Is This Your Dream Job?


By: Kyla Habrock

Recently, I served as a panelist for a Job Survival Course offered by the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. The seven week course is offered to students who are in their Junior or Senior year of college. The course content focused on information that should be useful for students as they prepare to transition from being a student in college to a professional in the work force.

The information discussed in the course over the seven weeks was well rounded, and will clearly prepare students to not only survive, but thrive as a young professional. Topics covered during the course included:

  • First years in the workplace
  • Time management
  • 401K, benefits, insurance, investments
  • Working on commission
  • Owning your own business
  • Advancement
  • Mentorships
  • Credit
  • Relocation and housing

Students submitted questions asking for advice on internships, searching for jobs, applying for jobs, preparing for interviews, and more. The information exchanged was so good, that is why I am sharing it with you!

This will be a great resource for you as it captures the dialogue exchanged between college age peers and young professionals about topics that matter the most.

Question 1: Is this your dream job?

Answer: My goal after completing my undergraduate degree was not to find my dream job. Instead my goals were focused in the short term:

  • Gain work experience
  • Network with peers and other professionals
  • Earn a salary that would allow me to buy a new car

Photo: Ford Probe.jpg

 Ford Probe







Caption: In 2000, as a junior in high school, I bought a 1994 Ford Probe with 88,000 miles on it. I drove that awesome car through the remainder of high school and all through college, putting on just shy of 224,000 total miles. When I got my first job after graduating college in 2007, I bought a 2004 Honda Accord.

Photo: Paid off Honda Accord.jpg

 Paid off Honda Accord








Caption: I paid off the loan on my Honda Accord early! I happily drive that awesome car today.

A more appropriate goal for finding my dream job was more focused in the long term. However, it can be difficult to stay focused on your long term goal of finding your dream job. Although, according to, focus is exactly what you will need to land your dream job – that and healthy doses of confidence and hard work.

Here are a few things to consider as you identify a path that can potentially lead to your dream job

  • Consider what you value
  • Consider what motives and excites you
  • Consider what skills and abilities are necessary
  • Consider what jobs currently exist, as well as jobs that haven’t even been created yet

Confucius said, “Find a job you enjoy, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” But remember, even dream jobs can be hard work. But, it does make life much easier when you are doing something you love.

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