Despite the social life, sorority life, late night outings, or clubs and groups we belonged to in college, we can’t take our focus off our prime reason for attending – to receive an education that can lead us to a successful career. Brian Kurth, author of Test Drive Your Dream Job: A Step-By-Step Guide to finding and Creating The World You Love (along with Robin Simmons) is an example of living the dream.
In the book, Kurth reflects leaving a life of comfort and financial stability to find his path. While, the majority of the people who want to change careers in the book are older than the average college student, it has numerous tips on how to determine if your job is fulfilling you. Reading the personal accounts and how he helped others locate their dreams can point you in the right direction.
He starts off by detailing his own inspirational journey to finding happiness. He describes leaving Chicago, taking a job just to make ends meet. After a tough road, in 2004 he finally was able to establish to start Vocation Vacations, a website that helps others explore their dream careers. The book alternates between true life stories of people who have made moves to change their careers and Brian’s development of Vocation Vacations.
Many of the career changes those in the book pursued were unconventional and differed immensely from their current or past job, but were crucial in them rediscovering their passions. His company has partnerships with many companies, which for a fee will allow anyone to come in as an observer for a few days and see if it is the job for them. Besides mentorships, the book outlines plans and actions people should take to make the most informed decisions in their search for happiness.
Test Drive Your Dream Job gives accounts of people from all ages as young as 23 who took a chance and dove into their dream job. In Chapter 2, titled "Fear," Kurth explains the roadblocks to people fulfilling their ultimate dream careers which often are: financial security (they hate their job, but are making sufficient money), fear (what if I fail at my dream?), family resistance (what if my relatives or significant other disagrees or thinks it’s a dumb idea) and identity (leaving what you know for the unknown can be scary).
Those who find themselves curious about their dream careers can choose from dream job vacations in acting, gallery owners, make up artists, ranchers and wine makers and so much more at Vocation Vacations. It’s a great book if you’re starting to question your major and crave to know what steps you can take to discover your dream path. Even if you are comfortable with your current job, anyone who wants to maintain happiness in their career should pick up a copy of Test Drive Your Dream Job.