Q: I hear people talking about having their dream job. I can’t imagine that…what do you even think that means?
A: How do people define their dream jobs? The vast majority — 70 percent — of those surveyed defined their “childhood dream job” as one where you “take pleasure in your work.” Just 6 percent said it meant making a lot of money.
However, as adults, lawyers’ dream jobs also include compensation commensurate with their experience and correlated with their hours, supervisors willing to provide constructive feedback, and work that is challenging, interesting, and for which we feel appreciated. For us, these markers of professionalism remain prerequisites to taking pleasure in our work.
A tall order, yes, but lawyers do find their dream jobs. When you find yours, don’t forget to help make it a dream job for others, too.