As a salesperson for most of my professional career, it might seem odd that I would quit an entrepreneurial endeavor after just one dose of rejection. As a pharmaceutical sales representative, physician liaison and now, physician recruiter, rejection has become the story of my professional life. So, why would I let rejection stop me then? I often ask myself that question. When pursuing new opportunities it often comes down to timing. I am convinced that the timing was not right. As I trace my career progression to its current destination, it all makes complete sense. Hindsight is 20/20, right? I believe that had I not continued in pharmaceutical sales at that time I would not be in my dream job as a physician recruiter now. A dream job I attempted to create as an entrepreneur several years ago.
Now, back to the young lady I met via LinkedIn. As we discussed her career goals and interests, she shared several work experiences that she found most rewarding. Which led me to my next question (for her)…
If you could create your ideal work experience, what would it be?
I thought to myself, “Wow, that is a loaded question”. If someone had asked me that years ago, or even now, how would I have answered it? As you seek to determine your dream job, this question must be answered, or, at the very least, explored. And, it is okay if you do not have all the answers right now. There are many factors to consider as you unpack the answer to this question:
- How many hours per week would you like to devote to work? – Full time or part time? Flex time or no time?
- Where would you like to work? – From home or an office? US or internationally? From an RV traveling across the US or at a desk?
- With whom would you like to work? – With a team or independently? With people like you or different from you?
- What kind of work do you want to do? – I realize this is a loaded question. Intellectual or manual? Routine or dynamic? Professional or trade?
- What type of education is necessary for the kind of work you want to do? – Advanced degree or college degree? Additional training or certificate? Hands on experience?
- Do you want to be an employee or an entrepreneur? – This is a biggie!
I think I have given you enough to contemplate for now. This is the 2nd post in a series on “What’s Your Dream Job?”. Find Part 1 here. Stay tuned for Part 3…
Until next time-
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us-yes, establish the work of our hands. (Psalm 90:17 NIV)