When it comes to finding the perfect job, some people are luckier than others. While most employees can only aspire to one day land the job of their dreams, there are some who are fortunate enough to be in a position they have so long wanted to be in.
Make no mistake; any profession that keeps you happy and well-compensated is a dream job in its own right. But the only way to win big is to make a gamble in the first place, right? We talked to three guys whose jobs allow them to enjoy the finer things in life (celebrities, food and travel, books) and gathered valuable insights on what it takes to chase and grab a hold of that dream:
Occupation: Talent Agent/Manager
What he does: “I represent models and actresses. My job is to manage all transactions and interactions between talents and employers.”
The one thing you should know about what I do is that it’s not as easy as it looks. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. But I can’t think of a more fun profession.
I consider this a dream job because I get to work and be friends with celebrities and beautiful women. People tell me that I’m very fortunate and I couldn’t agree more. I’ve been doing this for years and it doesn’t get old.
When I was younger, I always wanted to be a lawyer. I may be really good at it—marami naman akong experience when it comes to handling clients.
I can tell you that this is not a walk in the park because it takes patience to deal with all sorts of people. It’s up to you to come up with a compromise between two parties. It’s even worse if they have clashing personalities. Also, you can’t be shy and sensitive—you will always have to interact with someone.
If you want to pursue your dream job, don’t be afraid to start over. It’s never too late to start anything. Make things happen for yourself. Hard work is important, but I would rather work smart.
Occupation: Co-founder, Bookie.ph
What he does: “We customize trips around the Philippines for different types of travelers through our website.”
The one thing you should know about what I do is that I spend a good number of hours every day engaging our customers in conversation about their travels. Bookie PH allows travelers to book places and activities in one streamlined system.
I consider this a dream job because we get to be out there and see and experience how beautiful our country is. We’ve been very fortunate to explore places like Davao, Ilocos, Boracay, and Puerto Princesa. To familiarize ourselves with each locale, we visit hotels, tourist spots, and restaurants.
When I was younger, all I wanted to do was to not end up a boring old man.
I can tell you that this is not a walk in the park because the success or failure of the entire company rests on our hands as founders and owners. Every decision that we make and every task that we accomplish directly affects whether we progress or not. You have to continuously adjust, adapt, and learn in order to thrive under pressure.
If you want to pursue your dream job, you have to take action and be persistent about it. Don’t let anyone tell you what you can and cannot do. As long as you stay true to your purpose, nothing should stop you from succeeding.
Occupation: Book Editor
What he does: “I edit books. You have to look for authors or book concepts and develop them from the ground up into readable things that look great on a bookshelf. Of course, they have to read great, too. So this is a top-bottom process that includes things like treating potential authors out to dinner, reading 200-page manuscripts in a single night, and obsessing over the sound of one or two sentences.”
The one thing you should know about what I do is that Pinoys love to read. This gives me tremendous hope...and motivation, too, that I give them good things to read.
I consider this a dream job because I grew up with books. I grew up in a house where there was a library in every room. TV wasn't allowed, so to not get bored you had to read. In my job, I often feel like I'm sending stuff to read to my younger self. Also, you get to discover great writing talen even if you don’t always end up doing a book with them. In very rare occasions, I get to meet authors from around the world during conferences.
When I was younger, I wanted to become a doctor.
I can tell you that this is not a walk in the park because writing is such a low-paying gig that most Pinoys can't afford to do it full time, especially to write a full novel. Editing is the same. This is really a labor of love for me.
If you want to pursue your dream job, be collaborative. Your mindset should be open and considerate while still being decisive. This kind of framework will help you in any career, even if you're not into books.