The assignment for my Philosophy class was to write my opinion on a dream job - which I already established in this post is NOT in accounting - though I may consider applying for said position with the Hallmark Corporation - though I think there would be other positions that would be of better interest.
After reading over my assignment, I decided I hadn't completed the expected requirements and so am posting this to my blog instead.
What is a Dream Job?
"The value of a man should be seen in what he gives and not in what he is able to receive" - Albert Einstein (Doyle, 2018)
The words "Dream" and "Job" together feel like such an oxymoron. A job is something I would have in order to pay my bills and put food on the table. I have had many jobs. None have fulfilled any dreams for me. A Dream would be to give service, to share my thoughts and talents. If I were to get paid for doing what I love, that would be an added bonus.
I'm not saying that the dream job cannot happen. There are many people who define "dream job" to mean a large variety of things from a handsome paycheck (Oteify, 2016) to having friends and sincerely looking forward to Mondays (Martin, 2014) I know that no one career is going to fulfill all of my desires - which I realize does not sound at all optimistic. We all have hurdles to jump - the first is in landing the job.
I have been in a number of dead-end jobs to avoid the hurdle of interviewing and competing with others. Oft times it feels like an endless game. More people have worked at their careers than the success stories of those jobs that just seem land in their laps. Yet there have been a few success stories about being at the right place at the right time.
Vanna White was only 25 when she applied for Wheel of Fortune. I am certain that she had not dreamed that it would 30+ year career. There may be girls today that would like to grow up and get paid for turning letters and wear different fashions every night. But who was Vanna White's role model? Who would have even dreamt up what she does?
I really like these two quotes she gives:
“It's not the most intellectual job in the world, but I do have to know the letters.”
“Think about it: I get to give away someone else's money and make people happy—how's that for a job?”
I think looking like Vanna White at age 61 would be a dream (Vanna, 2017)
Carroll Spinney (2017) was approached by Jim Henson to work on Sesame Street - which may have just started out as a job for him but after suicidal thoughts and a broken marriage, Sesame Street eventually became his purpose in life (LaMattina, 2014). A 45-year career he would have never thought to dream about.
I think growing up on Sesame Street would have been a dream job. Acting, playing, educating and getting paid for it. I don't know how much money each made, but to me, that is not the most important part. If I am not happy in a job, no amount of money is going to change that. It is the least important of my priorities.
My top priority would be location - which has nothing to do with the job itself. But I do not wish to drive more than 20 minutes to get to my job. I do not wish to live in the city and get stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic on my way to work or the return home. Horn honking and uptight drivers do not set well with me. I want to be pleasant and focused when I am at work or home and not waste time in heavy traffic.
|not in my part of Oregon, worse in Portland|
The final assessment for my last mod was finding a company with a well-known trademark and write an analysis on my recommendation of the company. I think I was supposed to include comparing different years of finances. I ended up doing my report on the Hallmark Corporation and convinced myself that it is a company that I would like to work for.
I wondered what kind of a grade I would receive as I did not make a financial comparison. Their company does not have finances available to the public because they do not have investors. I would like to work for this corporation as they are a family oriented company with ethics. That, to me, is much more important than a paycheck.
I do not wish to open my own franchise but would like to work at headquarters sharing my opinion. That would be a dream job if they were located closer to the Pacific coast and not in Kansas City Missouri where it will be too hot for me 5 months of the year. But then again, if we were to move to Kansas City - and I'm not saying it will be in our future - we'd be closer to Roland's other two daughters and possibly get to know them. But then again, moving to Kansas City will also put us closer to their mother which may be worse than any natural element causing the temperatures to rise.
Caroll Spinney. (2017). Retrieved from IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0818973/?ref_=nv_sr_2
Hallmark Corporation. (2018). Hallmark Deferred Compensation Plan. Retrieved from Hallmark Corporation: http://www.empower- retirement.com/client/Hallmark/DCP/documents/summary_highlights.pdf
LaMattina, D. (Director). (2014). I Am Big Bird [Motion Picture].
Martin, E. (2014, October 10). 5 Signs You've Found Your Dream Job. Retrieved from Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider.com/signs-youve-found-your-dream-job-2014-10
Oteify, R. (2016, December 9). What does a ‘dream job’ mean to you? Retrieved from getthat: https://gulfnews.com/business/sectors/careers/what-does-a-dream-job-mean-to-you- 1.1942493
Vanna White. (2017, April 27). Retrieved from Biography: https://www.biography.com/people/vanna-white-9542236