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Maybe you shouldn't look for your dream job

Dream jobs seem like the right thing to shoot for. But are those occupations really all that dreamy?
Herb Scribner Modified: April 24, 2014 at 11:32 am •  Published: April 24, 2014

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.

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