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?
I’m not working in my ideal job or field. Ideally I would want to be a counselor but I chose marketing instead.
Our jobs now do come to us for a good a reason, I'm sure you're great at it. And like me, I hope your dream job comes your way eventually too
Aw, I loved reading about your past dream jobs! My dream job has always been a writer, and has been since I was young. I definitely want that to be a part of my career, but now I'm focussing on nature and the environment x
And if I say so myself Caroline you're fantastic at it!
I went through a phase where I so badly wanted to be a wedding planner too and even got a diploma in wedding planning - I wonder if we took the same course... :)
Haha that's really comforting to know. It was a cheap online course done about 4 years ago, got a diploma though wahoo
Jeanette, you are definitely a woman with varied interests. People are always looking for affordable options for weddings, so you could do that freelance. That way, you can scratch that itch and limit yourself to just a couple of clients a year. My daughter's former teacher did that in the summer when school was out. I was an event planner for years. It's hard work, but it can be a high as well. I'm good at it, but it's just not in my spirit. I can see the intrigue in being a detective. I'm always curious about the why and how when I hear about different stories. It would be fun being the one to get to the bottom of it.
But, it's great that you are happy where you are now. After 20 years, to be miserable would just be so sad. I still think you should feed that passion you have too.
Thank you Cassie, great advice here. I must admit I am slightly looking for jobs in planning at the moment eeek fingers crossed x
You've got me thinking about what my dream job/s would be -- it's really interesting to think about! I like all of the ones shared hear, they all sound really fascinating.
Molly | transatlanticnotes.com
Oh it's a great way to really think about a new career, the world is your oyster, you only live once x
I loved reading about your dream jobs, it’s made me think what mine would be. It’s great that you have been happy in your job for 20years! I think that is rare. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for reading, definitely food for thought out there
What a range of careers you would love to do! I would love to be a private investigator, that would be such a cool job! x
Lucy | www.lucymary.co.uk
Yes! Let's start our own agency 😁
These are really interesting career ideas and a couple of years ago I wanted to try interior designing, but that was a passing fantasy. Currently I work as an administrative assistant, it's not my ideal but it pays the bills. I hope to be build a career as a personal development coach and content creator someday, where I have the best of both worlds: time and control. Thanks for sharing.
Go for your goals soon 👍 Wishing you luck for them too
These are some great ideas for jobs. I have wanted to be a police officer, wedding or events planner or have my own stationery business. Thank you for sharing your dream jobs.
They sound like cool jobs Lauren. It's never too late you know. Thanks for reading x
This is such a great idea for a post! It's nice thinking about those dream jobs. I'm sort of doing mine, although I do wish there was more video aspect involved as I loved doing media and film in collage.
Yes media is such a great genre to get into, and then there's lots of branches off of that. Thank you for the positive thoughts