Find Your Dream Job in Any Job

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At some point each of us decided what we wanted to be we “grew up.” Unfortunately for most of us, we’ve “grown up” and never met those expectations. It’s easy to fall into a job-searching slump when you have high expectations of what you should and could be doing, that’s why it helps to look at your situation from a different point of view.

Jessica Ward is reachAbility’s Job Developer.

Jessica Ward is reachAbility’s Job Developer.

If your lifelong goal has been to be a doctor but you never got accepted to med school, then this is probably not a realistic expectation. You are not alone in your struggles. Most have not attained their “dream jobs”.

I am not suggesting you give up your dreams, but maybe investigate why was it your dream job to begin with. Maybe you liked the idea of being a family physician and being able to help people within the framework of a Monday to Friday, 8 to 5 schedule. Or, maybe you loved the thrill that the on-call doctors on TV get when they have to jump out of bed in the middle of the night to rush to the hospital and save a life. Maybe it’s the continuous learning that doctors have through always innovating and trying new medical techniques.

The key to finding your dream job is not in the title, the education required, or even the pay rate - it’s in figuring out what qualities you value.

Humor me - grab a pen and paper, put aside your preconceived ideas of what you think you should be doing; what you aspired to do your whole life; what your degree means you should be doing - and consider these 5 values:


  • Do you value your weekends with family and friends and want a Monday to Friday job?

  • Do  you enjoy working over nights so you can enjoy some adventure time in the afternoons?

  • Do you prefer alternating shifts so you can get the best of both worlds.

  • Would you prefer to work a seasonal job so you can travel during the winter/summer months?


  • Are you an adrenaline seeker and love a fast paced sales environment?

  • Are you a hands on person who loves to see the fruit of their labor?

  • Do you like to work alone in order to save your social time for your personal life?

  • Do you love to collaborate and create within a team environment.


  • Do you work best with minimal supervision?

  • Do you enjoy having someone oversee your work so you can complete specific tasks and go home?

  • Would you prefer to be your own boss, and dream of being self employed?


  • Do you need constant recognition in order to feel adequate?

  • Do you get your fulfillment from helping others?

  • Are you very task oriented and getting the tasks done quickly and efficiently is all the gratification you need?


  • Does your financial situation allow for you to be solely self-employed?

  • Are you willing to make less of a salary if all of your values are met otherwise?

  • How important is your hourly wage in relation to the work life balance you can obtain if you find a job that gives you fulfillment?

Knowing what you value will help you determine if your dream job is actually your “dream job”, or is it just one representation of everything you value. There are many jobs out there that allow you to help others while working a Monday to Friday career that don’t require med school, and good paying jobs at that!

George Eliot once said, “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.”

Build on this new foundation of values to go out there and find your dream job!