other passions later.</p> <h2>5. Accept Fear</h2> <p>Everyone deals with fear. If you're having trouble finding your passion, you're most likely afraid of something. Accept the fear. Easier said than done, right? But it truly is that easy.</p> <p>When you make the decision to do things even if you're afraid, you'll see a dramatic shift happen in your life. You have to make living the life you want THE priority and not let any fears or obstacles stand in your way.</p> <p>It's okay to <a href="http://johnnybtruant.com/do-something-crazy/">do something crazy</a> now and then. I am following my passion and I'm feeling better than ever, but I'm still afraid now and then. The way I get through the fear is to think of what I really want to accomplish.</p> <p>If you want to live a life that you actually care about, then you have to put in some work. You have to bust a few fears and take action.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>This is a guest post by Henri Junttila, a freelance blogger who also writes about <a href="http://www.wakeupcloud.com/">self improvement</a> ideas for conscious people. If you want to keep up with his life-changing updates, <a href="http://www.wakeupcloud.com/feed">subscribe to his feed</a>. Read more articles by Henri:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.wakeupcloud.com/discover-your-passion/">Discover Your Passion in 5 Days</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wakeupcloud.com/making-money-online-journey/">My Journey to Making Money Online</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wakeupcloud.com/law-of-attraction-explained/">The Law of Attraction Explained</a></li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/henri-junttila">Henri Junttila</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-simple-ways-to-find-your-passion">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-your-dream-career-a-reality-for-less-than-100">Make Your Dream Career a Reality for Less Than $100</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-is-your-dream-job">What Is Your Dream Job?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/find-your-passion">Find Your Passion</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-people-who-have-their-dream-jobs-do">5 Things People Who Have Their Dream Jobs Do</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-craziest-career-shift-success-stories">The 5 Craziest Career Shift Success Stories</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income dream job passion Thu, 11 Feb 2010 15:00:02 +0000 Henri Junttila 5166 at http://www.wisebread.com Find Your Passion http://www.wisebread.com/find-your-passion <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/find-your-passion" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/no-thru-street-caution-speed-bumps.jpg" alt="No Thru Street Caution Speed Bumps" title="No Thru Street Caution Speed Bumps" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="172" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I always knew what I wanted to do. What I wanted to do changed over time, and at any particular time I wanted to do more than one thing &mdash; and sometimes I wasn't sure if any particular thing that I wanted to do would turn out to be satisfying or remunerative. But there were always things I wanted to do. It turns out that this is not universal.</p> <p>Some people really don't know what they want to do. Since I always did, I'm not sure that I'm really the person to ask about how to figure out one's passion in life. But when I talked recently about ways to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dream-job-or-day-job">arrange your life so you can follow your passion</a>, more than one person asked in the comments about how to find your passion. I did some thinking about it, and decided that maybe I had an idea or two after all.</p> <h2>Editing too early</h2> <p>I used to think that the main reason people couldn't figure out what they wanted to do was <strong>not</strong> because they didn't have any ideas, but rather that they had ideas, but figured they were impractical. The things they wanted to do (playing video games, snowboarding, going backpacking) seemed to offer no hope of making a living.</p> <p>In fact, of course, there are people making a living doing each of those things. There are admittedly few professional video game players, but there are plenty of jobs testing video games, as well as jobs designing them, coding them, writing the stories, and drawing the art. Likewise snowboarding and hiking support very few as professionals, but do offer opportunities for guides, instructors, writers, and so on.</p> <p>There are many ways to follow any passion. If the problem is time, maybe you can start small and make incremental progress. If the problem is money, maybe you can barter for access to the expensive stuff you can't afford. If the problem is complexity, maybe you can follow a few narrow side branches now and work your way toward the main branch. The key is simply that you shouldn't <strong>assume</strong> your passion is impractical without giving some real thought to all the many ways you might follow it.</p> <p>If this is what you're doing, the solution is easy: brainstorm. Make lists of things you want to do <strong>without editing</strong>. Don't paralyze yourself by trying to figure out your one true calling in life, just write down two or three dozen things that you want to do. Start with easy stuff. Maybe you want to visit your family or scuba dive off Grand Cayman or learn pottery. Then broaden your thinking: What do you do when you have control over your own schedule? What list of activities for the day makes you jump out of bed? If you had enough money that you didn't need to work, how would you choose to spend your time?</p> <p>Go for quantity &mdash; this stuff is the raw material of what you want to do with your life. Get a day or two of distance from the list, then go through it and categorize the ideas. Some are just things you want to do once. Some will likely be things that you don't really want to do at all. But among the others are likely things that you have a passion for, even if you haven't realized it yet.</p> <p>At some point, think about what you do that's of value to other people. That's important in two ways. First, it's something you might be able to get paid to do. Second, something that's important to others has a greater chance of being deeply satisfying.</p> <h2>What if your passion really is impractical?</h2> <p>Some passions are fundamentally impossible. We don't know how to go faster than the speed of light or backwards in time.</p> <p>Other passions are simply beyond our capabilities. Most of us will never play major league baseball, no matter how strong our passion. I would argue, though, that this is simply a matter of being too specific. If playing baseball is truly your passion, then play baseball without worrying about what league you get to.</p> <p>Most passions, though, are totally doable, they simply aren't adequately remunerative, which brings us back to where we started, choosing between a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dream-job-or-day-job">dream job or a day job</a>.</p> <h2>What if you have no passions?</h2> <p>As I say, I used to assume that everybody had a passion. I eventually figured out that really wasn't true: Some people really can't think of anything they want to do. These people are often unhappy. In fact, they're often miserable.</p> <p>Often the cause-and-effect goes the other way around. People who are severely depressed are unable to think of anything that would make them happy, but the underlying problem is a matter of brain chemistry, not lack of passions. Treat the depression and they will find their passions again.</p> <p>For people who aren't clinically depressed, but simply can't think of anything they want to do, I'm not sure I have much help to offer except to suggest an incremental approach. Think about which aspects of your life are most satisfying and do more of that and less of the other stuff. On a smaller scale, do the same in each area of your life. Which parts of your job are most satisfying and which are <a title="&quot;I Hate My Job&quot; Guide" href="http://www.wisebread.com/i-hate-my-job">boring or annoying</a>? What would your job look like if you did more of the former and less of the latter? Could you talk to your boss about restructuring your job to look like that? I talk some about that in a post called <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/find-work-worth-doing">find work worth doing</a> and then I talk about other aspects of it in a post called <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-a-job-learn-the-secret-from-a-bad-movie">how to get a job &mdash; learn the secret from a bad movie</a>. (Both of those posts got some good comments, too.)</p> <p>It's perfectly normal for your passion to change over time. The days of having just one career are almost as far gone as the days of having just one job &mdash; and that's okay. A couple years ago, several of the Wise Bread writers (including me) did a group post called <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-is-your-dream-job">what is your dream job</a>. I talk about how my dream job changed from programming to writing.</p> <p>There are a few other posts on Wise Bread on finding your passion. Here are the ones I could find:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-first-step-to-finding-your-dream-job">The First Step to Finding your Dream Job</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pre-career-advice">Pre-career advice</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/timeless-tips-for-college-students">Timeless Tips For College Students</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/feeling-stuck-100-ways-to-change-your-life">Feeling Stuck? 100 Ways to Change your Life</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-afford-to-follow-your-dreams-can-you-afford-not-to">Can you afford to follow your dreams?&nbsp; Can you afford NOT to?</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/2-ways-to-find-your-dream-amidst-lifes-chaos">2 Ways to Find Your Dream Amidst Life's Chaos</a></li> </ul> <p>I'd be really interested to hear from readers who had to struggle to find their passion. If you're one of the people who couldn't think of what they wanted to do, but then eventually figured it out, please comment below on how you did it.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/philip-brewer">Philip Brewer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/find-your-passion">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-is-your-dream-job">What Is Your Dream Job?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-afford-to-follow-your-dreams-can-you-afford-not-to">Can You Afford to Follow Your Dreams? Can You Afford NOT to?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-craziest-career-shift-success-stories">The 5 Craziest Career Shift Success Stories</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-simple-ways-to-find-your-passion">5 Simple Ways to Find Your Passion</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-people-who-have-their-dream-jobs-do">5 Things People Who Have Their Dream Jobs Do</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career and Income dream job follow your dreams work passion Wed, 02 Dec 2009 18:00:02 +0000 Philip Brewer 3916 at http://www.wisebread.com Dream Job or Day Job? http://www.wisebread.com/dream-job-or-day-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/dream-job-or-day-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/this-section-of-the-trail-is-closed.jpg" alt="This section of the trail is closed" title="This Section of the Trail is Closed" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="179" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most people I know have a frustrated passion. There's something they'd rather do a lot more of, but making a living gets in the way. Some people simply accept that their passion will get short shrift, while other people make great efforts to arrange their life so they can follow their passion. For the latter folks, I'm familiar with three general strategies: dream job, day job, and early retirement.</p> <h2>Dream Job</h2> <p>The dream job, of course, is making a living by following your passion. However small the fraction of writers, artists, actors, dancers, musicians, and athletes actually making a living at their art, you know it's at least possible &mdash; you can see people actually doing so any time you turn on the TV. With some hard work, a little luck, and the talent you were born with, maybe you could be one of them.</p> <p>Of course, not everyone's dream job is in the arts. There are plenty of people who dream of jobs in engineering, science, politics, teaching, business, medicine, and so on. Contrariwise, many passions offer no hope of a dream job &mdash; raising your kids being an obvious example. WC Porter just had a good post on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-what-you-love-idealistic-nonsense-or-good-advice">doing what you love</a> and trying to make money at it, and it's good to keep all your options in mind &mdash; if you can't find your dream job, maybe you can create it. (Still, it's worth trying to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/find-work-worth-doing">find work worth doing</a> and then trying to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-a-job-learn-the-secret-from-a-bad-movie">land a job</a> doing it. Certainly, it's better than doing work you hate.)</p> <p>It's easy for a dream job to become a nightmare. Sometimes your passion isn't quite as much fun when you have to perform on schedule. Sometimes your dream job turns out to include less following your passion and more filling out status reports, soothing customers, and running everything past legal. And, more than just sometimes, you find yourself competing with people who'll do the work for free, because it's their passion too.</p> <p>Still, none of that is to say that you should give up on your dream job. Just be realistic about it and go into it with your eyes open. One part of keeping your eyes open is considering the other two possibilities: day job and early retirement.</p> <h2>Day Job</h2> <p>If you want to follow your passion, but also have to earn a living, one practical option is a day job. There are whole categories of day jobs that are popular with people whose passion makes demands on their time. Aspiring actors and dancers, for example, often end up working as waiters &mdash; because it's a job that lets them schedule around casting calls, auditions, and rehearsals.</p> <p>The main criterion for a day job (aside from paying enough to support you) is that it doesn't drain you of whatever you need to follow your passion. A day job that leaves you exhausted might make it impossible to pursue your passion for music with late-night gigs. Working as a software engineer, I found that certain kinds of work seemed to use up whatever it was that let me write fiction. It was just certain tasks, so generally I could work at the day job all day and then come home and write in the evening. If that hadn't been true, I might have needed to find a new day job.</p> <p>The best sort of day job for someone with a passion is one where you put in your hours and then you're done. Any kind of hourly work is good. Salaried work is less good &mdash; you're expected to get the job done no matter how long it takes. Worst is the sort of high-stress job where you're spending your nights worrying about your bosses, clients, customers, processes, or deliverables, and find that you can't focus on your passion. Because of that, a lot of people who go with the day job end up working what would otherwise be considered a low-end job, because it's one that leaves them with time and energy to follow their passion.</p> <p>Even so, resist the temptation to settle for a job that's bad &mdash; in particular, for a job where either they don't respect you or where you don't respect the work. There is so much work that's worth doing, it's just stupid to flush your life away doing work that's worthless &mdash; even if it pays a little more. The downside of the &quot;day job&quot; strategy is that you're spending forty hours a week doing something other than your passion. Don't compound that by spending those hours doing <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/and-did-you-do-it-with-respect">something that you don't respect</a>.</p> <h2>Retire Early</h2> <p>You can retire early if you combine a high-paying day job with a certain amount of frugality. The more frugality, the earlier you can retire. (Higher pay lets you retire earlier too, but if you work out the math, it doesn't help as much as you'd think. Between taxes, the almost inevitable higher standard of living, and the extra work that the higher-pay jobs tend to require, it turns out that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-ive-been-trying-to-say">frugality is the adjustment</a> that ends up making the big difference.)</p> <p>I covered the &quot;retire early&quot; scenario just a few days ago in my post on <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-buy-your-way-out-of-the-rat-race">buying your way out of the rat race</a>.</p> <p>The main thing I'd caution against is the tendency to defer following your passion.</p> <p>It's one thing to have to fit your passion into the spaces left around a job, a family, and all the other things you have to do. That's normal. It's fine. It's even good. Unless your passion is an odd one, the connections that grow out of living your life will feed into your passion.</p> <p>But it's altogether different to put your passion aside until some future when you'll have enough time. That's almost always the wrong choice. Follow your passion right along. That's how it grows. That's how you remember why you're putting in the time and effort. That's what keeps your soul together.</p> <p>As long as you don't put off following your passion, any of these strategies can work.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/philip-brewer">Philip Brewer</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dream-job-or-day-job">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-handle-a-forced-early-retirement">5 Ways to Handle a Forced Early Retirement</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-real-world-salaries-of-8-childhood-dream-jobs">The Real World Salaries of 8 Childhood Dream Jobs</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-one-woman-retired-at-60-and-traveled-the-world">How One Woman Retired at 60 and Traveled the World</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-quotes-to-inspire-your-dream-career">8 Quotes to Inspire Your Dream Career</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-roth-iras-are-ideal-for-young-professionals">Why Roth IRAs Are Ideal for Young Professionals</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Retirement day job dream job early retirement Fri, 13 Nov 2009 16:29:27 +0000 Philip Brewer 3820 at http://www.wisebread.com The First Step to Finding Your Dream Job http://www.wisebread.com/the-first-step-to-finding-your-dream-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-first-step-to-finding-your-dream-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/newgolddream.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="375" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the current economy, many of us are happy just to be employed, but at the same time very few of us are working at the elusive &quot;dream job.&quot; For many people their jobs simply provide a paycheck and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/i-hate-my-job" title="&quot;I Hate My Job&quot; Guide">not much more</a>. So how do you find the career that makes you truly happy? I think the first step to finding your dream job is to define what it is.</p> <h3>Define the final products of your dream job.</h3> <p>Not everyone knows what exactly their dream jobs are, but most people know what they want their work to produce. I have known software engineers who wanted to help low income kids, and others who wanted to make games. People do not usually have concrete job titles in mind, and that is okay. As long as you can define what areas of the world you want to impact then you are off to a good start. Whatever the work produces should bring you some sort of fulfillment.</p> <h3>List your talents and passions that apply to the dream job.</h3> <p>Once you know what you want to create through your labor, you should be able to make a list of your talents and passions that could apply to the task. This will help you narrow down what you could do to achieve the end results of the dream job and give you some ideas about how to sell yourself to a potential employer. This exercise could also help you define the dream job in a more specific way.</p> <h3>Estimate an acceptable compensation.</h3> <p>Some people dream of jobs that pay oodles of dough, and others would do the work they love for free. This is completely personal, but it is helpful to be realistic in what amount of money you are willing to accept in exchange for more job satisfaction. If you do not define this criteria up front then it is possible that you may be resentful later on.</p> <h3>Envision your ideal work environment.</h3> <p>Do you want to work outside more? Do you want to travel? Would you like more flexible hours? Write down a list of things that describe what your ideal work environment is and remember it the next time you search for a job. Once you know what you want you could ask questions during interviews and find out if a certain position fits your needs.</p> <p>Once you clearly define what your dream job is, you could start working towards getting it. I often hear from friends and family that they would rather have another job, but when I ask them what they want to do they would come up with nothing. This is why the first and most important step to finding your dream job is to write down what it really is.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Are you working at your dream job? Do you have any tips for finding the dream job?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/xin-lu">Xin Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-first-step-to-finding-your-dream-job">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-quotes-to-inspire-your-dream-career">8 Quotes to Inspire Your Dream Career</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-unlisted-jobs-and-win-every-salary-negotiation">How to Find Unlisted Jobs and Win Every Salary Negotiation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-answer-23-of-the-most-common-interview-questions">How to Answer 23 of the Most Common Interview Questions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-re-fired-20-signs-that-a-pink-slip-is-coming">You’re Fired! 20 Signs That a Pink Slip is Coming</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-youre-being-a-terrible-employee">12 Ways You&#039;re Being a Terrible Employee</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building career dream job money Wed, 23 Sep 2009 20:00:04 +0000 Xin Lu 3635 at http://www.wisebread.com What Is Your Dream Job? http://www.wisebread.com/what-is-your-dream-job <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-is-your-dream-job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/lovejob.jpg" alt="i heart my job" title="i heart my job" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="233" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I honestly don&#39;t know what my dream job would be. I started with wanting to be an actress to producer (my last job squashed any glamorous visions of the Entertainment industry), to psychiatrist to writer and now...I don&#39;t know. All I know for sure is what I don&#39;t want to do: </p> <ul> <li>have a long commute </li> <li>spend all day doing things that don&#39;t matter to me </li> <li>not have any decision making abilities on the projects I&#39;m completing </li> <li>work for someone I don&#39;t respect </li> <li>doesn&#39;t challenge me daily and help me grow into a better person in general </li> </ul> <p> What I&#39;m doing to get my dream job: I&#39;m not doing any of the above. </p> <p>Does anybody have any inspiring stories of finding your dream job, or even figuring out what it is you want to do and actually taking steps to getting it? Here is what other Wise Bread bloggers have to say. Please share your story in the comments and be entered into a random drawing for a $25 Amazon Gift Certificate!</p> <p><strong>CONGRATULATIONS TO TODD, OUR WINNER FOR THE $25 AMAZON GIFT CERTIFICATE DRAWING. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE FOR PARTICIPATING.</strong> </p> <p><strong><a href="/sarah-winfrey" title="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a></strong><br /><a href="/sarah-winfrey"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/pictures/picture-9.jpg" alt="Sarah Winfrey" title="Sarah Winfrey" align="left" /></a> I&#39;d love to work for myself. Specifically, I&#39;d love to spend my mornings making stationery, invitations, journals, and whatever other papers products I could get people to buy. Then, I&#39;d like to spend my afternoons either writing (for publication--articles or books) or working with people in some sort of not-yet-defined helping capacity.</p> <p>What am I doing towards this? I&#39;m learning all about paper products, how to make them, get them printed, etc. I&#39;m learning Inkscape (like Illustrator) for design and even honing my XHTML/CSS/PHP skills both to help me out in starting this business and possibly as something that will generate some income while allowing me to exercise my design skills before the other project takes off. I&#39;m also pursuing some writing gigs. My MA already qualifies me to work with people in some capacities, so I&#39;m looking for clients and networking opportunities for that. I&#39;m so far from my goal, but it feels good just to be doing something!</p> <p><strong><a href="/justin-ryan" title="http://www.wisebread.com/justin-ryan">Justin Ryan</a></strong><br /><a href="/justin-ryan"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/pictures/picture-186.jpg" alt="Justin Ryan" title="Justin Ryan" width="85" height="85" align="left" /></a>Okay, so I&#39;m going to be the one who says it: I have my dream job.</p> <p> I run my own tech consulting and web design business. I get to decide what projects to take, and if I have a project I don&#39;t want to do, I can assign it to someone else. (I have a group of independent contractors to whom I subcontract jobs.) Granted, I&#39;d love to have *more* business (who wouldn&#39;t?), but I&#39;m happy to be working for myself. I get to set my own schedule, work when I want to, even code in my pajamas at 3AM if I want to (and sometimes, I do!).</p> <p>Of course, just because I have the job I want doesn&#39;t mean I don&#39;t have to keep working at it to keep it. I&#39;m constantly coming up with new ideas and promotions, and finding ways to expand the business into new areas and replace markets that have been exhausted.</p> <p>I suppose my &quot;get-your-dream-job&quot; advice is: Decide what you want to do, learn about what you have to do to get there, develop a plan, and then execute it. If you work smart and follow your plan, you&#39;ll eventually get where you want to be. The hardest part, though, is deciding where that is.</p> <p><strong><a href="/philip-brewer" title="http://www.wisebread.com/philip-brewer">Philip Brewer</a></strong><br /><a href="/philip-brewer" title="http://www.wisebread.com/philip-brewer"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/pictures/picture-203.jpg" alt="Philip Brewer" title="Philip Brewer" align="left" /></a>Computer programming was my first dream job. All through college I worked as a &quot;student operator&quot; (changing paper on the printer and helping other students with their programming homework) and generally spent every spare minute in the computer center. In those days computers were not things ordinary people could afford, so you pretty much had to be a student, work in the field, or be really rich if you wanted access to computers. I can remember thinking more than once, after I got my first real job in software, &quot;They&#39;re paying me for this! I hope they don&#39;t find out that I&#39;d do it for free to get access to the hardware.&quot;</p> <p> It didn&#39;t last, though. Doing software became less fun. It&#39;s been a gradual thing, with ups as well as downs. About twenty years ago I found a great place to work and a chance to work on software that excited me. Over time, though, I got tired of software in general, and I got tired in particular of the non-software parts of the job--it started feeling like I was spending more time reporting my status than I was making forward progress.</p> <p>My next dream job was to be a writer. I&#39;d always been a writer. I sold my first story in 1979 and I never really quit writing, but that work took a backseat to the software, and I didn&#39;t make much progress with it. In 2001 I decided to get serious about the writing. I started writing daily. I attended Clarion, a science fiction and fantasy writers workshop. I sold a couple more stories, but I didn&#39;t become a breakout success. My day job took so much time and energy, that it was hard to put the time into my writing that I wanted. I started to yearn for a way to write full time. </p> <p>One of the things that made me feel trapped in the software work was that it was very well paid. My wife and I had always been inclined toward frugality, and that plus the good pay made it possible to save and invest. I started compulsively checking on my investments, tracking my future pension, and projecting when I&#39;d achieve escape velocity. </p> <p> When I found out that my employer was closing the site where I&#39;ve been working the past 20 years, I had already calculated that I&#39;d be able to quit working a regular job within another couple of years. With the job going away before that, I&#39;m expecting things to be a little tight, but I think we&#39;ll be okay. </p> <p> When people here ask my plans, I say I&#39;m going to be a full-time writer. I&#39;ve got a novel I&#39;m working on that I&#39;ll write in the morning. I&#39;ve got some non-fiction projects in mind that I&#39;ll work on in the afternoon. With our savings and investments, we&#39;ll be able to eke out a meager existence. If we&#39;re able to make any money from our art, then our standard of living will higher, but we&#39;ll be okay either way. </p> <p> As of today, I&#39;m three weeks away from my dream job.</p> <p><strong><a href="/will-chen" title="http://www.wisebread.com/will-chen">Will Chen</a></strong><br /><a href="/will-chen"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/pictures/picture-4.jpg" alt="Will Chen" title="Will Chen" width="85" height="85" align="left" /></a>I loved watching <em>Growing Pains</em> as a kid. I always thought Dr. Seaver had the best job in the world! He was able to provide his family with a comfortable living and be available to his kids at all times. To top things off, he was able to help a lot of people just by talking to them. (Well, 90% of the time it was to get Mike and Boner out of trouble, but occasionally he does have paying clients.) </p> <p> For me, contributing to a blog like Wise Bread is a step towards the <em>Growing Pains</em> fantasy. I get to do my work at home and most of my work involves helping people achieve their goals of becoming professional writers. I think Dr. Seaver would be pleased.</p> <p><strong><a href="/beth-l-chapman" title="http://www.wisebread.com/beth-l-chapman">Beth L. Chapman</a></strong><br /><a href="/beth-l-chapman"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/pictures/picture-31.jpg" alt="Beth L. Chapman" title="Beth L. Chapman" align="left" /></a>After years of overanalyzing my skills and goals I&#39;ve come to the conclusion that my &quot;dream job&quot; can be summed up as &quot;paid vacationer.&quot; Not that this title means I expect someone to pay me to sunbathe all summer - I&#39;d be more like a photo-journalist. My work would be to photograph and write magazine articles about any and all of my pleasure-seeking experiences. With this type of loose job description I could enjoy a constant stream of timely, exciting subject material. I&#39;d bounce back and forth between food critic and film critic, beachcomber and mountain climber, world traveler and backyard gardener. Theoretically, this &quot;dream job&quot; is my current hobby (since I&#39;m not getting paid for it), but I&#39;m confident that one day that situation will change. In the past I have managed to turn my interests and hobbies into paying jobs, from cosmetics craver to make-up artist, from puzzle magazine aficionado to editor/test solver. It&#39;s important to like what you do.</p> <p>Tell us your about your dream job and what you&#39;re doing to achieve it. You&#39;ll be entered in a random drawing for a $25 Amazon Gift Certificate. Deadline to enter drawing is 8/12. Don&#39;t forget to enter your email address in the field provided and only one entry per person!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>THE DRAWING HAS ENDED. CONGRATULATIONS TO TODD, </strong><strong>OUR WINNER OF THE DRAWING!</strong> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/lynn-truong">Lynn Truong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-is-your-dream-job">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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