It is very rare that the words 'I love my job' are heard. And that's why I find myself very lucky to be able to say I actually do. I have been in my current industry for 20 years and I am still happy to be doing it even now. But what if everything fell magically into place and I could do the job I had always dreamed of?
What I have always wanted to do:
In the past I have quite often found myself thinking about these sorts of ideas and they never end up going anywhere. You will read that I have many obsessions and ambitions. These jobs below are ones, deep down I'd still really love to do.
I went through a phase quite a few years ago of wanting to start my own business as a wedding planner. It was purely the idea of starting a business from scratch that I just loved. I completed an online Diploma course and I was so happy when I passed it. I even put together a name for my company. It was happiness that the job would have bought me and the positive impact on a couple on their special day. The more I looked into it the more the realisation set in though, a lot of time and hard work is needed to set up any business, time I didn't see I would have at that point. So this idea was not getting off the ground.
Events planner at a hotel
To organise and then see through any event from a wedding to an anniversary party, would be so rewarding. And then to be able to work in a hotel environment too… that's a double tick right there for me. This job became a little obsession of mine when I organised my sister's hen weekend, there was a lot of stuff that just had to be bought together perfectly and it certainly all worked out in the end. I was so pleased with myself that I just knew then, I wanted to do that sort of thing forever. But shift work in a hotel has always put me off unfortunately.
This particular fascination of a job came to me when I did work experience for two weeks in a hotel. Ever since then I've been intoxicated by the workings of a hotel environment. I take note of everything when I stay in a hotel, knowing why that specific person is where they are and what specific jobs they are employed to do is my little quirk. The only thing holding me back is the thought of shift work, I would lose quite a lot of what I enjoy now, my free time with my daughter.
This thought came about more recently, I do often use some detective skills with my work now and it has been said I am the best person for it. When I sat and thought about it, at some point in our lives we would need to get our thinking caps on to locate/find/pinpoint someone. And that's when I thought about becoming a private investigator. I have watched some crime films in the past and had been fascinated about the job of gathering clues and puzzle pieces to finally get an answer. I really do think this is one of those jobs people forget actually exists, and in my opinion what a job!
Working in the property industry, I have gotten to know the workings of a residential property inside and out. I admit now that I am obsessed with houses, the perfect job for this would be a Surveyor. A Surveyor is someone who will assess the condition of properties and then provide a report back to the client. You have to train, study and then take an exam to join the RICS board (Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors). I have just never been in that position to go ahead with it all. But I am in awe of Surveyors, I do think it is a pretty cool job.
I remember being quite young drawing and designing houses inside and out and this little quirk got stronger as I got older. My plans got bigger including designing my very own mansion (if I won the lottery). And then someone introduced me to the name of a job I hadn't heard of when I was younger, an Architect. And that was that, for about 5 years whenever I was asked what I wanted to be when I was older I'd say an Architect. I still compose doodles now of layouts for houses when I have some spare time.
For me, I actually don't enjoy change and I know I'm not alone, so moving to one of these jobs from something I have known for almost 20 years would actually be a huge step for me, not to mention very scary indeed.
My current job
I am a Conveyancing Administrator working within a Law Firm. I am the first port of call for any new clients, opening their files and contacting everyone else involved in the chain. I absolutely love it, always have done and thrive on the individuality each file can bring. Don't get me wrong it is very stressful sometimes and the pressures of sticking to a timescale can be consuming, but the good outweigh the bad most of the time. I only work 3 days a week which allows me to have the best of both worlds, work hard and a slight break too.
All in all, as much as not being able to follow some of my dream jobs above might be down to time consumption, it could also be a case of not believing in myself. But I also think that your job is quite an important part of your life and therefore if I am happy, why pursue something different right now. So here's to those who are happy with their career choices, it really does make a difference to us in the end.
Have you followed your dream?
Does your current job give you the best of both worlds?