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For me I ended up getting my foot in the door in an entry level job in credit card collections. It was a challenging position and paid well. I knew that I wanted more so I voice my needs with my supervisor who challenged me and gave me advice in what to do to move to the next level.
Eventually I was coaching and mentoring my peers on how to be successful and trained new employees and that allowed management to see my skills and abilities. From there, I decided to apply for the management trainee program and after a few tries I was accepted into the program. Through hard work, constantly asking for feedback and being turned down for a promotion more times than I can count, I was offered 3 supervisor positions in 3 different states.
Fast forward 8 years, I realized that I didn't like the financial industry and decided to look for something in healthcare. I landed a job with a company in healthcare and shared a lot of best practices which ended up improving results at the new company. This led to a promotion to an Operations Manager position after only 5 months. From there I continued to excel in my role.
Throughout my career I was passionate about process improvement, thinking outside the box and looking for new ways to make things better. Because of my passion improving the business I applied for a position as a Business Process Analyst (Six Sigma Blackbelt) and because of my passion and experience I was offered my dream job.
I tell this story because I didn't know what I wanted to do when I was young. It took a long time to develop my skills and realize what I was truly passionate about, but eventually I came across a position that was "Perfect" for me. I suggest you do the same. Most people don't find that perfect job their first time around.
Find an industry you are passionate about, seek feedback from others weather good or bad and use that feedback to improve. Take some of the assessments offered by colleges or online to understand what you enjoy and what you are good at. This will help with finding the perfect job for you.
Of course, we think of the perfect job as being one we are happy in doing. So it is natural to try to fit job/opportunities to what we like to do. Many times that's easier said than done.
Some people find their perfect job. Some perfect jobs find people. Some people create the perfect job with careful attention to the education/training and hard work that is required for success and fulfillment. Have you noticed that when you really look and successful people their education, training and progressive career path is impressive. In other words, these people and successes are not surprising. Think of great athletes that are all round excellent in several sports. Prominent actors who are classically trained, can sign and dance and play several musical instruments. How did that happen?
Therefore the perfect job for you is more than doing something you like. it is:
1. Discovering and having real confidence in you so that you really know what jobs fit your interests and talent.
2. Discovering what background, experience and support is required to get a perfect job.
3. Discovering the resources in time and money it takes to acquire the fundamental qualifications and experience to get the perfect job.
4. Discovering whether or not your perfect job opportunities pay enough to support you and your family at a level that brings security and stability. (Remember there really are "Starvng Artists" out there loving what they do but not loving how they live.
A mentor can really help you sort out the clutter of decisions that confront you path to a perfect job.
Wow, this is a very broad statement with very little background information. Please provide some for us so we can be of better service to you.
That is very hard to answer. Have you taken a career aptitude test? There are a number of valuable test offered online. Give one a try and see.