Searching for your dream job? Try the ‘Office Space’ approach

In the classic workplace movie, “Office Space,” Peter Gibbons is in a rut. He hates his job at a computer company and can’t stand it anymore. Mind-numbing days of staring at endless lines of computer code and filling out TPS reports has left him at wit’s end.

As he stands next to the printer from hell, he tells two co-workers about an exercise that didn’t help him when he chose a career. I’ll let Peter tell the story:

“Our high school guidance counselor used to ask us what you’d do if you had a million dollars and you didn’t have to work. And invariably what you’d say was supposed to be your career. So, if you wanted to fix old cars then you’re supposed to be an auto mechanic.”

Peter’s problem was that he didn’t have an answer to that question. What about you? If you had a million dollars and didn’t have to work, what job would you do? Don’t limit yourself; the sky’s the limit.

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4 comments Add your comment

Joel

August 3rd, 2010
10:51 pm

I would drink and sleep a lot!

Amy

August 3rd, 2010
11:03 pm

I would build boats for water sports!

James

August 4th, 2010
9:38 am

I would build big buildings….oh wait in this economy i cant even do my dream job.

James

August 7th, 2010
10:44 am

I would invest and attempt to retire living on earned interest.