January 22nd, 2010
When it comes to landing your dream job, there is no set path that will guarantee success. However, the education you earn and experiences you have can help to shape a path that may lead you to it. Eventually.
You can land your dream job by getting the right education. Having the right degree can not only qualify you for your dream job, but start you on the right path. Think about what academic area you need to study, and on what levels you will need to study it to obtain an entry-level position that will help you get your foot in the door. Once you are able to break into your field of interest, consider if you need to continue your education in order to advance to a higher position. For example, if your dream job is to the CEO of a company, you might want to get your bachelor's degree in a business-related field and then consider earning your MBA. Your educational background will not only help you build a strong foundation to build your career, but put you in a position to meet good contacts and gain valuable experience as well.
You can land your dream job by getting the right experience. Realize that you will not be handed your dream job, and that it will take a lot of hard work and determination to get where you want to be. For example, if you want to be the editor and chief of a newspaper someday, think about the responsibilities of that particular job and the type of experience and skills necessary to fulfill them. An editor's job is to direct a team of writers, assign stories, and edit copy, therefore one must be good at writing, proof reading, and managing. The path to a job as an editor in chief may consist of jobs as a reporter, copy editor, and section editor. If you have a specific career goal, it is important that you plan out the necessary steps you may need to take to get there. You can do this conducting some informational interviews to find out how other people have landed their dream jobs. Schedule a time with someone who is currently in a position that you aspire to, and ask questions about their work history and the qualifications they earned that led them to it. An informational interview can give you insight into what you need to do in order to accomplish your goals and advance to the next level in your career.