Expectations Model

This article is all about job expectations.
How should you set your expectations when choosing a job?
First off, let me begin by asking you this:
What are your expectations when choosing a partner?
Someone who’s smart and educated?
Or maybe someone who likes animals as much as you do?
We all have expectations.
It sets the standards for our happiness.
The more your expectations have and are fulfilled, the happier you become.
But only to some extent.
There comes a tipping point.
And reaching that tipping point is punching your ticket to disappointment.
Why? Because your expectations become unattainable.
Well, it’s not far different from jobs.
In this expectations model (show graph) we see that satisfaction increases with expectations.
When you have no expectations at all, then you’ll probably just agree to any job.
That’s easy. But it’s not satisfying.
The job could pay lower than the industry average and require you to do the same thing every day.
Fine, you’ll take it.
After all, you have no expectations.
And you know, it’s kind of hard to be happy if you’re okay with just anything.
It’s like having a job for the sake of having a job.
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Okay let’s move on.
So, let’s say you’ve figured out what your standards are.
Maybe it’s an above average salary, travel assignments, and a leadership role in your unit for example. Hmm, seems alright.
Let’s say your new job ticks all the boxes. Great! So your level of satisfaction stays at a high point for some time.
But eventually you’re bound to have new expectations.
Maybe you want more people in your team?
Sure, let’s say your employer allows it so you hire three more associates.
Up goes your expectations and up goes your happiness meter.
And then you reach that critical point.
Maybe you want to earn triple your salary after gaining some more years of experience.
And complete control over your unit’s projects.
Maybe that’s going way over the attainable level.
You’ve lost touch with reality.
And as long as you hold on to these over the top expectations, then you’ll never be satisfied with your job.
Or any other job.
Think about it.
Sure there’s nothing wrong with having high standards…
But if you let your expectations reach that critical level…
You’re going to miss out on really good career opportunities just because it’s not your “dream job.”
And take note that “dream job” does not even exist.
I know someone who missed out on multiple job offers – not just any job offer but extremely good offers in top companies – just because it didn’t meet all of his expectations.
And guess what? He is still unemployed because he does not want to “settle.”
So…If your standards can never be met, will you just keep looking for it?
I think we both know that may never happen.
And think about this.
If you lower your standards a bit, what would you lose?
Would you be that unhappy if the job can’t offer a 7 figure salary?
Job satisfaction is about finding the right balance in your expectations.
You can aim high but not dangerously so.
I hope this article helped you manager your job expectations better.