Skip Nav
13 of the Greatest Lessons We Learned at Our First Jobs
Budget Tips
11 Ways to Boost Your Credit Score
Job Search
9 Things to Remove From Your Résumé Right Now

Finding Your Dream Job

Your Two Cents: Is Your Current Job Your Dream Job?

Have you ever gotten teary over an acceptance speech? Yeah, me too. It's not just because I'm a sucker for emotional people I don't know; it's the "I made it" look they have in their eyes. Whether their career was intended or accidental, it seems they're truly happy with their success.

I'm not just talking about Halle Berry here. Most of us have goals that we're shooting to accomplish or we're trying to figure out a way to achieve them. What's important is that we're constantly putting ourselves in the best position for success.
How many of you are living your dream, career-wise?


Join The Conversation
Tari007 Tari007 9 years
I love my career but not my job. I like what I do and what it entitles, but I am not so fond of my boss and co-workers which ruins most days for me.
classysassy classysassy 9 years
i'm still in college so I don't have my dream job yet but I'm trying to take the necessary steps to get there. My dream job would definitely be in advertising, but right now I'm just looking for a killer internship to get my foot in the door. The road to my dream job is a long one and just beginning.
aoitenshi aoitenshi 9 years
I currently have my dream job, but the company sucks so I may have to find another dream job soon. :)
blingbling blingbling 9 years
I didn't think I loved my job until I took about a year off from it (voluntary furlough.) But while I was out I realized I couldn't imagine doing anything else. The grass is always greener... I've been a flight attendant for a major carrier for 18 years. When I returned from furlough I got sent to NYC - a base I never thought I'd be in - but as it turns out I'm now exclusively flying international. That was the reason I wanted the job to begin with - but life took me to places (bases) where that wasn't an option. Now that I'm finally doing what I wanted to do all along, it's been a blast. I get to travel all over and see new places. I'm also re-learning the French I studied in college, and might finally achieve my goal of being fluent, since I get to practice! Of course, it helps that I'm married and don't have to support myself on my income, because the pay isn't there anymore, after all the cutbacks since 9/11. But still I'd do it over anything else.
tee0206 tee0206 9 years
I'm only 23 and still working entry-level, so definitely no dream job yet.
sofiaroca sofiaroca 9 years
I don't know what my dream job is, but i don't know how to find out, i am overwhelmed with responsibilities so i don't allow my self to think about that. i would like to brake that cycle, any helpful ideas?
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i love what i do but it's not my end goal. hopefully with what i learn in my current position - i'll get to where i want to be
alethia037 alethia037 9 years
Let's start with this... I got a Master's degree in advertising, and I loved it in school. However, in the real world I HATED it! My family has owned restaurants since I was little, so I ended up changing careers and working for my Dad. I grew up in this business, and I absolutley love it. Funny how I spent 6 years in college and it turns out that the career I was made for was right under my nose the whole time!
Advah Advah 9 years
Hell no! But it's my first 'real' job and it's already good to have a job. It has its good and bad sides, and it's still interesting to discover active life. I'll probably go back to academia in a few years - so far it's the only job I'm actually excited about (apart from being Bono's PA of course) but who knows, maybe I'll find something better in between..
Asia84 Asia84 9 years
I;m working in my dream industry. in fashion there is such a high turnover rate; that meaning that you set your goals to become a buyer, and when you do, you like the pay, but realize you rather to do product development (although you'll miss those freebies). there are so many avenues to take in fashion, and that's why i like it. you don't have to stay in one spot or get stuck because you've invested soooo much. (to Julieulie; Im feeling ya pain girl . . .i really am). I have a degree in sociology (my dad wasn't going to pay for fashion school, and i was SUPPOSE to be pre-med until he opened some mail). then i went and got my degree in fashion merchandising. and i am MUCH more happier. i repect what JulieUlie is saying, but i can't do that. I have had a passion for fashion since i was 6. i've been sewing and designing since then. this is what i'm meant to do. besides . . .an unhappy Asia makes an unhappy-whoever is around her,lol.
CurvatudeBlog CurvatudeBlog 9 years
dream? no. satisfying. definitely. i work for myself. there is nothing better.
diydiva diydiva 9 years
I don't know... I've yet to figure out what I want to be when I grow up (if I decide to grow up!) I'm definitely not happy with what I'm doing, but I don't know which way to go. I can't see myself locked up in an office all day, but at the same time because of physical issues I can't do anything terribly active (although I think I'd be happy re-finishing woodwork on sailboats for a living) Oh well...
jadenirvana jadenirvana 9 years
Ladies looking for creative gigs that pay the bills, have you considered a job in advertising/marketing? I work as the creative lead on a website and it is incredibly fulfilling and fairly lucrative for a wee Creative Writing BA holder like myself. Just a thought, but I really would have to say getting paid well to write is a dream fulfilled for me!
insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
I am almost always torn between loving my job because it's so challenging and hating it because it's so stressful and doesn't pay enough. But there are, as they say, opportunities for advancement. That makes it all worthwhile.
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 9 years
Not really. It pays the bills and I like working with my co-workers. It is not something I dreamed of. I am not quite sure what I want. I am stuck
i LOVE my job. When I was done with college I knew what field I wanted to be in and I just accidently came across my current job. I had no idea that it would be PERFECT for me, I am so grateful and everyday I feel like God guided me towards this direction =o]
chatondeneige chatondeneige 9 years
I'm torn between two... I don't yet know what my dream job is, but I'm really happy where I am.
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
I'm working hard to find out what my dream job is
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 9 years
i am aggressively hunting down my dream job!
Widgit Widgit 9 years
I worked, successfully, at my former dream job (costume and fashion design) for a little over a decade and then discovered it was no longer my dream. After chucking it all to do humanitarian work and help my husband through grad school, I'm now suffering from a two year artist's block. I can't create, paint, or draw anything with which I'm not entirely bored. I'm content at my little receptionist job for the time being but am hoping to find my muse again soon. Any suggestions for overcoming artist's block out there?
dwhite-1217 dwhite-1217 9 years
been graduated with same as electro-bs in marketing/bus admin for 6 months, and nada. i shouldnt have moved from the bay! no jobs in LA....
tiki267 tiki267 9 years
I'm doing exactly what I went to school for, but I'd hardly say it's been a dream.
katherynn katherynn 9 years
I'm content enough. This DEFINATELY isnt my dream job. BUT with the benefits of this job, I can go to school for free.. and it gets me in the direction I want to go for my dream job. Just 3 more years and I can move onto what I'm really in love with, Interior Design!!
emalove emalove 9 years
It's pretty close to my dream job... I'm a teacher and I love being with the kids, teaching them new things, and feeling like I make a difference. I always knew I'd end up with a "helping" profession...I'm a very compassionate and kind-hearted person and can't see myself doing anything else. Plus, I work in a good school district and make pretty good money. And you can't beat having the summers off! And regularly scheduled vacations.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I'm not really sure what my dream job is. I'm still young so I have time to figure it out. I'm thinking about my options and working on it.
What Is Mystery Shopping?
Why Companies Should Invest in Employee Wellness
Calling in Sick Because of Stress
Is a Second Job Worth It?
From Our Partners
Latest Career & Finance
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds