Discovering Your Career Purpose is the precursor to defining your career goals. Once you've created a Statement of Career Purpose you need to translate your Career Purpose into a "Dream Job". You can also think of this as a long-term career goal, if you like, but we think there’s something powerful and exciting about the idea of searching for one’s Dream Job. After watching this video, you will be ready to begin that search.
One thing you may have noticed in the Career Purpose examples that we've talked about in the prior video is that they are very big picture. They might suggest a certain kind of career or even a certain kind of job but at this point the candidates in the examples have identified what they want to achieve but not how they are going to achieve it. The exercises we're going to show you going forward are aimed at answering that second question.
Discovering Your Career Purpose is the precursor to defining your career goals. Once you've created a statement of Career Purpose you need to translate your career purpose into a "dream job". You can also think of this as a Long-Term Career goal if you like but I think there's something powerful and exciting about the idea of searching for one's dream job.
In the next exercise you're going to be conducting informational interviews with people who seem to be on the career path that you plan to follow. Based on those meetings, you'll be refining your ideas about your dream job. Finally, we'll bring this all together when it's time to develop a step-by-step career action plan.
For now, focusing on your dream job, let's stay in the realm of imagination and translate your Statement of Career Purpose into a "Dream Job."
You have to translate your Career Purpose into a specific career goal and a career action plan to help admission officers see how you plan to achieve your career purpose. To do so you are going to need to use your imagination but you'll want to use the output from your leadership capabilities exercise to guide your imagination.
Your career purpose describes what you want to achieve as a future leader at a high level and it's very likely there are many different career paths you might take to fulfill your career purpose. To put it another way there are many different ways to attack a significant problem.
If you want to protect and preserve the environment, you could work for a CPG company and instill a culture of conservation in a heretofore culture of "use it and toss it." Alternatively, you could go to work of a electric car manufacturer, or you might raise a Private Equity Fund that invests exclusively in CleanTech technologies. In each case, you would be fulfilling your career purpose but doing it in your own unique way.
So how do you decide which direction you should take and find your particular dream job?. When my clients ask me that I tell them that they should follow their strengths and wherever possible, leverage their past experiences. The most important thing is to find a job that will draw upon the talents you most enjoy using. Nature has wired us to enjoy using our talents - it feels good.
You're going to be spending at least a third of your life at work – so hopefully you'll have a chance to do something you are good at and something you truly enjoy.
So let's take a look at an example of this exercise in action.
Remember Lucy, the investment banking analyst who decided that her career purpose was to help shape the future of digital entertainment?
The Leadership Capabilities she identified in her leadership story analysis were:
> Mastering New Subjects;
> Strategic Thinking; and
> Inspiring Others with Words.
She decided that her "dream job" would be to lead a Digital Home Entertainment Media Company because it was a job that requires strategic planning, building expertise in complex, rapidly evolving subjects, and plenty of writing and public speaking.
Was that "dream job" her only option? No. She could have set her sights on being a partner at a strategy consulting firm, leading the digital media practice. She could have decided to be the Director of Equity Research for a Bank's entertainment industry practice, or even an Entrepreneur who starts a market research firm advising media companies on digital entertainment strategies …
You're seeing the outcome of her decision but there were many other factors that Lucy considered in translating her career purpose into a dream job. At the end of the day, the CEO job felt like the best fit with Lucy's capabilities, skills, and past experiences. When it comes time, you too will weigh your options carefully and identify your Dream Job.
So now it's your turn! Let's begin the process of identifying your dream job.
Armed with your career purpose statement, it's time to start brainstorming possible dream jobs.
For some of you your "dream job" will flow naturally from the career purpose statement.
For others, it will be necessary to do some research on the possibilities. To help you get started, we created the "dream job" decision tree you see on your screen. You can download a copy from the self-study materials associated with this course and use it to help spur your thinking!
If you're feeling stumped another helpful thought exercise is called "mirroring." When you come across descriptions of leaders in your field of interest try to imagine yourself in their shoes. If the job they have sounds appealing to you then it may lead you to the role that is best for you.
When you have completed this exercise and have a description of your dream job clearly in mind, please continue onto the next video in which you'll do research and exercises aimed at identifying the capabilities, skills, and knowledge you're going to need to succeed in your dream job.
Reference: Lecture Slides and Speaker Notes
Tool: Dream Job Decision Tree
Reference: Typical MBA Industries
Reference: Common Leadership Job Titles