It’s finally happened — you got the job you always wanted, your dream job.
And it’s a total letdown.
This is becoming more common among job seekers, as the particular job they’ve always wanted turns out to be lackluster compared to what they imagined. This is especially true in the cases presented by Sue Shellenbarger in her April 22 piece for The Wall Street Journal, in which she chronicled several recent college graduates who are finding troubling results in their believed to be “dream jobs.”
One example is of Caroline Kelso Winegeart, who found her dream job at an ad agency but soon found the work was too heavy to handle, Shellenbarger wrote. Another example is Ashley Stahl, who always wanted to be in the national security field and found a job with the Pentagon. But she soon found she was in a male-dominated workplace and things were ultra competitive, Shellenbarger wrote.
“When her employer asked her to consider traveling to war-torn areas overseas, she quit after eight months on the job. ‘By that time, I'd seen too much raw footage of the worst-case scenarios in the world,’ she says,” Shellenbarger wrote.
There are multiple reasons why people search for dream jobs. “Some people target dream jobs for unconscious reasons, Shellenbarger wrote. “People who enter sports psychology training programs are sometimes former athletes who failed to achieve their goals.”
In other cases, it’s a step toward a better life. One worker wrote for InfoWorld about being close to getting a dream job — which would require leaving a current job for a better lifestyle — but things soon fell apart when problems erupted within the company.
“I was beyond stunned — in fact, I was devastated,” wrote the worker. “I was ready to leave the life of a constantly traveling consultant to become the VP of app development in a company where systems were the key business strategy, as well as move from a cold climate to a warmer one. It all disappeared in an instant, and it wasn't because of anything I did or didn't do.”
Dream jobs are still tough to come by for recent college graduates, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. Last year’s college grads have an unemployment rate of 10.9 percent, which is higher than the 9.6 percent rate reported last fall, according to the AP.
Some of that unemployment comes from lack of experience or educational knowledge which is, in its own right, hard to find, AP reported.
Howard Rudnick, a 23-year-old Florida Atlantic University graduate, told the AP he can’t even get his foot in the door, causing him to wait on his dream job.
“I’m finding that all these entry-level jobs are requiring experience I don’t have,” he told the AP, “or degrees that are just unattainable right out of college.”