What to do when you're stuck in a job you hate
There may be several reasons why one feels stuck in their job. It could be the job itself, or the industry, or several other factors that may have caused you to lose complete interest in your work. There is no point working in a job you hate.
You feel slow and dread waking up in the morning, more than ever, and this feeling of dread begins from the very basic fact of getting ready to the commute to your office. You see it like a maze that you can’t get out of. A maze that doesn’t particularly excite you anymore.
However, if you feel like you’re stuck in a job you hate and see no way out, there are steps you can take to ensure that you find your equilibrium. It’s not easy, and it isn’t the most ideal situation one can be in.
Nevertheless, finding balance when things are out of place is the first step to managing oneself.
And maybe, figuring out a solution from all this as well.
First off, take a deep breath
Things are bad right now, there’s no doubt. However, whenever you feel like your life is slipping out of your hands, and that you have no control over the situation whatsoever, know that you can always find a solution if you just think calmly.
Do not let yourself make rash decisions—which, happens when you do not think calmly at a time like this. Take your time, branch out and sketch a few possible steps that you can take. Can you perhaps afford to quit your job? Or, do something within the job that can make things a little more interesting? Thinking about solutions with a calm mind always ensures that you find solutions as well.
Figure out what the issue is
After you’ve calmed down, relaxed and branched out your mind to figure out what the issues may be, now is when you actually sit and think about the issue. Make a list of all the pros and cons about your job. Try and find out what it is that you seemingly hate so much about it.
After you’ve done making this list, take a good look at it. Identify if what you hate about your job is the work itself or the people around you or the industry you’re in. If it’s the people, then the culture followed through in your company is what is causing you the hate the job. If it’s what you do at work, then it’s the job role. Perhaps, if everything about your job drives you crazy, then you may be in the wrong industry.
Now that you’ve figured out what the problem is, build a plan of action. Build an idea or a plan so as to get yourself out of the situation that you are in. Speak to your friends about what they do, speak to your colleagues about this situation if you feel comfortable sharing it with them.
Build networks on social media and speak to them about your current predicament. Once you’ve built a stable research, you’ll definitely know what to do.
There are things that you can do based on the situation. It all depends on whether it is the job that you hate or your company. Or, if you hate your industry and everything that has to do with it. These factors may differ from person to person, and one must tread lightly if they are still confused. However, if you know what it is that’s the problem, then follow through with the steps that you think will help you.
Perhaps, if you hate your company but like the job, you’ve understood that it is the organization that’s the problem. It’s best you start looking for other jobs with the same profile but in other companies.
Always maintain an updated resume for moments like these, where you focus on your accomplishments and results of what you were working on.
Remember, once you land an interview, never speak ill about your previous employer.
If you hate everything about your job and industry, then you realize that it is your job profile or role that is driving you up the wall. You will now need to figure out what your passion is. And maybe find a career circled around what you would want to do for a living. What are your strong points? What skills have helped you throughout your professional journey?
Once you’ve figured out what you want to do, you’ve got all you need to build a career path based on that. It’s alright to feel stuck at times, because the problem only lies in staying there. Moving forward will always help in the bigger picture.