I like to share memories of past jobs, like when I worked as a TV talk show host, or glimpses of life at my current job. I’m realizing that a dream career is something that comes together slowly over time; it’s really important to invest in the small steps that make the dream come a little closer. I’m working on it.
In the past year, I got a lot of career inspiration from various blogs– all of which are totally different from one another.
Ask a Manager is matter-of-fact advice for work situations and job hunting; Alison is super responsive to emails on any question you could possibly have. Her ‘magic question’ for interviews really works– my boss was still bringing up “my” question in conversations a year after the interview! heh.
Penelope Trunk is more of a life coach/guru, weighing in on work-life balance and how to find your dream career/life. Her blog is super addictive. (I would love to sign up for coaching from her… Resisting the urge until I have something really concrete to ask.)
I loved Garance Dore’s post about visualizing her/our dream career. Make that chic dream career.
Recently I bought Elsie and Emma’s e-course, Dream Job. It’s for small business owners, but the advice about branding, social media, evolution, staying inspired, development, etc. is helpful for any career. (Also, their personal story is so inspiring.)
I joined Alanna Shaikh’s International Development Careers List this year and LOVE it. She describes it is as a “community of people who help each other”– and it really is. You can email your resume and ask for advice, she sends job vacancies to the list and other readers offer advice and even networking help. I’ll definitely renew my subscription. The discussions about international development issues are also thought-provoking. (To be honest, I can’t stand most international development blogs,even though it’s my field. I find them to be super dry and depressing. Alanna’s blog Blood and Milk is the only one I enjoy reading! It’s about public health and I’m not even interested in public health, that’s how good it is.)(Okay, there is one other blog I like from the sector: Stuff Expat Aid Workers Like. Sarcasm alert.)
This blog is a space where I’m free to express whatever I want. It’s part of my own visualization of my dream career…
What about you? Where do you go for career inspiration and information? How do you express your career dreams?