Getting a new job is always exciting. You’re either thrilled about an increase in pay or you’re FINALLY putting your degree to use and following your passion. Days turn into months, months turn into years, and you’re once awesome new job is now a soul sucking torturous place you spend 40 hours each week. Your change of opinion could be for various reasons, but the fact remains that you’re no longer loving it and it feels like a bit of a dead end. Worry not Royals, I’m here to give you a 6 step guide to help you survive your dead end job.
6 Steps Guide to Surviving Your Dead End Job
- Realize you aren’t alone – I read somewhere that millennials don’t typically stay at a job longer than 5 years. This means that many of your peers are probably feeling restless and in need of a change too. Reach out to your close friends, voice your frustration, and don’t be surprised to find out they’re feeling a little dead inside too.
- Be grateful you have a Job – The US unemployment rate is currently around 5% or approximately 7.5 million people. Being without a job is no fun when you’ve got bills to pay and mouths to feed. While you may not be at your dream job, things could be a whole lot worse.
- Try to name 3 things you like about your job every Monday – Monday’s seem to be the hardest day of the week when you’re coming off two days of freedom and heading back to your own personal prison. Try to make Monday’s a little less bleak by vocalizing (or writing) 3 things you like about your job. I’m willing to bet you didn’t always dislike it, so there have to be reasons you applied in the first place.
- Expand your skills by taking on a new task – I think of this tip as “making the best out of a bad situation”. Find a new task at work and give it your all. The new task will be an enjoyable break from the monotony of your current daily routine.
- Find something outside of work to get excited about – Having something to look forward to when the work day ends will help the hours go by faster. It could be a side hustle or even a hobby, but it will bring some happiness to your life and keep you distracted from the things you don’t like about your job.
- Get your sh*t together and find a new job – It honestly just may time for you to call it quits and find a job that will make you happy. Spend some time updating your resume and start applying for jobs. I highly recommend doing a little soul searching to pinpoint exactly what it is you want out of a job, so you don’t find yourself in another dead end job.
I know first hand how hard it can be going to a job you don’t love, but with some self reflection and effort you can make things better. Perhaps this dead end job is just the push you need to find your true passion and head in a new direction.
Have you ever worked at a dead end job? How did you get yourself out of your rut?