The importance of chasing a career you love; the chances of having your dream job

By: Olivia Miller

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As a kid, our teachers always asked us what we wanted to be when we grew up, and many of us kids, being oblivious, responded unrealistically: Astronaut! Movie star! Pop star! NBA player!

Most of us wanted jobs that we thought were fun; we are going to be doing them for the rest of our lives so why wouldn’t we want to do something we enjoy?

Turns out, as we got older, we realized how likely those dreams actually were. The sad truth is Hollywood never needs a new movie star as much as Joann Fabrics needs a new cashier.

But how many of those little kids grew up and actually got to pursue the career they had always dreamed of having?

According to a study done by, a surprising 22% of adults say that they currently have their dream job. Now, this doesn’t mean they wouldn’t dare to ever switch careers because their current work place is just that perfect, but it means that they are happy where they are currently working and don’t dread getting up in the morning to go to work.

Let’s talk about the other 78%. Are these people unhappy? Did they give up on finding a career they love or are they still working toward their dream? According to, many people who don’t enjoy their job don’t have the courage to leave because of the fear that it may take awhile to actually find a job they love, and they don’t have time, or money, to be unemployed long enough to do so.

So, how do I secure my dream job?

There are many ways to help push you towards your goal of loving what you do and getting paid while doing it. According to, here are some steps you can take to help you with that goal:

  1. Start a hobby that relates to your dream, incorporating your dream job into your daily life may help you transfer into actually doing it full time.
  2. Talk to someone who actually has that job. Talking to someone who is living your dream can help you understand how to get to where you want to be.

Having a job you actually enjoy can improve your life in so many ways and can make you happier overall. Just because you don’t have it now doesn’t mean you can’t start trying to get your dream job.