Martin Luther King famously said, “I have a dream.” But he’s not the only one who said that, he’s not even the first. He’s not the only one who said it and meant it. He’s one of the few who made it come true, but again, not the only one.

He knew what his dream was. He was smart enough to make it happen when the time was right. The time was ripe for change. Unfortunately for him, he didn’t see the consequences and maybe couldn’t have predicted that his dream would change the world. But that’s life, and that’s death for you.

You don’t need to know what your dream is, but you need at least an idea of what kind of job you want to do. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you’ll find something else, to paraphrase a famous saying.

Start Early

To be fruitful in your search, you need to start early. I mean early, like in your teens. Instead of whiling the summers away, look for opportunities to intern at local companies or institutions. A lot of people have a good idea of what they want to be by the time they hit 16. You’re probably not an exception. Yes, school is important, and grades are important. But it’s also important to look beyond that – what you want to do. If you don’t know, your good grades will be a waste.

Write a good resume

By your freshman year in college, you’ll need to start working on this. The resume should show that you’re motivated and ambitious. It will if you – again – know what you want to do.

What about if you’re not sure yet?

Think about what kind of person you are. Are you social? Do you love being around people? Then something in health care or education could be for you. Are you into apps, tech, etc.? Then look into that. There are thousands of opportunities in tech and that’s the fastest-developing industry right now. You could be the next Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. Within that industry, there are lots of subfields and sub-industries – VR, AR, programming, app development, etc. You don’t have to be anti-social to work in tech, but it helps.

Are you communicative, goal-oriented, avaricious? The last one means you love money. Then something in commerce would be the best option.

Flexible vs. fixed working hours

Your dream job depends on which of these you prefer. If you know, then you know what kind of working hours you’re looking for.