Experteer conducted a survey recently asking respondents (across countries with 7000 respondents), what was the most important criteria for them while ‘finding a dream job’. 90% candidates responded with ‘salary’. We like to believe it’s not so black and white. While salary is a big indicator, the ‘dreaminess’ of the job is more strongly explained by what that salary brings: lifestyle, affordability, fame, power, ambition amongst other things. We can keep arguing that CEOs are overpaid, but few of us would say no to an opportunity like that, considering how many Monaco yacht holidays we can afford with that. Positions like these however, may also come with serious constraints on the actual time we have available for recreation, a choice that many leaders need to make. Some dream jobs also come with constraints of sheer talent. Everyone would like to be Nico Rosberg this year on the Mercedes engine, while few perhaps have the raw talent and the patience to start at age 10.
What elements does your dream job contain?
It’s good to remember that every dream and success story does not have to begin at 5 years. Many can also mature in your 40s.
- Finding a dream: Everyone doesn’t need to be under 30 and a Zuckerberg. In fact it takes little more than a few minutes on the Internet to see that entrepreneurs and ‘big dreamers’ even in the young and fast moving tech space do not always start in their 20s. Arianna Huffington (Huffington post) was 54, Evan Williams (Twitter) was 35, Jan Koum (Whatsapp) was in his 30s too, and is a great success story that began with his (allegedly) living off food stamps at one point. Not everyone needs to start a company to fulfill a dream: you could also be an ‘entrepreneur-in-residence’. The idea is to seek a dream, and kill the excuses of why you can’t do it, and try.
- Finding the opportunity: Some start in their backyards and make HP. Many others work through great opportunities at their work place and become Satya Nadellas of the world. Case in point: success can come anywhere and does not need to follow set rules. It is indeed helpful to find the services and tools which help you land into positions at senior levels in the industry and functional areas that you’re most excited with. It’s also interesting to see where and which branches are most attractive ‘dream opportunities’ for senior professionals in Germany (see exhibit later).
- Defining success: ‘To each his own’ is a maxim that often should be treated as law.
- Failing and failing fast: The best test of success at work perhaps is how easily you come up from a set back and move forward again. While failing might come with multiple risks and professional and personal stress, it is important to note that, unless you try there is no reward. Additionally, it is important to find what’s working and reduce further risk by not continuing to do what does not work. It’s equally important to create an opportunity back up and a plan in case things do not work in a manner you expect them to. We think the ability of taking risks is enhanced by creating planning the next option (the Plan B, C, D)