Getting Your Dream Job. Advice to Young Professionals


“If you deliver on what you’re asked to do, even if you’re not passionate about it, you will earn the right to do thing you love.” That was part of my answer to the young man who asked me, “What advice would you give someone wanting to go into the church communication field?” As I reflect on that answer, I believe it applies to anyone starting out a new career.

Career advice to young professional

I remember talking with someone who confessed not being very good at his job because it wasn’t challenging and not at the level he wanted it to be. He did the minimum required because he felt under-utilized, doing work well below his skill and intelligence capacity. His boss had a different take, “he’s lazy,” said the man to me. “I had a lot of faith in him and wanted to give the kid more important work, but at the end of the day he couldn’t even execute the trivial stuff, so I didn’t give him more responsibilities.”

So the vicious cycle begins: you’re bored so you don’t perform and your lack of performance limits your opportunities. You see where this is going. I remember running a Summer Day Camp that was in bad financial shape when I took it over at the church I was working part time in my early 20’s. I had no business running a camp and, at the time, I didn’t know anything about it and had never seen myself in that position. However, that was my opportunity to show my boss that I could lead a team and grow a business. After 3 years, I grew the attendance 4 fold and the budget by 500% and brought in enough profit that at age 24, I became the Executive Pastor of the church and my boss moved his office off campus. I had earned the trust and confidence of the Senior Pastor and of the church board to do a job that, looking back, was way bigger than my experience and education.

You might be stuck doing a job that you think it’s not a good fit or that under utilizes your gifts. Don’t make the mistake that many people make by doing the bare minimum while you wait for that great opportunity to come around. Chances are that it will not. Roll up your sleeves and get the job done. That is the fastest way to your dream career.

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  • John

    Thanks for this post. I’m in a job I don’t like and I’m not giving a 100% to it. This is a kick in the butt

  • I so needed that today. . .Thanks!

  • Christian

    Reminds me of a sermon I once heard about finances and tithing; “if you’re not responsible with the small stuff, then how can you expect God to bless you with the big stuff.” I am so happy to spend each “work day” living my dream, the only challenge now is to take that next leap forward. Great stuff today, Gorilio!

  • Thomas McDaniels

    Great advice!

  • Excellent advice, Maurilio…and biblical. Luke 16:19; 19:17 Oh that I will always be faithful with the responsibilities placed within my hands at any given time.

  • Excellent, excellent post, Maurilio. A great reminder for my generation. nnTough words to hear sometimes, but necessary. Thanks.

  • Lindsey A.

    This is really good…and I a reminder whenever I adopt a slack attitude about the tasks that really God himself has set before me right now. nnWhat came to mind in reading this was Colossians 3:23-24, which says,nn “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”nnMy pastor back in D.C. always said that God wants to get you where He wants you to go even more than you want to get there. Even if my boss does not see me slacking, God does, and He is ultimately the one who promotes. My dream job finds it source in Christ since He is the one who imbued me with whatever dreams I have. Time to step it up because God definitely doesn’t deserve my half-hearted efforts.

    • It’s a great reminder that we’re not working for our boss, but for God.

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  • Terri

    Couldn’t agree more…you always hear about the CEO’s who started out in the mailroom. I think in some industries, especially related to entertainment, it’s almost expected that you start in some menial job.

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