Wednesday, December 2, 2009

What's your dream job?

The other day, I had to do a little bit of painting around the house. Unlike many other people out there, I actually enjoy painting. I find it relaxing. We've hired professional painters in the past. I began wondering: what would my life be like if I were a professional painter?

When I think about a "dream job," I remove money out of the equation. What would be your dream job if money weren't an issue? Would you even choose to work if you didn't have to? How much job satisfaction would you have if you were working (but you really didn't have to work)?

If money weren't an issue, you could set your own schedule. You could choose to work as little (or as much) as you like. I think I could be a painter. I wouldn't work 40 hours each week, but I'd work enough to prevent boredom. I think I would also enjoy life as a carpenter. Ever since I was a child, I enjoyed building things with my hands. Too bad I didn't pursue a career as a model builder. I could be making model ships and airplanes all day.

I would also love to have a job as a teacher, instructor, or tutor. Just today, I saw someone advertising services as a "computer tutor." I've spent a significant amount of time teaching and tutoring. I enjoy that level of interaction and I could see myself doing that part-time.

I would also love to be a professional counselor. Not necessarily a psychotherapist. Rather, I think I would enjoy working as a career counselor, a guidance counselor, etc. I like the feeling that you're helping someone. I suppose this ties in very closely with teaching and the medical profession. Perhaps that's why I ended up in medical school. Perhaps this is why I spend time counseling and coaching physicians about non-clinical career opportunities. Perhaps this is why I blog about non-clinical jobs.

So those are just a few of my examples. How about you? What would be your dream job if money were not an issue?

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