Dream job? Be focused on something else!

You always hear about the famous dream job, the one that makes you feel you did not really work at the end of your day. Well, I do not want to hurt you, but it does not exist! .

The first aspect that leads to creation of this utopia is the job advertising; many times companies present repetitive tasks as the most interesting ones. Obviously it is attractive, as marketing claims; however, we (as HR) are not selling a product, we have to present 8 hours of everyday life. The job ad is the first psychological link between a company and the individuals. If there is a mismatch between expectations and the reality, you will have huge issues (retention risk). The second aspect is related to the fact that the world speaks about dream job and you are “contaminated” with this idea. Clearly, even the most amazing job contains tasks that are not dreams.

I’d like to advise you to be focused more on other aspects such as the quality of work, the career opportunities and passions. The “psychological link” mentioned above is the so- called psychological contract; it is the cognitive structure that goes to model the relationship between you and the organisation. The psychological contract modifies the work attitudes of a professional in the short and long run.  In order to avoid any kind of disillusion, your company should give you awareness about the real job activities. It is fundamental also to underline that even if you follow your passions and dreams your work includes boring or stressful parts/tasks.  

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