By Kibet Tobias
“I have been working for 3 years in a certain bank in Nairobi. I have already lost interest in my current job so much that I don’t know what to do. Going to work in the morning is becoming a difficult task for me. I am thinking of quitting but I am worried about the bills I have to pay. Kindly, advise me what to do.” Says Mike through email.
Have you reached a point in your career where you have come to hate your job?
Maybe your job is too demanding, there is a lack of opportunities for growth in the company, too much office drama, poor pay, lack of work flexibility or a bad work environment.
Whatever the reason, you probably feel it is time to quit and look for another job.
But did you know that hating your job could just be what you need to propel your career in the right direction. Here is how;
1. You’ll learn to appreciate your worth
Being in a job you don’t like is beneficial to you because you get to appreciate how far you have come and how much you have accomplished. Though that may not be your ideal position, you must admit that there is a sense of pride even in the perseverance of it all.
This way, you get to know just what jobs to look for in the future because you have a clear outline of what your dream career is.
For example, if your manager takes all of the credit from your work, then you’re better off at a company that treats their employees well.
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2. You’ll learn how to persevere through tough times
When you encounter tough and difficult times, you will absolutely hate your job. But when you are able to face it and persevere, it teaches you to appreciate the good times even more.
Persevering will enhance your work ethic to produce great results.
At some point in your career, you will be required to get out of your comfort zone and take up challenging projects.
3. You’ll understand what you like to do and what you don’t
Many times you won’t figure out what you really like about your career until you discover what you actually don’t like.
A job you don’t like provides you with the opportunity to understand yourself in and out. You are able to identify your favorite areas about your current job and the less favorite ones.
This way, you will fully be aware of what you need to look for in your next job.
If for example, you feel like your current company doesn’t have enough resources to support your growth, then next time you will apply for jobs at a company that offers that.
In the end, at some point in your career, you will hate your job for whatever reasons. But if you continue staying in that job you hate, know it is never a waste of time. Your challenging situation can teach you a lot of lessons that can propel your career to greater heights. You just need to discover what you actually want to achieve out of your career, and chances are, the job you hate will eventually lead you to the one you love.
Tobias is a Communication Assistant at Career Point Kenya. Email email@example.com
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