Hate your job? You’re not alone. A recent study reported that 44% of Americans were unsatisfied with their job and that 67% of Americans were looking to jump ship.
Common reasons for hating your job are:
The Hours – You spend more time at work than you do with your own family. The ups and downs of any industry sometimes require overtime which of course, cuts into your personal time.
The People – Co-workers can be judgmental, rude and worst of all, lazy which causes other people to pick up the slack.
The Boss – Usually strolls in whenever he feels like it. Makes high demands of others that he doesn’t expect from himself. Managers and CEO’s aren’t known for being compassionate towards their employees. All they care about are numbers, numbers, numbers. And if you’re not making numbers, then you may find yourself on a freeway offramp holding a cardboard sign asking for money.
The Job – It’s boring, mind numbing and fulfilling. You weren’t meant for this. You always had dreams of being something more.
Yeah….there are a lot of good reasons for hating your job when you look at both the outer and inner factors involved. If you hate your job with a passion, that tells me that your passion is somewhere else. Why not explore that and see if you can get the training or schooling for what you would like to do?
A few years ago, I was working a job that I hated. My employer had decided to put me in a position that I didn’t apply for and never asked for. This position required that I become the office handy man, which included ripping up big boxes, getting on ladders to put away or take down heavy boxes, paint the walls, clean and move furniture……and at towering height of 4’11 and three quarters, combined with a bad back and no insurance, it was very apparent to myself and to others that this was not a job that was best suited for me. But I needed the money, so I begrudgingly did what was told of me and hated every minute of every day. In the back of my mind, I would say to myself “What am I doing here? I used to be the host of a national radio station. I’ve rubbed elbows with celebrities. I’ve been on TV. I’ve made more money in retail and working for a bank and had more fun at those jobs. What the hell am I doing here?!”
While it’s true that the outer factors of my job were not ideal, what was happening inside of me was far more important. I was allowing my bosses to step all over me and my (awful) job to steal my joy. I tried to combat this with positive thinking. I would repeat to myself “I love my job. I am thankful for my job.” But I would still end up in tears at the end of the day.
Why was that? What was wrong?
The problem was that the job I was doing was not in alignment with my natural talents or strengths. I was forced into a position which concentrated on my weaknesses, and because of this, I was doing a crappy job.
The thing to remember is that we were all designed to be a certain way and to fulfill a certain role. You may enjoy working with people, crunching numbers, designing buildings or even moving and lifting heavy things. You may love being the star on the sales floor of a store, or you may prefer to work in the stock room while you rock out to the tunes on you iPod.
But what’s good for you isn’t good for someone else. So if you’re job is causing you stress and unhappiness, if it’s clear to you that what you’re doing does not fulfill you in any sense of the word, it’s time to start looking into other options.
I’m not, in anyway, suggesting that you quit your job without a backup plan. After all, you have bills to pay and a family to take care of. You have responsibilities that rely on you going to work and paying your dues…so to speak.
But in the meantime, you can prepare to make the change into a career that is more suited to your personal likes and strengths.
Where to start:
Aptitude Test – Yes, I know. Tests can be scary but this one is fun. You get to answer questions about the number one topic that you know a whole lot about, and that’s yourself. Aptitude tests are designed to highlight your strengths and to suggest career options that are best suited to your strengths. Some of these will require schooling and some of these won’t. Either way, it will help you to get some ideas of what type of job will be best for you.
Career Counselor – A Career Counselor is someone who looks at your strengths, personality and your career goals so that they can offer you advice and assistance in getting into a career that is best suited for you. They can be extremely helpful in helping you make the jump from one career to another. Many cities and states are now offering this service for free. You can do a simple google search or call your city hall for more information. If they don’t offer this service, check with the community colleges in your area. They may not offer it for free, but they should offer it at a low cost. If you like the idea of career counseling, but would rather go this route yourself, you can visit http://www.careeronestop.org. All of the resources there are free.
Read – If you already have an idea of the type of career you would like to get into, then start reading what you can on the subject. If you want to teach, read books about teaching. If you want to be a web designer, look into books about that. Don’t have time to read? That’s okay. Try books on audio and listen to them during your commute. The idea is to prepare your mind by filling it with the type of knowledge you will need for your new career.
Hands On Experience – While this isn’t possible for all careers….like say, a surgeon….it is possible for others. If you have the opportunity to get hands on experience, whether it’s through taking a part time job or volunteering yourself for free – then do it! This gives you the opportunity to get some experience under your belt and to pick up on any details of the job that you may not have considered before. Would you like to teach? Volunteer as a teacher’s aid. Would you like to get a government job? Volunteer at a library. In addition to hands on experience, volunteering gives you the opportunity to network with people in your preferred field.
Visualize – Oh come on…you had to know that this was coming! During your new trek, you may begin to feel discouraged or even overwhelmed. You’ll be tempted to stick to your boring, thankless, unfulfilling job because it’s what you know, even if it’s what you hate. It’s reliable, and change can be scary. But change is necessary to our growth and happiness, but sometimes, in order to grow you have got to go through those growing pains. So, to keep yourself on the right track, take time to visualize what it will be like to have the career that you deserve. Imagine going to your new job every day and how it will make you feel to do what you love. Imagine how awesome it feels to know that you are fulfilling your life’s purpose, and getting paid for it.
While no job is perfect, some are definitely better than others. Know what path is right for you and make the decision to stick to it. It doesn’t matter if it how long it takes you to get there as long as you actually get there. You are the captain of your own ship. You control your own destiny. So set the course, set sail and don’t look back.