A lot of people in a variety of professions are participating in the “Great Resignation” right now. If you’re one of them, or you just happen to have a little extra time available during the upcoming holidays, now could be a good time to test out the dream job you always wanted.
This can be a good use of time for a couple of reasons.
1. A dream job experience keeps you active
Writer and educator James Quigley says,
“While enjoying some well-deserved free time, it’s important to stay active. Extended downtime can be a slippery slope that leads to feeling distant from the things you love to do and the people you love to share those things with. Make time for socializing, hobbies, getting outdoors, and learning new skills.”
This can include finding fun ways to try out your dream job. You can make it even more fun by including your family.
For example, I’ve always wondered what it would be like to work as a dolphin trainer. Recently, when I was on a trip to the beach with my sister, we decided to take part in a dolphin encounter. I got to enjoy a taste of what training dolphins would be like.
While it’s not likely I’ll give up my business to become a dolphin trainer, at least I got to experience it and try it out. It was nice to enjoy my love for water in a different way from my usual water hobbies. And I got to do it with my sister, which made it even more fun.
There are numerous examples of ways adults can try out their dream jobs. These include Indy racing experiences, adult Space Camp, and more.
2. A dream job experience gets your creative juices flowing
While your dream job may not be a viable career option at this time in your life, giving it a try can help get your creative juices flowing. It can help you think of new ways to incorporate some of your interests in your current job, or in your next job opportunity.
Also, here are a few other articles to help you start thinking creatively about your career:
- What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?
- How to Make Money, Stay Fit, and Be Creative: Combine Your Passions
- How to Get Experience When You Can’t Get Hired Without It
- Is There Such a Thing As the Perfect Job? No (and Yes)!
- How This Client Landed Her Dream Job (and How You Can Too!)