Do you feel like you’re in the wrong job? It’s a problem a surprising number of people face, and one that can cause many a sleepless night! After all, if you’re frustrated, unhappy or angry in your current job, it’s tough to work day after day after day in the same place.
But what can you do?
Identifying the "Wrong Job"
How can you be certain you’re in the wrong job? Think about it:
- It is just one thing or person ruining the job for you?
- Has your idea of a "dream job" changed in the last year or two?
- Has the environment at work changed?
- Do you have unfulfilled expectations for your job? Could they be unrealistic expectations?
Ask yourself these questions. They will help you realize if the "wrongness" is on your end, or if it’s the job that feels wrong.
If you want to deal with the feeling that you’re in the wrong job, here’s what to do:
1. Identify the problem
What is it about the job that feels "wrong"? Is the problem so big that it cannot be changed or is the problem a small one that could be made right with a bit of time and effort? Are the problems caused by your actions or inactions or do they have nothing to do with you? Identify the problem, and it will help you to evaluate your next course of action.
2. Consider your options
You basically have two options: leave or stay. If you stay, you can remain in your current position or request a transfer. Think about these two options, and evaluate which will make you happier in the long run. There’s a lot to be said for job stability, and if there are just a few things that need to change in order for the job to be "right" again, it may be worth staying and trying to make those changes!
3. Find your happiness
The truth is that work is work. It’s hard to love what you do if you are doing the same thing day after week after month after year. Eventually, everyone grows tired of what they are doing. But can you find something at work to make you happy? Maybe a new friend, a new way of doing things or even a new location. If you can find your happiness, it will make it easier to cope with the job.
4. Give it time
You may just be going through a funk right now, and it has got you feeling down and depressed. If that’s the case, a bit of time is all you need to help you feel better. Follow the 30-day rule: if, after 30 days, you still want to make the change, do it!
5. Know when to say goodbye
If you’ve given it time, tried unsuccessfully to change the thing that is causing you problems, and done your best to find your happiness – all to no effect – it may be time to put that job in the rearview mirror and move on!
It’s hard to cope with that feeling that you’re in the wrong job, but follow the advice above, and you can be certain that you are doing the right thing for your career and your happiness.