Testdrive your Dreamjob

A two day programme to answer a universal anxiety: how can I find work that truly fits my talents, circumstances and interests?

At The Heroine’s Journey, we believe that every creative heroine can find work to fulfil both their material and emotional needs. We specialise in equipping people with the psychological tools required to discover and transition into creative careers that they will not only tolerate, or endure for money, but profoundly appreciate. This two-day intensive course draws upon The Heroine’s Journey’s global expertise to answer the great, universal anxiety of our age:  how to finally find a job you will love. Whether you are a designer, culinary artist or writer we will impart everything you need to know.

Formal education offers only meagre guidance in this direction. It assumes that we should simply follow our gut instincts – trusting that once we we’ve finished university we will feel a reliable pull towards a career that is right for us. We end up feeling let down, impatient, and frustrated. We judge our lives by ambitious new standards by which we are continually left to feel we have fallen short.

Conventional career counsel, meanwhile, tells us that our lives will best be rewarded by bold leaps into the dark under the instruction of simple psychological tests and brief consultancies. But real life doesn’t proceed in straight lines, and no one-hour, one-size-fits-all exam or session can direct an individual with any level of seriousness or focus.

Testdrive your Dreamjob is a correction to this flawed reliance on instinct and generic prescription. It is neither a Myers-Briggs style personality assessment nor the equivalent to speaking with a recruitment consultant; it is a personal, uncomfortable journey into your inner life, motivation and values. Combined with real meetings with creative heroines who do what you think you might love to do for a living. It recognises that our career choices are hugely important and consequential – and that, if we are to stand a chance of honouring our desire to find a job to simultaneously fulfil our souls and pay for our material existence, we will need to lavish concentrated brain power, time and imagination on its underlying complexities.

At its heart the vocational quest is not about fitting our previous work experience and skills to the readymade career options offered to us by the databases of career counsellors. Paradoxically, it’s not our direct past thoughts about work that are typically most useful in guiding us to new more fulfilling work – for our search is for work we will love, not work we have done. We should have the confidence to believe that large portions of a sound answer are already going to be inside us. Alongside likeminded people in a journey through Paris, you’ll map your inner needs and desires against the opportunities presented by inspiring heroines in diverse creative businesses, and develop techniques to manage your transition into a career that fulfils you.

By the end of this hands-on, highly practical two day course, you will have learned

•How to identify and better harness the psychological forces that have shaped your existing career.

•How to undercover and clarify currently hidden or vague motivations and desires for fulfilling work.

•How to overcome obstacles and inhibitions about career change, from familial pressure to perfectionism.

•How to overcome the difficulties of transition into a job you love, through trials, experiments and gradual evolution.

About The Heroine’s Journey

Our intensive journeys provide an opportunity to work with Peter de Kuster and his inspiring team of creative travel guides over the course of a highly structured journey.

Journeys are limited to 20 participants and will be in the heart of Paris.  Food and drink, including lunch, is included in the ticket price.

Timetable (Each day)

09.40    Tea & Coffee on arrival at The Shakespeare and Company bookstore
10.00     Morning Journey
13.00     Lunch Break
14.00     Afternoon Journey
17.00     Close

Food and Drink: refreshments are provided throughout both days of the course including: tea, coffee and pastries on arrival, a delicious deli inspired lunch, and afternoon treats.