Searching for a dream job is pointless. But first think for yourself what is really important to you, then you often get very close to that 'dream job'.

The senseless search for the dream job


A few weeks ago I read an article in the Financieel Dagblad. The title of the article was; ‘the senseless pursuit of a dream job’.  For many people this will probably sound like a rather depressing title. I immediately got an Accounts Receivable Creditors idea from Jiskefet. A job that is just not terrible enough to resign. Where the conversations until lunch are about what’s on your bums. Where the countdown after lunch is until 17:00. Do you have to give up your dreams just like that? Should you be content with the thought that you should be unhappy for the rest of your life every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.? Of course not! But think for yourself what is really important to you, then you often come very close to that ‘dream job’.


When students enter Studentflex / High Potential Academy they are often asked what are your ambitions? Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years? Often we get answers like: I want a high salary, a leadership role, a lot of responsibility, many career opportunities, a hip office, internal training, challenging work and preferably at a large corporate. All these facets also sound like a dream job to my ears. The reality is that this job does not exist in the real world. If that job does exist, only very few people have it.

In that article in the FD they state that you should therefore take a critical look at what you really consider important in your work. Often the people in this article ended up with very simple things. Things like; not too long travel time, pleasant colleagues and regular working hours. The conclusion of the article was that especially starters on the labour market have far too high expectations of their first job. Our colleague Annelotte aptly described in her blog how she was looking for her dream job but at Studentflex / High Potential Academy decided to take up the challenge. This turned out to be a big hit!


At Studentflex, however, we often see that students do not yet know what they consider important. Lynn Stook is now a permanent employee at Vandebron but started there as a working student via Studentflex. From my background I was always told that you were successful when you got your bachelor’s degree, finished your master’s degree and ended up at the Zuidas. However, because I was a student at Vandebron, I found out that it was the culture at the food company, the career opportunities and the values of a company that were very important to me. And not the status, brand name and salary of a company’.

Sander van Ginkel started as a student at Ubereats via Studentflex, but is now employed by them on a permanent basis. Especially at your first job, I think only one thing is really important, that you have a lot of opportunities to learn. Later on, in more senior positions, things like: a lot of responsibility and a good salary may be important. For your first job, the culture and career opportunities are much more valuable. For me, for example, the decisive factor was that I could do many extra courses in addition to my work’.


In another article, in de Volkskrant a few weeks ago, the writer goes much further. He describes a phenomenon he calls ‘the stockholm syndrome of the western world’. People often say they hate their work, but they can’t do without it. Personally I find this very exaggerated. Although research in 2017 shows that only 18% are very satisfied with his or her work. But there is certainly a core of truth in it. Because if these people look critically at what they find important in their work, they still find a lot of this in their current job. Otherwise they would resign.

But students who are looking for their first job should also do so. Put down on paper for yourself what you really think is important in a job. Then you may find out that your ideal job may be something completely different from what you think now. Do you need help in determining what is really important to you? Then knock on Studentflex / High Potential Academy then we help you with finding your first (side) job.


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