Testdrive Your Dream Job in Paris (4)

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Testdrive Your Dream Job in Paris (4)

  1. 1. Testdrive  Your  Dream  Job  in  Paris  (4)  By  Peter  de  Kuster    Why  Travel  with  Role  Models?    A  Walk  along  the  Seine      This  travel  guide  will  tell  you  how  to  test-­‐drive  your  dream  job  by  creating  a  Midnight  in  Paris  of  your  own  (or  by  daylight).  It  will  tell  you  how  to  find  a  mentor,  how  to  prepare  for  the  testdrive,  and,  most  important,  what  to  do  once  the  Testdrive  Your  Dream  Job  is  over.      It  will  map  out  the  small  steps  you  can  take  to  move  from  where  you  are  now  to  where  you  really  want  to  be.  Along  the  way  you’ll  meet  lots  of  people  who  have  done  it  –  in  the  past  and  present  of  Paris.  You’ll  hear  from  them  and  many  others  about  the  fears  and  challenges,  the  mistakes  and  lucky  breaks,  the  surprises  and  accomplishments  they  experienced  as  they  moved  into  their  dream  careers.        You’ll  see  that  few  of  these  heroes  and  heroines  of  Paris  consider  themselves  reisk  takers.  Most  are  still  amazed  to  find  they  have  taken  this  road.  But  after  years  of  working  in  jobs  that  didn’t  feed  their  passions  they  reached  a  point  when  they  felt  they  had  no  choice:  they  had  to  push  past  
  2. 2. their  fears  and  make  the  switch.  I  got  to  the  point  where  I  couldn’t  live  with  myself  if  I  didn’t  try,  they  say.  If  I  tried  and  failed,  well,  at  least,  I’d  know  I’d  tried.  Not  trying  at  all  would  have  been  failure.          What  helped  many  of  these  people  was  realizing  that  the  risks  they  needed  to  take  were  not  as  overwhelming  as  the  ones  they  had  imagined.  The  
  3. 3. scariest  moments  –  quitting  their  jobs,  purchasing  property,  signing  a  bank  loan,  moving  crosscountry  –  didn’t  occur  until  they  were  already  far  along  in  their  planning,  or  even  until  after  their  new  career  was  already  up    and  running.  It  was  still  scary;  it  was  still  a  risk;  but  it  was  a  calculated  risk.  By  the  time  they  took  it,  they  felt  they  were  likely  to  succeed.                                  What  if  you  don’t  know  what  your  dream  job  is?  What  if  you’re  itchy  and  unsatisfied  in  your  current  job  but  when  you  think  about  what’s  next  you  draw  a  total  blank?    Well,  you’re  not  alone.  There’s  very  little  in  our  society  that  encourages  us  to  know  what  we  really  want  to  do.  When  we’re  children  people  ask  us  what  we  want  to  be  when  we  grow  up,  but  once  we’re  teenagers  we’re  taught  what  we  should  be.      We  are  channeled  into  a  narrow    range  of  careers  based  on  security  and  stability  rather  than  on  passion.      
  4. 4. The  notion  that  we  could  follow  our  hearts  when  it  comes  to  work  is  pretty  much  trained  out  of  us  by  the  time  we  graduate  from  school.  So  who  can  blame  us  if,  by  the  time  we  realize  that  our  ‘practical  ‘  jobs  don’t  fulfill  us,  we’ve  already  forgotten  how  to  find  our  passions  inside?                          They  may  be  another  reason  to  consider  making  a  Testdrive  in  Your  Dream  Job.  It  enables  you  to  experiment,  to  test  out  all  sorts  of  jobs  that  might  be  appealing.    You  could  have  a  dream  job  and  not  even  know  it  if  you  don’t  give  one  or  two  a  try.      

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