Careers Helping People With Their Goals and Dreams

The weight of daily realities, from financial obligations to family responsibilities, leaves many people not living the lives they envisioned. Data shows that millennials are consistently willing to change jobs frequently, perhaps in the search for something bigger and better. A Gallop report indicated that millennials change jobs at three times the rate as other age groups.

Does this mean that adults are lending their talents, skills and abilities to pursuits that aren't their passions? Some individuals who've taken notice of this are channeling their energies into helping others achieve their goals and dreams. These altruistic professionals focus on elevating others, so they can identify their aspirations and live according to their purpose.

Inspire and Motivate Others

Motivational speakers deliver messages of hope, renewal and possibility to listeners looking for support and direction. Typically, motivational speakers specialize in a particular topic, like financial management, entrepreneurship, sobriety, or marriage and family. They are united in their collective appeal to audiences who seek answers to the dilemmas they face or who need that "extra push" to make life-changing decisions. Motivational speakers are talented presenters and effective storytellers.

They frequently tap into an existing vocation as the springboard for this profession. For example, someone who's been successful in business may use her experience to help others open their own companies. A former therapist may begin dispensing advice, en masse, to couples who might benefit from her expertise. Motivational speakers may also write books, present at national conferences, and join an association like the National Speakers Association to boost their career options.

Coaches Aren't Just for Sports

Life coaches offer direction and guidance to help others maximize interests and skills.

Life coaches help people sort their lives out, personally and professionally. They work to assist clients in understanding their potential and harnessing their strengths in affirmative ways. Unlike sports coaches who are focused on performance in athletics, life coaches prioritize personal development. They may hold one-on-one sessions with a client several days a week, in person or by phone.

As they get to know more about their clients, life coaches make observations and offer input, helping them develop a road map for exploring new opportunities and options. They espouse the belief that our greatest successes in life are often found in helping others succeed. Education and experience are not a barrier to entry in becoming a life coach, though there are a variety of independent certifications and credentials available in the field from numerous companies and organizations.

Provide Caring Counsel

Counselors help people emerge from some of life's challenges with a new outlook.

Counselors help others overcome challenges and improve their lives. Counselors may be employed by public agencies or nonprofit organizations, or they may work independently with a private client base. Those who work in the public and not-for-profit sectors typically assist a caseload of clients with sensitive, serious matters, such as sobriety, parenting and anger management. In cases like these, the courts or other public agencies, such as child welfare, may be involved.

Independent counselors help clients work through a number of issues, often related to marriage or family relationships, or focused on skills like communication and coping. Counselors, who may also be known as marriage and family therapists, must be licensed with a master's degree to practice.

Teach and Educate Others

Teachers can be role models and dream supporters.

Teachers help students achieve their goals and dreams through education. Teachers are responsible for classroom management, course planning, student evaluation, and teaching a particular subject at the elementary, middle school, high school or post-secondary levels. Whatever the age group or developmental stage of their students, teachers can be a symbol of support and possibility for them.

Teachers have been described as role models who help students not only set goals and develop plans for reaching them, but also doing so with a moral and ethical compass. Public school educators must have a college degree and be licensed by the state; teachers at the college level typically must have a Ph.D. in the discipline, though sometimes those with master's degrees gain entry into the profession at the collegiate level.