Are you working at your dream job? If yes, tell us about it...if no, tell us why

over 7 years ago from , UI Designer

I've been doing a lot of thinking about what my dream job would look like. I have been seeing so many articles posted about how "web design is dead" and that people seem to think that we will all be replaced by robots someday.

I get a negative vibe from articles like that so I'm just curious what the rest of DN'ers think.


  • Taulant SulkoTaulant Sulko, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Do you work at this Interset? Then maybe you should reconsider your career. This product promotes employee spying and interrogation.

    11 points
    • Brian FryerBrian Fryer, over 7 years ago

      Ew. I feel gross for visiting that site :/

      4 points
    • Ethan BondEthan Bond, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

      Ah, the nuance of armchair ethics. I don't mean that in a snarky way! I think the criticism is valid, but I want to push this a bit further as it's something I've been wrangling with for a while.

      I became very disenchanted with Silicon Valley after seeing hundreds of thousands of very intelligent, caring, hard working people building what are ultimately methods for first world people to do first world things more conveniently.

      Why do we never see comments like this calling out the people dedicating their life to, say, selling ads on the Internet, or sending silly ephemeral pictures to their friends, or creating products which are anonymous enough to empower bullies but insecure enough to be valuable targets for surveillance?

      2 points
  • Maxime De Greve, over 7 years ago

    Yes I am working at my dream job. However a majority of designer friends aren't because they don't align with the product they are working on or don't get along with the the structure or organisation of the company the work for. I guess I'm lucky I found a warm nest.

    10 points
  • John MorrisJohn Morris, over 7 years ago


    I get paid to do something I would do in my free time anyway. What more do you want.

    3 points
  • Cyrus Henderson, over 7 years ago

    I don't think anyone really knows until they are in that dream job position (I am not currently). But what I can say for me personally is that a dream job should align with your mission, It should be something you really believe in and a problem you love solving even when you are having a bad day or want to permanently clock out. You should get a long with the team well and there should be processes in place that aren't too restrictive but that permit a nice work flow.

    3 points
  • Mitchell Garcia, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    For me, my dream job is pretty simple and vague. Basically, all I need is:

    1) To do something meaningful.

    2) To do that meaningful task on my own time.

    That's about it. Currently, I'm not working my dream job. I will, someday, though.

    I wouldn't get too caught up in the negative vibe surrounding the design industry. It definitely will change. But you never know, it might be for the better. Thanks for the awesome topic.

    3 points
  • Andy LeverenzAndy Leverenz, over 7 years ago

    I don't know if any job is a dream job. Work is work in the end. My skills happen to be with web and UI design. I use it to pay the bills, but I think the key to success is both being happy and possibly taking ownership of something. Financially successful people are typically business owners. They may night be extremely happy in the end but man do they have wealth. Other people consider their careers successful if they are able to live within their means.

    The key and goal in my mind, is to have an equal balance of both wealth, knowledge, and happiness.

    2 points
  • Adam Hayman, over 7 years ago

    Like Beth said, I'm not sure what my dream job will be, specifically. As technology/my situation changes, I'm sure my ideal job will too. I can answer the question generally though.

    First, I know I want to work for myself. My personality type (INTJ) doesn't do particularly well taking direction from others, especially in times that I don't agree with the request. So a freelance gig is, at the moment, seeming to be the right fit for me.

    Other than that, I plan on using the "trifecta" approach. 1. Client work 2. Products 3. Teaching

    I'll have my freelance work where I deal with clients and their projects. In the downtime from that, I'll develop products (most likely digital goods like icons, ui kits, templates, etc) that can be sold as passive income. Then I would love to teach as well. Perhaps take a job as an adjunct design instructor at a local university. Or even release courses on a site like Udemy. Something of that nature.

    Am I working this job now? No, unfortunately I'm not. I have a great day job but I am getting the itch to head out on my own. Perhaps later this year? We shall see, I suppose :)

    2 points
  • Brooks HassigBrooks Hassig, over 7 years ago

    I have no idea why, but I'm insanely interested in payments in the restaurant space. I looked around for companies working in this space, and decided on OpenTable, where I'm the lead designer on Payments. Rad, fast, talented team. Global reach. Doing exactly what I want. Definitely doing my dream job.

    1 point
  • Chris LeckieChris Leckie, over 7 years ago

    Web design won't be dead but there's a very good chance your job will be vastly different to what it is just now. The industry is always moving forward and it's our responsibility to move forward with it.

    Your dream job is what you make it. Get stuck in and have some fun.

    1 point
  • Jack InnesJack Innes, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    I am. I'm 18 years old. I freelanced for a few years but was no good at the business side of things. I needed a real job so I started applying for local retail jobs.

    Then out of the blue, a few days before I had an interview for a call center, I got an email from Si digital who essentially head hunted me after seeing my work on dribbble. They hired me almost straight up, and I've been here for 7 months now. Loving every minute of it!

    0 points
  • No NameNo Name, over 7 years ago

    The year of 2015 has been absolutely wild for me. While I'm just starting to take off, the opportunities in front of me for design are very appealing and I would say I'm more than on track to my "dream job."

    0 points
  • Hawke BassignaniHawke Bassignani, over 7 years ago

    I am at my dream job: surrounded by other passionate designers, working on cool products that I use everyday.

    It isn’t world-shifting work—cancer, non-profits, helping people, etc.—but I think what we do brings joy and escapism… and sometimes fun is fabulous.

    I hope everyone gets to their dream job, too. :-)

    0 points
  • Account deleted over 7 years ago

    Man, this is hard to answer simply YES or NO. In my case, I had what I would consider to be my dream job at one point.. and I no longer do due to family. Looking at the pure function of it in terms of the role/job... it was fantastic, but family life suffered. As a whole... you could argue then that the job was not so dreamy.

    My current job is not what many would typically consider a "dream" job, but I've got a really solid/flexible/supportive boss, an employer with fantastic momentum, I like what I do, and I can enjoy time with my family and actually take vacations. So, when you look at the complete picture that way - it's actually a lot closer to being my dream job than one would traditionally think.

    Being refreshed, having a life, and working on something that's going somewhere is a really fantastic thing. At some point I kind of realized that a job never really begins and ends when you go into the office. It permeates your life with 24/7 emails, travel, etc. It can affect your mood and those around you.

    As I've gotten older, I've adjusted my view on what makes a job "dreamy" and to be honest, I'm glad I have. I guess for me, I want the job to be a part of who I am... but never solely define me as a person. There is always almost something better out there, but at what cost? You've got to look at the bigger picture sometimes because quality of life is too important in the end to not factor it into things. I think this is why it's important to not get TOO wrapped up in a title... it's about what you do, the quality you do it at... and the life you have with those you love.

    0 points
  • Some DesignerSome Designer, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Before beginning I have to mention that I only have graphic, experience and interaction design knowledge. So, so consider my comments only on these three majors.

    Yes. I love my job.

    When I 'design', I mostly start with a blank page. You might think my upcoming description a little bit insane but, the blank page makes me feel the infinite space. I do not voice it but I feel like not designing, creating. Creating something is far beyond any job. It's not a job. It's a another level or realisation of your inner conciseness. Since I'm a loose screw about the feeling of creation, I do not care about the tools. I didn't knew but it was considered as a 'plus' with the companies. That's why where ever I worked, I turned into 'the guy who endures and solves problems'. Not that I care anything about the titles. The fact that I'm a great problem solver. This also give another undesirable satisfaction feeling. And that's actually just design 101. Solve problems. Not discussing for pages sketch is better then photoshop or etc.

    And I do deeply hate my job.

    I hate it because it's a job. When you put anything under the 'job' folder it starts to suck. Hard. If 'Design' was not something profitable, I would loved 2x. But it's a damn process which fills the systems needs. And I hate my job because it's not an art. Before the flames; design can be called art. But admit it, when your client requests to make it pop, that exact moment the creation turns into a burden-if you are that naive that you think you are doing art. And it's obvious that if design was not profitable at all, maybe we'd still stuck with simple 2d designs.

    So. Here are my biploar reasons why I love and hate my job. On my first years, I deeply hated my job. Endless works till mornings, endless rushed red alarmed works with a dusted wallet. Nothing's changed much.Here's the thing that I notice; my friends who wears suits, gets high pays are now dead inside. They all can tell this openly. They all attending weird classes which they pay for, they do hang out with people whose off work hours fit etc. and they're gotten sick with that kind of life. These are not my words. I may lived quarter of my life and can still get exited or chills when I see a nicely kerned 'word' instead of seeing a ferrari on the road. The moment I saw it, I can have it and start shifting it's nature. I can use it. I know I will never ride a ferrari on the first moment I saw. that's the difference. Notice the difference of power (and consume)

    Anyway, I was goign to keep it short but turned it into a wall of text. Just don't hate your job. I do hated (and hate sometimes) but just don't be a spoiled brat. When you notice the infinite possibilities, that's when the show starts.

    0 points
  • Kyle Greely, over 7 years ago

    I'm not working at my dream job right now because the product is not very well designed, any radical design changes my team proposes is shot down or put so far down the roadmap that you basically never see it again, and I don't feel passionate about my work. I think my ideal job would be working for myself or for a small design firm, where my opinion and work is more valued and I think working remotely is the best fit for me. I like managing my own time. I'm looking for a job like that right now.

    0 points
  • Tom WoodTom Wood, over 7 years ago

    I'm not really all that sure what my dream job is.

    Design is my dream job, and I like working with people. But do I want to just create infographics for a living, or do I want to design and front-end dev sites, or design logos.. and for what type of clients?

    I get the feeling that if I did any one of those in isolation that it would get old - for me it's about variety and doing it for people who care.

    0 points
  • Mohd Danish, over 7 years ago

    Ar you working at http://graphicdesigno.com/ ? if yes, then you are working at a dreamland. I work there, and its not a company, its like a passion, like a playground, where you play with your creativity.

    0 points
  • Diego LafuenteDiego Lafuente, over 7 years ago

    When you work for others, it's really hard, in my humble opinion, to achieve perfection. Unless you have a non delivery type job, like, let's say, investigation, it's really hard to be motivated all days, being also dedicating lot of time of your life to a single product or to a company itself.

    0 points
  • Cody IddingsCody Iddings, over 7 years ago

    Digital Telepathy is a dream job. It's not just an exciting culture, fun clients, or being close to the beach. It's working alongside people you admire, trust, and gain friendships. It's having a leadership team that truly cares for you and that aspires for greatness.

    This post says it all: http://www.dtelepathy.com/blog/philosophy/can-business-run-on-culture

    0 points
  • Beth R, over 7 years ago (edited over 7 years ago )

    Okay....since I asked the question I guess I'll get the ball rolling.

    To be honest I'm not quite sure what my dream job will look like. Technology changes so frequently these days that it's hard to predict what will happen in the next few years.

    I sometimes feel unsure about my career choice in terms of longevity which is why I wanted to ask the community for their input :)

    0 points