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What to do if you are stuck in a job you hate

Are you feeling deflated, uninspired and trapped in a job you no longer enjoy? While there may not be much you can do straight away there are a few strategies you can adopt to get you through. In this blog, we are going to be talking about some of the things you can do during this time.



Talk about it

It may sound cliche but you need to talk about your feelings, start by having a conversation with your manager about your current position, no one can help you solve a problem that they don’t know about. Talk about any issues that you have or frustrations with your current position, they may be a lot more understanding than you thought. By informing your superior, you are opening the door for other potential opportunities. Whether this is taking on new projects within the company or getting the training necessary to progress upwards into a more fulfilling position.


Know that you have a choice

Even when all seems lost, know that you always have a decision to make. The belief that you can’t leave your job simply isn’t true, you are in control of your life and your future. You need to take back control of your story. 85% of the things we worry about never come true, as humans we always think the worst possible outcome will happen. If you are seriously unhappy in your job, make a change. Now I’m not saying pack up your things and slam a resignation letter down dramatically. We still have bills to pay, however, you are in control of your own happiness. You can either wallow, complain and blame or you can start to put that energy towards creating a better life. The decision is up to you.


Decide what you want to do

When you feel hopeless about your job and don’t know what you want to do, it can help for you to sit down and write a pros and cons list. It might sound silly but seeing a physical copy can help you to feel like your feelings are valid. You may also surprise yourself with a list of positive things about your job that you love.


Make a note of your skills

Even in the worst job, there are still skills that you can transfer into your next position. Many of the transferable skills employers look for are things like communication, working well in a team and critical thinking. If you have gained any of these skills through your job, you are already on the right track to finding your dream career. It’s a good idea to keep a running list of your accomplishments, have you worked on a project that you are particularly proud of? Make sure you are creating a portfolio that you can take with you. This also works well to keep you motivated, whenever you are feeling down or deflated look back at the work you have achieved it will make you feel instantly better.


It is perfectly alright to not love every single job you have. Going through the lows will only make the highs even higher. If you are looking to brush up on your skills before you start a new job, visit Myjobs.coach and check out our explainer video for more info.

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