What Is A Dream Job?

What makes a dream job a dream? Can a dream job still be a dream job if it’s not in the location you want it to be? Is it still a dream job if it means sacrificing something else that is extremely important to your heart? What truly makes a dream job and do they even exist?

I’ve found myself a bit lost lately as I navigate what I want my future to look like. I’m realizing some things that are working, some things that aren’t, some that need to be more short term, and some that are long term. I’m being rather vague for a reason; I’m not ready to dive into all the details that I’m feeling, at least not yet. And honestly, I’m still trying to understand what some of those feelings actually are.

I try to think about what my “dream job” is, what it looks like, where it’s located, what it makes my day-to-day life look and feel like, how it supports an abundant life, what I’m actually doing, etc.

And sometimes, I think that’s where I get lost. I can’t necessarily or clearly answer those questions, though I do think I’m getting closer.

I think about jobs of past and present, jobs that I once thought were the dream job, jobs that seemed like the missing piece to put this whole puzzle together. Not only were they not that, they also weren’t my dream job. Don’t be mistaken, I’m still grateful for the job I have now and the jobs I had prior, for the things they taught me, the bills they paid, the new experiences and growing opportunities (whether within my career or personally) they presented, but I’m not in a dream.

When I think about my future, I picture a life with financial freedom, surrounded by friends and family, having a beautiful garden in the backyard, a home gym in the basement, connection to generations past, a beautiful home where people can visit. I imagine myself writing and traveling and speaking and inspiring and learning and growing and sharing and storytelling.

But I don’t know what that all means yet, but I guess that’s okay, right?

At 30, it’s easy to feel like you need to have all your shit together but I’m often reminded by friends in their 30s and beyond, you never really feel like you have all your shit together. Maybe you never really know what your dream job is? Maybe that’s because we’re constantly growing and evolving as people and as we do, that can change.

At one point my dream job was to be a band manager. By 21, I was doing that job. I came, I saw, I conquered. Now at 30, I want something new, exciting, different and not that. I guess I’m still figuring it out.

Do you have a dream job? What is it?

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15 thoughts on “What Is A Dream Job?”

  1. Love this post, Katie! I agree with you – my idea of a “dream job” has changed as I’ve grown older and gained more experience. I feel like every 6 months my idea of a dream job changes. I’m trying to remember what my values are and try to determine how I can find (or create!!) a job that allows me to live my life in a way that is consistent with my values. I love following along with your posts – thanks for sharing!

    1. I have said for as long as I can remember, I don’t actually think my dream job is out there, I think it’s something I create…even if that means combining a full time job with a side hustle that totally serves me….who knows. 😉

      1. I totally agree! From what I can tell on Facebook, it seems like we’re both working on that. I’d love to get to a point where I’ve created my dream job, but for now, it’s the 9-5 grind and doing what I love on my time. One day though!!

  2. The question is: do you really ever have your shit together? Not likely… Lol. But it’s a great question, what’s your dream job. I think I would have loved being a biologist and working in Kenya or Tanzania. My life would be a million times different than it is now and I doubt I would have ever met my husband if this was the life I endeavoured to set upon. No regrets, though, it’d just be different. But dream job, realistically, taking care of pets and something fun and fitness related. Maybe group teaching? I don’t know, but those sound fun and ideal.

    1. hahaha! I love everyone’s responses to “do you have your shit together” …over and over the answer is NO. lol

  3. I have had different “dream” jobs over the years. I’m still not 100% certain what mine even is at this point, but I’m the closest I’ve ever been I think.

  4. Just the other day I said “I want to be a National Park Ranger when I grow up!” And my youngest said “Uh, didn’t you already grow?” HAHAHAHA I told him never stop dreaming and when he grows up if his job ever makes him unhappy to find another one that fills him back up with pride. Im going to be 35 years old and Im still dreaming!

  5. My “dream job” has changed over time too. I think you are so right in that your “dream job” in your 20’s is not necessarily the same “dream job” in your 30’s (or beyond I would guess, but I don’t know because I’m not there yet!)

    Also, I agree that no-one ever really feels like they “have their shit together”. Isn’t that what keeps us challenged and motivated to constantly better ourselves??

    1. That’s a good point…I’m someone who is constantly wanting to better myself so I guess I should get used to this “not having my shit together” feeling. 😉

  6. I think I might have finally gotten closer…just changed jobs, and I’m nearly 42. I’ve been very Goldilocks in my “too much” “too little” “too…whatever” for all of my jobs but this one? I felt at home and settled nearly immediately, despite the fact that it’s new and I’m basically figuring it out as I go along. So all this to say, yes, it takes time, nothing is ever perfect, but when you get close, it’s so, so worth it. Sounds like you’re getting to the same point…?

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