It can go without saying that finding work after college is one of the hardest tasks for the average day Millennial. Not only do employers want you to be equipped with the skills but they also raise the almost impossible expectations of having a certain amount of years on the job. This puts many of us in the awkward position of either accepting entry level positions that don’t pay much or having to resort to getting jobs that have absolutely nothing to do with what we went to school for. This may not always be the case for all of us however I have heard countless stories from peers left and right. And after hearing story after story the one thing I always hear is how most of all of them never like their job.
I’m here to tell you it is perfectly fine not to like your job. But the problem that can stem from not liking your job can be as serious as your overall performance. “Morale is the greatest single factor in successful wars” are words straight from the mind of Dwight D. Eisenhower. Your morale determines how happy you are or stressed you are in any given situation. If you are unhappy in a particular situation you are less likely to want to continue investing energy into it. A perfect example of this at work can be thinking back to a situation I encountered as a kid. I remember I used hate doing math growing up. Not that I wasn’t good at it but I always hated when I had to show my work on the most complex of complex problems. That being said when I had came across these kind of problems I would either do one of two things. I’d find the shortest way around a problem or I would shut down and completely ignore the problem.
Applying this concepts to the work you do today, these problems can also develop and affect you for the long run. Taking shortcuts at work can be taken as a sign of lackadaisical performances. This can be costly when you have been assigned assignments meant specifically to add to your presence with your company. Understanding your value and knowing where you want to be later in life can help decrease this feeling. You have to find ways to benefit even when you are not necessarily directly benefited from your position at work. When you don’t like your job it is easy to lose yourself and your importance to those around you but it is up to you to know the worth in the work you do. Maybe your job doesn’t necessarily add to your skills for your career but it may open doors for you to network. You just have to find a silver lining and use it to motivate yourself until the next position makes it self available.
To all my readers out there, I challenge you if you may find yourself in this position, tell me why do you hate your current position? And what is your silver lining? What makes you continue going back to work in the morning? If it’s just because it pays the bills maybe you should reevaluate your goals, find out what makes you tick and use it to step into your next position.
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