From a nursing profession point of view, I'm currently working my "ideal job" for a 5-bed CCU at a very small community hospital. Don't know how long it's going to last, though . . . tonight, the hospital has a total of 8 patients (two of which I'm caring for in the CCU). As stated in another posts, the patient to nurse ratio is probably the best I'll ever experience as a nurse, so I'll enjoy it while it lasts!!!
However . . . my "ideal job" would be working full-time at my entertainment production company writing lots of music. Although I would still want to work part time as a staff nurse for a hospital like the one I'm working for now. I absolutely love nursing under my current working conditions.
Still, though, what's an "ideal job"? I've worked many different types of jobs with many different types of people under many different types of working conditions. I've found the grass is never greener on the other side. . . there's always been positives and negatives with every job I've worked. Even if I worked full-time for my entertainment production company, the stress of alway finding work in such a tight market (as the entertainment market is) would be a big negative.
Actually, I think I'm experiencing the best balance between two very wonderful professions . . . the nursing and entertainment professions. The nursing profession pays the bills, and the entertainment profession generates the bills.
I had a job once commuting to New York City to sell home-made baked goods (didn't make them, just sold them) outdoors in the Farmer's Market (down in Union Square for those of you who live in Manhattan). It was a "no-brainer" selling extremely high-priced items to people willing to pay for them. The job was a hoot and the people fun to talk to!!! The stories I could tell from that job alone . . . but that's another topic thread.