• Antoinette Minor

Do You Hate Your Job

There is this preconceived notion that people go to work and you're supposed to hate it.  For example, you walk in the lunchroom to put your lunch in the refrigerator and your coworker follows behind you. Most times they will say something like, “‘I don't want to be here today,” or “is it 5:00pm yet?”  Naturally you probably would respond with, “I know. I can't wait for the day to be over,” or “me too.” It may not even be the truth but it's almost like we have to agree because it the thing to do. Unhappiness with our job is overwhelmingly normal and expected.

Newsflash!  You don't have to hate your job, shouldn't expect to hate your job and you have the right to love your job.  Having a job is not supposed to be this task that sends us over the edge.  You are supposed to be happy in life and that includes earning an income in a position that motivates you and makes you happy.   

Now don't get me wrong. There is a difference between being tired and being fed up.  It is common to not want to get up on a Monday for work but that doesn’t mean you don’t love your job.  You can certainly feel like you want to stay in bed all day because who doesn't want down time but you shouldn't experience anxiety directly related to your employment.  If that's the case then it's time to LEAVE!  Waking up anxious about going to work is unhealthy and unnecessary.    

You should feel blessed to be in a position that you love.  Shoot, you might even just, “like,” the opportunity but at least you aren’t sitting at your desk hating life.  If you are in this position then it's time for a change and I want you to be unapologetic about finding the job that is a right fit for YOU!

For years I was unhappy in a particular position and felt stuck.  It became natural to hop on the, “I hate work,” bandwagon.  I noticed there were a few things holding me back such as, not knowing what to do next, employer loyalty and leaving a great team.  I had to come up with a plan and this is what I did.

I examined three things when it came to finding a new job and expanding my resume.  

  1. What am I really good at doing?

  2. What do I want to learn how to do?

  3. What will make me happy?

I took these three factors and began my job search by finding job titles that included qualities from all three categories.  The task forced me to look outside of the bubble.  What I found is a position that was not only in a completely different field but it also came with a completely different job title.  But guess what?  It was the right fit for me.  My worries about what to do next or leaving my team behind became thoughts from the past.  I love my new job and I am happy to wake up and go to work every morning doing something I love.

Don’t worry about staying for an extended period of time at the job you hate.  We no longer live in a time where you put in 10+ years with an employer just to get the anniversary watch. Millennials are staying an average of 2 years with a company because we want more than just a job.  We are looking for an experience that fills us with happiness and job satisfaction.  Also keep in mind that your employer will be more than okay with moving on to find your replacement.  It happens all the time and you aren’t going to hurt their feelings.

I leave you with this… Stop finding it okay to hate your job and sit in a pile of bad mood and attitude.  Find out exactly what you want to do and go from there.  It’s hard work but believe me when I say you will thank yourself for caring enough to make your career better.

See you at the top,

The Young Professionalist


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