The Career Coach is In

It's not crazy to want a dream job


I know what I would love to do, but my friends keep telling me it doesn't exist, and that I have to lower my expectations. Am I crazy for thinking there's a job out there for me?


I could go into a whole meditation on how important it is to pursue work you really love, but instead I'm going to do an Indiana Jones. I'll decline the philosophical sword fight, pull out my statistical gun and just shoot this one down.  As of March 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were just shy of 139 million jobs out there in the U.S.A.  Statistically speaking, I think it's quite likely that just about any job you would love to do exists.

People have written entire books just chronicling the odd, the weird, the wild and the just plain dirty jobs that are out there. Indeed, someone I know of is making a very fine living simply chronicling the dirtiest, nastiest jobs he can find.

So, no, you are not crazy. If you can imagine the job you would love, it exists. Finding the job, however, can sometimes be a daunting task, especially in an economy that is still recovering. It requires patience, persistence and an ability to forge ahead in the face of the doubts and warnings of those we care about. I suspect that what your friends are really saying is "We've convinced ourselves that our dream doesn't exist, so how can you possibly expect us to tell you to go looking for yours?"

You know what my advice is going to be: Keep looking. What have you got to lose, except a job you hate?


Karen Chopra

 |  May 7, 2010; 8:39 AM ET  |  Category:  Career Change , Career Exploration Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Even the worst job can be made better by good people, and even the best one can be made worse by bad people. Be careful what you wish for.

Posted by: Nymous | May 11, 2010 4:06 AM
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Perhaps, it's best to think of a job, not in terms of a paycheck. A great spouse, parent, or mentor is worthy of a life's work. Waking up next to my wife each morning and have her smile at me is priceless. What one does for a paycheck is secondary.

Posted by: jbratten | May 10, 2010 9:14 PM
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I surrender,don't shoot?
I like your columns, most deal with communication as primary cause or effect?

A "friend" told me i transformed , that i needed to get out of the business, that i'm at the crossroad that many don't get the opportunity to see, that i should teach. So,

Transformed Fitness, whether physical, environmental, fiscal, ethical or practical applications overall,can have the opposite effect for males, in male dominated industries.

21 years in the same field(company), 15 with the same supervisor, i forced my corporation to dismiss me. I made the last two years extrememly difficult for my "corporation", which i cared a great deal about.

I do "gratis", passing the time.

In retrospect, laying down that "Double Cheese", improving cardio doesn't do a lot for employment prospects but it does improve the quality of a love life.

Posted by: EarthCraft | May 10, 2010 8:46 AM
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i think the key is to make the job you have into the one you want, sometimes that's as easy as tuning out bad people.

Posted by: rufkd | May 10, 2010 8:25 AM
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