View Poll Results: Are you in your dream job?
Yes - absolutely 6 16.22%
No, not even close 14 37.84%
Not yet, but on my way with a plan!! 17 45.95%
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Are you in your dream job? If not, what's in your way?

My answer is yes and no. I love my job, but can't stand my boss.
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No, not even close. I don't know what I want to do with my life and I feel like I have no direction. I'm not sure what a "dream job" would entail for me...the closest I can think of is being an attorney, but there are just as many things that turn me off of the profession as there are turning me on to it.
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I can't really say. I couldn't figure out what I wanted to do after HS, but I knew I liked English and writing. I wanted something more "steady" than being a writer. I didn't want to go into journalism. I didn't want to teach. I did want to stay in my area, where that was pretty much my only options with an English degree. I went, on a full four-year scholarship, one semester to a nearby private university, declared English as my major, realized I would end up in a clerical position considering what I knew I DIDN'T want to do (and that being my only options in my area) and transferred to a community college. Everyone thought I was stupid. My parents wanted to KILL me. I got my associates in science in an administrative program after 2 years and within 2 months of graduating, I started the job I have now. It was, at the time, my dream job, especially compared to the full-time retail position I held while I was in school. I do payroll, taxes, book-keeping, filing, A/R and A/P for several companies owned by the same people, and out of the same corporate office. The pay is not as good as I had hoped/thought, but the rest of the job is great. Very casual office. I have my own little quiet office. I'm left mostly alone to do my job without anyone constantly questioning me (for the most part anyway ). I set my own hours, etc. That part is great, but I feel like I'm not living up to my potential.

So I am going to go back to school - probably this fall - at the very school I didn't stay at before. I can't complain about how it has all worked out though, because I'm going back for accounting - something I would have NEVER considered until I got this job and realized that I liked it and was pretty good at it.

So in a way, I am in my dream job, and in a way, I'm still working for it, so I voted for #3

Also - this may sound silly, but after I have kids, I plan on being a SAHM. I'd love to find a way to work from home part-time at that time, and it's really important to me to have experience or a degree in something that can be flexible. It may sound silly, but I think that would really be my dream job, although it isn't considered a "career" by a lot of people.
Originally Posted by Rheanna83
Pretty much, yeah...
I never thought I'd feel this way...
And who cares what ppl think?
I totally get what you are do that to ya...
Very interesting poll. I voted that I hope I'm on my way.

Eilonwy has a point. In many ways, emotions have or should have nothing to do with work. (except, maybe, if you are in a nurturing field) However, I do believe that there are types of work that trigger more of a deep emotional reaction, in a good way. Like work that you believe in or are extremely devoted to or that just makes you wake up every day more energetic than not and more excited than not to head to work. For some, that can include business, accounting, computers, science. I don't think that a true passion for what you do is confined to certain types of work. But I think that for each person who has thought about it and been out in the workforce for a while, it is fairly easy to tell which jobs will engage more of who you are and what you think/care about and which jobs are primarily meant to generate income and secure health benefits and a pension plan, etc..
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No way, but you all know that.

As a women who will never marry, living in the age of personally funded retirement plans, my #1 responsibility in life is to get a job that will take care of ME until I die. I don't have that, so I don't have my "dream" job.
I couldn't vote for any of those choices. It's not my dream job, it's a compromise.I make a good salary and benefits, the people and culture are okay, there's very little manipulation, etc., the politics are okay. I'm a self-driven, individual contributor and not micro-managed. And I go on paid sabbatical (8 weeks) this year. Maybe I'll think of one while I'm on sabbatical. My priorities have changed (I'm over 50). I'm thinking about enjoying the precious time I have left to serve and being well-rewarded for it.
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