Unfortunately, it happens to a lot of people. Your job becomes your least favorite thing in your life, but you are trapped.
There are tons of reasons (or combinations of reasons) why you might feel stuck in the job that you hate. Recognizing those reasons and knowing how to work past them can help the clouds part and let you see a little more sunshine.
1. You Needed Money Quickly
Your car broke down, and you needed a new one. You took the first job you could find because you needed to be responsible. Now, you’ve fixed the problem and you’re still in that job, somehow unable or unwilling to quit. The best thing you can do is tough it out a little longer, saving up some money so you can catch a break while you’re looking for a new job.
2. You’re Unsure Of Your Career Passions
If your job just isn’t doing it for you, you need to figure out what will. Even if you need a little more education or a specific certification to be able to work at a job that will ignite your passions, it’s worth it. Those are the kind of jobs you can stick to indefinitely and see continual success in. Even if the starting pay isn’t great, it’ll get better with time.
3. You’re Having Trouble Finding A Better Job
If you’re already decided that a job change is definitely in the cards for you, you might be holding out for something better. See if you can’t get the ball rolling by yourself for a while if you aren’t seeing any positions advertised. You’re never too young to make a LinkedIn profile or start a blog based around an industry you love. People might contact you for unadvertised positions if they find your online presence impressive. If they don’t do it first – don’t be afraid to reach out to them. A little bit of networking now and then might really boost your career opportunities.
4. You’re Not Asking For Better Opportunities
If you like the company you work for but your position leaves a lot to be desired, try talking to your manager about advancement opportunities or shifts within the company. If you cannot stand working at a cash register, ask if there’s any overnight jobs or stocking jobs that will allow you to interact with as few people as possible. If you feel like you’re too isolated, ask for a position that will put you around more people.
5. You’re Afraid To Quit
What happens next? Nobody likes uncertainty with their paychecks. Worrying about money bites. If you interview for other positions while you’re still working, accept an offer from a new employer, and give your two weeks’ notice before you start your new job, you’ll be able to seamlessly transition without fear of being broke.
6. Your Awful Job Pays Well
If your terrible job pays you well, this can create a dilemma. The money is awesome, but the job is soul-sucking. If you’ve been at this job for a while, you have already established that you are worth what they are paying you. You can probably find another employer who would be willing to match your current rate, or at least give you something close. Your current pay is your bargaining chip. If you’ve been locked into your reasonable pay rate for a while, you might even be able to negotiate something slightly higher with a new employer.
7. You Need The Scheduling
If you’re working and going to school at the same time, your schedule is important. You need to be able to get all of your work done, and still have time to hang out with your friends who help you keep your sanity. If scheduling is the issue, you can always try freelancing for money. If you are good at writing or coding, you can make money on your own time and on your own terms. Start freelancing now, wait until you are comfortable with the money you are making, and leave your terrible job when you feel like you are ready to make the transition.
Tons of millennials are stuck in jobs they hate, but they don’t have to be. By thinking outside of the box and entertaining new possibilities, you’ll might deal with a little more stress in the short term, but your future will be much better.
Author Bio: Michelle Arios is an assistant manager, a HR expert and a careers blogger, currently supporting BizDb, an online knowledge library. Michelle enjoys working with young people on the verge of entering the workforce, helping them find the best careers that await them. Feel free to reach out to her on @MichelleArios.
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