Are you chasing your dream job? Lots of people are. And it's fine to have a dream, but the reality is much harsher. Settling can be the better choice. Here are eight reasons why.

  1. You have bills. Or at least you should. If you're still living with your parents and are over 22, that's super nice of your parents, but you need to start acting like an adult. Take any job that will allow you to be an adult and pay your own bills.
  2. Unemployed people have a harder time finding a job than employed people. If you're currently unemployed and are holding out for the dream job--even if you've got a trust fund--you're making it harder and harder to get a good job with every passing day. 
  3. Dream jobs are often nightmares. Sure, you thought you wanted to be a sky diving instructor, but it's only after you got the job that you find out that 50 percent of your job is talking people into jumping out of the plane after they are already in the air. Jobs that sound dreamy on paper come with coworkers, bosses, and clients, and they may or may not end up being nightmares.
  4. You may stumble into a dream job by taking something less than ideal. When you have a career day in high school, you learn about being doctors, lawyers, and other typical jobs. But, have you ever wanted to be a Risk Modeling Specialist or a Seed Librarian? There are so many career paths you don't know exist until you stumble upon them.
  5. Dreams don't often pay. You want to bring world peace via designer socks. Got it. Great idea. Everyone loves socks. But, who is going to pay you for that? You may launch a company and it will be fabulous, but in the meantime, you've got bills to pay. Take a job.
  6. All honorable work is honorable. Whether you're the CEO of a Fortune 100 company or sweeping floors at that company, you're doing real work that makes people's lives better. It may not be your dream, but it makes the world a better place.
  7. Your mental health depends on it. Being unemployed can lead to poor mental health. There's something about having a job that gives us purpose. You don't need a dream job for a purpose.
  8. You don't need a dream job to be happy. While companies like Google talk about "bringing your whole self" to work, the reality is, you don't have to do that. You can have a life outside of work and be happy with it.

Sure, if you have a job and are looking for a new one, you can be picky about it. But, if you're unemployed, don't spend too much time being picky. You're missing out on great opportunities that way. 

Published on: Oct 4, 2019
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