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When Do I Begin Preparation For My Dream Job?

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Dear Experts,

When do I begin preparation for my dream job (to be a tenured college professor)? Should I seek out job opportunities now which will lead to me getting there?

Here is how our CAREEREALISM-Approved Experts answered this question on Twitter:

Q#423 Yes. Always keep your eye on the prize, but don’t neglect other worthwhile opportunities in the process. (@gradversity)

Q#423 If you’re preparing for a marathon, do you wait until race day to start training? :-) Get a leg up! (@beneubanks)

Q#423 Gather info re prof’s duties & reqs, esp in your chosen field. Your might change your mind after graduate school. (@juliaerickson)

Q#423 Absolutely! Now is the best time to be strategic and identify a role that positions you best for the long run! (@lauralabovich)

Q#423 Good U know dream job, now create a campaign for success & move towards actualizing goal. Structure & network is KEY. (@krisparfitt)

Q#423 Definitive career path good. But don’t overlook exp to broaden skills. Dreams chg & give way to new. (@DawnBugni)

Q#423 Tenure = Time – start now towards your goal. Contact 5 tenured profs you admire to discuss what it takes! (@jtodonnell)

Q#423 I teach at a university and work full-time. I got the job with a thorough course outline & networking like crazy. (@EmilyBennington)

Q#423 Absolutely. It’s never too early to go for your dream job. (@EmilyBennington)

Q#423 If u know your dream, start to follow the path now to realize your goal. Establish your plan in accordance with goals. (@DebraWheatman)

Q#423 Yes start by talking w/ & meeting w/ tenured professors.They’ll give u the roadmap minus the landmines! (@drdaphne)

Q#423 Yes!!! Why wouldn’t you position yourself accordingly? (@teenarose)

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