Picking a career sounds very easy in high school. The rule is simple, the loftier the career, the better. But high school is over now, and you’re stuck in a job you don’t have passion for. Well, you’re not the only one.
According to research, many people every year are either thinking of changing their jobs or taking active steps to change it. Finding a dream career is not easy, and for many people, it may take a career they don’t like for them to figure out a career they do.
For expert photographer David Koonar, this is not the case. He is among one of the few who are lucky to be doing a job they have passion for, and he has decided to share how he was able to find his dream career with us.
What’s a dream career to you?
Picking a career is a lifelong venture. There are many choices to pick but there is usually a handful that drives your passion. That’s a dream career. It is that job that doesn’t feel like work to you. You don’t mind how long you have to learn for and honing your skills is more of pleasure than work.
In a way, I’d describe it as a way of life you make money from. On one hand you enjoy it and on the other you can’t imagine a time when you’re not doing it. In a way, I think it’s like finding a soul mate. Your heart simply beats for it.
Look at photography for example. It’s a dream job for me. My passion for it is boundless, I look forward to it and I have fun doing it.
How did you find your dream job?
For me, it was easy. You see, I’ve always been partial to colours, images and recording memories. So, naturally, I gravitated towards photography. At first, it started out as a hobby.
I simply enjoyed doing it, taking pictures at parties and other functions with my phone for friends and family. Everything else proceeded from there.
At first, it was quite challenging to land your first client, but after that, everything else is easier to accomplish.
What ways do you think people who don’t already have an idea can go about finding their dream career?
I understand that some people may not have it as easy as I did. They may not be cognizant of a likely career path, and as a result may have to work extra hard. This is completely normal.
If you fall within this category, make sure you start exploring your career choice by taking a good look at what you’re good at. It can be taking pictures of your friends, making others laugh or even mathematics. Once you figure it out, making a career choice becomes easy.
Another way is to talk to others. As much as you want to personalize your career choice, you’re not an island. There are several great career choices you don’t know about and talking to other people may give you the knowledge you need to make a great choice.
How do you know you’ve found your dream job?
That’s an easy one. Since having a dream job is all about finding something you’re passionate about, you know you’ve found a dream job when you think to yourself, “I have the best job in the world”. In addition to this, you’re actually great at what you do, and no amount of hard work is too much work. You simply want to be the best.
What’s the end goal of having a dream job?
Fulfilment! When you’re doing something you love, you feel like you’re truly contributing meaningfully to the world. More often than not, you wake up happy and go to sleep happier because you’ve converted your hobby, (something you’d have found time to do anyway) into a career.
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