Finding Your Next Career After Living Your Dream Job 

By JobOppO DraftSGT


Achieving your dream job is an incredible experience, but what comes next when you've reached the top of your career mountain and feel the urge to scale another peak? In this article, we'll explore how you can transition from one dream job to another, diving into individual stories, actionable steps, and expert advice to help accelerate your personal and professional growth. 

So, you have finally finished your tour of the camp, collected all those gash stamps that let the "head shed" know you have handed in all your equipment (even the buckshee camel back you thought they forgot about) said cheerio to the OC and taken your final steps into civie what next?   

Well, how do you go from "fast roping out of helicopters" and "scaling cliffs to get to an enemy location" to.... well....civie street?   

Whatever the reasons you had for leaving the MOD good or bad, we can all agree that it can be a bit of a change, an anti-climax even when you first step foot outside.  For many people the armed forces represent the pinnacle of their career, a real-life changing moment that they had been focussing on since they were children.   In the forces we get our DNA, our unique perspective on life and as such we view every other interaction, we have in civie street through this cultural lens.  


Assessing Your Skills and Experience 

If you are lucky enough to know exactly what you want to do then that's great, I would always air on the side of caution though if its a new venture as we don't always know if it will live up to your expectations.  

It's crucial to recognize and appreciate the valuable skills and experiences you've gained from your dream job. Take, for example, *John*, a former Royal Marine who transitioned ***from the battlefield to the boardroom*** to become a Business Consultant. From his time in the Marines, John found transferable skills like **Communication, Resilience, and divergent thinking** that helped him excel in Management and Consulting. 

To follow in John's footsteps, the first step in finding your next dream job is **evaluating your transferable skills**. List your core competencies and identify how they can be applied to your desired profession or industry. Don't underestimate your abilities; you never know how your unique experiences can give you a competitive edge. 


Reflect on What Matters Most 

Beyond skills and experiences, reflect on what aspects of your previous dream job were most satisfying and rewarding, what do you value in life more than anything? This process of self-analysis will provide insights on your intrinsic motivations, helping you align your career goals with your personal values. 

As you contemplate what matters most, consider these questions: 

- What aspects of your former dream job ignited your passion and excitement? 

  • What type of work environment do you prefer? 
  • How do your personal values align with potential career paths? 
  • Are there specific industries or sectors that resonate with you? 

Your answers will guide your next career move and help you avoid roads that lead to disappointment or unfulfillment. 


Networking and Research 

While looking for the next career opportunity, **networking** is essential. Attend industry events, join relevant professional organizations (like this one), and utilize social media platforms like LinkedIn to expand your network. Consider setting up informational interviews or grabbing coffee with professionals in your desired field, as it will provide invaluable insights into the reality of your target profession. 

Additionally, make the effort to **research different industries and companies** that align with your values and interests. Keep an open mind and consider potential career paths that you may not have immediately thought about. This proactive approach helps you stay informed and sharpens your industry knowledge, giving you a competitive advantage. 


Seeking the Help of Professionals and Peers  

Sometimes finding a new dream job requires **the help of professionals**. Career coaches can assess your skills and values, as well as provide advice on how to market yourself in the industry of your choice. Additionally, mentors can guide you through the career search process and introduce you to influential contacts within their respective fields.  

Also, don't forget to **leverage the support of your peers**. They can provide objective feedback about the strengths and weaknesses of certain career paths, as well as offer job leads that may not be advertised publicly. Friends and family members can also cheer you on during tough times, providing much needed moral support. 



Transitioning from one dream job to another is an exciting challenge that delves into self-reflection, skill evaluation, and networking prowess. Embrace the opportunity to grow and learn as you embark on the journey to your next fulfilling and rewarding career. With the steps and tips presented in this article, the mountain peak of your new dream job is in sight and ready for you to conquer! 

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