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Find Your Dream Job: Insider Tips for Finding Work, Advancing your Career, and Loving Your Job

Apr 20, 2016

To have a great career, you need passion. But you also need a solid plan.  Specifically, you need to know how your passions and ideas will be marketable in an ever-evolving job market.

This week on “Find Your Dream Job” we’re talking about career management and how to build a plan for a remarkable long-term career. Mac interviews professor and author Larry Smith, whose provocative TED talk, “Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career,” has attracted more than six million views. Larry urges his students to explore their passions--but also to think about their ongoing relevance in the job market.

In this 35-minute episode you will learn:

  • Why passion is a prerequisite to a great career--but not enough in-and-of-itself.
  • How to market yourself and your ideas
  • How to discipline your passion as part of your overall career management plan
  • Why everyone needs a 50 years career management plan
  • Why even non-creative professionals need to be creative when managing their career

This week’s guest:

Larry Smith
Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Waterloo
Author, No Fears, No Excuses: What You Need to Do to Have a Great Career
Waterloo, ON, Canada


Listener question of the week: 

  • Everyone tells me to “do what I love” for a job. But how am I supposed to know if I like something before I do it? There are so many different jobs out there. I feel like I will be limiting myself if I pick a direction too early in life!

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Opening and closing music for Find Your Dream Job provided by Freddy Trujillo,