Dream Interpretation on Jobs and Careers
Whatever type of work we have chosen to pursue during our waking hours, we sometimes find ourselves working during our dream times as well. These are ideas of the meaning of dreams about work, jobs, and careers.
Literal Dreams About Work
Some dreams we have about our jobs and careers seem to convey information literally instead of symbolically. A dream of my own, involving the search for a congenial writing environment, illustrates this type. In the dream I was happily writing in an office filled with lots of activity and other people – all doing their own thing. This dream was presented as a solution to my recent search for a place to work independently while still being around others.
Literal work dreams are often clear and easy to understand. We recognize the jobs and careers within them as our own and gain knowledge we may have overlooked consciously, such as what is really going on in a situation, or how we really feel about the work or some aspect of it.
For instance, we might dream of a surprise promotion, bringing to our attention the previously self-unrecognized good performance of our work performance. Or maybe dream of turning down a promotion, illustrating our happiness with our current career position over “advancing” in the company.
Symbolic Dreams About Work Situations
Sometimes dreams about our jobs point out symbolically what may really be going on in a situation, or how we really feel about it. Maybe we dream a co-worker is so busy running next door to check on tots in a daycare, that her work obligations are being neglected.
This may be portraying an actual situation in which the subject spends a great deal of time smoothing interpersonal relations with coworkers. Or the dream could be showing our honest opinion of the subject, regardless of the actual situation. Either way, by paying attention to the dream you will learn more about yourself or your job environment.
Symbolic Dreams About Non-work Situations
A third possible meaning for dreams about our jobs and careers is to convey meanings symbolically about non-work situations. Work in a dream may symbolize the way something else going on in our life feels like to us – strenuous, tiring, effortless etc. Or a dream job may symbolize the reality of what effort will be required in some other pursuit entirely.
For instance, maybe you are considering selling on eBay as a new career, and dream of working in a difficult position delivering packages. The dream could be pointing out some actual non-acknowledged reservations you have about responsibilities of being an Internet seller.