November 18, 2010, 11:00 am

I Hate My Job! Help Please

by: MD    Category: Career
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Tips for those that hate their job

You spent four grueling years in school and you eventually earned your college degree. In between the complicating world of dating and last minute exam preparation, you managed to learn a thing or two in your college program. Once you finished college, you squashed those interviews and got yourself the job that you always wanted. You’re making good money and moving up the ladder. There’s only one problem: you hate your damn job!

What can you do if you hate your job?

After speaking with many friends that hate their jobs or left jobs that they hate, I came up with this list. Below are tips for those that hate their current job but feel stuck:

Take a vacation/sabbatical.

Sometimes what you really need is to clear your mind. A vacation can be week a week or two away from work (preferably laying on the beach or experiencing something new). A sabbatical can be an extended leave where you try something new for six months or so. Tim Ferriss would call this a “mini-retirement.” The whole idea here is to take small retirements throughout your career as opposed to one retirement at the end of your career (usually at age 65).

I remember my first year of college I wasn’t too enamored with my program and with the whole world of school. That year I went on a week on trip to Cuba during my reading week. I had a whole week to think things through. I also got a chance to see how some people in this world live in such unfortunate circumstances. I came back from the trip more focused than ever and ready to work.

We all just need a little break once in a while.

Pick up a sport.

You might be exhausted/fed up from a lack of physical exercise. You also could just not have anything to look forward to. Picking up a new sport or joining a team of a sport that you’re already good at, can do wonders for you physically and mentally. You’ll now have something to look forward to. You’ll also feel like you’re apart of something that matters. It’s a great feeling to win an important game and then go for drinks with your team afterward. You can also meet a few new friends with similar interests.

Start a side business.

This is by far my favorite idea on this whole list. Starting a side business has helped many people on the internet create an extra income where they could finally quit their day jobs.

If you manage to avoid the common side business money killers, you can start to earn more money in your spare time. This additional income can be used many different ways. You can slowly start to build your emergency fund or pay off your debt. You can also aggressively build your savings up so that you can be more comfortable with leaving your job when you feel the time has come.

If you’re interested in this thought, but not sure where to start then don’t worry. Freelance writing for blogs or blog design work, are two quick ways you can get started with your new side business.

Evening courses/certificates.

You can take advantage of your boring Tuesday nights by taking an evening course to upgrade your skills. You can use your evenings to take courses to upgrade your skills so that you can move up within the company. You can also pick up a completely new set of skills to switch career paths altogether. Regardless, the fact that you hate your current job is a clear sign that you need to switch career paths. Instead of complaining about this to all of your friends, you can do something about it and do something productive with your time.

Go back to school altogether.

A friend of mine decided to become a full-time student again at age 26. He got fed up with the business world and decided to go back to school to become a Paramedic. If you still live at home or have a supportive family, you can get over your hate for your current job by going back to school. Remember that it’s never too late to make changes.

Finally.. Quit!

This is the last resort. We all need money to live and nobody wants to be a “quitter.” However, you’ll know when the time is right for you to quit your job and get out of a toxic situation. A few tips to help you decide if it’s time to quit your job:

  1. You indulge in bad habits to feel better about yourself.
  2. Your health is taking a toll.
  3. Your personal relationships are deteriorating because of work.

Have you ever worked a job that you hated? How did you deal with it? Did any of the ideas on this list work?

(photo credit: mrsraggle)

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Comments

I think the best combination is to take some time off, start a side business and get some certificates under your belt. If you go back and don’t enjoy it, QUIT! You should do what you’re passionate about.

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Nice post. I agree that we all need something outside of work that keeps us busy and that we enjoy. Even if you do love your job it is good to have other interests.

I have recently been thinking about dumping my meager savings and focusing the money on http://www.keenbeam.com. Expand product lines, more paid advertizing, attend some local outdoor type shows and so on. Problem is that it took me so long just to accumulate what I have I don’t want to part with it! 🙂

I’ve worked a job that stressed me out so much I became physically sick, eventually got laid off when I discovered my boss was ripping off my coworkers, then had a hell of a time getting EI when he wrote quit but still I skipped out of that place happier than hell 🙂

There is nothing worse than listening to someone complain about their job and have them do nothing about it! Fantastic alternative then telling them to get their resume done.

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