Ovation: GUEST POST – Mike Rowe’s Advice On Finding A Dream Job.
If there’s one thing people learn about Mike Rowe, it’s that he doesn’t sugar-coat anything. The former “Dirty Jobs” TV host was recently asked for some personal advice on finding the dream job, and he said straight up: it’s a dream. Wake up. Everyone wants to hold out for the perfect job, mate, or life, but the universe doesn’t work that way. Only when you get your hands dirty do you see all the options rolled out in front of you.
Go with what you need
You may have a laundry list of things you want, but what do you really need? A paycheck, of course. A certain type of schedule, perhaps, if you have family obligations. Once you wipe everything else off that list, the field is wide open. You need to earn a living, but it’s a little self-delusional to think that you’ll be handed everything you want from the beginning.
Embrace the bottom
Even CEOs and celebrities start somewhere, and that is usually at the bottom. Entry-level jobs give you a chance to prove yourself to your employer. Showing up on time with a smile and a can-do attitude goes a long way with the boss, and landing a lower-rung position also gives you a chance to study everyone else in the company. Observe what they’re doing wrong and right, follow the best examples and prove yourself worthy of a better job.
Explore and experience
There’s an old saying, “Experience is what you get when you didn’t get what you wanted.” If your current job isn’t working out at all, look around and see what else is out there. Explore options outside your chosen field. Every job has something to teach you in how to handle people, stress, ethics and yourself. Sometimes a job you thought you would hate ends up being the one you love – and learn from – the most.
In addition to hands-on experience, you can also expand your education and become the person worthy of that dream job. After hours and online learning programs offer degrees for busy adults, along with other classes to help you get ahead. There are also trade schools to help you land well-paying jobs like the welding gigs Rowe mentioned. If you still want to pursue another career down the road, you’ll have the resources to do it.
In the end, it’s called ‘work’ for a reason. Rowe’s advice to just get out there and do something is sound. Getting out there and moving toward a goal is better than not moving at all. No matter what job you have, you fill a need in society. That’s a great start.
Beth Bartlett writes about business, travel and pop culture for a number of publications.
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