Do you hate your job, but you don’t know where to go? Do you complain about it everyday but still can’t leave. Well, in such a situation, it’s important to first ask yourself why you want to leave. If you’re confused about what you want, then the new job’s not going to be any better either. Because once the novelty of the job wears off, where do you go next? Another new job?
So, it’s important to first categorize your complaints:
Culture: If you hate the culture, you should definitely leave. There is very little someone can do about the culture of a company.
People: The company culture attracts a certain kind of personality. If you don’t like the culture, you won’t like the people either.
Work: You hate the work. Now this is an interesting one. You need to ask yourself why you hate the work:
a.) It’s an industry which doesn’t interest you: Unless you’re absolutely sure of the industry you eventually want to work in, it’s not wise to entirely blow off other industries. Working across various industries gives you an opportunity to try your hand at different things, and helps you make a wiser decision later on in life.
b.) The work itself is mundane: I hear this a lot. Most people feel they’re not using their brains in their jobs. Now, unless you’ve been in the corporate world for sometime, why would someone let you make their decisions? Everyone has to do the boring and mundane work at some point in their lives. If you’re indeed a genius who’s being made to do boring work, then you should also be able to figure out a smart way to tackle that work, and get it done quickly.
c.) You definitely don’t want to do this sort of work in the future: This is kind of easy. If you’re sure you don’t want to do this sort of work ever, why are you here? However, if this kind of work is just a stepping-stone to get you to where you want to go, then you need to just bear with it and learn as much along the way.
c.) No one listens to your ideas: The world isn’t fair. Your ideas need to be really good and they need to be presented really well. Moving to a new job isn’t going to help here.
d.) You don’t like working: Then you won’t like any job. Might as well start buying lottery tickets now.
Location: You don’t like the city or you don’t like the surroundings. Your job isn’t to blame here. But, yes, try moving to the location you want to settle in eventually, since this is always going to play in your head.
Money: You don’t get paid enough. Now, only you know what is enough for you. But, if your pay reasonably matches your skill-sets, it’s hardly wise to make a shift just for more money. Most decisions which are influenced only by money don’t tend to make you any happier than you already are.
Opportunity to grow: If you feel that you’ve done everything possible, and you’re not moving up due to something out of your control like office politics, you should leave. But, if your capabilities are to blame even a little bit, take a look at your skills and accomplishments, and see what you can do better.
Think of your current job, and whether it allows the following luxuries. If it does, how bad can it be, right?
1.) You can take leave whenever you want
2.) You get your salary every month and on time
3.) You have some friends in your office
4.) When you tell people where you work, they look slightly impressed
5.) When you come home everyday, you feel like you used your brains during the day
6.) You have some office space, however small or cluttered it may be
7.) It allows you to spend on things you don’t really need
8.) Your boss likes you
Now, if you have discovered your true calling in life, then you should definitely go ahead and pursue that. But, like most people, if you’re scared to take that risk right now, and your job is the only thing sustaining you, what’s the point of hating it? As long as you’re in the job, you might as well just be happy and try to do your best right? I’ve found it’s really hard to hate something when you’re trying to excel in it.
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