There’s nothing like a New Year to make you re-evaluate your life, so if 2014 arrived with the realisation that you don’t want to have the same job by 2015, it’s time to start thinking about what you might want to do instead. Not everyone can grow up with a deep conviction about the path they want to follow, but uncertainty about what your dream job would entail doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to an unfulfilling career. We’ve put together an E&V guide to thinking through all your interests and abilities, with the aim of helping you decide on the job of your dreams.
To arrive at a logical conclusion, the first thing you’ll need to do is put logic completely to one side and think about the things you love to do. Forget about financial constraints and be completely honest with yourself about all the hopes and dreams you’ve ever had. Include everything that springs to mind, whether it’s the fact that you’d love to work from home or an aspiration to get involved in television. There’s no rush to this, so take your time to consider the contribution you want to make to the world and the kind of person you want to be. Once you’ve found an answer – or several – to this question, think about the reasoning behind your choices. By picking apart the factors that are important to you, you may find there are more ways than you’d imagined to achieve your goals.
In the process of thinking about all the things you might prefer to do, you should also reflect on the ways in which your current role does or doesn’t fulfil these aspirations. If you don’t feel creatively stimulated, is there a promotion you could aim for that would address this? If you feel bored by an office role, question whether you might miss the stability in a more uncertain career. Try to appreciate the benefits of your current situation before throwing them away, to ensure that if you do decide to leave, you won’t question your decision with every bump in the road.
If you’re still set on a career change, ask yourself: ‘if I could trade jobs with anyone, who would I choose?’ Once you’ve arrived at a few suggestions, do your research and find out not only what it would take to get there, from further studies to taking a paycut, but also what everyday life would be like in that job. You might have thought wistfully about a career in advertising, only to be completely put off by the frequent late nights that come with the role. Make use of any and every contact you have working in the fields you’re interested in and ask them what they like and dislike about their job. If you don’t know anyone, find an online forum and ask for advice there. Don’t panic if you don’t have any experience – just take every opportunity to learn anything you can.
Our Engel & Völkers Academy has welcomed trainees from all walks of life who go on to become crucial members of our team. If you think a career in real estate might just be the job of your dreams, visit our E&V Careers site to start searching for vacancies today.