Go to any careers advisor and they will tell you that in order to be happy in life you need to follow your dream. “If you find your dream job, you’ll never work a day in your life”. Blah blah blah. Does anyone actually believe this? And if it is true, how do you even know what your dream job is?
One tip that is common in self-help books, web forums, et al, is to have a go at writing your ideal job ad. The kind of ad that, if you saw it in the newspaper, would excite and inspire you, because you would know it is YOUR dream job.
So here’s mine:
Mildly creative yet vague and directionless individual wanted to research current trends, browse bookshops and art galleries, read newspapers and magazines and occasionally cook a gourmet meal.
This is a new position so the final outcomes are not yet clear, however it is expected that you some photography and writing skills are advantageous, as is a business degree. Must be computer literate and possess superior people and communication skills.
A generous remuneration package, expense account, and extensive travel opportunities are on offer to the successful candidate.
This position will be based at home so you must have office space, the desire to work alone and the discipline to set your own hours.
So what do you think – am I asking too much?