My Dream Job Isn’t My Dream Job Anymore

Girl Boss: Finding your dream job after college

I’ve been thinking a lot about how much my life has changed since I graduated from college almost three years ago. I’m not at all where I thought I would be, I’m actually in a much better place than I could’ve ever imagined. I know many people have the same struggle as me after graduation so I wanted to share my experience in finding my dream job.

A few weeks ago my work sent out an internal job position in the marketing department. I immediately opened the job summary because I’ve always thought the only way I’d leave my current position would be for a marketing position. I found myself smiling along at the description and getting excited because the job summary was exactly what I’d always imagined myself doing. My fingers itched to fill out the job application and to start sprucing up my resume. But then reality hit me.

Things have changed a lot since I graduated from college in 2016. My  goals and my dreams aren’t the same as they used to be. I used to dream of planning events and managing social media for companies but now I am more than happy to help clients achieve their financial goals. I’m not client facing but I make an impact on our client’s lives and that means a great deal to me. In addition to that, I am a part of an amazing and hardworking team who always have my back. I have two strong female bosses who are willing to do anything to help me succeed. My dream job has changed because it’s no longer a role, it’s a team.

Success comes in many shapes and sizes but it can be lonely. Many people have success because they overcome failures and learn to be better than their peers. Success to me now means being on an efficient, cutting edge team. I’m one of ten people who show up each and every day ready to serve our clients and make a difference. We each play a part in the success of our company and each love what we do and what we stand for. Is there anything better than that?

So yes, my dream job has changed and it very well may change again. One day I may wake up and decide that marketing is the right move for me. Or I may retire in this very department. All I know is I am moving in the right direction and at 25 years old that’s all I can really ask.

If you are searching for your dream job and finding it to be a challenge, I hope that this post helps you. Your dream job may be right under your nose and you don’t even know it because you are looking for something else. It’s okay to take a risk and try something new. It might not always work but there’s a chance you could find exactly what you are looking for.

Thanks so much for reading!

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13 thoughts on “My Dream Job Isn’t My Dream Job Anymore

  1. Rosie Culture says:

    I love this! I’ve faced similar challenges. When I first started where I am now, I thought about how this wasn’t really what I want to do and how could I move on from this? Then I moved up into a promotion of that position and I realized I’m actually good at this and maybe it is my dream job! If you don’t try a lot of things, I don’t think you’ll ever know what your true dream job is.

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    • Life of Hayley says:

      Exactly! How are we supposed to know what are dream job truly is without trying different things? We have a picture in our minds about what we think we are meant to do but sometimes when you are actually doing that job you don’t really enjoy it like you thought you would. Congratulations on your promotion and finding a job that you love! I’m convinced that dream jobs are right in front of you and you just have to take a leap and try new things.

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  2. Beutiflee says:

    As humans evolve, interest, passions, and goals change. And I do believe at any age you can change. If it’s something you want and in my case, have been shown by God it is my destiny to move towards. Then it’s time to go for it. Running away from it will keep you stuck in one place. I’m learning to go for my dream purpose and stop, stopping myself.

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  3. sarahboureads says:

    As someone who’s about to graduate, I’ve been doing so much re-evaluating and thinking about my life and what I wanted it to look like in the past, and what I want now. This was refreshing to see that we all go through these seasons. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

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    • Life of Hayley says:

      I’m so glad that you were able to relate to this post! I found graduating to be so stressful because I hated my major by the time graduation rolled around. I had no idea what I wanted to do and everyone around me seemed to have all of these amazing job offers for their “dream” role. It’s totally okay to have no idea what you are doing with your life yet. You still have time to decide and even if you find a job and end up changing your career path that’s okay too! I think we all go through this at some point in our careers. I think it’s good to get it out of the way now. 🙂 Best of luck to you!

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  4. Claire @ Coffee with Claire says:

    This is such a beautiful post and it only shows how much one person can change over time. There’s literally nothing wrong with a change of dream job. I’m 25 and still debating if I want to continue with my HR career or take a year off and try Operations. I love personal growth and the only way to grow is push yourself out of that comfort zone.

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    • Life of Hayley says:

      Thank you! I have been pleasantly surprised with the career path I have ended up on. It’s not at all where I expected I’d be but I love it! Going outside of your comfort zone is scary but sometimes it is worth it. And you are 100% right that you grow so much by being outside of that comfort zone. Also, I love Operations! That’s the department that I’m in now and it’s amazing. 🙂 Best of luck to you with whatever you decide the do!

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  5. Mackenzie says:

    Loved reading this, Hayley! You have a great, mature perspective. Embracing the “team” culture is going to get you so far!! So glad you are right where you need to be 🙂 Can’t wait to see where the road takes youu!

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