Today's Dream Job
In my apartment building, we have this nice system where if you have a good magazine that you are finished with, you leave it on a bench in the main lobby. Some darling has been leaving copies of Interview magazine lately, and I just love it. If you haven’t read it, it a lovely magazine filled with great interviews and photos of famous artists (actors, musicians, artists, etc).
After reading several issues on Sunday, I was thinking maybe I should drop everything and move to New York and start working for Interview. Just imagine me interviewing Johnny Depp poolside as we discuss his life, his dream, his failures, the statistical likelihood that he’d hook up with someone who works at Interview magazine, etc. Of course, most of the “interviewers” are famous people so it probably wouldn’t be the dream job I imagine.
However, this leads me to my point: I have this pretty annoying habit of always thinking that some job I read about or maybe see in a movie is something I’d like to do. For example, I don’t let my self watch Dangerous Minds anymore because it’s all I can do to not book it over to an inner city high school to teach English. I also started painting after I saw Pollock, took up Chess after Searching for Bobby Fischer, poker after watching Rounders and extensively researched “spy jobs” after watching the Bourne Supremacy for the 100th time. And, those are some of the more normal examples, I won’t start on any of the weird ones.
While I think this may be a little more serious than your typical “grass is always greener” problem, my penchant for the dream job also speaks to this point in my life (and most early-career types) when I am making the BIG choices and commitments in my career and where I am going.
The fact is that internships going nowhere or jobs we don’t care about can't cut it anymore because with each day that passes, we are getting more entangled in our choices. So here's to hoping today's dream job won't be tomorrow's mistake.